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Acquisitions

Jaws shark installed in the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles

The museum, due to open in April 2021, has acquired the 25-foot prop model for its permanent collection

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Obituaries

Gordon Baldwin, longtime Getty photography curator, has died, aged 81

A former artist and fixture of Warhol’s Factory, the curator got his start at the Getty cataloguing two important photography collections

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From a portal to the Utah monolith at David Zwirner to Vivian Springford’s meditative paintings at Almine Rech

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Design

Archives of Ivan Chermayeff, the designer behind Smithsonian sun and MoMA logo, donated to New York’s School of Visual Arts

The influential designer taught at the school and for years and students will now have access to his professional and personal work

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Museums & Heritage

Metropolitan Museum board appoints first woman co-chair

Candace Beinecke and Hamilton James will lead the trustees

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Appointments

Gordon Parks Foundation hires programme director to expand artist and social justice initiatives

Michal Raz-Russo, a photography curator at the Art Institute of Chicago, will oversee new grants, fellowships, exhibitions and publications

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Design

Mississippi voters approve new state flag design, trading controversial Confederate symbol for magnolia flower

The replacement banner was approved by a 71% majority, and was created by a local graphic designer

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Internet art

How to build the next American president

Gretchen Andrew’s “power trip” sees her manipulating the internet to design her ideal leader of the free world

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election 2020

Living monuments of Trump’s failures arrive in Washington ahead of the election

The Trump Statue Initiative, a guerrilla troupe of performers, have satirized the darkest moments of the presidency

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Droit de suite

Souls Grown Deep Foundation will give living artists a 5% royalty when collection works are resold

The initiative aims to address historic discrimination against artists of colour, who often gain recognition—and market value—later in their careers

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New York

Art programme that keeps minor offenders out of court at risk of defunding

New York City might pull the budget for Project Reset, which has helped 4,500 people stay out of the criminal justice system and find a second chance through art

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Massive ancient cat image discovered among Peru’s Nazca Lines

The 2,000 year-old earth carving could be the oldest geoglyph ever found

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Trenton Doyle Hancock's face-off with Klansmen at James Cohan to Feliciano Centurión's textile paintings at Americas Society

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Exhibitions

'I learned a lot from Goya': an interview with the poet and artist Lawrence Ferlinghetti

The influential 101-year-old founder of San Francisco’s City Lights Bookstore discusses his paintings and drawings, now on view in New York

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Museum directors

Lacma has put its director’s spacious $6.57m home on the market

A more modest Los Angeles dwelling seems to be lined up for Michael Govan

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Art market

Cowan’s auction house returns indigenous war god sculpture to a Zuni Pueblo

The figures, carved by tribal members every winter and left in ceremonial shrines atop a mountain, have regularly been stolen and made their into museums and private collections throughout the US and Europe

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Obituaries

Robert Bechtle, Bay Area photorealist whose work captured the magic of everyday moments, has died, aged 88

The painter created hyper realistic images based on photographs he took in his Bay Area neighbourhood

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Video, film & new media

New Jersey artist residency turns their campus into a free drive-in theatre

Gardenship in Kearny Point has been hosting video art exhibitions and film screenings during the pandemic, including the Jean Michel-Basquiat cult classic Downtown 81 this weekend

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Brian Clarke's light-filled stained glass at the Museum of Arts and Design to Dan Herschlein's dark horror movie tropes at JTT gallery

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election 2020

Wake up call: artist Hank Willis Thomas wants to spur voter turnout with the Wide Awakes group

Based on the 1860 Wide Awake movement that mobilised against slavery and helped elect Lincoln, the new network of artists and creatives has launched Kickstarter's largest collaboration to date

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Labour

Crisis at Hunter College: after surprise layoffs, remaining art assistants refuse to work

The part-time staff who were spared from the axe still do not have contracts for the autumn semester, while classes have already started

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Obituaries

Siah Armajani, the Iranian-American conceptual artist, has died, aged 81

Artist and exploratory thinker delved into architectural imagery, including revitalised bridges and poetic farm buildings

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Auctions

Sotheby’s teams up with the Keith Haring Foundation to auction Haring’s personal collection for charity

All works—by artists such as Basquiat, Warhol and Rammellzee—will make their auction debut in the sale, which is expected to make $1m for the LGBTQ nonprofit the Center

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Law

Bathurst family sues art lender over Gainsborough painting offered as collateral by disgraced dealer

The noble family, whose ancestors are depicted in the work, says Art Finance Partners should have known Timothy Sammons did not legally own the painting

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Obituaries

Luchita Hurtado, painter who gained greater fame later in life, has died, aged 99

A recurring theme of the artist’s enormous body of work is the cosmic unity of all things

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Books

Former US president George W. Bush unveils portraits of immigrants in new book

But blowback has been swift against the hobbyist painter, whose immigration policies while in office included the creation of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

