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The Louvre Museum in Paris has removed the controversial Sackler name from its walls and website. President of the museum, Jean-Luc Martinez, denied any connection between the decision and a recent PAIN Sackler protest outside the museum. | Hyperallergic
Denmark’s Volkswagen importer was ordered by a Copenhagen court to pay 1.5 million kroner (~$226,000) to Ai Weiwei for “unjustified use of artwork in an advertisement,” after Ai’s installation was shown in the background of a Volkswagen advertisement. The artwork was crafted from over 3,500 life jackets collected from refugees arriving on the Greek Island of Lesbos. Ai was also granted 250,000 kroner (~$38,000) for non-financial damage. | Washington Post
Sadie Roberts-Joseph, a prominent figure in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was discovered dead in the trunk of a car on Friday, July 12. On July 15, the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office announced that the preliminary cause of her death was “traumatic asphyxia, including suffocation.” The 75-year-old activist and curator founded the city’s nonprofit Odell S. Williams Now & Then Museum of African American History in 2001. | Hyperallergic
Artist Zehra Doğan was briefly detained following a protest at Berlin’s Pergamon Museum. Doğan and three other artists adorned their bodies with cave paintings from Hasankeyf, an ancient Mesopotamian city, to protest its imminent destruction caused by the construction of a new dam. | Hyperallergic
Egyptian-British novelist Ahdaf Soueif resigned from her role as a British Museum trustee, citing the museum’s endorsement of the oil giant British Petroleum (BP) and its inaction on the issue of artifact restitution as some of the reasons for her resignation. | Hyperallergic
Tate’s Directors declared a climate emergency, pledging to reduce the institution’s carbon footprint by at least 10 percent by 2023, and switching to a green electricity tariff across all four of its outposts. | Tate
Activist José Bello was arrested less than 36 hours after criticizing the immigration enforcement and detention practices of ICE in a poem titled “Dear America.” His bond is set at $50,000. In a lawsuit, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is arguing that his violates Bello’s First Amendment rights. | Hyperallergic
A man howling “You die!” set ablaze the building of the Kyoto Animation studio in Japan, killing 33 people. The arsonist, a 41-year-old man, is being held in police custody. The Kyoto police provided no immediate information on his motive. | Hyperallergic
Benin received a $22.5 million loan from France for a new museum, which will house the return of 26 cultural artifacts on long-term loan from France. The objects were originally seized by French troops from Benin in 1892. | Hyperallergic
Polymathic musician and artist Solange Knowles has partnered with art institutions worldwide to host free screenings of her interdisciplinary performance art film When I Get Home (2019). The 41-minute-long, remastered director’s cut will feature new scenes and a new score. | Hyperallergic
The Houston Endowment bestowed the Rothko Chapel $2 million to support its restoration and expansion. | Artforum
The Pérez Art Museum Miami has received a $1 million gift from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the museum’s newly formed Caribbean Cultural Institute. The donation is timed with the July 18 opening of The Other Side of Now: Foresight in Contemporary Caribbean Art — an exhibition featuring 14 artists from Caribbean region and its diaspora, including Nyugen Smith, Deborah Anzinger, Charles Campbell, Andrea Chung, and more. This and other notable sales and acquisitions are chronicled in our latest Transactions story.
The Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco is seeking applicants for its Emerging Artists Program, a call for artists to submit a solo exhibition proposal of their work. Three final artists will be selected to present a 3-month exhibition of their work. The application deadline is August 5. | MoAD
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
Nana Adusei-Poku was appointed senior academic advisor and Luma Foundation fellow at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College. | via email announcement
Khalid Albaih was awarded the inaugural Freedom artist’s residency by the Artists at Risk Connection, organized by Pen America and ArtX. | via email announcement
Daina Ashbee and Alice Sheppard were awarded the 2019 Juried Bessie Award and Outstanding Breakout Choreographer Award, respectively, by the New York Dance and Performance Awards. | via email announcement
Namulen Bayarsaihan was appointed director of education of the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut. | via email announcement
Kerry Bishop was appointed managing director of London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts. | Artforum
Victoria Cheetham was appointed chief operating officer of Tate. | Artforum
Cheim & Read Gallery will open an outpost in uptown Manhattan. | ARTnews
Jennifer Field was named executive director of the David Smith Estate. | ARTnews
Hilary Harkness is now represented by P.P.O.W. | ARTnews
Nanna Heitmann and Zied Ben Romdhane were selected as two nominees to Magnum Photos agency. | via email announcement
Kellie Honeycutt was appointed deputy director, and Daniel S. Palmer was appointed curator, of the Public Art Fund in New York. | ARTnews
Maya Lin and Louise & Leonard Riggio were honored at the Parrish Art Museum Midsummer Party. | via email announcement
The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) has announced the exhibitor list for the Chicago Invitational, taking place September 18–21. | ARTnews
New York Foundation for the Arts has awarded $661,000 to 98 New York State artists. | NYFA
The North Carolina Museum of Art named Jerry Hwang chief operating officer; Joanne Zach was named controller and senior director of finance; Meghan Olis was named director of collections and exhibitions management; Lyle Humphrey was named associate curator of European art and collections history; and Michele Frederick was appointed associate curator of European art. | via email announcement
Tobias Ostrander, the chief curator of the Pérez Art Museum Miami, has resigned. | Miami Herald
Pace/MacGill Gallery will move to Pace Gallery’s new headquarters. | Art Daily
Paula Rego was awarded Portugal’s Medalha de Mérito Cultural. | via email announcement
Peter Saul is now represented by Michael Werner (in New York, London, and Trebbin) and Venus Over Manhattan (in New York). | ARTnews
Mary Schmidt Campbell has joined the board of trustees of the J. Paul Getty Trust. | Culture Type
Bart van der Heide was appointed director of Museion in Bolzano, Italy. | ARTnews
For its spring 2019 grant cycle, Andy Warhol Foundation has given $3.81 million to 41 arts organizations in the United States and Canada. | ARTnews
Frieder Burda (1936–2019), collector of Modern masters | TAN
Andrea Camilleri (1925–2019), author of Montalbano detective series | Guardian
Johnny Clegg (1953–2019), South African musician and anthropologist | Rolling Stone
Elka Gilmore (1960–2019), chef | SF Chronicle
E. Katherine Kerr (1937–2019), actress and playwright. | Playbill
David Koloane (1938–2019), artist who was a pivotal voice in South Africa’s apartheid | NYT
Lucette Lagnado (1956–2019), journalist and memoirist | Wall Street Journal
Jerry Lawson (1944–2019), lead singer of the Persuasions | NYT
Charles Levin (1949–2019), actor known for his role on Seinfeld | Variety
Katharine Mulherin (1964–2019), gallerist and founder of Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects | Globe and Mail
Colin Palmer (1944–2019), renowned historian of the African Diaspora | Amsterdam News
Alan Rogan (1951–2019), guitar technician and collector | Times
Michael Seidenberg (1954–2019), bookseller who ran a secret literary salon on the Upper East Side of Manhattan | Forward
The new generation of artists and curators is eager to explore alternative organizations and to tackle current social inequalities and issues.
Her female nudes were extraordinary for the time because she portrayed female sexual desire. Her subjects defied conventional ideals of femininity.
No Vacancy, curated by Jody Graf, will be on view from October 26 through November 8 at the school’s Kellen Gallery in New York City.
Francis made over 10,000 artworks, starred in more than 100 solo exhibitions, and, in the late 1950s to mid-1960s, commanded the highest prices of any living painter.
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Over a century after Wright designed a workplace that borrowed features from the home, designers are at it again, but who does a homey office really serve?
Art by Athena LaTocha, Wendy Red Star, Marianne Nicolson, Anita Fields, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith & Neal Ambrose-Smith, and more is on view through January 2022.
This week, the National Gallery of Art finally acquired a major work by Faith Ringgold, the director of The Velvet Underground talks film, North America’s Hindu Nationalist problem, canceling legacy admissions, and more.
Sculptures of Oaxacan alebrijes, envisioned as guardians of the nation’s immigrant community, and catrinas, Day of the Dead skeletons, are now at Rockefeller Center.