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This week in art news: Curator Nikki Columbus has filed a discrimination complaint against MoMA PS1, artists lose a class action lawsuit against auction houses, and the University of Kansas takes down an altered flag that was part of an art project.

Josephine Meckseper, "Untitled (Flag 2)" from the <em>Pledges of Allegiance</em> project (photo by Guillaume Ziccarelli) (image courtesy of Creative Time)
Josephine Meckseper, “Untitled (Flag 2)” from the Pledges of Allegiance project (photo by Guillaume Ziccarelli, image courtesy of Creative Time)

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Art curator Nikki Columbus has filed a complaint with the New York City Commission on Human Rights, claiming that the MoMA PS1 discriminated against her after learning that she’d recently had a baby.

Artists Chuck Close, Laddie Johnson Dill, and the Sam Francis Foundation lost a class-action lawsuit against the auction houses Sotheby’s and Christie’s and the online site eBay. As a result, art collectors, dealers, and auction houses are no longer obligated to share proceeds from sales of works with the artists.

An art display featuring an altered US flag has been taken down at the University of Kansas due to “public safety concerns.” The piece, “Untitled (Flag 2),” is part of an art project called “Pledges of Allegiance” and was created by New York-based artist Josephine Meckseper.

Five Picasso lithographs from his Imaginary Portraits series went missing from the Los Angeles Times offices at some point between 2014 and 2018. The lithographs, along with other art in the building, was transferred to Tribune when it bought Times Mirror in 2000, and in 2014, after the company’s bankruptcy, the newly-formed Tribune Media received the collection and has now sold it at auction.

A large, black, granite sarcophagus has been discovered at an excavation in Alexandria, Egypt, along with an alabaster head found in the same tomb. It is still unknown who is inside.

Suspected Banksy art appeared overnight in Birmingham, UK. The work is of a girl sitting on the ground holding a balloon featuring the word “TAME.”

Transactions

Jackson Pollock, "Composition with Masked Forms" (1941), oil on canvas, 27 3⁄4 x 49 3⁄4 in. (image courtesy of Colby College Museum of Art)
Jackson Pollock, “Composition with Masked Forms” (1941), oil on canvas, 27 3⁄4 x 49 3⁄4 in. (image courtesy of Colby College Museum of Art)

Colby College Museum has acquired Jackson Pollock’s “Composition with Masked Forms” (1941) from  private collector at an undisclosed price. The piece will remain on view in Colby’s permanent collection galleries. This and other notable sales and acquisitions are chronicled in our latest Transactions story.

Transitions

Drew Gilpin Faust (Photo by Jon Chase/Harvard University) (image courtesy of the Getty Foundation)
Drew Gilpin Faust (Photo by Jon Chase/Harvard University) (image courtesy of the Getty Foundation)

The J. Paul Getty Trust announced that Drew Gilpin Faust will join their Board of Trustees.

The international auction house Bonhams appointed Alexis Cronin Butler as its Director of Florida.

Hauser & Wirth appointed Liberté Nuti as Senior Director of Impressionist and Modern Art.

The Mint Museum appointed Dr. Todd Herman as its new President and CEO.

The Katonah Museum of Art appointed Michael Gitlitz as Executive Director.

Accolades

The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) has announced the recipients and finalists for the NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Program.

Obituaries

August 1962 Spider-Man cover by Steve Ditko
August 1962 Spider-Man cover by Steve Ditko (image courtesy of Marvel Wiki Database)

Dennis Creffield (1931–2018), artist.

Steve Ditko (1927–2018), comic artist. Best known for Spider-Man.

Alan Johnson, choreographer (1937–2018). Best known for “Springtime for Hitler” from The Producers.

Oliver Knussen (1952–2018), composer. Best known for his opera based on Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are.

Graeme Mitchison (1944–2018), scientist, mathematician, pianist, writer.

Deirdre Murphy (1976–2018), curator.

Bill Watrous, trombonist and bandleader (1939–2018).

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