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Week in Review: Ivory Coast Demands 148 Works From France, Banksy Work Appears in Wales

Also, the Park Avenue Armory receives a grant from the city, Agnes Gund and Oprah Winfrey will help chair a charity art auction, and more.

Royal statues from the Palaces of Abomey in Benin, displayed at the Quai Branly Museum in Paris; they are among the works slated to be returned to Benin as soon as possible (photo by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra via Flickr)

The Ivory Coast is demanding that France return 148 works once looted from the country. The Ivory Coast’s culture minister, Maurice Bandaman, confirmed that a list of works were sent to France and are set to be returned in 2019. Bandaman also told Agence-France Presse, “At least 50 museums around the world have Ivorian works, and this does not include private collection,” indicating that France is not the only country with looted works. [Agence France-Presse]

An all-girls high school, Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Connecticut, will hold an auction of works made entirely by women artists. The sale will take place March 1, 2019 at Sotheby’s in New York, with sales going to support financial aid at Miss Porter’s School. Agnes Gund and Oprah Winfrey will serve as honorary chairwomen of the auction. There will be works by over 25 artists, including Alice Aycock, Cecily Brown, Jenny Holzer, Dorothea Rockburne, Carmen Herrera, and more. The works have been donated by artists, collectors, artist estates, and galleries. Students from Miss Porter’s will help prepare the auction catalogue, and there will be an exhibition of works at Sotheby’s beginning February 22, 2019. [NYT]

The Park Avenue Armory has received a $1.93 million grant from the city of New York to replace the 138-year-old flooring in the building’s drill hall, which is used for events, artists’ commissions, and performances. The grant will provide half of the total funds needed to complete the project, which will cost around $4 million. The grant’s funds come from the mayor’s office, the city council, and the borough president’s office, while other funds unrelated to the grant have come from New York State, the Howard Gilman Foundation, and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. [ARTnews]

The Neon Museum (via Jeremy Thompson's Flickrstream)
The Neon Museum (via Jeremy Thompson’s Flickrstream)

Tim Burton will stage an exhibition of his fine art at Las Vegas’s Neon Museum, scheduled to run from October 15, 2019 through February 15, 2020. The exhibition will feature new and previously displayed large-scale work in both the indoor and outdoor spaces of the museum. [Las Vegas Weekly]

Next month, four galleries — LambdaLambdaLambda in Prishtina, Kosovo; Lulu in Mexico City; Misako & Rosen in Tokyo; and Park View/Paul Soto in Brussels and Los Angeles — will band together to launch La Maison Rendez-Vous, an art space in Brussels. The space will open on January 18 with a group exhibition, La peinture abstraite, which will feature works by Shimon Minamikawa, Anna Schachinger, Lui Shtini, and Kate Spencer Stewart. [ARTnews]

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A new work by Banksy has appeared at the back of a car garage in Port Talbot, Wales last week. Since then, crowds have gathered at the scene, with local authorities having to manage and organize the groups of people. Banksy claimed responsibility for the work on his website and Instagram. The garage is owned by Ivan Lewis, a local steelworker. “I’ve never experienced anything like this,” said Lewis. “My phone is ringing, on my house phone there’s 1,000 messages on it.” [Art Daily]

Last February, artist Robert Cendella sued the Metropolitan Museum of Art and four other major New York museums for “conspiring to eliminate competition in the art market by showing only a small group of predetermined names.” In recent days, Judge John Koeltl threw out the antitrust case because “the plaintiff has failed to allege adequately that he is an ‘efficient enforcer’ of the antitrust laws.” [Hyperallergic]

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Sylvia Pankhurst, "In a Glasgow Cotton Spinning Mill: Changing the Bobbin" (1907) (image courtesy the Tate)
Sylvia Pankhurst, “In a Glasgow Cotton Spinning Mill: Changing the Bobbin” (1907) (image courtesy the Tate)

The Tate has acquired four 1907 watercolors by the women’s rights campaigner Sylvia Pankhurst. The watercolors were acquired directly from the artist’s grandchildren, Helen Pankhurst and Alula Pankhurst, through funds provided from the Denise Coates Foundation. Currently, they are on display at the Scarborough Art Gallery through January 6, 2019, and they will go on display at Tate Britain in 2020. “These watercolors enable Tate to represent Sylvia Pankhurst in the collection for the first time and to expand the way we represent working women as subjects in art history,” said Ann Gallagher, Director of Collection (British Art) at the Tate. “At a time when gender pay gaps and women’s rights at work remain urgent topical issues, these images remind us of the role art can play in inspiring social change.”

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