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Week in Review: Sotheby’s Sells for $3.7 Billion, an Art Philanthropist Couple Helped Fund the Anti-Vax Movement

Also, leading Jewish studies scholars are defending the former director of the Berlin Museum after his resignation, the Association of Art Museum Directors passed a resolution calling on art museums to pay their interns, and more.

The gazebo where Tamir Rice was killed by police, at Cudell Recreation Center in Cleveland, 2016 (photo by Jillian Steinhauer/Hyperallergic)

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Philanthropists Bernard and Lisa Selz have given millions to institutions like the Frick Collection, the Brooklyn Museum, the Dallas Art Museum, and the World Monuments Fund. They’ve also contributed more than $3 million in recent years to the anti-vax movement. | Hyperallergic

Peter Schäfer, former director of Berlin’s Jewish Museum, resigned after the museum faced criticism for tweeting out an open letter opposing the labeling of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) as anti-Semitic. | Hyperallergic

Leading Jewish studies scholars came out in defense of Peter Schäfer, himself a prominent Talmud Scholar, and called accusations of anti-Semitism against him “false” and “outrageous” in two open letters. | Hyperallergic

The gazebo where Tamir Rice was killed by a police officer is being rebuilt as a memorial in Chicago. His mother, Samaria Rice, has partnered with artist Theaster Gates to rebuild the gazebo as a temporary meeting place for those affected by racially motivated killings and police brutality. | Hyperallergic

Nicole Eisenman, “Procession” (2019) (photo by Hrag Vartanian/Hyperallergic)

The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York will stay open seven days of the week during July and August, leaving ample time to see the Whitney Biennial. | via email announcement

The Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) approved a resolution calling on art museums to pay their interns. “By failing to pay interns, we ensure that these experiences are only really accessible to those who already financially secure,” said Jill Medvedow, ICA Boston’s director and co-author of the resolution. | Hyperallergic

The Professional Organization for Women in the Arts’s first POWarts Salary Survey collected information on education and salary for individuals working in the arts. | POWarts

Brooklyn Academy of Music administrative workers and cinema staff voted in favor of forming BAM’s seventh union by an 82% margin. “You can feel this wave of people who work in cultural institutions come together in solidarity,” one employee tells Hyperallergic. “It’s heartening to see workers coming together and standing up for themselves.” | Hyperallergic

Sotheby’s was sold to French-Israeli billionaire Patrick Drahi for $3.7 billion. The international auction house will go private after 31 years on the stock exchange. | Hyperallergic

The CEO of the Serpentine Galleries in London resigned from her role following a Guardian article alleging her connection with Novalpina Capital Management, a company co-founded by her husband which has investments in an Israeli cyber intelligence firm called NSO Group. She said in a statement, “The work of the Serpentine … cannot be allowed to be undermined by misguided personal attacks on me and my family. These attacks are based upon inaccurate media reports now subject to legal complaints.” | BBC

The revolver believed to be the weapon van Gogh used to commit suicide (©AuctionArt/Drouot)

Vincent van Gogh’s so-called “suicide gun”— the weapon believed to be the weapon the artist used to kill himself — has sold for €162,500 ($183,000). The rusty, 7mm pocket revolver was found by a farmer in a field in the northern French village of Auvers-sur-Oise in the 1960s. It was passed down through the family before later being put up for auction and eventually displayed at the Van Gogh Museum in 2016. | AuctionArt

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

Hyperallergic is commemorating Pride Month by featuring one contemporary queer artist per day as part of a series, Queer Artists in Their Own Words.

This Week in the Art World

Almine Rech gallery will open an outpost in Shanghai. | via email announcement

Christopher Atkins was named the inaugural director of the Center for Netherlandish Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Ethan Lasser will join the museum as chair of the Department of Art of the Americas. | Artforum

Avery Galleries, Kavi Gupta, David Kordansky Gallery, Monique Meloche Gallery, Carolina Nitsch, Gallery Wendi Norris, Ricco/Maresca Gallery, and Leon Tovar Gallery have joined the Art Dealers Association of America. | via email announcement

Colleen Bell, Mellody Hobson, and Robbie Robinson joined the board at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. | Hollywood Reporter

Xinyi Cheng and Giulia Cenci were awarded Art Basel’s Baloise Art Prize. | ARTnews

Donna De Salvo will step down as deputy director for international initiatives and senior curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art. | via email announcement

Cécile B. Evans, Beatrice Gibson, Mikhail Karikis, Hetain Patel, Imran Perretta, and Rehana Zaman were shortlisted for the 2019 Film London Jarman Award. | ARTnews

Valie Export was awarded this year’s Roswitha Haftmann Prize. | Artforum

Kota Ezawa is now represented by Ryan Lee Gallery. | ARTnews

Lauren Haynes and Teka Selman will organize the first Tennessee Triennial for Contemporary Art.ARTnews

Joy Harjo was named the poet laureate of the United States. | NPR

The Istanbul Biennial released the list of artists participating in its 16th edition. | Artforum

Kim Kanatani was appointed the inaugural director of the UCI Institute and Museum for California Art. | via email announcement

Pamela Lawton, an associate professor in art education at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, was selected to represent VCUarts this year as a Tate Exchange Associate. | via email announcement

René Pollesch was named next artistic director of the Volksbühne Theater in Berlin. | Artforum

Hannah Rothschild stepped down as chair of the board of trustees at the National Gallery in London. | Artforum

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair announced the 45 galleries exhibiting at its seventh edition in London this fall. | ARTnews

In Memoriam

Alan Brinkley (1949–2019), political historian | NYT

Keith Botsford (1928–2019), founder of three literary magazines, writer, translator, and educator | NYT

Susannah Hunnewell (1966–2019), editor and publisher of the Paris Review | Paris Review

Kevin Killian (1952–2019), art critic, poet, author, editor, and playwright | Bay Area Reporter

William Loverd (1940–2019), literary publicist | Penguin Random House

Sylvia Miles (1924–2019), actress | The Times

Warren Niesluchowski (1946–2019), translator and writer | Artforum

Molly O’Neill (1952–2019), food writer | Washington Post

Suzan Pitt (1943–2019), animator, painter, and educator | Animation Magazine

Anthony Price (1928–2019), author | Boston Globe

Charles Reich (1928–2019), counterculture author | LA Times

Paul “Lil’ Buck” Sinegal (1944–2019), blues and zydeco guitarist and singer | NYT

Robert Therrien (1947–2019), sculptor | LA Times

Gloria Vanderbilt (1924–2019), artist, author, fashion designer, and heiress | NPR

Peter Whitehead (1937–2019), writer and filmmaker | AV Press

Bill Wittliff (1940–2019), screenwriter, author and photographer | NYT

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