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theparisreview.orgPhilip Roth, The Art of Fiction No. 84Courtesy of Philip Roth I met Philip Roth after I had published a short book about his work for the Methuen Contemporary Writers Series. He read the book and wrote me a generous letter. After our first meeting, he sent me the fourth draft of The Anatomy Lesson, which we later talked ab...
artforum.comLA MoCA Director Philippe Vergne ResignsThe Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles announced today that director Philippe Vergne is stepping down. According to the Los Angeles Times, the institution’s board of trustees will not renew his contract, which expires in March 2019. The museum said that the decision was mutual.Vergne’s departure comes on the heels of the controversial firing of chief curator Helen Molesworth. While the museum has been tight-lipped about the situation, artist Catherine Opie said that the reason for her termination was “undermining the museum.” The news had shocked the art world. Exhibitions dedicated to
artforum.comSprawling Arts District to Open Near BeijingPlans were revealed today at the Venice Architecture Biennale for Valley XL, a $2.8 billion arts district that will spread across 6,600 acres of Heibei’s Xinglong Valley, according to the Art Newspaper. The development, in a Chinese province near Beijing, will be designed by Arquitectonica and comprise an “eco-city” including a modern and contemporary art museum, an education facility, an art park, artists’ studios, as well as commercial and residential areas. Construction is slated to begin later this year and will be funded by Guangdong Yuegang and Shenzhen XL Culture Development. Curator Li
artforum.comWilliams College Museum of Art Appoints Pamela Franks DirectorWilliams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, announced that Pamela Franks has been named the new director of its art museum. Franks is currently the senior deputy director and curator of modern and contemporary art at the Yale University Art Gallery. She will take up the post in September. “Moving forward, it is exciting to think about the possibilities for growing the collection and cultivating WCMA as a vibrant hub of art and community with students at the center,” Franks said. “A vast potential for student engagement, along with faculty partnerships and museum collaborations, ideally
artforum.comNaima J. Keith and Diana Nawi to Curate Prospect.5 in New OrleansProspect New Orleans, the city’s contemporary arts triennial, has announced that Naima J. Keith, deputy director and chief curator of the California African American Museum, and Los Angeles-based independent curator Diana Nawi will cocurate Prospect.5, which is slated to open in the fall of 2020.“Naima and Diana are thoughtful and daring curators with an exciting rapport and history of working together,” executive director Nick Stillman said. I couldn't think of better partners to create the P.5 exhibition.” Keith and Nawi are both based in Los Angeles and have a longstanding collaborative