Nasher Prize, Pharrell Williams/Symphony Collaboration in This Week's Art News

This week, quite a few stories broke in the Dallas arts that were surprising and for the most part, pretty awesome. From the announcement of the recipient of a $100,000 international prize for sculpture to the resignation of the director of the city's leading art museum, here are the highlights. 

Doris Salcedo Wins Nasher Prize
Earlier this year, the Nasher Sculpture Center debuted the Nasher Prize, a $100,000 award given to a living sculptor who has contributed significantly to the field. The inaugural recipient is the phenomenal Colombian artist Doris Salcedo, whose work packs poetry into the political. The prize culminates next spring with numerous programs and conversations about the field of sculpture today. 

Director Max Anderson Leaves Dallas Museum of Art for New York City
On his watch, the museum saw admission become free; he orchestrated the long-term loan of the Keir Collection, making the DMA one of the most important places in America to see Islamic art; and he put a lot of effort into earning the Arts District an international reputation. He brought the New Cities Summit to Dallas, an annual international conference focused on urbanism held by the New Cities Foundation, which happens to be the organization stealing him away. He once said he wasn't interested in returning to New York City, so we're guessing the paycheck is fat enough. 

The Office of Cultural Affairs Announces Additional Grant Money for Artists
Last year the city launched a grant program to put money directly into the hands of artists. This year, the city has allocated twice as much, to the tune of $120,000. The funds will be doled out in $1,000-5,000 grants. A new round of applications opens November 4. 

Pharrell Williams to Collaborate with Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Soluna Festival, which saw, arguably, its greatest success with the DSO/St. Vincent collaboration last year, announced today a multi-discinplinary performance at next year's festival, with an original score by Pharrell Williams. Other collaborators on the project include choreographer Jonah Bokaer and his company Chez Bushwick, and visual artist Daniel Arsham. What we know so far is that Rules of the Game will be a piece for eight dancers and it will be Williams' first composition for live dance or theater. Clap along if that makes you happy. 

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