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Week in Review: Controversial Mural Will Be Preserved, Baton Rouge African American Museum Vandalized

Also, a wheelchair user criticized the Tate Modern for inaccessibility issues, a controversial monument to women’s suffrage will be redesigned to include Sojourner Truth, and more.

Victor Arnautoff’s “The Life of George Washington” (1934) at George Washington High School in San Francisco (© Tammy Aramiam/GWHS Alumni Association)

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.

The San Francisco Board of Education voted on Tuesday night to conceal, but not destroy, “The Life of George Washington” mural at George Washington High School. The 4-to-3 vote came after more than a month of intense debating between students, parents, faculty, alumni, city officials, and the public. | Hyperallergic

A wheelchair user criticized the Tate Modern for inaccessibility issues in its Olafur Eliasson Exhibition. The Tate says that the tunnel sculpture in question “cannot be made safely accessible for wheelchair users.” | Hyperallergic

Kim Seo-kyung and Kim Eun-sung’s “Statue of Peace” (2011) outside the Japanese embassy in Seoul, South Korea (via YunHo LEE/Flickr)

A group of ten artists participating in the Aichi Triennale in Nagoya, Japan, demanded to remove their works from the festival, calling the decision to close the exhibition After ‘Freedom of Expression?’ an “unacceptable act of censorship.”. | Hyperallergic

On Monday, August 12, Baton Rouge’s African American Museum was badly damaged in what appears to be an act of vandalism exactly one month after its founder, Sadie Roberts-Joseph, was found murdered. Photos posted on Facebook show windows popped from their frames and benches flipped over. | Hyperallergic

A controversial monument to women’s suffrage will be redesigned to include Sojourner Truth. The abolitionist and women’s rights activist will join Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony in the proposed Central Park sculpture that had previously been accused of racism and whitewashing history. | Hyperallergic

The National Endowment for the Humanities announced the recipients for its third and final round of funding for the fiscal year, totaling $29 million. | New York Times

Musicians playing their corrido for mourners of the El Paso shooting (image courtesy of J. Omar Ornelas/USA Today)

While crosses, candles, balloons, photographs, and flowers have become common symbols of the mourning that follows mass shootings, residents of the Texan border town are using corridos to memorialize the fallen victims. | Hyperallergic

Ken Cuccinelli, the acting head of Citizenship and Immigration Services, added a caveat to the Statue of Liberty’s “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses…” | Hyperallergic

A “sorcerer’s treasure trove” was found in Pompeii (all images by Cesare Abbate, courtesy of ANSA)

Archeologists working in the ancient city of Pompeii, Italy, say they have unearthed a cache of amulets, good luck charms, gems, and other items of sorcery. The objects likely belonged to a Roman sorceress, officials at the Archaeological Park of Pompeii say. | Hyperallergic

Police authorities from 29 countries joined forces to launch an operation that seized more than 18,000 illegally trafficked cultural goods including archaeological items, furniture, coins, paintings, musical instruments, and sculptures. The joint forces arrested 59 individuals in the operation. | Hyperallergic

William Sanger, “Vote American Labor Party / Roosevelt and Lehman” (1936) (image courtesy Swann Galleries)

Swann Galleries sale of Vintage Posters raked in $503,030 split across 380 lots sold. One of those was William Sanger’s “Vote American Labor Party / Roosevelt and Lehman” (1936), which sold for $7,250 — a record for the artist. (For those wondering, $7,250 in 1936 dollars would have been worth about $132,000.) Other notable entries: an uncredited 1970 ad for Porsche with actor Steve McQueen’s face on it that fetched $7,000 and four posters by Sergio Trujillo Magnenat’s advertising the inaugural 1938 Bolivarian Games. The highest lot sold, for $14,300, was Alphonse Mucha’s “The Seasons” (1900), in which the artist designed “young women as irresistible representations of the seasons” in four decorative panels on silk.

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

Opportunities

A Blade of Grass is seeking socially engaged artists to apply for its 2020 Fellowship, which supports “courageous artists in creating exchanges, experiences, and structures that highlight seemingly intractable social problems, inspire audiences, and energize folks to participate in and sustain long-term social change work.” Fellows receive $20,000 in minimally restricted support. They also have a funding initiative with SPArt for Los Angeles artists, and a fellowship for emerging artists of color in NYC under the age of 30. The application deadline is October 16. | ABOG

Learn about other opportunities you can apply for this month in our latest “Opportunities for Artists in August 2019.”

This Week in the Art World

Light sculptures made by Isamu Noguchi in the Noguchi Museum in Queens (via Wikimedia Commons)

Mark Beasley was named curatorial director of Pace Live. | artnet News

Leah E. Heister was appointed deputy director and chief advancement officer at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. | Artforum

André Hemer is now represented by Hollis Taggart. | via email announcement

Laura Hyatt was named executive director of the Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND). | Art Daily

Annika K. Johnson was named associate curator of Native American art at the Joslyn Art Museum in Nebraska. | ARTnews

Susan Norrie was awarded the annual $50,000 Don McFarlane Prize. | Artforum

The estate of Eduardo Paolozzi is now represented by Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert. | via email announcement

Gordon Rintoul will retire as chief of the National Museums of Scotland. | Museums Association

Daniela Rivera was awarded the $35,000 Rappaport Prize by the deCordova Museum. | via email announcement

Michael St. John is now represented by Team Gallery. | via email announcement

Kate Wiener was appointed assistant curator at the Noguchi Museum. | via email announcement

In Memoriam

Ronald Jones (1952–2019), conceptual artist and academic | ARTnews

Paco Navarro (1936–2019), disc jockey who brought disco to the air | NYT

Nancy Reddin Kienholz (1943–2019), mixed media artist | Los Angeles Times

Piero Tosi (1927–2019), costume designer | Guardian

Panayiotis Vassilakis (1925–2019), kinetic sculpture artist known as Takis | Washington Post

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