Monday, January 21
TEFAF President and Chief Executive Resigns
Patrick van Maris, who has served as president and chief executive of the European Fine Art Fair since 2015, will leave his post in May following the exhibition’s New York edition. During his tenure, van Maris established the Dutch fair’s annual New York presentations. A successor for van Maris has not yet been named.
Miles McEnery Gallery Now Represents Pia Fries
Pia Fries, a Swiss-born artist known for her gestural abstractions involving layered swatches of painted and silkscreened colors, has joined the roster of New York’s Miles McEnery Gallery. A former student of Gerhard Richter, Fries was the subject of a survey at Paris’s Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville in 2018, and is currently based in Düsseldorf and Munich, both in Germany.
University Museum of Contemporary Art Names Director
Amanda de la Garza has been appointed director general of visual arts at the University Museum of Contemporary Art (MUAC) in Mexico City. De la Garza previously served as a curator of contemporary art at the institution since 2012. In this new position, she will oversee curatorial affairs at MUAC and the art groups associated with the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
Portland Art Museum Receives Historic Gift
The Portland Art Museum in Oregon has received a gift of $10 million from prominent collector and arts philanthropist Arlene Schnitzer, marking the largest individual donation in the 127-year history of the museum, and the largest gift ever to a Portland-based arts organization. Schnitzer and her late husband, Harold, were longtime supporters of the museum, having provided financial support of exhibitions and acquisitions for nearly 50 years. The Schnitzels have donated their Chinese Han Dynasty collection to the institution in addition to other notable endowments of Northwest and Asian art, whose curatorial positions are named in the family’s honor.