Bruce Nauman Going to Venice and More Newsy Moves

nauman.jpgAmerica, your 2009 Venice Biennale artist representative is Bruce Nauman. The State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs selected him following the unanimous recommendation of the Federal Advisory Committee on International Exhibitions. Philadelphia Museum of Art curators Carlos Basualdo and Michael Taylor will serve as the U.S. Commissioners and will organize the exhibition from the museum. This all comes as particularly swell news for Nauman’s New York gallery, Sperone Westwater, which opens an exhibition of the artist’s drawings next Tuesday, meaning that you have through Saturday to catch the gallery’s current exhibition of delicious paintings by Julian Schnabel.

And elsewhere in recent revoloving door action…

Gensler: The global design giant has promoted 11 current employees to principals. They are Brian Berry, Richard Fencl, Philip Gillard, E.J. Lee, Nancy Nodler, Raffael Scasserra, Sidney L. Scarboro, Duncan Swinhoe, James Wallace, Warwick Ian Wicksman, and Chad Yoshinobu. Learn more about them here.

Gianfranco Ferre: More shakeups at the Italian fashion house, which on Friday announced that Lars Nilsson is out as creative director after only five months in the position. Word on the street is that Ferre execs have already hired a new head designer but won’t reveal who it is until after the Milan shows.

Victorinox Swiss Army: Pierre Henri Mattout has been named senior vice president and creative director of the company. He was previously creative director at French fabric house and bespoke clothing company Dormeuil.

LMN Architects: Thomas Lehn has joined the firm as principal. He will oversee the firm’s expanded interiors practice.

TAG Ideation: Wayne Hanson has joined the New York-based ad firm as group creative director. He was creative director at Attik USA in San Francisco.

International Advertising Festival: BBDO Chief Creative Officer Armin Jochum will serve as the president of the promotions jury at the 55th International Advertising Festival, which will be held in Cannes this June.

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