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Over the summer, Hyperallergic interviewed dozens of art handlers about the variable conditions of their workplaces. In honor of Labor Day, we are bringing their stories of accident and injury into the light as part of a five-part feature, The Danger Epidemic in Art Handling. | Hyperallergic
Historian Erin Bartram launched a new Google spreadsheet circulating on the web is allowing adjunct professors in colleges and universities to share their salaries and working conditions. The spreadsheet, simply titled “Adjuncts Rates,” has so far garnered about 250 entries from adjunct professors across the United States. | Hyperallergic
Sotheby’s says its shareholders have approved the $3.7 billion sale of the auction house to billionaire Patrick Drahi’s BidFair USA. The Financial Times reports that the deal received support from 91 percent of the shares voting at a special meeting held in New York. | Financial Times
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who represents the 14th district of New York in the Bronx and Queens, unveiled a series of New Deal Era-style posters to promote her Green New Deal (GND) plan. | Hyperallergic
A drag show for performers with Down syndrome was canceled by Republican congressional candidate Peter Meijer. He rescinded permission for the showcase at a venue he owns, questioning whether or not the performers could provide “informed consent.” The Disability Drag Show, organized by DisArt, has been rescheduled and will proceed at a new location. | Hyperallergic
Materials for the Arts (MFTA) in Long Island City, New York kicked off its fifth annual Back to School Shopping Spree program, which invites teachers to collect art supplies for their classes free of charge. The program will continue through the end of September. | Hyperallergic
Hyperallergic summarized Jeffrey Epstein’s ties to the New York Academy of Art, where he served as a board member, and M.I.T. Media Lab, to which he donated almost $1 million. | Hyperallergic
India’s Madhavendra Palace in Nahargarh Fort, Jaipur, has been transformed into an expansive sculpture gallery. | Hyperallergic
According to the third annual Cultural Infrastructure Index, a report that charts investments in new art museums and cultural institutions worldwide, a total of $8 billion was spent on the construction of 148 new museums and cultural institutions across the globe in 2018. | Hyperallergic
The Art Institute of Chicago has acquired the W. Bruce and Delaney H. Lundberg Collection of 19-century American photography — a cache of nearly 500 works of daguerrotype and other formats. The subjects range from unnamed laborers and craftsmen to babies and other children posing for their first photos to President Zachary Taylor. The gift was made possible by the Phillip Leonian and Edith Rosenbaum Leonian Charitable Trust.
This and other notable sales and acquisitions are chronicled in our latest Transactions story.
This Week in the Art World
Derrick Adams is now represented jointly by Luxembourg & Dayan and Salon 94. | artnet News
Almine Rech Gallery has joined representation for the Karel Appel Estate. | via email announcement
Elissa Auther was appointed chief curator and deputy director of curatorial affairs at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York. | via email announcement
Magalí Arriola was named director of the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City. | ARTnews
Ali Banisadr is now represented by Kasmin Gallery. | via email announcement
Emelie Gevalt was named curator of folk art at the American Folk Art Museum in New York. | Artforum
Nina Katchadourian is now represented by Pace Gallery. | via email announcement
Eva Langret was named artistic director of Frieze London. | via email announcement
Katherine Martin was appointed head of New York’s Asia Week. | Artfix Daily
Rosalind Nashashibi was named the inaugural artist in residence at the National Gallery in London. | The Art Newspaper
Lea Pinsky was appointed executive director of Art Encounter. | Artforum
Tommaso Protti was awarded the 10th Carmignac Photojournalism Award. | via email announcement
Michael Rakowitz was awarded the 2020 Nasher Prize. | via email announcement
Amy Sedao will step down as director of the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania. | Artforum
James Atlas (1949–2019), author and editor of biographies | Seattle Times
Pedro Bell (1950–2019), artist and illustrator best known for his album cover art for Funkadelic and George Clinton | LA Times
Clora Bryant (1927–2019), jazz trumpeter | Washington Post
Leslie H. Gelb (1937–2019), diplomat and journalist | Star Advertiser
Valerie Harper (1939–2019), actress andd dancer | People
Rosemary Kuhlmann (1922–2019), opera and theatre performer | Broadway World
Peter Lindbergh (1944–2019), fashion photographer and film director | FStoppers
Stanley Love (1970–2019), experimental choreographer | ARTnews
Brunilda Ruiz (1936–2019), ballet dancer | NYT
Nie Yuanzi (1921–2019), academic and activist | NYT
Three Looted Antiquities at the Met Repatriated to Turkey
Nine other repatriated works were seized from Met Trustee Shelby White, whose collection was subject to a criminal investigation.
This week, the world’s lightest paint, Pakistan’s feminist movement, World Puppy Day, and were some of Vermeer’s paintings created by his daughter?
The Wider World and Scrimshaw
On March 28, join the New Bedford Whaling Museum online and in-person for a symposium on global carving traditions from across the Pacific Rim.
Who Will Decide on the Future of a Miami Native Burial Ground?
Native activists say sacred remains and objects dug up from a Brickell construction site should remain there, but mega-developer Jorge Pérez is pushing back.
How Can a Curator Approach South Asian Futurisms?
How do I acknowledge my shortcomings while reckoning with obscured histories and the exclusion of subaltern narratives in the fine art landscape? A working checklist for curators.
MCA Chicago Presents On Stage: Frictions
Will Rawls, Shamel Pitts | TRIBE, and Barak adé Soleil explore Blackness, queerness, movement, and dance in performances at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.
The Complicated Legacy of Camilo Egas
The Ecuadorian painter, a leading figure of Latin America’s Indigenismo art movement, has been both praised and scorned for his representation of Indigenous peoples.
Tom Jones Zeroes in on Ho-Chunk Visibility
“I think about the young kids, the teenagers, and I think being able to see yourself represented in art is so powerful,” says the artist.
Haggerty Museum of Art Presents Tomás Saraceno in Dialogue With Dr. Somesh Roy
The artist and researcher will explore soot’s effects on climate change and public health in this online conversation.
Hundreds of Artworks by NYC Teenagers Go on View at the Met
The talented seventh through twelfth-grade students are recipients of the 2023 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.
NYC’s Flatiron Building Sells for a Whopping $190M
The sale to outsider bidder Jacob Garlick puts an end to the protracted legal battle between the iconic skyscraper’s five former owners.
McKnight Visual Artist Fellows Discussion Series at the Minneapolis Institute of Art
The series features 2021 Fellows David Bowen, Mara Duvra, Rotem Tamir, Ben Moren, and Dyani White Hawk in conversation with renowned curators and critics.
The Best Memes Roasting the “We ❤️ NYC” Campaign
A graphic designer on Twitter created a hilarious send-up of the universally reviled logo, and the rest is history.
Did You Know These Museums Were Free for New Yorkers?
The “Free Admission” campaign is advocating to make ticket pricing information more transparent to visitors, who may be confused or misled by institutions’ language.