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Artist Nan Goldin was one of multiple activists arrested by the NYPD during a protest outside of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office. The activists are calling on the governor to establish overdose prevention centers to combat the growing opioid epidemic. | Hyperallergic
Earlier this month, reports surfaced that Stephen Ross would be hosting a fundraiser for President Donald Trump in Southampton, carrying a $100,000 price tag. Since, a number of artists with plans to collaborate with the Shed, the Hudson Yards artist space for which Ross is a board member, have joined in on protests. Duo Zackary Drucker + A.L. Steiner announced last week they would be withdrawing from the Shed’s Open Call show, which invited underrepresented artists to exhibit their work. Designer brand Rag & Bone decided to ditch its Fashion Week slot in the Shed’s mainspace. DJ Thanushka Yakupitiyage held a performance at the Shed to bring attention to issues of “decolonization” and immigration policy. | Hyperallergic
UMB Bank is suing a city in Rhode Island for refusing to house ICE detainees at an affiliated detention center. The bank’s CEO, Mariner Kemper, is also a trustee of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Missouri. | Hyperallergic
Rachid Koraichi, a Paris-based Algerian artist noted for his work on memory sites, is building a cemetery and a memorial in Tunisia for migrants who have died in the Mediterranean Sea en route to Europe. Although the project is scheduled to open next spring, in July of this year, Koraichi buried 56 bodies of drowned migrants after he was approached by the Tunisian authorities. | Hyperallergic
A number of viral photographs claiming to depict the fire devastating Brazil’s Amazon rainforest are being falsely attributed. | Hyperallergic
After an exhibition at the Aichi Triennial was targeted by threats of violence, it was shuttered. In a public statement, a group of artists subsequently demanded their artwork be removed in an act of solidarity to uphold freedom of expression. Now, Daisuke Tsuda, the artistic director of the Aichi Triennial, has released a letter addressing the controversy, saying, “The closure of the exhibition was a decision to prioritize the lives of visitors and staff who were in a position of imminent danger. Our greatest respect for freedom of expression, however, has remained constant throughout.” | Hyperallergic
Atlanta’s High Museum of Art has accepted a donation of 24 Impressionist paintings by masters like Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Amedeo Modigliani, Camille Pissarro, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, among others, from local philanthropists Doris and Shouky Shaheen. The High will house the works in its new Doris and Shouky Shaheen Gallery in its Stent Family Wing beginning in 2020.
This and other notable sales and acquisitions are chronicled in our latest Transactions story.
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
Ylinka Barotto and Frauke V. Josenhans joined Rice University’s Moody Center as curators. | via email announcement
Genesis Belanger, Emily Mae Smith, Claire Tabouret, and Gabriel de la Mora are now represented by Perrotin gallery. | The Art Newspaper
Mark A. Castro was named the Dallas Museum of Art‘s first Jorge Baldor Curator of Latin American Art. | via email announcement
Harry Gould Harvey IV, Brandon Ndife, and Diane Severin Nguyen are now represented by Bureau gallery. | via email announcement
Andrea Joyce Heimer, Anthony Hudson, Adair Rutledge, Lynne Siefert, and Anthony White were selected as finalists for this year’s Betty Bowen Award, granted by the Seattle Art Museum and Betty Bowen Committee. | via email announcement
Taryn Kaschock Russell was named director of the Harkness Dance Center at the 92nd Street Y. | via email announcement
Ragnar Kjartansson was awarded Finland’s 2019 Ars Fennica Prize. | via email announcement
Marie A. Longo was appointed director of development and external relations for the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University. | via email announcement
Solveig Øvstebø has stepped down from her role as director of the University of Chicago’s Renaissance Society. | ARTnews
Claire Richardson was appointed executive director of the Australian Center for Contemporary Art. | Artforum
Celeste Yim was awarded the 2019 Canadian Women Artists’ Award. | via email announcement
Wang Zineng was appointed Bonhams‘s head of Modern and Contemporary Art, Asia. | Art Asia Pacific
Richard Booth (1938–2019), used bookseller who transformed a Welsh town into a literary hub | Smithsonian Magazine
Mario Davidovsky (1934–2019), Pulitzer Prize-winning composer | NYT
Ann Gish Phillips (1948–2019), luxury bedding designer | Architectural Digest
Wang Guodong (1931–2019), Mao Zedong’s portraitist | NYT
Werner Kramarsky (1926–2019), drawings collector and arts patron | ARTnews
Eliseo Mattiacci (1940–2019), sculptor | Artforum
Charles Santore (1935–2019), illustrator best known for his children’s books | Publishers Weekly
Orlando Suero (1925–2019), Hollywood photographer | People
Isabel Toledo (1960–2019), fashion designer and entrepreneur | Washington Post
An SFMOMA exhibition raises questions about what it means when museum board members have ties to politicians who support border wall policies.
The exhibition at the Jewish Museum delves into “degenerate” art and art made under duress as part of a thought-provoking yet diffuse exhibition.
In Philadelphia, a series of solo shows delves into the interdisciplinary practices of graduates whose work explores identity, familial bonds, political constructs, and nature’s fragility.
Despite his work’s apparent abstraction, Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe insists that “I don’t invent anything, everything I do is my jungle and what is there.”
David Uzochukwu, Kennedi Carter, and Kiki Xue are among the 35 artists whose work will be displayed online and at the festival in Milan, Italy.
On November 14, join Columbia University School of the Arts for virtual information sessions with the program chair, faculty, and staff.
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.
To do so before they have returned the Maqdala treasures and the Benin Bronzes and the Easter Island statues and the Maori heads, before a coherent set of precepts for decolonization has been articulated, would affirm the wrong principle.
“Everybody in Mesopotamia, as far as I understand it, believed in ghosts,” said Irving Finkel, a curator of the British Museum’s Middle Eastern department.