Titian, “Assumption of the Virgin” (1515–18) (prior to restoration), oil on panel, 270 x 140 inches, Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Venice (courtesy Save Venice Inc.)

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Save Venice Inc. announced a $500,000 restoration of Titian’s monumental altar painting the “Assumption of the Virgin” (1515–18) at the Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari. Standing at over 22 feet tall, it is the largest painting on wood panel in the world.

The School of Visual Arts removed two instructors — Roy Frumkes and Robert Haufrecht — following student complaints of inappropriate behavior.

The Frieze art fair will offer “some compensation” to galleries that exhibited at last week’s New York iteration of the fair, due to sweltering temperatures inside its newly configured tent.

The anonymous buyer of a sacred pipe linked to the Dakota War of 1862 returned it to the Prairie Island Nation. The Mdewakanton Dakota Chief White Dog, one of the 38 Dakota men hung in the largest mass execution in US history, gave the catlinite pipe to one of his captors. The Lower Sioux Indian Community unsuccessfully petitioned the auction company Skinner Inc. to halt the sale last week.

The Frida Kahlo Corporation (FKC), the Panama City-based organization that licenses Frida Kahlo’s name and image, filed a lawsuit against Mara Cristina Romeo Pinedo, the artist’s great-niece. The lawsuit accuses Pinedo — who recently succeeded in obtaining a temporary injunction against the sale of a new Frida Kahlo Barbie — of allegedly attempting to discredit the FKC and usurp its licensing role.

An online petition calling for the reinstatement of Anna Coliva as director of the Borghese Gallery amassed over 1,750 signatures. Coliva was suspended for six months without pay following an anonymous accusation of absenteeism.

Ezra Chowaiki pled guilty to one count of wire fraud. The Manhattan-based art dealer was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, one count of wire fraud, and one count of interstate transportation of stolen goods. Sentencing is scheduled for September 12.

Jean-Michel Basquiat, “Flesh And Spirit” (1982–83), oil stick, gesso, acrylic and paper on canvas, two panels, overall: 145 by 145 in (© 2018 Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, NY)

Sotheby’s will go ahead with the planned sale of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s 1982–83 painting “Flesh and Spirit,” despite a lawsuit filed by collector Hubert Neumann. Neumann has alleged that the auction house violated an agreement to seek his approval on “all matters relating to cataloging, placement, and exhibiting each and every work consigned,” by entering into a separate agreement with one of his three daughters, Belinda. Mr Neumann is currently disputing a will executed by his late wife, Dolores Ormandy Neumann, which disinherited him in favor of his daughter. In a statement, Sotheby’s told Hyperallergic that “while Mr. Neumann’s motion is still pending before a panel of the Appellate Court, we remain confident that the panel will confirm the decisions by the other Justices and are looking forward to a successful auction on May 16.”

The nonprofit Authentication in Art and the Netherlands Arbitration Institute (NAI) will launch the Court of Arbitration for Art at the Hague on June 7. The new tribunal is exclusively dedicated to resolving art disputes.

Over 100 artists signed a petition calling on the UK government to reverse to decision to exclude the arts and creative subjects from the new English baccalaureate.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University partnered to establish a program dedicated to improving diversity in the museum field.

Forgotten Heritage, an interactive database highlighting the work of overlooked European avant-garde artists active after 1945, was launched online.

Historic England announced listing status for 17 postmodern buildings, including units at the Aztec West business park in Bristol and the McKay trading estate in Slough.

Georg Baselitz will become the first living artist to have an exhibition at the Gallerie dell’ Accademia in Venice next year.

The Palais de Tokyo became the first museum in Paris to hold a tour for nudists.


Man Ray (London Transport), “– Keeps London Going” (1938), poster, 39 1/2×24 3/4 in (courtesy Swann Auction Galleries)

The first of two blockbuster sales dedicated to the collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller brought in $646.1 million at Christie’s on May 8. The sale saw new auction records for works by Henri Matisse and Claude Monet.

Man Ray’s 1938 poster for the London Underground, “– Keeps London Going,” was sold at Swann Auction Galleries for $149,000, a record for the work.

The National Portrait Gallery in London received £5 million (~$6.8 million) in funding towards the creation of a new wing from the Garfield Weston Foundation.

The World Monuments Fund designated over $1 million in funding to support disaster response and restoration efforts at the Monte Albán Archaeological Site in Oaxaca, Mexico.