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Art market

Senate investigation finds art market secrecy allowed Russian billionaire brothers, friends of Putin, to evade government sanctions

A detailed report calls the trade “the largest, legal unregulated industry in the United States” and recommends increased transparency and government oversight

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York, London and online this weekend

From William Copley's New York years at Kasmin to the Tate's Andy Warhol retrospective

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Directors

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit director dismissed amid accusations of a toxic work atmosphere

Museum says inquiry showed that Elysia Borowy-Reeder fell short on diversity and on promoting a healthy environment

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Museums & Heritage

ICA Miami expands online programming and scholarship with $2m grant

The institution’s Art + Research Center will be renamed after the Knight Foundation in light of gift, which funds two new positions and educational initiatives

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Art market

Gavin Brown to close his gallery and join Barbara Gladstone’s

The pioneering dealer is bringing ten big-name artists with him, including Arthur Jafa, Joan Jonas, Alex Katz, and Rirkrit Tiravanija

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Museums & Heritage

San Francisco university in talks with US government about preserving New Deal-era murals slated for destruction

The General Services Administration considers paintings by Bernard Zakheim federal property on loan to the school, it says

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Obituaries

Jane Walentas, arts philanthropist who restored historic carousel in Brooklyn, has died, aged 76

The “mother of Dumbo” helped keep the arts in the neighbourhood through studio residencies and subsidised rent

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York and London this weekend

From David Goldblatt's images of apartheid-era South Africa to Sophie Taeuber-Arp's Swiss abstraction

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Cuba

Tania Bruguera reportedly detained by Cuban authorities hours before anti-racism protest in Havana

The artist’s final message posted on social media this morning was “they are taking me”

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Art schools

Hunter College art staff protest expected cuts for contract workers that would ‘hobble’ the programme

The school’s full and part-time faculty speak out in defence of college assistants who are at risk of losing their jobs and healthcare

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Monuments

Controversial Roosevelt statue will be removed from entrance to New York’s American Museum of Natural History

The former president’s great-grandson supports the removal of “relics of another age”

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Juneteenth

Google Doodle honours Juneteenth with art and words of liberation

The tech giant commissioned an original animation with illustrations by artist Loveis Wise and a poem read by LeVar Burton

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Art crime

German art dealer and socialite Angela Gulbenkian arrested in Lisbon

Accused of fraudulent sales of a Kusama pumpkin sculpture and a Warhol print, the dealer and collector awaits extradition to the UK after missing court hearing

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Antiquities

Sotheby’s cannot sue Greece over bronze horse, US court rules

The country's government had questioned the provenance of the artefact, forcing it to be pulled from a 2018 sale

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Treasure chest filled with $2m in gold and gems found in the Rocky Mountains after ten years of searching

The eccentric antiquities dealer Forrest Fenn dropped clues to find the fortune in a poem and at least five people died looking for it

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Art market

Mary Boone released from prison early after the facility sees spike in coronavirus cases

Jailed for tax fraud, the incarcerated Manhattan dealer has been moved to a re-entry facility just under half way through her 30-month sentence

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Art market

Florida man who bought a Rothko from Sotheby’s using a stolen identity sentenced to 4.5 years in prison

The interior decorator was convicted of conspiracy to commit wire fraud for buying art from galleries, auction houses and collectors using his wealthy clients’ credentials

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Obituaries

Alice Negley 'Lisa' Dorn, Texas arts philanthropist, has died, aged 69

The granddaughter of Alice Pratt Brown was part of a long line of patrons, and her daughter Fairfax Dorn founded Ballroom Marfa

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Street art

A 20,000-foot mural in Queens honours doctor who died on the frontline of Covid-19

The monumental street painting by Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada is meant to raise awareness of the pandemic’s disproportionate toll on communities of colour

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Obituaries

Emma Amos, figurative painter whose work confronted racism, has died, aged 83

The artist's work dealt head-on with what it meant to be an African American woman amidst the civil rights movement, and she was a member of such collectives as Spiral and the Guerilla Girls

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Obituaries

Susan Rothenberg—painter who shifted the art world away from minimalism—has died, aged 75

Using horses as a central motif, the artist broke down the figure in her canvases to explore emotional expression

Nelson Atkins Museum of Art

These Kansas City penguins took a field trip to the Nelson-Atkins Museum—and preferred Caravaggio over Monet

“We are so happy to welcome our colleagues from the zoo,” said Julián Zugazagoitia, the director of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri, in a video posted by the museum.

