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This week in art news: a federal judge upheld his prior ruling in favor of the 5Pointz artists, a municipal report suggested that Beatrix Ruf had been wrongfully accused of conflicts of interest, and Erwin Wurm’s “Hot Dog Bus” began serving free hot dogs in Brooklyn.

Erwin Wurm’s “Hot Dog Bus” (2018) (via publicartfund.org)

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Judge Frederic Block rejected a post-trial motion by property developer Jerry Wolkoff to dismiss his prior court ruling compensating the artists of 5Pointz for the whitewashing of their artwork in October 2014. In his ruling last February, the federal judge ordered that the artists be paid $6.75 million in damages.

Part of a report obtained by Dutch broadcaster AT5 suggests that former Stedelijk Museum director Beatrix Ruf was wrongfully accused of conflicts of interest. The report, which was commissioned by the Municipality of Amsterdam, has yet to be published in full. Ruf resigned as the director of the Stedelijk in October 2017 after it emerged that she had not declared the earnings of her art advisory business, Currentmatters. An article by Dutch newspaper NRC also accused Ruf of failing to declare the details of a major museum donation by Thomas Borgmann, the terms of which were allegedly favorable to galleries with which Ruf had regularly worked. Three museum board members — Rita Kersting, Madeleine de Cock Buning, and Jos van Rooijen — resigned this week following the report’s partial publication.

Erwin Wurm’s “Hot Dog Bus” will serve free hot dogs on weekends at Brooklyn Bridge Park through August 26. Organized by the Public Art Fund, the work — which is executed through a modified, bright yellow Volkswagen Microbus — encourages participants to “reconsider the relationship between capitalism and consumption in today’s culture.”

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) repeal of net neutrality went into effect, removing the legal protections that prevent internet service providers (ISPs) from slowing down websites, blocking apps, and demanding fees for downloading content.

Guess co-founder and art collector Paul Marciano stepped down as the fashion brand’s executive chairman following accusations of improper conduct. A committee assigned to investigate allegations of groping and unsolicited kissing found that Marciano “exercised poor judgement in his communications with models and photographers.”

Banksy claimed that his original entry to the Royal Academy of Arts’ 2018 Summer Exhibition, which he submitted under the alias Bryan S. Gaakman (an anagram of ‘Banksy anagram’), was rejected by the show’s jury committee.

(via Instagram/@banksy)

Spain’s culture and sports minister, Maxim Huerta, resigned after it emerged that he had used a shell company to evade taxes between 2006 and 2008. According to a report by El Confidencial, Huerta was ordered to pay a fine of €360,000 (~$417,000) last year. José Guirao, the current head of the Montemadrid Foundation, was appointed to succeed Huerta.

Chicago’s Shane Campbell Gallery filed a lawsuit against Frieze, a week after the art fair announced it would offer a 10% refund to galleries impacted by extreme heat conditions at its most recent New York fair.

Parisian bistro and terrace cafe owners launched a campaign to be formally recognized by UNESCO as an “Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding.”

The Creative Independent surveyed visual artists on the subject of financial stability. On a scale of 1-10, a median of the survey’s respondents cited their economic stability as a 5, with around 60% reporting earnings of less than $30,000 a year.

Jean Nouvel’s “MoMA tower” reached its full, 82-story height, tying with the Chrysler building and the New York Times building as the sixth tallest structure in New York City.

Artworks and items from Kurt Cobain’s personal collection were destroyed during a fire at the Aberdeen Museum of History on Saturday.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) launched Collator, a program for visitors to create their own print catalogues of works from the museum’s collection.

Google removed the egg featured in its salad emoji in order to be more inclusive for vegans.

Transactions

Richard Hamilton, “Picasso’s Meninas, from Hommage à Picasso” (1973), hard-ground, soft-ground, and stipple etching, with roulette, open-bite and lift-ground aquatint, drypoint, and burnishing, on BFK Rives paper, with full margins, sold for £23,750 at Phillips London on June 7, 2018 (courtesy Phillips)

Works by Cy Twombly, Roy Lichtenstein, Pablo Picasso, Richard Hamilton, and others were among those sold in Phillips London’s day and evening sales of editions on June 7. This and other notable sales and acquisitions are chronicled in our latest Transactions story.

Transitions

Victoria Camblin resigned as editor and artistic director of ART PAPERS. Sarah Higgins was appointed interim editor.

