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Artist Nan Goldin and the activist group PAIN Sackler gathered outside the Louvre’s famous pyramid, where they unfurled large red banners reading “Louvre take down the Sackler name” and “Shame on Sackler,” and staged a die-in. The activists demand the removal of the Sackler’s name from a large antiquities wing at the iconic Paris museum. | Hyperallergic
Workers at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum voted to unionize. Petitioners including art handlers and facilities staff working in construction will join Local 30, a chapter of the International Union of Operating Engineers also representing installers and maintenance workers at New York’s MoMA PS1. | Hyperallergic
Two former employees of the immersive arts and entertainment company Meow Wolf filed a lawsuit on Tuesday alleging that the corporation subjected them to discrimination and unfair pay practice, wrongfully firing them after each brought their complaints to senior staff. | Hyperallergic
Alaska will become the first state without an arts agency if the governor’s $444 million budget veto holds. | Hyperallergic
Artist Devra Freelander was tragically killed on July 1 after being struck by a cement truck while cycling in Brooklyn, New York. Freelander was a founding member of the artist collective MATERIAL GIRLS and a recipient of the 2016 St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award. In 2017, her work was mentioned in Hyperallergic’s list of the year’s top 15 Brooklyn art shows. She was the 15th cyclist death on the streets on New York City this year; New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a state of emergency in an interview following the accident. | Hyperallergic
British grime rapper Stormzy performed at the Glastonbury music festival in the United Kingdom while donning a “stab-proof vest” designed by elusive street artist Banksy. | Hyperallergic
Police in Chicago took seven people into custody Tuesday morning after vandals had defaced artist Anish Kapoor’s sculpture “Cloud Gate,” colloquially known as “The Bean,” at Millennium Park. | Hyperallergic
A New York Federal judge ruled that a series of Andy Warhol screen prints of music icon Prince did not infringe on the copyright of Lynn Goldsmith, the photographer who took the image in 1981. Goldsmith launched the lawsuit in 2017. | Art Newspaper
A San Francisco gallerist is defending himself from allegations that he poured a bucket of water onto a homeless woman and her belongings from the roof of his contemporary art venue. | Hyperallergic
The Washington Post ran a report on the 2017 National Museum Salary Survey exploring the pay gap between chief curators, revealing that the median salary for men is $71,050, and only $55,550 for women. | Washington Post
At a Sotheby’s sale on July 2, one of the famous Lewis Chessmen pieces sold for £735,000 (~$927,423) — 55 years after it was first purchased for £5 (~$6). It was recently found hidden in a desk drawer belonging to a family in Edinburgh. Carved out of walrus ivory, the chess pieces were first discovered in 1831 on the Scottish Isle of Lewis, though their exact origins are unknown.
This and other notable sales and acquisitions are chronicled in our latest Transactions story.
In partnership with Creative New Zealand, the Bishop Museum Library & Archives has launched a residency in Hawaiʻi for Māori artists or practitioners called the Wānanga|Wānana Research Residency. The residents will explore archival material that shows a continuous relationship between Hawaiʻi and Aotearoa. Applications are due July 19. [Bishop Museum]
Learn about other opportunities you can apply for this month in our latest “Opportunities for Artists in July 2019.”
This Week in the Art World
Andrew An Westover was appointed the New Museum‘s Keith Haring Director of Education and Public Engagement. | via email announcement
Amoako Boafo was awarded the 2019 STRABAG Artaward International‘s top prize. | via email announcement
Sue Canterbury was appointed curator of American art at the Dallas Museum of Art. | Glasstire
Rebecca Cedillo, Kathleen Finck, Aleyda Kniestedt, and Jennifer Lee have koined the board of trustees of the San Antonio Museum of Art. | via email announcement
Gaylord Chan, a 94-year-old artist, was awarded an honorary fellowship in recognition of his “exceptional achievements in the arts sector and enduring dedication to nurturing young artists” by the Hong Kong Arts Centre. | Artforum
Qu Chang was promoted to curator at Para Site in Hong Kong. Anqi Li was hired as curator of education and public programs. | Artforum
Ta-Nehisi Coates was named the Apollo Theater’s inaugural Artist-in-Residence. | via email announcement
Louise Fishman is now represented by Locks Gallery |Art Daily
David Goodman, a marketing chief at Sotheby’s, is stepping down. | artnet News
The Graduate School of Design at Harvard University has named the recipients of its 2020 Loeb Fellowships: Pedro Gadanho, Elizabeth Kay Miller, Deborah Helaine Morris, Eleni Myrivili, De Nichols, Wolfgang Rieder, Andrew Salzberg, Paloma Strelitz, and Michelle Joan Wilkinson. | Artforum
Marc Jason was named chair of New York Foundation for the Arts‘s Board of Trustees. | via email announcement
Natasha L. Logan was promoted to deputy director at Creative Time in New York. | via email announcement
Bartomeu Marí was appointed executive director of the Museo de Arte de Lima in Peru. | ARTnews
Jessica Morgan, the director of the Dia Art Foundation in New York, will curate Switzerland’s Verbier Art Summit in 2020. | Artforum
Sam Moyer is now represented by Kayne Griffin Corcoran. | ARTnews
Jamie Niven was named senior advisor to the Phillips’s CEO Edward Dolman. | via email announcement
Yana Peel resigned from her position as a board member of Para Site, Hong Kong. | ArtAsiaPacific
Christian Rattemeyer was appointed director of the SculptureCenter in Long Island City, Queens. | via email announcement
Mike Steib was appointed Artsy‘s chief executive officer. | ArtNEWS
Jo Stella-Sawicka was appointed director of Goodman Gallery‘s London outpost. | via email announcement
Timothy Taylor gallery is relocating to London’s Mayfair district. | ARTnews
Heidi Zuckerman will be stepping down as director of the Aspen Art Museum. | via email announcement
David Koloane (1938–2019), pioneering South African artist | IOL
Barbara Hunt McLanahan (1964–2019), arts administrator | NYT
Min Hogg (1938–2019), journalist, magazine editor, and interior designer | Telegraph
David Binder (1931–2019), journalist and New York Times correspondent during the Cold War | NYT
Bob Dorian (1934–2019), actor, magician, and the first prime-time host of American Movie Classics | Deadline
Susan Bernard (1948–2019), actress and keeper of her father’s photographic archive of Marilyn Monroe | NYT
Isabel Sarli (1929–2019), actress and model | NYT
Billy Drago (1945–2019), television and film actor | EW
Jerry Carrigan (1943–2019), drummer and record producer | NYT
John Shearer (1947–2019), photographer who captured seminal moments in America’s history | TIME
Brenda Maddox (1932–2019), author, journalist, and biographer | The Herald
Steve Dunleavy (1938–2019), journalist and New York Post columnist | NY Post
The works in Fault Lines prove that abstraction need not be confined to the inner life of the artist.
Celeste’s sculptures all rely on natural forces to achieve balance, and thus are perpetually on the precipice of collapse.
Romanticism to Ruin: Two Lost Works of Sullivan and Wright memorializes Chicago’s Garrick Theatre and Buffalo’s Larkin Building, which were razed to build a parking lot and a truck stop.
By reinventing the traditional bokashi technique, Hamanaka reminds us that nothing is dead, even when many proclaim otherwise.
The company’s mastery of the art market’s smoke and mirrors is its most impressive illusion.
Sadly, though by no means surprisingly, there is precedence for this female erasure. Women have been and continue to be the executors of the invisible, unpaid, unaccredited labor that makes much of the world run smoothly.