News Recap: November 18, 2016

A weekly recap of art world news.

Bus by T.Rutt. Photo courtesy of the artists.

Bus by T.Rutt. Photo courtesy of the artists.

Miami’s Red Dot Art Fair Reneges on Hosting Anti-Trump Art Project
The day after the US Presidential election, the president of the Red Dot Art Fair, Eric Smith, notified artists David Gleeson and Mary Mihelic that he had changed his mind about displaying their anti-Trump protest art at this year’s art fair. The two artists make up the leftist artist duo T.Rutt had planned to exhibit their “bus display,” a former Trump campaign bus they drove to rallies around the country. The art piece also includes a large American flag with offensive quotes by Trump painted onto it. Smith maintains that his decision to pull the piece is about business and is entirely unrelated to the recent election results.
Read the full story (Hyperallergic)

Museum of Fine Arts Boston Announces $24 Million Renovation
A $24 million renovation will begin at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston in 2017. The project will create a state-of-the art, 22,000 square foot conservation center with six laboratories and is scheduled to open in 2019. The renovation will also allow the Museum to convert 12,000 square feet of space into galleries for Asian, European, and Ancient World displays
Read the full story (Museum of Fine Arts Boston)

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize Winners Announced
Claudio Rasano has won the 2016 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize for the photograph “Katlehong Matsenen 2016” from his series “Similar Uniforms: We Refuse to Compare.” The prize includes a $16,051 cash prize as well as a place in the exhibition of 57 works featuring all of the winners. Joni Sternbach was awarded the second prize for her tintype portrait “16.02.20 #1 Thea + Maxwell” from the series “Surfland.”
Read the full story (PDN)