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coronavirus

When MoMA reopens, its budget will have shrunk by $45m and its staff by 17%

Museum director Glenn D. Lowry describes it as taking a “chainsaw” to spending

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Exhibitions

See art from your car at ‘drive-by’ group show in Long Island this week

Artists in the South Fork will display their work near roads and highways so it can be viewed from a safe motorised distance

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US politics

The NEA hopes to keep arts jobs alive in the US—with limited federal relief funds

Up to 30% of arts spaces may close permanently, and agency chief fears rural areas in the US will be the hardest hit

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coronavirus

Cultural figures discuss ‘Art in the Time of Coronavirus’

The UN-sponsored event led by Christopher Bailey, the WHO’s lead on art and health, included art critic Jerry Saltz, Brooklyn Museum director Anne Pasternak, and artist Mona Chalabi

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Obituaries

Betsy Wyeth, wife and collaborator to Andrew Wyeth, has died, aged 98

She introduced the artist to the subject of his most famous painting, Christina’s World—and gave it that title

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Biennials & festivals

Prospect New Orleans Triennial postponed until 2021

And Asia Society Triennial in New York pushed to October this year

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Exhibitions

Detroit’s Library Street Collective launches virtual exhibitions inside historic city buildings

The first group show will place digital renderings of work by artists Daniel Arsham, José Parlá, and Kennedy Yanko in the abandoned Beaux-Arts-style State Saving Bank

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New York

Artists design messages of hope displayed across 1,800 digital billboards in New York

Starting today, nearly 1,800 digital billboards across New York City will display images from artists with coronavirus-related messages

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Art & Technology

‘Longevity feels a bit elusive at the moment’: artist Julia Christensen explores upgrade culture in new book and postponed show

The artist has rummaged through e-waste facilities in India, and has envisioned an updated Golden Record with NASA to send into space

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Coronavirus resources

Los Angeles councilman plans to create emergency grants for artists

Funding from development fees would be used to help artists and non-profits by the pandemic instead

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Labour

New York art-handling company lays off pro-union workers, while others are paid to stay home during coronavirus pandemic

Teamsters union has filed charges against the company with the National Labor Relations Board claiming the cuts are retaliation against efforts to organise

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Exhibitions

A dazzling web by Studio Drift serves as a metaphor for connection

While their set piece is stuck in New York, the Dutch artists upload their L’Orfeo opera to YouTube

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coronavirus

Institutions stand to lose millions as spring fundraisers are cancelled and postponed

Due to losses caused by the coronavirus epidemic, the American Alliance of Museum estimates that one-third of the now shut museums will not be able to reopen without financial assistance from the government

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coronavirus

Yale MFA students demand tuition refund as classes move online

In a letter, students cite the shutdown of facilities due to coronavirus

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coronavirus

Museum layoffs begin in Los Angeles at MOCA and Hammer

The two institutions let go a combined 247 part-time employees whose jobs could not be performed remotely

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Obituaries

Maurice Berger, critic and curator, has died of complications from Covid-19, aged 63

The author and historian penned 11 books, curated a stream of shows and authored his Race Stories column in The New York Times beginning in 2012

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Obituaries

New York gallerist Paul Kasmin, who helped build the Chelsea gallery scene, has died, aged 60

The London-born dealer first visited the US with his father as a child, and went on to develop the careers of many artists

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Coronavirus resources

Artful resources to keep kids entertained and educated at home

Organisations and museums offer plenty of online art projects for parents

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Video art

Some video art to enjoy at home while under coronavirus isolation

While museums and galleries are shut, take the time to dive into the rich online world of new media works

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Obituaries

Genesis P-Orridge, pioneering artist and musician, has died, aged 70

The artist’s life-long work was using he/r body and self as a medium

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coronavirus

Dallas Art Fair and Paris Photo New York postponed due to Covid-19

The two fairs become the latest in a slew of recent delays and closures

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Cultural policy

Gonzalo Casals, director of the Leslie-Lohman Museum, is named commissioner of New York City Department of Cultural Affairs

Official succeeds Tom Finkelpearl, who resigned amid scrutiny of city’s commissioning of public monuments

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Art market

Citing coronavirus, New York auction houses reschedule Asia Week sales from March to June

But specialist galleries, who might expect up to 50% of their revenue to come from the annual event, still plan to host exhibitions this month

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Sotheby's

Sotheby’s to offer $60m Francis Bacon triptych in May New York sales

The work comes from the collection of the Norweigan shipping heir Hans Rasmus Astrup and is the second major coup for the auction house’s spring sales season

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Art fairs

June Edmonds wins inaugural $10,000 Aware Prize for women artists at the Armory Show

Presented by the Paris-based nonprofit Aware, the new award recognises a solo presentation of work by a female artist at the fair

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From the Met Breuer’s final exhibition, devoted to Gerhard Richter, to Jonathan Berger’s love letters at Participant Inc

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Inhotim Institute

Bernardo Paz, collector and founder of Inhotim art park, cleared on charges of money laundering

