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“Back in Qunu” from Nelson Mandela’s Homeland series. (Image courtesy of House of Mandela Art)

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Late South African anti-apartheid activist, philanthropist, and former South African President Nelson Mandela would have turned 100 on July 18. To celebrate his life, his family released never-before-seen drawings by the revolutionary. The Homeland Series reflects on his childhood in Qunu, South Africa. After his retirement from the South African presidency, his daughter, Makaziwe Mandela-Amuah, says Mandela took up art. She credits art as a means of “taking back his own life” after nearly three decades in prison and his role as South Africa’s first Black president. Read more of her interview here.

After shooting their video for their single, “Apeshit,” at the Louvre, Beyoncé and Jay-Z filed a request to film at the Roman Colosseum. Their petition was rejected due to short notice and a previous booking, but the couple has reportedly refiled.

The Association of Art Museum Directors has announced a pilot internship program for undergraduate students from underrepresented backgrounds. The paid internship runs for 12 weeks at various AAMD member museums. The program will offer individual mentorship for the participants and a $6,300 stipend. AAMD will be selecting 10 museums to host one intern in the program’s inaugural year. The deadline to submit an application to be a host institution is Friday, September 13, 2018.

Two Chicago artists, Erica Sanchez and Janice Aponte, have founded an organization to aid victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico called Arte al Rescate, meaning “Art to the Rescue” in English. The women traveled door-to-door around the city to advertise their art show fundraiser and request raffle items and monetary donations. The charity successfully raised over $18,000, a hundred percent of which, the activists report, went to Puerto Rico.

The “Trump Baby” balloon is going on a world tour. Activists raised over $5,000 to ship the balloon to the United States, where they intend to fly it over Donald Trump’s golf course in New Jersey during his visit in August. Meanwhile, British museums are vying to acquisition the enormous balloon.

The recently announced Venice Bienniale 2019 title, “May You Live in Interesting Times,” has come under fire. Organizers said in a statement that the name as originating from an “ancient Chinese curse,” which many have disputed as an incorrect attribution. Some have called the decision orientalist.

Wes Anderson and his partner Juman Malouf will be curating an exhibition at the Kunsthistorisches Museum titled The Spitzmaus Mummy in a Coffin and Other Treasures. The Vienna museum has given the pair free range to utilize items from the entirety of its catalogue.

Chance the Rapper, popular Chicago musician, has acquired the Chicagoist. He announced the purchase in a newly released track, “I Might Need Security.”

Turkish-Kurdish artist and journalist, Zehra Doğan, smuggled a letter out of prison to thank Banksy for his recent mural in her honor, which he painted with fellow street artist Borf. The mural was created to protest Doğan’s imprisonment for her painting of the Turkish military’s destruction of the city of Nusaybin.

The University of Kansas has released a statement affirming their decision to remove a controversial artwork depicting an altered U.S. flag from outdoor view and relocated it to the Spencer Museum of ArtThe flag was created by artist Josephine Meckseper as part of a Creative Time-sponsored series called Pledges of Allegiance.

The Worcester Art Museum will be offering free admission in August, including tours and other special programs.

Mahmoud Mokhtar, “Au Bord du Nil (On the Banks of the Nile)” (date unknown), bronze, dark brown patina, 47 in. (Image courtesy of Sotheby’s)


Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi settled his sixteenth-month lawsuit with Sotheby’s earlier this week over the reported date of a sculpture the collector purchased, “Au Bord du Nil” (On the Banks of the Nile), from the auction house. Having originally requested a full refund for the work, Al Qassemi told The National that the “claim has now been amicably settled between the parties on confidential terms and without any admission of liability or wrongdoing on either side.”

This and other notable sales and acquisitions are chronicled in our latest Transactions story.


Whitney Ferrare (Photo by Paul Sunga) (image courtesy of ARTnews)

Pace Gallery appointed Whitney Ferrare as its senior director in Hong Kong.

The Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture appointed Cerrie Woodner as its director of development and events.

The Portland Museum of Art appointed Jaime DeSimone as associate curator of contemporary art.

White Cube appointed Eric Shiner as its new artistic director.

The Box, Plymouth has appointed Nigel Hurst as its head of contemporary arts.

Vladimir von Tsurikov has stepped down as director of The Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis.


The Andy Warhol Foundation has announced its six curatorial research fellows for spring 2018.

“Philip Guston: Nixon Drawings, 1971 & 1975” was awarded the 2018 FILAF D’or, the prize for best international art book, and best modern art book at the International Art Book and Film Festival.

Leonard Suryajaya and Derrick Woods-Morrow were announced as the recipients of the 2018 Chicago Artadia Awards.


Annie Oliver Bell (1916-2018), curator and editor of Virginia Woolf’s diaries.

Franz Beyer (1922-2018), musicologist who completed Mozart’s Requiem.

Jessica Mann (1938-2018), crime novelist and journalist.

Marion Woodman (1928-2018), psychoanalyst and author.

Annabelle Neilson (1969-2018), model, children’s author, and muse of Alexander McQueen.

Adrian Cronauer (1938-2018), radio personality whose life inspired Robin Williams’ character in the movie “Good Morning, Vietnam.”

Dr. Luther W. Brady (1926-2018), renowned oncologist and chair of the executive committee at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Robby Müller (1940-2018), cinematographer.

Les Lieber (1912-2018), jazz saxophonist.

Gary Beach (1947-2018), Tony Award-winning actor for his role in The Producers.

Yvonne Blake (1940-2018), costume designer.

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Jasmine Weber is Hyperallergic's news editor. She is an artist and writer based in Brooklyn, particularly interested in Black art histories and visual culture. She received her B.A. in Ethnic Studies...