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Week in Review: Hundreds March in Anti-Columbus Day Tour, Fatal Accident at the Brooklyn Museum

Also, the Museum of the Bible will return allegedly stolen biblical fragments, the Brooklyn Museum is trying to sell a Francis Bacon painting that the artist wanted destroyed, and more.

“Celebrating Columbus Day is celebrating settler colonialism.”

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A crowd of hundreds participated in an Anti-Columbus Day Tour organized by the activist group Decolonize This Place (DTP) together with a coalition of prison abolition, anti-gentrification, and demilitarization groups. More than 700 protestors (DTP estimates over 1,000 participants) marched from the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), through streets and sites in Central Park, to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The activists reiterated their demands from previous years: “Rename the day, remove the statue, and respect ancestors.” | Hyperallergic

A visitor to the Brooklyn Museum on Saturday, October 6, fell to his death while sliding down a stairwell banister. Kirkland Dawson, a 34-year-old New York-based attorney, toppled over the third-floor staircase railing and landed on the ground floor, according to a police report. | Hyperallergic

Francis Bacon, “Pope” (1958) (via Sotheby’s)

The Brooklyn Museum is trying to sell a Francis Bacon Painting that the artist wanted destroyed. During his lifetime, Bacon wrote the museum that “It was a throw-out and it depresses me […] that it has years later found its way onto the art market and I would prefer if it were not exhibited.” It’s estimated to sell for between $6 and 8 million. | Hyperallergic

Reuters photographer Gleb Garanich rescuing a teenage boy from a group of rightwing attackers (image courtesy of and by Andrew Kravchenko ©)

A photojournalist saved a teenage boy from a homophobic attack after an LGBTQ pride parade in Kharkiv, Ukraine. “A group of more than ten adult men surrounded a boy of maybe 14 to 16 years old and started to punch him laying on the ground when [Gleb] Garanich intervened,” Andrew Kravchenko, another photographer, said. | Hyperallergic

The Museum of the Bible (MOTB) in Washington, DC — which was founded by the owners of the arts-and-crafts store chain Hobby Lobby — will return allegedly stolen biblical fragments it had acquired from an Oxford professor, Dirk Obbink. | Hyperallergic

Earlier this month, three Desert X board members — Ed Ruscha, Yael Lipschutz, and Tristan Milanovich — resigned from their positions after the biennial announced a collaboration with the Saudi Royal Commission for AlUla, called Desert X AlUla. They say the Saudi government’s violations of human rights and the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi prompted their resignations. On October 16, the MaddocksBrown Foundation, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that was one of Desert X’s early donors, announced that it will withdraw funding from the organization. | Hyperallergic

Salvador Dalí’s “Burning Giraffe” etching was stolen from Dennis Rae Fine Art (courtesy of Dennis Rae Fine Art)

How many seconds are needed to pull a heist in the art world? Thirty-two, apparently. An audacious thief on Sunday managed to snatch a Salvador Dalí etching off an easel at a San Francisco art gallery. | Hyperallergic

A long-lost chapter of the Japanese classic work of literature The Tale of Genji — known as the world’s first published novel — was recently found at the Tokyo home of a family with ancestral ties to the feudal lord. The unearthed manuscript is now the fifth confirmed transcription of the historical novel. | Hyperallergic

Quote: Greta Thunberg; typeface: Greta Grotesk Regular by Uno (layout by Hyperallergic)

The UK’s culture secretary announced on Saturday the launch of a new development fund, which will allocate nearly £250 million (~$275 million) to cultural institutions, including libraries, museums, and “creative industries.” It is the government’s biggest-ever investment in the cultural sector. | Hyperallergic

Greta Thunberg’s handwriting has sprouted a new, free typeface by the designers at Uno. | Hyperallergic

Ben Enwonwu, “Christine” (1971) (courtesy Sotheby’s)

The painting “Christine” (1971) by Ben Enwonwu, one of Nigeria’s most influential modernist artists, sold for nearly eight times its estimated price at a Sotheby’s London this week. Incredibly, the painting hung in the home of the family of its subject, a hairstylist named Christine Elizabeth Davis, for over 40 years before they realized it had been painted by Enwonwu. It sold at the Modern and Contemporary African Art sale for £1,095,000 (~$1,411,329), while the full auction ended with a total receipt of £4,002,750 (~$5,159,084) in lots sold.

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

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

Also, check out Hyperallergic’s lists of must-see, fun, and insightful art events in New York and Los Angeles this fall.

Installation view of Arthur Jafa’s “Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death” (2016) (all images courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York/Rome. All photos by Thomas Müller)

This Week in the Art World

Éric Baudelaire was awarded the 2019 Marcel Duchamp Prize. | ARTnews

Kenneth T. Berliner was named Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Parrish Art Museum. | via email announcement

Joan Jett Blakk was awarded Queer|Art‘s $10,000 sustained achievement award. | via email announcement

Enda Bowe was awarded the Zurich Portrait Prize by the National Gallery of Ireland. | Irish Times

Melissa Chiu was named curator of the third edition of the Honolulu Biennial, which opens February 2021. | Artforum

Emilie Gordenker was appointed director of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. | The Art Newspaper

Arthur Jafa was awarded the 47th PIAC – Prix International d’Art Contemporain (International Contemporary Art Prize). | via email announcement

Inseon Kim was appointed artistic director of the second edition of the Jeju Biennale, held by the Jeju Museum of Art (JMOA) in South Korea. | Artforum

Anne-Marie Nedoma was appointed interim director of the National Gallery in Prague by the Czech Ministry of Culture. | Monopol

Obituaries

EA Carmean Jr. (1945–2019), museum director and curator | TAN

Stefan T. Edlis (1925–2019), art collector | Chicago Sun Times

Charles Jencks (1939–2019), architect and designer | Dezeen

Sophia Kokosalaki (1972–2019), fashion designer | Vogue

Ettore Spalletti (1940–2019), contemporary artist | Wallpaper*

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