The Baltimore Museum of Art announced four new appointments: Christine Dietze as chief operating officer, Gamynne Guillotte as chief education officer, Heather Hueglin Marchese as chief advancement officer, and Melanie Martin as chief innovation officer.

Soyoung Lee was appointed chief curator of the Harvard Art Museums.

Sarah Milroy was appointed chief curator of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection.

Mark Schlemmer was promoted to registrar for collections at the New York Historical Society Museum & Library.

The Yale School of Art appointed Aki Sasamoto as assistant professor in sculpture.

Megan Brown was appointed manager of youth and family programs at the Bruce Museum.

Martin Wilson was appointed chief general counsel of Phillips.

Paula Cooper Gallery will temporarily move its headquarters to 524 West 26th Street.

New York gallery Tanya Bonakdar will open a second location in Los Angeles next month.

Rodeo gallery will open a second space in Greece on June 18.

007 Elements, a museum dedicated to James Bond, will open in the Austrian alps on July 12.

The newly renovated Scopes Trial Museum — dedicated to the 1925 ‘Scopes Monkey Trial’ — reopened in Dayton, Tennessee.

David Zwirner now represents the the estate of Roy DeCarava.

Mitchell-Innes & Nash now represents the Kiki Kogelnik Foundation.

Blum & Poe gallery announced the representation of Mimi Lauter and Tony Lewis.

Francis M. Naumann now represents Kathy Ruttenberg [via email announcement].

The New York Ceramics & Glass Fair was cancelled ahead of its 20th anniversary in January.

Accolades

Miriam Escofet, “An Angel At My Table,” oil on linen over panel (© Miriam Escofet)

Miriam Escofet was awarded the 2018 BP Portrait Award for a painting of her mother titled “An Angel at My Table.”

Mona Hatoum will receive the 2018 Ruth Baumgarte Art Award on June 23.

The seventh BMW Journey Award was presented to Zac Langdon-Pole.

The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft announced its 2018–19 resident artists.

The winners of the 2018 Swiss Design Awards were announced.

The Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program announced its 2018–19 residency awardees.

The California College of the Arts presented its annual IMPACT Award to Hatch Workshop and House9. The latest award is centered on proposed solutions to affordable housing issues faced by creative professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art announced the winners of its 2018 Art+Technology Lab grants: Tahir Hemphill, Jen Liu, Sarah Rara, and Diana Thater.

Obituaries

David Douglas Duncan, “Presidential candidate Richard Nixon responds to a question at his press conference, Republican National Convention, Miami Beach, 1968,” gelatin silver print, 8 7/8 x 13 5/8 in, David Douglas Duncan Papers and Photography Collection (© David Douglas Duncan; courtesy Harry Ransom Center)

George Baker (1940–2018), nature conservationist.

Douglas Bennet (1938–2018), political official and college president. President and CEO of National Public Radio (1983–93).

Ira Berlin (1941–2018), historian. Best known for Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America (1998) and Generations of Captivity: A History of African-American Slaves (2003).

Anthony Bourdain (1956–2018), chef, author, and documentarian.

Daša Drndić (1946–2018), writer.

David Douglas Duncan (1916–2018), photographer.

D.J. Fontana (1931–2018), drummer. Member of Elvis Presley’s band.

Murray Fromson (1929–2018), reporter and cofounder of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the press.

Eunice Gayson (1928–2018), actor. Portrayed Sylvia Trench, the first Bond girl.

Lorraine Gordon (1922–2018), proprietor of the Village Vanguard, New York’s oldest jazz nightclub.

Jon Hiseman (1944–2018), drummer and composer.

Maya Jribi (1960–2018), the first female leader of a political party in Tunisia.

Teddy Johnson (1919–2018), singer and radio presenter.

Danny Kirwan (1950–2018), guitarist, singer, and songwriter for Fleetwood Mac.

Nick Meglin (1935–2018), editor of Mad magazine between 1985 and 2004.

Kira Muratova (1934–2018), filmmaker.

Michael Noakes (1933–2018), painter.

Jalal Mansur Nuriddin (1944–2018), poet and musician. Member of the Last Poets.

Gena Turgel (1923–2018), Holocaust survivor.

Michael Vollbracht (1947–2018), designer and illustrator.

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