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This week in art news: the Glasgow School of Art suffered its second devastating fire in four years, the Guardian published artist Banu Cennetoğlu’s list of 34,361 migrants who’ve died trying to enter Europe, and Beyoncé and Jay-Z released a music video shot almost entirely inside the Louvre.

List of 7,128 documented deaths of asylum seekers, refugees, and migrants due to the restrictive policies of ‘Fortress Europe,’ documentation as of May 3, 2006 by UNITED for Intercultural Action

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The Guardian published “The List” to mark World Refugee Day. Complied by United for Intercultural Action, “The List” details the documented 34,361 migrants who lost their lives within, or on the borders of Europe since 1993. Banu Cennetoğlu has utilized and distributed the document in various locations since 2003. Its publication in the Guardian coincides with an upcoming exhibition of Cennetoğlu’s work at the Chisenhale Gallery in London.

An exclusion zone was implemented by Glasgow City Council officials following a second devastating fire at the Glasgow School of Art. The interior of the building appears to be mostly destroyed, though there is no official consensus on the structure’s status. A major restoration of the School was still in progress following the previous blaze in 2014.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z unveiled the music video their newest single, “Apeshit.” Shot almost entirely at the Louvre and directed by Ricky Saiz, the film prominently features works by Jacques-Louis David, Théodore Géricault, and Leonardo da Vinci.

The public art collective Indecline modified a billboard in California to protest the Trump administration’s child detention policy. The so-called “zero-tolerance” policy was suspended by executive order following worldwide outcry and condemnation.

32-year-old Tahaij Wells was shot dead at the Art All Night festival in Trenton, New Jersey. Twenty-two people were injured during the mass shooting last Sunday.

Activist group BP or not BP? staged the “Fossil Free Mischief Festival” to coincide with the Royal Shakespeare Company’s “Mischief Festival” in Stratford-upon-Avon. The group has called on the RSC to stop accepting BP’s sponsorship. James Le Lacheur, the first actor to portray a transgender Juliet for the RSC, subsequently announced on Twitter that they will donate their performance fee to the Fossil Free £5 Ticket Scheme.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette fired its editorial cartoonist Rob Rogers following a succession of illustrations critical of President Trump that the paper refused to print.

The Whitney Museum of American Art announced Andy Warhol-From A to B and Back Again, the first major retrospective of Warhol’s work in the US since 1989.

Sir Alfred Gilbert, “Queen Victoria” (1887–89) (courtesy Fitzwilliam Museum, © Sotheby’s)

The Fitzwilliam Museum acquired Sir Alfred Gilbert’s marble portrait of Queen Victoria thanks to a recent bequest to the museum and a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF). The UK government placed an export bar on the work after it was purchased by an unidentified New York museum last year.

Anish Kapoor filed a lawsuit against the National Rife Association for featuring an image of his monumental sculpture “Cloud Gate” (2006) in a commercial last year. Kapoor penned an open letter objecting to the NRA’s visual reference to his work earlier this year.

The City of Atlanta approved a $1 million increase for the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, a 100% increase on last year’s allocated arts budget.

Constantin Brancusi’s “Wisdom of the Earth” was withdrawn from public view at the National Art Museum in Bucharest as the institution is unable to insure the sculpture.

Marc de Bel and Gino Marchal, the authors of a new book titled The Fourteenth Letter, claim to have identified the location of the stolen section of Jan van Eyck’s Ghent Altarpiece. Ghent’s mayor, Daniël Termont, stated that his office has taken the claim seriously, asking the public not to interfere with the search process. “It may sound ridiculous,” Termont stated at a press conference, “but please do not dig any holes on the Kalandeberg. That is work for the police and the public prosecutor’s office.”

Police are searching for a man who stole Banksy’s print “Trolly Hunters” from an unauthorized exhibit of the artist’s work in Toronto.

John Oliver’s recent Last Week Tonight segment on Chinese president Xi Jinping was blocked by censors in China.

