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This week in art news: the five male artists shortlisted for the BelgianArtPrize withdrew from the competition, hateful leaflets were strewn outside the Rothko Chapel, and the Royal Mail unveiled six new stamps to mark the 250th anniversary of the Royal Academy of Arts.

Grayson Perry’s Royal Academy stamp, one of six designed to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the art institution (courtesy Royal Mail)

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All five nominees of the 2019 BelgianArtPrize withdrew from the contest following a public petition criticizing the all-male shortlist.

The Rothko Chapel in Houston was vandalized last Friday morning. Paint was poured into a reflecting pool surrounding Barnett Newman’s “The Broken Obelisk” (1963–67), a sculpture dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr., while leaflets reading “it’s okay to be white” were left scattered across the Chapel’s grounds. Police are currently investigating the incident.

Royal Mail issued six new stamps to mark the 250th anniversary of the Royal Academy of Arts. The designs — all newly commissioned artworks — were created by Norman Ackroyd, Tracey Emin, Grayson Perry, Fiona Rae, Barbara Rae, and Yinka Shonibare.

The third edition of Art Stage Jakarta was cancelled amid the ongoing unrest in Indonesia.

Bath’s Museum of East Asian Art released a full list of the 48 objects stolen during a burglary on April 17.

A judge declined to issue an injunction requested by a Confederate heritage group, paving the way for three Confederate statues to be removed in Memphis.

An issue of Interview magazine (via interviewmagazine.com)

Interview magazine — founded by artist Andy Warhol in 1969 and owned by collector Peter Brant — filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy according to a report by the Observer. The decision follows a number of recent legal complaints and staff departures. According to a statement published by Brant’s company, Art Media Holdings, LCC., the bankruptcy will not effect other Brant-owned publications such as Art in America and ARTnews, as Interview has operated as a separate entity since October 2015.

Laurent and Olivier Kraemer were charged with organized fraud and money laundering as part of an investigation into allegedly fake Louis XIV furniture. Other defendants include cabinetmaker Jacques Poisson and his wife Colette, Michel Rocaboy, and dealer Roland de l’Espée.

Gerhard Richter donated 18 works to raise funds for Housing First, a project that will provide permanent rented accommodation for homeless people in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

The Art Gallery of Ontario revised the title of a 1929 painting by Emily Carr, replacing the painting’s original title, “Indian Church,” with “Church at Yuquot Village.” The revision explicitly acknowledges the Indigenous community that lived where the church was located.

A confidential internal survey obtained by the Ottawa Citizen states that over half of the National Gallery of Canada‘s employees are dissatisfied with the decisions made by the institution’s senior management.

Google Arts & Culture launched Faces of Frida, the largest online collection of artworks and objects related to Frida Kahlo ever compiled.

A Chinese vase brought to Sotheby’s in an old shoebox was identified as an 18th-century porcelain vessel bearing the mark of Qing dynasty Emperor Qianlong. The vase has been given an estimated sale price of $600,000 to $850,000.

Transactions

Thornton Dial, “Foundation of the World (A Dream of My Mother)” (1994), welded steel rods, tin, rope, carpet, rope fiber, wood, burlap, enamel, spray paint, industrial sealing compound; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; Adolph D. and Wilins C. Williams Fund and partial gift of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation (photo by Steve Pitkin/Pitkin Studio; © Estate of Thorton Dial / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts acquired 34 works from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation, including pieces by Purvis Young, Thornton Dial, Jesse Aaron, and the Gee’s Bend Quiltmakers. This and other notable sales and acquisitions are chronicled in our latest Transactions story.

Transitions

Nicolaus Schafhausen resigned as director of the Kunsthalle Wien citing the “resurgence of nationalist politics in Austria.”

Mark Sweeney was appointed principal deputy librarian of Congress.

Laura Pye was appointed director of National Museums Liverpool.

Elizabeth Duggal was appointed deputy director and chief operating officer of the Guggenheim Museum.

The Cleveland Museum of Art promoted three members of its executive leadership team to the position of deputy director: John Easley, Heather Lemonedes, and Cyra Levenson.

Mary Margaret Pettway was appointed chair of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation’s board of trustees.

Pamela Franks was appointed director of the Williams College Museum of Art.

Marcus Civin was appointed chair of art at the University of Nevada Las Vegas’s College of Fine Arts.

James Shulman was appointed vice president and chief operating officer of the American Council of Learned Societies.

Alissa Karl was appointed chief financial officer of the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Shannon Ebner was appointed chair of Pratt Institute’s photography department.

Andrés Jaque was appointed director of the Advanced Architectural Design program at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.

Sean Burrus was appointed the 2018–2021 Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

The Racine Art Museum Association announced its new board members and officers.

Naima J. Keith and Diana Nawi were appointed to curate Prospect.5.

The newly restored Canada Pavilion was unveiled at the 2018 Venice Biennale of Architecture.

Frost Place, the former home of poet Robert Frost, reopens this weekend.

Paul Kasmin Gallery now represents the estate of Stuart Davis.

Stuart Davis, “Standard Brand No. 2” (1960–61), casein and pencil on paper, 12 3/4 x 10 in (© Estate of Stuart Davis / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY; courtesy Paul Kasmin Gallery)

Accolades

Courtney Bryan, Arthur Jafa, Robert O’Hara, Okwui Okpokwasili, and Michael Rakowitz were named the recipients of the 2018 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts.

Tiona Nekkia McClodden was selected as the fifth recipient of the Keith Haring Fellowship in Art and Activism by the Center for Curatorial Studies and the Human Rights Project at Bard College.

The Getty Foundation announced the launch of a new initiative dedicated to strengthening curatorial practice in the graphic arts, awarding inaugural grants to the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, British Museum, Courtauld Gallery, Morgan Library & Museum, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, and the Staatliche Kunstammlungen.

Hirokazu Kore-eda was awarded the Palme d’Or for his film Shoplifters.

The Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University awarded its 2018 Meadows Prize to CultureBank.

The Neon Museum selected Karl Orozco as its 2018 National Artist in Residence [via email announcement].

Tina Havelock Stevens was awarded the 65th Blake Prize.

Chen Chieh-jen was named Artist of the Year at the Award of Art China ceremony.

Mona Hatoum was awarded the fourth Ruth Baumgarte Art Award.

Olga Tokarczuk was awarded the Man Booker International Prize.

The MacDowell Colony will award its 59th Edward MacDowell Medal to cartoonist Art Spiegelman.

Art Spiegelman, “Self-Portrait with Maus Mask” (1989) (© 1989 by Art Spiegelman) (used by permission of the artist and The Wylie Agency LLC)

Obituaries

David Donnison (1926–2018), social scientist.

Bill Gold (1921–2018), graphic designer. Best known for his film poster designs.

Elena Gremina (1956–2018), playwright and cofounder of Teatr.doc.

Bobbie Louise Hawkins (1930–2018), poet and author.

Robert Indiana (1928–2018), artist.

Zhao Kangmin (1936–2018), archaeologist and restorer. Best known for his expertise on China’s Terracotta Army.

Bernard Lewis (1916–2018), scholar of Islam.

Reggie Lucas (1953–2018), guitarist and producer.

Richard Madigan (1937–2018), former director of the Norton Museum and Wave Hill.

Patricia Morison (1915–2018), actor and singer.

Lucian Pintilie (1933–2018), stage and film director.

Richard Pipes (1923–2018), historian and advisor to the Reagan administration.

Philip Roth (1933–2018), novelist.

Joan Wile (1931–2018), songwriter, actress, and activist.

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