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This week in art news: an online crime wave targeted galleries, over 5,000 artists and arts workers signed a letter denouncing sexual abuse and sexism, and the MTA released Barbara Kruger’s limited edition MetroCards.

Barbara Kruger’s limited edition MetroCards, commissioned as part of the artist’s contribution to Performa 17 (photo by the author for Hyperallergic)

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Two limited edition MetroCards designed by Barbara Kruger were distributed by the Metropolitan Transit Authority. The cards are available at four New York City subway stations — Queensboro Plaza, Broadway-Lafayette Street, East Broadway, and the 116th Street B/C station — and were commissioned as part of the artist’s contribution to Performa 17.

A number of art galleries and dealers, including Hauser & Wirth, Thomas Dane, Laura Bartlett, and Simon Lee, were victims of an online crime wave involving the hacking of gallery email accounts. Impersonating both dealers and clients, hackers perpetrated a scam in which they would receive payments for art sales.

Over 5,000 women, trans people, and non-gender conforming artists, educators, and arts administrators signed an open letter “calling upon art institutions, boards, and peers to consider their role in the perpetuation of different levels of sexual inequity and abuse, and how they plan to handle these issues in the future.” The signature list has been temporarily closed due to overwhelming demand.

Artforum‘s contributing editors published a statement condemning the publishers’ response to “the allegation of Knight Landesman’s sexual misconduct.” The statement followed an open letter signed by a number of Artforum and Bookforum staff to “repudiate the statements that have been issued to represent us so far.” Landesman resigned as the magazine’s co-publisher last week, hours after curator Amanda Schmitt filed a lawsuit accusing him of groping and sexually harassing nine women.

Actors and former staff accused the The Old Vic theater of turning a blind eye to inappropriate sexual behavior by Kevin Spacey. The actor, who served as the theatre’s artistic director between 2003 and 2015 issued a statement on Monday after actor Anthony Rapp accused him of sexual harassment.

The Archaeological Institute of America issued a statement outlining its objection to the The National Monument Creation and Protection Act (H.R. 3990).

Two photographs, reportedly worth an estimated $100,000,  were stolen from MoMA PS1. The identity of the works has not been disclosed.

View of the Kremer Museum (courtesy Kremer Collection)

The Kremer Collection launched the Kremer Museum, a virtual reality platform to explore seventy 17th-century Flemish Old Master paintings in detail.

The collected archives of William Hewlett and David Packard, the founders of Hewlett-Packard, were destroyed during the Tubbs fire.

Banksy organized an “apology tea party” on the West Bank to mark the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration.

The National Park Service rejected a request to install “R-Evolution,” Marco Cochrane‘s 45-foot-tall sculpture of a nude woman, on the grounds of the National Mall.

The National Park Service U-turned on its decision to fund a project documenting the legacy of the Black Panthers after a number of conservative groups objected to the endeavor.

Arturo Rucci, a former studio assistant to Sean Scully, was arrested after allegedly stealing and attempting to consign one of the artist’s works to Bonhams auction house.

A research project between the National Galleries of Scotland and the Courtauld Institute of Art led to the discovery of an unfinished portrait of Mary, Queen of Scots beneath a work by Adrian Vanson. The portrait, which was discovered with the use X-ray analysis, was likely painted over in the wake of Mary’s execution in 1567.

Henry Moore’s “Draped Seated Woman” (1957–58), affectionately known as “Old Flo,” was installed at Cabot Square in Canary Wharf, following a protracted dispute over its ownership.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events published Chicago’s first Public Art Plan.

Transactions

Antoine Predock Architect PC, Luxe Lake New Town Gateway, Chengdu, China (courtesy University of New Mexico)

Antoine Predock donated his former home and archive to the University of New Mexico. The architect’s former home and professional center is to be transformed into the Predock Center for Design and Research.

The Art Dealers Association of America Foundation awarded grants to the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University, the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College, and the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University.