Transactions

Honoré Daumier, “Y n’y a rien comm’ ça pour le rhume […]” (1838), lithograph, Fairfield University Art Museum, gift of James Reed (courtesy Fairfield University Art Museum)
A collection of more than 1,500 prints — including works by Eugène Delacroix, Honoré Daumier, Jasper Johns, and Robert Rauschenberg — was donated to the Fairfield University Art Museum. This and other notable sales and acquisitions are chronicled in our latest Transactions story.

Transitions

Deborah Cullen-Morales was appointed executive director of the Bronx Museum of the Arts.

Leslie Schultz will step down as president of BRIC next week.

Debi Gray will step down as executive director of the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art in January 2019.

Lauren Ross was appointed executive director of the Laumeier Sculpture Park.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim appointed Corinne Godsall as director, corporate, institutional, and global partners.

Elvira Dyangani Ose was appointed director of the Showroom.

Yuha Jung was appointed to the board of directors of the Association of Arts Administration Educators [via email announcement].

Lindsay Cooper Martin was appointed deputy director of the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University.

Brook Andrew was appointed artistic director of the 2020 Biennale of Sydney.

John W. Coffey was appointed curator of American art at the North Carolina Museum of Art.

Gisela Carbonell was appointed curator of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum.

Sara Roffino was appointed executive editor of Cultured Magazine.

The Pavel Zoubok Gallery in New York announced that it will be open by appointment only.

H2 Equity Partners acquired Cadogan Tate.

The newly restored Hof van Busleyden Museum officially opened.

The Woman’s Building was granted Historic Cultural Monument designation by the L.A. City Council.

The Giacometti Institute opened in Paris.

The Pasadena Museum of California Art will permanently close after its current exhibition seasons ends on October 7.

Accolades

Sondra Perry, “Graft and Ash for a Three Monitor Workstation” (2016) (courtesy the artist and Bridget Donahue)

Sondra Perry was awarded the inaugural Toby’s Prize.

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art named Kara Walker as the recipient of the 2018 Contemporary Vision Award.

Joan Jonas was awarded the 2018 Kyoto Prize in the arts and philosophy category.

Suki Seokyeong Kang and Lawrence Abu Hamdan were awarded the 2018 Baloise Art Prize.

Brenda Mallory was awarded the second Ucross Fellowship for Native American Visual Artists.

Francis Almendárez and Dana Frankfort received the 2018 Houston Artadia Awards.

Valery Jung Estabrook, Hyunjung Rhee, and You Myung Gyun were named the recipients of the AHL-T&W Foundation Contemporary Visual Art Awards 2018.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences named Glenn Frankel and Keri Walsh as their 2018 Academy Film Scholars.

Derrick Adams will receive the Pratt Institute’s Alumni Achievement Award on September 29.

Obituaries

Milan Mrkusich, “Painting Dark II” (1971), acrylic on canvas, 84 x 68 in (courtesy Mrkusich Estate and Hamish McKay, Wellington)

Myrtle Allen (1924–2018), chef and writer.

Martin Bregman (1926–2018), film producer.

Stanley Cavell (1926–2018),  philosopher.

Bonaldo Giaiotti (1932–2018), operatic bass.

Miriam Griffin (1935–2018), classicist.

Jon Hiseman (1944–2018), drummer and founder of Colosseum.

Yvette Horner (1922–2018), accordonist.

Clemens Kalischer (1921–2018), photographer.

Kazuo Kashio (1929–2018), cofounder of Casio Computer.

George N. Leighton (1912–2018), lawyer and judge. Worked to desegregate schools and juries.

Milan Mrkusich (1925–2018), painter and designer.

Matt Murphy (1929–2018), blues musician and guitarist.

Jahseh Onfroy, aka XXXTentacion (1998–2018), rapper.

William Reese (1955–2018), bookseller.

Stephen Reid (1950–2018), bank robber and author.

Gennady Rozhdestvensky (1931–2018), conductor.

Richard Valeriani (1932–2018), NBC news correspondent.

Frances Walker-Slocum (1924–2018), pianist and teacher. First black female tenured professor at Oberlin College and Conservatory.

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