Monday, December 2

L.A. Press Club Names Christopher Knight Critic of the Year for Art/Design
The Los Angeles Press Club has named the 2019 winners for its annual National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards, which recognizes journalists and critics covering the entertainment industry as well as the visual and performing arts. One of the top prizes—Critic, Art/Design—went to Christopher Knight, the chief art critic for the Los Angeles Times, with the jury citing his “nuance and insight combined with elegant writing.” Other art-world awardees include Deborah Vankin (also of the Times) who won “Visual Arts/Architecture Feature – Over 1,000 Words” for a piece on the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens’s restoration of its famed Gainsborough painting, Blue Boy. Paul Hodgins (Voice of OC) won in “Commentary Analysis/Trend—Books/Arts” for a piece titled, “Is It Time for Local Arts Leadership to Reflect a Changing World?” Gloria Liu (The Red Bulletin) won “Arts Feature – Under 1,000 Words” for a profile of artist Uzumaki Cepeda. The TV station KCET won two awards, for an article and video, on the ceramicist Edith Heath. And in non–art world related news, ARTnews’s sister publication Variety scooped up several awards, including best website. The year’s best entertainment publication was American (In)Justice, a joint issue by Variety and Rolling Stone (also owned by PMC, our parent company) that examines the prison-industrial complex in the United States. —Maximilíano Durón

Artory Makes Two Senior Leadership Hires
Artory, the New York–based blockchain-backed digital art registry, has appointed Timothy Kompanchenko as its chief technology officer and G. Andrea Danese as a senior adviser. For the past five years, Kompanchenko served as CTO at Christie’s, and Danese previously managed Bloomberg’s enterprise content and distribution division before launching the art-loan agency Athena Art Finance in 2015. In a statement, Danese said, “The creation of an art registry is a powerful step ahead, providing a greater degree of confidence to the art market and facilitating the collection and storage of key information in a secure and confidential environment.”

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