Nathalie and Charles de Gunzburg endowed the Dia Art Foundation‘s directorship. The specifics of the gift have not been disclosed.

Art dealer Yves Bouvier sold Natural Le Coultre, his family’s art storage and shipping company, to André Chenue for an undisclosed amount.

Bank of America announced the recipients of its 2017 Art Conservation Project grants.

Transitions

Cloister of the Vows, Basilica of the Santissima Annunziata, Florence, Italy (after restoration 2013–17) (courtesy Friends of Florence)

Friends of Florence completed a four-year restoration project at the Basilica of the Santissima Annunziata.

David Velasco was appointed editor in chief of Artforum following Michelle Kuo’s resignation.

The Brooklyn Museum appointed Terrence P. Laughlin, Susana Torruella Leval, and Amanda Waldron to its board of trustees.

The Pérez Art Museum Miami appointed Gregory C. Ferrero as board president. Alia Tutor joined the museum’s board of trustees.

Jill Bernstein was appointed president the American Friends of the Israel Museum’s (AFIM) board.

Leo Xu and Jennifer Yum were appointed the directors of David Zwirner’s new Hong Kong gallery.

Kheli R. Willetts stepped down as executive director of Art League Houston.

The K11 Art Foundation announced two new appointments: May Xue Mei was appointed director of education and institutional relations, while Venus Lau Sau Yee was appointed artistic director.

Margarita Karasoulas was appointed assistant curator of American art at the Brooklyn Museum.

Phillips appointed Ken Yeh as senior vice president and senior international specialist, 20th century and contemporary art.

Bridget Finn was appointed managing director of Reyes Projects.

The Minneapolis Institute of Art hired David Chipperfield Architects to renovate its campus.

Atelier Zumthor and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art unveiled new renderings of the institution’s planned $600 million expansion.

The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver announced an $18 million renovation of its Lower Downtown space.

Accolades

Melvin Way, “Institu” (nd), ballpoint pen on paper with Scotch tape, 7 x 3 cm (courtesy Andrew Edlin Gallery and Bullet Space, New York)

The Outsider Art Fair announced Melvin Way as the recipient of the Art Absolument Prize for Outsider Art.

Simone Leigh was awarded the 2017 Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded a special Oscar to Carne y Arena, a virtual reality installation by filmmaker Alejandro Iñárritu.

Sam Bailey was awarded the 2017 HIX Award.

dRMM Architects were awarded the 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize for their work on Hastings Pier in East Sussex.

Opportunties

Socrates Sculpture Park began accepting applications for its 2018 Emerging Artist Fellowships. The application deadline is December 18, at 11:59pm EST.

Obituaries

One of Richard Hambleton’s “Shadowman” figures at 34 East 12th Street (photo by Hank O’Neal, courtesy Storyville Films)

Muhal Richard Abrams (1930–2017), pianist, composer, and educator.

Dennis Banks (1937–2017), civil rights activist and co-founder of the American Indian Movement.

Robert W. Blakeley (1922–2017), civil servant. Designer of the Fallout Shelter placard.

Fay Chiang (1952–2017), poet.

Jon Daniel (1966–2017), creative director, designer, and artist.

Paul Destribats (1926–2017), collector of avant-garde journals.

Christopher Doran (aka Click Mort) (1954–2017), artist. Best known for his porcelain “recapitations.”

Clara Halter (1942–2017), artist. Best known as the co-creator of “The Wall for Peace” in Paris.

Richard Hambleton (1952–2017), street artist. Best known for his chalk figure outlines and shadowman series.

Wopo Holup (1937–2017), artist.

John Mollo (1931–2017), costume designer. Best known for his work on Star Wars (1977).

Linda Nochlin (1931–2017), pioneer of feminist art history. Best known for the essay “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” (1971).

Harold Pendleton (1924–2017), jazz promoter, publisher, and founder of the Marquee Club.

David Vaughan (1924–2017), dance historian and archivist. Chronicled the work of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.

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