Tate has acquired Yinka Shonibare CBE’s “The British Library,” an installation meant as a celebration of diversity in Britain, with 6,328 books bound in “Dutch wax print,” with the names of first- or second-generation British immigrants who have made contributions to British culture and history printed in gold leaf on 2,700 of the books’ spines. The installation was purchased through the assistance of Art Fund, the Tate International Council, the Africa Acquisitions Committee, Wendy Fisher, and THE EKARD COLLECTION, 2019. “The British Library” is a site-specific installation with a digital platform allowing visitors to discuss the work. The work is now open to the public as a part of Tate Modern’s collection displays.
The National Galleries of Scotland and the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) have jointly purchased Antonio Zucchi’s portrait of 18th-century Scottish architect James Adam. The portrait was purchased through a grant from the national charity Art Fund and will be on display at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh first, then at the V&A in their British Galleries in London later this year. Afterwards, the work will go on rotation between the two museums for seven years.
The Cleveland Museum of Art has acquired 17 Dutch drawings dating between 1600 and 1710; Louis Hayet’s painting “Banks of the Oise at Dawn” (1888); Jenny Holzer’s sculpture “Laments: Death came and he looked like … v” (1989); and 13 photographs by “modern American masters,” donated by Diann G. and Thomas A. Mann. The Dutch drawings include works by Jacques de Gheyn, Johannes Thopas, Maria Sibylla Merian, Gerrit van Honthorst, Nicolaes Knüpfer, Pieter Fransz, and more. Among the 13 photographs are pieces by Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Weston, Man Ray, Imogen Cunningham, Edward Steichen, Karl Struss, Walker Evans, Weegee, Richard Avedon, and more.
Christie’s The Collector: Le Goût Français sale in Paris brought in a total of €2,351,025 (~$2,638,000) on April 18. The sale’s top lot, a pair of Rococo consoles from Italy, by Giovanni Battista Foggini from the second quarter of the 17th century, sold for €175,000 (~$196,000).
Christie’s Prints & Multiples sale in New York brought in a total of $11,669,625 on April 17–18. The sale’s top lot, Edvard Munch’s “Angst, from Album des Peintres Graveurs” (1896), sold for $831,000.
Swann Galleries’ sale of Classic & Contemporary Photographs in New York brought in a total of $1,244,028. The sale’s top lot, an album with 118 1920s silver prints photographs, 16 attributed to Martín Chambi, depicting different regions of South America, sold for $58,750. [via email announcement]
The settlement comes after Tate prevented an artist who exposed sexual harassment by one of its largest donors from co-curating an exhibition.
Let’s be honest: On a best bathrooms list, no one wants to be number two.
The Newark Museum of Art Presents Jazz Greats: Classic Photographs from the Bank of America Collection
Photographers Antony Armstrong Jones, Milt Hinton, Chuck Stewart, Barbara Morgan, and more capture a breadth of legendary and local musicians and performance artists. On view through August 21.
Advocacy groups are pushing for a 5% royalty in resales, which would pertain even after the artist dies, in which case the funds would go to their estate.
This week, the Getty Museum is returning ancient terracottas to Italy, parsing an antisemitic mural at Documenta, an ancient gold find in Denmark, a new puritanism, slavery in early Christianity, and much more.
Art and photographs, publications from the 19th and 20th centuries, manuscripts, posters and more are set to cross the auction block on August 18.
The absence of an explicit framing of American art, in all of its diversity, as a visual culture of empire distorts and hampers our ability to understand — and reimagine — our social world.
The gap between the material body and the psychological one, which we all too often take for granted, is one of the underlying themes of Hiro’s exhibition.
David Rios Ferreira and Denae Shanidiin join forces to bring awareness to the plight of Indigenous women and girls, and LGBTQ+ individuals.
Metrograph’s series The Process features films that were either directed by Robert M. Young or made with the help of Irving Young’s postproduction facility.
Memes depicting a sinister, all-powerful Joe Biden alter ego are sweeping the internet, and the Democratic establishment is loving it.