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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
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
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.
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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
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
“Black infants in America are now more than twice as likely to die as white infants—11.3 per 1,000 black babies, compared with 4.9 per 1,000 white babies, according to the most recent government data—a racial disparity that is actually wider than in 1850, 15 years before the end of slavery, when most black women were…
In 1850, when Dr. Robert W. Gibbes commissioned J. T. Zealy to make daguerreotypes of persons held in slavery in and around Columbia, South Carolina, for Harvard Professor Louis Agassiz to use in support of his theory that African people were a separate species, daguerreotypes were at the height of fashion.
The show, which honors the 50th anniversary of an exhibition history once ignored, continues a series of projects documenting Wilmington’s contemporary art scene.
he ownership of images has a long and nuanced legal history, which has evolved dramatically in recent years as cultural standards and photographic technologies have rapidly advanced
Renty and his daughter Delia. Renty was an enslaved African, kidnapped from the Congo, sold and forced into slave labor on the South Carolina plantation of B.F. Taylor
Two K-12 art teachers will each receive a $1,000 cash gift and an additional $500 to put toward classroom art supplies. Nominations are due October 31.
As a scholar of African American history and photography whose work has focused on the status of violent images in museums and archives, I fully support the validity of Ms. Tamara Lanier’s claim and the amicus brief.
The daguerreotypes of Renty Taylor, Delia, Drana, Alfred, Jack, George Fassena, and Jem remained in an unused storage cabinet until 1975, when it was discovered by an employee of the Peabody Museum.
I am writing in support of the amicus curiae brief submitted by Professor Ariella Aïsha Azoulay of Brown University for the full restitution of the daguerreotypes of Renty Taylor and his daughter Delia, currently held by Harvard University, to their familial descendant, Tamara Lanier.