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Week in Review: PAIN Sackler Protests at Louvre, Workers Unionize at Guggenheim Museum

Also, the death of artist Devra Freelander has sparked conversation across New York City to better protect bike lanes, Anish Kapoor’s “The Bean” in Chicago was vandalized, and more.

PAIN Sackler activists protesting outside the Louvre Museum in Paris (courtesy PAIN Sackler)

Week in Review is a weekly collection of news, developments, and stirrings in the art world. Subscribe to receive these posts as a weekly newsletter.

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

The San Francisco art scene has rallied in response to a layoff of the head curator at San Francisco’s 500 Capp Street, Bob Linder. | Hyperallergic

Alaska will become the first state without an arts agency if the governor’s $444 million budget veto holds. | Hyperallergic

Devra Freelander (photo by Walter Wlodarczyk and courtesy Times Square Arts)

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

Anish Kapoor’s “Cloud Gate” in Millennium Park in Chicago (via Roberto Bolaños’s Flickrstream)

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

The recently discovered Lewis Chessmen piece (photo courtesy Sotheby’s)

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.

Opportunities

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

Amoako Boafo, “Boy with Flower Earring” (2019), Oil on paper, 100 x 100 cm (image courtesy of the artist and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles, California, Photograph by Rudi Froese)

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

In Memoriam

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

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