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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 He rescinded permission for the showcase at a venue he owns, questioning whether or not the performers could provide “informed consent.”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
Lebanese art dealer Georges Lotfi, who once helped authorities seize looted antiquities, is now accused of doing his own share of trafficking too.
An exhibition depicts how people have reimagined the medieval period in the centuries since, and how they have revealed their own interests and ideals with each new interpretation.
The Newark Museum of Art Presents Jazz Greats: Classic Photographs from the Bank of America Collection
Photographers Antony Armstrong Jones, Milt Hinton, Chuck Stewart, Barbara Morgan, and more capture a breadth of legendary and local musicians and performance artists. On view through August 21.
During his 84-year life, Liu Shiming helped shape a new Chinese cultural image rooted in the contributions and sacrifices of everyday people.
Playing at several film festivals this late summer, Ana Vaz’s It Is Night in America asks the viewer to take on unusual perspectives.
Art and photographs, publications from the 19th and 20th centuries, manuscripts, posters and more are set to cross the auction block on August 18.
The sealant used for gem-crusted ancient Maya teeth had medicinal properties that prevent tooth infections and decay, according to a new study.
Patrons can listen to a collection of 400 titles at the library and borrow them for up to three weeks.
The Los Angeles-based photographer offers an updated version of the mythologized American cowboy, calling rodeos “the traditional drag of America.”
At its core Line Berg’s Fra Far manifests the anguish of a family whose loved one is convicted of a serious crime.
At first, simply watching people read In Search of Lost Time might seem dull; by the end, you’ll be itching to read or reread it yourself.