A Brazilian federal court unanimously acquitted the billionaire mining magnate of allegedly siphoning off millions meant for his non-profit

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Law

Mary Boone sued by former director for withholding wages and ‘misappropriating’ more than $10m

The incarcerated dealer allegedly had Gagosian gallery wire millions into her personal account for the sale of a Brice Marden painting to pay off tax penalties before she went to jail

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US politics

Hundreds of artists endorse Bernie Sanders for US President

In an open letter, figures including Nicole Eisenmann, Hito Steyerl, and Kara Walker have voiced their support for the left-wing candidate

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Obituaries

Jack Youngerman, second-wave abstractionist, has died, aged 93

The Missouri-born artist, known for his shaped canvases and bold patterns, became a leading abstract painter after moving from Paris to New York

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Alexander Calder

A 'sanctuary' devoted to Alexander Calder will open in Philadelphia

The non-profit space, likened to the Rothko Chapel in Houston, will offer visitors a place to introspectively connect with Calder's work

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Forensic Architecture

Forensic Architecture founder barred from entering US ahead of Miami retrospective

Eyal Weizman, the director of the London-based art and research group, says embassy officials told him an algorithm had identified him as a security threat just two days before his planned departure

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Architecture

Miami’s Oolite Arts taps Barozzi Vega to design new campus

The Barcelona architecture firm will design artists’ studios, exhibition space and theater

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Driehaus Museum

Chicago’s Driehaus Museum has announced the second installment of its contemporary art initiative

Nate Young and Mika Horibuchi will create site-specific works that respond to architecture and history of the Nickerson Mansion

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Helen Molesworth’s presentation of Noah Davis at David Zwirner to the first installment of Laia Abril’s documentary project on misogyny

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Obituaries

Beverly Pepper, sculptor of colossal forms, has died, aged 97

Artist reveled in the corrosion and patination of her towering creations

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Architecture

Trump may order all new government buildings to be designed in the Neoclassical style

A draft executive order, called “Make Federal Buildings Great Again”, would completely rewrite the government’s existing architectural guidelines

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Law

San Francisco artist sues Disney for copying her ‘tremendously cool’ painted van in Pixar film

Sweet Cecily Daniher rented her unicorn decorated vehicle to the studio for a party, only to find out its doppelganger will appear in the animated movie Onward

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Washington projects for the arts

Washington Project for the Arts teams up with Warhol Foundation for new grant series to support DC-based artists

The move comes as the main grant-making body in the area is locked in a struggle with the mayor’s office over the city’s arts agenda and funding

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Exhibitions

New York’s Asia Society announces participants in its inaugural triennial

Works by 40 artists and collectives will go on view in June

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Pompeii

Scientists say heat from Mount Vesuvius turned a victim’s brain into glass

The black glassy material was found inside the skull of a 25-year-old caretaker of an imperial building in Herculaneum, who was probably asleep at the time of the eruption

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Museums

Activist artists hack poll in New Museum’s Hans Haacke retrospective

Survey results are changed out of concern that Haacke’s work is being “co-opted”

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Acquisitions

Highlighting a shift, Art Gallery of Ontario acquires works by prominent women artists

With works by Judy Chicago, Tacita Dean, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Silke Otto-Knapp, the museum is one of many prioritizing acquisitions of art by women

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Amazon

Archaeologists uncover evidence that legendary Amazons were based on real women warriors

The Scythian tomb contained four women buried with all their regalia and weapons, including a gold headdress, spears and riding equipment

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Biennials & festivals

Honolulu Biennial switches to triennial format

The next exhibition curated by Hirshhorn director Melissa Chiu will open in February 2022, with a preview symposium held the year before

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Pope.L’s overdue retrospective at MoMA to meditations on the climate by Andrea Bowers at Andrew Kreps

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Park Avenue Armory

Park Avenue Armory to commission 100 women artists for centennial of 19th amendment

Partner institutions across the city will help select artists to commemorate milestone anniversary of womens’ right to vote

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MoMA PS1

Artists in PS1 Gulf War show urge museum to sever ties with toxic philanthropy

After Michael Rakowitz paused his video, 37 artists have signed an open letter condemning investments by MoMA board members Larry Fink and Leon Black into private prisons, weapons manufacturing and defense firms

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Lucas Museum of Narrative Art

Los Angeles’s Lucas Museum acquires major archive of African American cinema

Although its building is still under construction, the institution is partnering with Lacma on a one-day film programme in South Los Angeles next month

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Art law

UK light artist sues Miami botanical garden over 'unauthorised replicas' of his work

Bruce Munro claims the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens intentionally imitated his works for its festive event known as The NightGarden

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Public art

Living refugees of civil war honoured in New York public art project by Krzysztof Wodiczko

The artist hopes to transform an existing monument with contemporary experiences so there will be “no more need for new war memorials”