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Squeak Carnwath recipient of the Lee Krasner Award for a lifetime of artistic achievement


“The New York–based Pollock-Krasner Foundation has announced the winners of 111 grants to artists and 13 to nonprofit organizations, with $3.17 million distributed over the past year. The foundation also named artists Squeak Carnwath and Blane De St. Croix winners of the Lee Krasner Award, in recognition of a lifetime of artistic achievement.

The foundation’s average grants to artists range from $25,000 to $30,000, with funds conferred to support new work, exhibition preparation and production, fellowships, residency programs, and other expenses. The latest grantees—including Mel Chin, Chris Drury, Luciana Lamothe, and others named in full below—hail from 17 countries.

The nonprofit awardees include Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri; Storm King Art Center in upstate New York; and others. The New York–based International Foundation for Art Research received two grants for operating expenses and an initiative to mark its 50th anniversary.

Earlier this year, artist Todd Williamson won the Pollock-Krasner Foundation’s Pollock Prize for Creativity, which awarded $50,000 for his solo exhibition at the 2019 Venice Biennale.

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation was established in 1985 by Abstract Expressionist painter Lee Krasner, who named it in part in tribute to her late husband, Jackson Pollock.

Ronald D. Spencer, the foundation’s chairman and CEO, said in a statement, “At the core of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation’s mission is fostering the work and development of artists, and our 2018–19 grant and award recipients highlight the impact we can have due to Lee Krasner’s legacy. In addition, through our support of institutions such as the Barbican Centre and their upcoming Lee Krasner retrospective and catalogue, and the Katonah Museum of Art’s exhibition of the work of Krasner and other women artists who participated in the groundbreaking 9th Street Show, we are continuing to advance much-needed scholarship.”” - Art News


A Color Removed,   collection bins stationed around Cleveland, Ohio. Photo courtesy of FRONT.

A Color Removed,  collection bins stationed around Cleveland, Ohio. Photo courtesy of FRONT.

A Color Removed, by Michael Rakowitz, was conceived in 2015 in response to the shooting of  12-year-old Tamir Rice by the Cleveland police. Rice had been playing with a toy gun that had the orange safety tip removed when he was fatally shot. A Color Removed is a city-wide participatory project that confronts the use of the color orange as a symbol of safety and gestures to removing the color orange from the city of Cleveland and suspending its future use. The public art project directs attention to the way safety is distributed unequally within one community and how we can deconstruct the symbol of orange as a safe color to create true solidarity among citizens.

The project has been included in FRONT International: Triennial for Contemporary Art in Cleveland Ohio. The collection bins for orange safety products are stationed throughout the city and their contents will be displayed at SPACES Gallery in Cleveland. The exhibition runs from July 14 - September 30, 2018. 

Please click here to read more about the project! 

Lucy Orta collaborates with prison inmates to commemorate Women's Suffrage in the UK

Lucy Orta and London College of Fashion students at a banner making workshop at HM Prison Downview. Photo by Michelle Marshall.

Lucy Orta and London College of Fashion students at a banner making workshop at HM Prison Downview. Photo by Michelle Marshall.

Sunday June 10th, women and girls in London, Cardiff, Belfast and Edinburgh will march together as part of a mass participation artwork. The PROCESSIONS march commemorates the 100-year mark of the Representation of People Act which gave the first British women the right to vote and run for public office. 

One hundred years later, Artichoke Charity is inviting self-identifying women and non-binary people to participate by marching and wearing green, white, or violet (the colors associated with the UK suffrage movement). 

One hundred women artists were commissioned to work with organizations across the UK to create banners for PROCESSIONS as part of an extensive public program of creative workshops. For more information please see the official PROCESSIONS website. 

The Historic England Organization commissioned Lucy Orta to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the UK Suffrage movement and in memory of 1,000 suffragettes that were imprisoned at Holloway women’s prison during their struggle to obtain the vote.

HMP Holloway in London was one of the most well-known sites associated with the UK suffragette movement. It closed in 2016 and 300 women were moved to HMP Downview.

Lucy Orta has been working with prison inmates to design a series of stunning banners for the centenary PROCESSIONS march.

Orta's project has been covered in Artnet and The Guardian

Michael Rakowitz in conversation with Artnet

Activation of Michael Rakowitz’s   Enemy Kitchen   (2012–ongoing), with the artist at left, on the MCA’s plaza, October 1, 2017. Photo by Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

Activation of Michael Rakowitz’s Enemy Kitchen (2012–ongoing), with the artist at left, on the MCA’s plaza, October 1, 2017. Photo by Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

Visitors to the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago this past fall may have stumbled upon a food truck where American veterans of the Iraq War served traditional Iraqi food. Enemy Kitchen (ongoing since 2003) is part of “Michael Rakowitz: Backstroke of the West,” which surveys 20 years of the Chicago artist’s work.

Enemy Kitchen is a public art project by Michael Rakowitz that explores the relationship between hospitality and hostility. Rakowitz and his mother collected and compiled recipes from the Baghdad area. These recipes are turned into dishes which are served by U.S. veterans of the Iraq War from a food truck designed by the artist.  

Backstroke of the West is on view at MCA through March 4, 2018. 



James Clar part of Mana's New Media Program group show in Downtown Miami during Miami Art Week.

One Minute Dreamscape , 2016

One Minute Dreamscape, 2016

The Mana Contemporary BSMT New Media Program (NMP) presents Flatland, a group exhibition of seventeen artists exploring new technologies, on view Dec 6-10. Spanning five storefronts of Downtown Miami, which have been transformed into five conceptual levels. Using machine vision, biometric sensors, anamorphic 3D projection mapping, VR, AR, and more, the works in the show invite one to dissociate momentarily from ordinary waking consciousness, and explore the worlds of seventeen artists who imagine new perspectives of “reality.” 

James Clar will be part of STOREFRONT 2: LIMINALITY. An immersive environment, featuring installations by Lisa Park and James Clar that blur boundaries between virtual/real and physical/metaphysical, as well as dynamic light works by Pablo Gnecco and Alex Czetwertynski.