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Week in Review: Keith Haring “Crack Is Wack” Mural Refurbished, Artist Withdraws Work from MoMA PS1

Also, art workers at UOVO lost their union vote by a margin of three votes, 800 musicians have signed an open letter pledging to boycott all Amazon festivals and events, and more.

A restored version of Keith Haring’s 1986 mural “Crack Is Wack” (photo by Valentina di Liscia for Hyperallergic)

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Keith Haring’s iconic East Harlem mural, “Crack Is Wack,” is back. Moved by his friend Benny Soto’s struggles with addiction and riled by government inaction, Haring mobilized his boldly-outlined shapes and energetic figures to send a cautionary message.

Video artist Phil Collins withdrew his video work baghdad screentests (2002) from an upcoming MoMA PS1 exhibition in solidarity with a prison divestment campaign targeting MoMA and its trustee Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock.

Artist Hito Steyerl demands that state-run German art institutions stop showing her work as part of the country’s “external cultural diplomacy” until the country changes its policy toward the Turkish invasion of Kurdish areas in northeast Syria, known as Rojava.

Chile’s art world has joined massive protests in Santiago. The Contemporary Art Fair of Chile has been postponed, galleries are temporarily shuttering, and an artist-led organization is crowdfunding for legal and medical aid for protesters.

UOVO’s workers with Senator Julia Salazar (center) and supporters from other labor unions in rallying outside the company’s headquarters in Long Island City on October 23 (photo by Hakim Bishara for Hyperallergic)

Art handlers at UOVO, a high-end art logistics company, launched a campaign to organize with Teamsters Local 814 earlier this month but lost their union vote by a margin of three votes.

Amazon is facing backlash for conducting business with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which operates the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Over 800 musicians have signed an open letter pledging to boycott all Amazon festivals and events until the company withdraws its contracts with the government agency.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey stated that the global platform will no longer present political advertising. In a series of tweets, the tech entrepreneur said, “We believe political message reach should be earned, not bought.”

Akili Ron Anderson’s bas relief at the building of the Studio Acting Conservatory in Washington, DC (courtesy of the Studio Acting Conservatory)

A “Last Supper” recreated with Washington, DC locals has been hidden in a former church’s walls. The frieze was discovered during a rehab of a building in Columbia Heights. Its reemergence tells a story of gentrification and DC’s Black community.

The Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris and Peru’s Machu Picchu are among 25 cultural heritage sites listed on the 2020 World Monuments Watch of endangered places.

In her first article as Hyperallergic’s Southwest editor, Ellie Duke reported on 100 pieces of Tewa pottery being returned to their ancestral home in the Rio Grande Valley.

A Presidential Parody’s ad takeover in New York City (image courtesy of A Presidential Parody)

The Trump family is the star of a satirical ad takeover across New York City, called A Presidential Parody. In one poster, Trump is impeached by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (“You’re Fired!”); in another, the president’s offspring represent “Nepotists for Trump.”

Hyperallergic editor-in-chief Hrag Vartanian takes a closer look at the photo of the Trump administration watching the killing of ISIS leader Abū Bakr al-Baghdadi. Is this another instance of the reality star-turned-president trying to upstage Obama?

Hyperallergic writer Kate Gill breaks down why Mark Zuckerberg’s misuse of the word “provenance” has significant repercussions to the future of art and journalism in the internet age.

The British Natural History Museum honored Greta Thunberg’s activism by … naming a beetle after her?

The winner from the History Center of Olmsted County’s Halloween creepy doll contest, now master of all it surveys, contemplates its next kill. (image courtesy of History Center of Olmsted County)

If you’re reminiscing about Halloween as we enter November, check out Sarah Rose Sharp’s delightfully sinister writeups of a Minnesota history museum displaying its finest collection of hellish, creepy dolls and Hellvetica, a new typeface inspired by the ubiquitous font of our times.

Irving Penn, “Cuzco Children, Peru, December” (1948, printed 1978), platinum-palladium print (image courtesy Swann Galleries)

A Swann Galleries sale of Classic & Contemporary Photographs came to a total receipt of $1,538,546. Photographer Irving Penn’s portrait of “Cuzco Children, Peru, December,” taken in 1948 and printed with platinum and palladium in 1978, topped the lots, selling for $93,750. This was one of 2,000 negatives Penn shot over the course of just three days spent in Cuzco; 11 of his shots, including this one, were later published in the pages of Vogue in 1949. The auction also included other memorable works by photographers like Edward S. Curtis, Dorothea Lange, John Divola, and Henri Cartier-Bresson. This and other notable sales and acquisitions are chronicled in our latest Transactions story.

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

This Week in the Art World

Doris Salcedo, “A Flor de Piel” (detail) (2013), rose petals and thread (Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Mr. G. David Thompson, in memory of his son, G. David Thompson, Jr., Class of 1958, by exchange; purchase through the generosity of Elaine Levin in honor of Mary Schneider Enriquez; and purchase through the generosity of Deborah and Martin Hale, 2014.133. © Doris Salcedo, photo by Joerg Lohse, image courtesy the artist and Alexander and Bonin, New York, and White Cube, London)

Alma Allen is now represented by Kasmin. | via email announcement

Jessica Bell Brown and Leila Grothe were appointed associate curators for contemporary art at the Baltimore Museum of Art. | via email announcement

Shane Campbell Gallery in Chicago has shuttered. ARTnews

Ronald Feldman retired as director of the Ronald Feldman Gallery, which he founded in 1971. | via email announcement

Tom Finkelpearl, commissioner of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), stepped down. | Hyperallergic

Jon Iwata was named chair of the board of trustees at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York. | Artforum

Sandra Jackson-Dumont was appointed the director of the soon-to-open Lucas Museum in Los Angeles. | ARTnews

Amelia Redgrift was appointed senior director of global communications and content at the mega-gallery Pace. | ARTnews

Doris Salcedo is the winner of the inaugural Numera Art Award, the largest prize in the art world today. | Hyperallergic

Kitty Scott was appointed deputy director and chief curator of the National Gallery of Canada. | via email announcement

Curtis R. Scott was appointed associate publisher of the Museum of Modern Art‘s department of publications. | via email announcement

Shannon R. Stratton was named executive director of Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency. | via email announcement

Pelin Tan received the 2019–20 Keith Haring Fellowship in Art and Activism at Bard College. | Bard

Obituaries

Matthew Abbott (1965–2019), abstract artist | ARTnews

Ed Cray (1933–2019), folklorist, journalism professor, and biographer | NYT

Robert Gore Rifkind (1928–2019), art collector and philanthropist | Los Angeles Times

Ingo Maurer (1932–2019), industrial designer | Designboom

John Witherspoon (1942–2019), actor and comedian | Legacy

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