The National Endowment for the Arts announced its second round of funding for FY 2018.

The Art Museum of Southeast Texas acquired artworks from collectors John Gaston Fairey and James Kralik. Fairey’s gift comprises over 500 pieces of Mexican folk art, including masks, ceramics, textiles, and trees of life. James Kralik donated 16 works by Texas artists Michael Bise, Lucas Johnson, and Mary McCleary.

Joaquiín Hernández Vasquez, “Zapotec Jaguar,” hand carved and painted, 27 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 10 in, permanent collection, Art Museum of Southeast Texas


The Dia Art Foundation elected six new members to its board of trustees: Will Ryman, Lorna Simpson, Carol T. Finley, Jahanaz Jaffer, Jeffrey Perelman, and Hope Warschaw.

Ellenor Alcorn was appointed chair and curator of European decorative arts at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Leslie Brothers was appointed director of the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University.

Thomas J. Putnam was appointed executive director of the Concord Museum.

Rob Giampietro was appointed director of design at the Museum of Modern Art.

Kay Takeda was appointed senior director of artist programs at the Joan Mitchell Foundation.

Eliza Osborne was appointed deputy director of The Armory Show.

Adrian Lahoud was appointed curator of the inaugural Sharjah Architecture Triennial.

Nicolas Bourriaud was appointed to curate the sixteenth edition of the Istanbul Biennial.

Patrick D. Flores was appointed artistic director of the 2019 Singapore Biennale.

Bloomberg Philanthropies expanded its Arts Innovation and Management program to seven new cities: Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Denver, New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Washington, DC.

Printed Matter will launch a second store inside the new home of the Swiss Institute on June 21.

The Hood Museum of Art will open to the public on January 26, 2019 following a two year expansion and renovation.


Clayton Harper, “next gen 1.0 (farce edition promo)” (2018), four-channel video for web (courtesy the artist, © Clayton Harper)

The Dallas Museum of Art announced its 2018 Awards to Artists. Recipients include Jacqueline Blanco, Sasha Fishman, Clayton Harper, Ashlyn Lee, and Christopher Blay.

The Black Art Futures Fund announced the winning grantees of its inaugural funding cycle.

James Bugg was awarded the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize.

The Loewe Foundation awarded its 2018 Craft Prize to Jennifer Lee.

Jamie Preisz was awarded the 2018 Archibald Packing Room Prize.

Terence Nance and Jessica Vaughn were named the 2018 Artadia New York Awardees.

The Association of Art Museum Curators and the AAMC Foundation announced the 2018 recipients of its Awards for Excellence.

The Open Society Foundations named the first-ever recipients of its Soros Arts Fellowship.

The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum announced the winners of the 2018 National Design Awards.

Frieze New York awarded its 2018 Frame Prize to Cooper Cole.


Ruth Orkin, “American Girl in Italy” (Florence, 1951) (© 1952, 1980 Ruth Orkin, courtesy Ruth Orkin Photo Archive)

Paul Bloodgood (1960–2018), painter. Founder of the AC Project Room.

Bob Bura (1924–2018), animator and puppeteer. Best known for the children’s shows Camberwick Green (1966), Trumpton (1967), and Chigley (1969).

Edwin G. Burrows (1943–2018), author and Pulitzer Prize winner. Co-author of Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898 (1998).

Anne V Coates (1925–2018), film editor. Awarded an Oscar for her work on Lawrence of Arabia (1962).

Christiane Collins (1926–2018), author, architectural historian, and activist.

Ninalee Allen Craig (1927–2018), teacher and copywriter. Subject of Ruth Orkin’s iconic photograph “American Girl in Italy” (1951).

Thom DeVita (1932–2018), renowned tattoo artist.

Per Kirkeby (1938–2018), artist.

Joel Kovel (1936–2018), psychiatrist and proponent of ecosocialism.

Ermanno Olmi (1931–2018), film director. Awarded the Palme d’Or for The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978).

Lester James Peries (1919–2018), film director.

Pierre Rissient (1936–2018), film director and producer.

Gayle Shepherd (1936–2018), singer. Member of the Shepherd Sisters.

Wanda Wilkomirska (1929–2018), violinist.

Ronald A. Wolk (1932–2018), founding editor of Education Weekend and Teacher Magazine.

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