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Research by Forensic Architecture suggests injustice in the police killing of Harith Augustus. Forensic Architecture has partnered with Chicago’s Invisible Institute to mount a counter-investigation into the official police narrative surrounding the death of Augustus. Their findings could change the way city policing works. | Hyperallergic
The vote on Central Park’s contested suffragist monument has been postponed. The New York City Public Design Commission said that the statue, which features Sojourner Truth alongside Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, still failed to address its concerns. | Hyperallergic
A new poll seems to reveal a correlation between support of President Donald Trump and how harshly one judges Sam Gilliam’s 1980 study “Coffee Thyme.” | Hyperallergic
A new study that examined the collections of major American and European museums found that male specimens outnumbered female specimens across most ancient and modern mammals with the exception of bats, anteaters, and sloths. | Hyperallergic
Oh, crap! Thieves stole Maurizio Cattelan’s golden toilet from the Blenheim Art Foundation. Thus far, two suspects have been arrested. | Hyperallergic
In Austria, curator Klaus Littmann has filled a soccer stadium with 299 trees. However, the living exhibition has drawn the ire of two rightwing parties — Alliance for the Future of Austria (BZÖ) and the Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) — who falsely claim the installation is funded by tax dollars. DW reports that BZÖ urged people to show up outside the stadium in the day of the exhibition’s September 8 opening with chainsaws. | Hyperallergic
Check out Hyperallergic’s selection of art-related events happening in New York City for Climate Week. | Hyperallergic
The rapper Q-Tip — member of the iconic hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest — has loaned his personal art collection for public view for the first time. The 13 pieces will be featured in a non-selling exhibition, Q-Tip: The Collection, at Bonhams in New York, and will include work from artists like Hebru Brantley, Jeff Elrod, the director Harmony Korine, and Richard Prince, who did the album art for A Tribe Called Quest’s latest record We Got It From Here… Thank You for Your Service (2016). “My hope is that this exhibition will encourage visitors to learn something new, be inspired, and discover the brilliance of some of these incredible emerging artists,” Q-Tip said in a statement.
This and other notable sales and acquisitions are chronicled in our latest Transactions story.
The City of Cambridge Arts Council is seeking artist submissions for a $300,000 public art commission to commemorate the 19th Amendment. Applications must be submitted by September 30. Learn about other opportunities you can apply for this month in our latest “Opportunities for Artists in September 2019.”
This Week in the Art World
Ladan Akbarnia was appointed curator of South Asian and Islamic Art at the San Diego Museum of Art. | via email announcement
Candida Alvarez and David Antonio Cruz are now represented by Monique Meloche Gallery. | via email announcement
Ghada Amer is now represented by Marianne Boesky Gallery. | via email announcement
Aimé Iglesias Lukin was appointed director and chief curator of visual arts of the Americas Society. | via email announcement
Deborah Kass is now represented by Kavi Gupta Gallery. | via email announcement
William Kentridge and Mona Hatoum were awarded the Praemium Imperiale awards. | ARTnews
Yuki Kihara will represent New Zealand in the 2021 Venice Biennale. | ARTnews
Séverine Lepape was appointed director of Paris’s Musée de Cluny. | Connaissance des Arts
Betelhem Makonnen was awarded the $15,000 Tito’s Prize for artists working in and around Austin. | Glasstire
Cameron Shaw was named deputy director and chief curator at the California African American Museum. | via email announcement
Lorna Simpson, Ed Ruscha, and Mary Beard were awarded the J. Paul Getty Medal. | via email announcement
Maximillian William Gallery opened a space in London. | via email announcement
Juanita Abernathy (1931–2019), civil rights leader | NYT
Richard Abrons (1926–2019), patron of the Henry Street Settlement | NYT
William Y. Chang (1916–2019), translator and journalist | AV Press
John Cohen (1932–2019), folk musician, musicologist, and photographer | NPR
Luigi Colani (1928–2019), industrial designer | NYT
Betty Corwin (1920–2019), archivist who founded Theater on Film and Tape Collection | Theater Mania
Steve Dalachinsky (1946–2019), poet | The Villager
Paul Ingrassia (1950–2019), Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist | Wall Street Journal
Gyorgy Konrad (1933–2019), novelist and essayist | NYT
Mardik Martin (1934–2019), screenwriter | LA Times
Eddie Money (1949–2019), rock singer and songwriter | USA Today
Phyllis Newman (1933–2019), actress and singer | Washington Post
Ric Ocasek (1944–2019), singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and painter | Economist
Cokie Roberts (1943–2019), broadcast journalist and author | NPR
Lee Salem (1946–2019), comic strip editor | NYT
Marina Schiano (1941–2019), model, photographer, muse, and jewelry designer | Vogue
Anne Rivers Siddons (1936–2019), novelist | NYT
Jean Edward Smith (1932–2019), biographer and academic | NYT
Black American Portraits features over two centuries of artworks centering Black artists and subjects.
A love of Black art and history was the bedrock of the friendship between Dell Marie Hamilton and Susan Denker, who had markedly different racial, economic, and generational subject positions.
With what he says is his final museum bow, Fitzpatrick shines a light on the colorful diversity that composes his city.
The question of race — however hidden, however camouflaged by the shouts of the crowds — is a constant theme and an unanswered challenge.
Weisman Museum of Art Presents Highlights From the Kinsey African American Art and History Collection
An exhibition at Pepperdine University in Malibu chronicles the achievements and contributions of African Americans over the last five centuries.
Brink is not a fun book, and it shouldn’t be.
Those who want to visit the museum muse have a surgical, KN95, N95, or KF94 face mask.
The residency program awards 17 visual artists a year of rent-free studio space in New York City. Applications are due by February 15.
This week, another Benin bronze is returned to Nigeria, looking at the Black Arts Movement in the US South, Senegal’s vibrant new architecture, why films are more gray, and much more.
It is precisely Moon’s openness to using any source that makes her work flamboyant, captivating, odd, funny, smart, uncanny, comically monstrous, and unsettling. And, most of all, over the top.
Tensions between resistance to Surrealism as cultural imperialism and the embrace of it as a universalist vision of freedom unfettered run through the show.