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The Whitney Museum of American Art has acquired Norman Lewis’s painting “American Totem” (1960). “One of Lewis’s most important paintings,” said Adam D. Weinberg, Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney, “this acquisition will allow the Whitney to more effectively portray the complex history of American art at mid-century.” The purchase was made possible with funds from the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund in memory of Preston Robert and Joan Tisch, the Painting and Sculpture Committee, Director’s Discretionary Fund, Adolph Gottlieb, by exchange, and Sami and Hala Mnaymneh. The painting will go on display in an exhibition dedicated to the New York School, with paintings by Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Joan Mitchell, Mark Rothko, and more. The exhibition opens on June 28. [via email announcement]
The Pérez Museum of Art Miami (PAMM) announced the acquisition of a large-scale tapestry by Jamaican visual artist Ebony G. Patterson, who currently has a solo exhibition on view at PAMM through May 5. The acquisition was made possible through the museum’s African Art Fund. [via email announcement]
The San Diego Museum of Art has received a gift of three panels by Spanish muralist José María Sert (1874–1945) from Romy Silver-Kohn and Leigh Silver, in honor of Jack and Shirley Silver. The panels illustrate Sinbad the Sailor’s seven voyages and will be on display at the museum’s quarterly event, Culture & Cocktails, on February 21. [via email announcement]
The Louvre Abu Dhabi has acquired Rembrandt van Rijn’s rare oil sketch “Head of a young man, with clasped hands: Study of the figure of Christ” (c. 1648–56). The piece is part of a series of oil sketches often called Rembrandt’s Face of Jesus group. This is the first Rembrandt work known to have been acquired for a public collection in the Gulf region. The work will go on display today in the exhibition Rembrandt, Vermeer & the Dutch Golden Age: Masterpieces from The Leiden Collection and the Musée du Louvre, which runs until May 18.
Artist Andres Serrano, colloquially known as “Piss Christ Artist,” has purchased a miniature wedding cake given out as a party favor at Donald and Melania Trump’s wedding in 2005. Serrano bought the cake for $1,880 at RR Auctions in Boston on February 7. The chocolate truffle cake, monogrammed “MDT,” includes the box, “with scattered stains.” Serrano has gained media attention for his works that use bodily fluids and feces — “Piss Christ” (1987), for instance — and in 2003, the artist photographed President Trump for his America series (2002–04). When asked what he would do with the cake, Serrano told RR Auctions, “Artists work in mysterious ways. You never know what they’re up to! I don’t like to talk about things until I’m ready to talk.” [via email announcement]
The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) has acquired 26 new works by 21st century artists for the expansion of the Sydney and Walds Besthoff Sculpture Garden, opening May 15. The garden will include works by Larry Bell, Tony Cragg, Johan Creten, Katharina Fritsch, Frank Gehry, Jeppe Hein, Georg Herold, Thomas Houseago, Shirazeh Houshiary, Baltasar Lobo, Robert Longo, Gerold Miller, Beverly Pepper, Pedro Reyes, George Rickey, Ursula van Rydingsvard, Sean Scully, Yinka Shonibare, Frank Stella, Hank Willis Thomas, Bernar Venet, and Fred Wilson. In addition, two new works have been commissioned: a 60-foot-long mosaic wall by Teresita Fernández and a glass bridge by Elyn Zimmerman. The garden will be free and open to the public.
New works by one of Bangladesh’s most prominent photojournalists, writers, and activists are on view at the Chicago art space through November 27.
Council often uses humor as a political tool to expose systems of power and inequality in a society in which even death carries a high price tag.
An exhibition at the San Francisco Opera House pairs the work of incarcerated artists with Beethoven’s story of unjust imprisonment.
Many works take disruption and repetition as their themes, and many artists resurface in different sections, creating multiple affinities.
Hear from Holly Jean Buck, Carolina Caycedo and David de Rozas, Simon Denny, Elizabeth Hoover, Renee Kemp-Rotan, Joseph Kunkel, and more at this free public event.
In Cooking with Paris, Hilton capitalizes on her portrayal of being a competent woman, while highlighting its anachronism through her absurd performance. Rosler manipulates the camera in the same way.
EFA Open Studios offers a portal into the creative habitats of over 65 artists working in Manhattan’s longest-running studio program, including Dannielle Tegeder, Wafaa Bilal, Cui Fei, and Anina Major.
A man says Blue Bayou took details of his life without his permission. Several women who appear in the documentary Sabaya say they did not consent to be filmed. How can filmmakers avoid these ethical pitfalls?
Ursula Biemann, Nicolas Bourriaud, and others said they will no longer participate in the event.
There is an official ban against the public mourning of Tiananmen Square victims in Hong Kong and mainland China.