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PAIN Sackler held its first action in the United Kingdom, holding a “die-in” in the V&A’s Sackler Courtyard to honor the five people who die every day in the UK from opioid overdoses.
Over 300 books are available for free download in the Getty Museum’s virtual library. Since its launch in 2014, the Virtual Library has had 398,058 unique downloads of its PDFs.
The Baltimore Museum of Art will only acquire artworks by women in 2020.
Former Marciano Art Foundation employees, who were laid off soon after their attempt to unionize, have continued their protests. They picketed a $400/plate dinner hosted by the Marciano Brothers, and demand that Olivia Marciano, the Foundation’s Artistic Director and a board member at the arts nonprofit LAXART, speak up.
Free admission to LA’s Museum of Contemporary Art will begin January 11, 2020. You’ll still have to may for special exhibitions.
1,200 stolen paintings were discovered this month in a Los Angeles storage locker. The works are by Scottish painter and mystic Benjamin Creme, and valued at around £600,000 (~$777,000).
Activists dressed as Trojan heroes and gods crashed the opening of a BP-funded exhibition at the British Museum. Activist group BP or not BP? interrupted the opening of Troy: Myth and Reality at the British Museum, dressed as “living statues,” including a character of their own invention, “Petroleus.”
On Monday, November 18, the Europol the European Union’s Judicial Cooperation Unit (EUROJUST) announced that about 10,000 cultural items had been seized and 23 people were arrested in a coordinated cross-European police operation that dismantled a large-scale international archeological trafficking ring.
Under new articles in Egypt’s antiquities protection law, climbing monuments and smuggling antiquities out of the country will result in high fines and jail sentences.
An exhibition by Chinese-American artist Hung Liu that was set to open in Beijing next month was canceled by local authorities. The cancellation comes amidst growing trade tensions between the United States and China and signifies increased censorship of political art in China.
France’s high appeals court upheld a suspended two-year sentence against Picasso’s former electrician Pierre Le Guennec and his wife, Danielle Le Guennec, for possession of 271 stolen works by the famous painter.
Take a look at a remarkable trove of European artworks, now on display at the Metropolitan Museum thanks to a gift from the late Jayne Wrightsman.
After a series of devastating floods in Venice, locals are mobilizing to save the lagoon city’s cultural heritage.
Sal Ruiz and Roger Montoya founded Moving Arts Española, a youth arts education organization building a more resilient community, in New Mexico in 2008. Now, the organization is in the running to win the $100,000 CNN Heroes of 2019 award.
The dust has settled from a $1.1 billion New York Fall Auction Week. Over in Paris at Artcurial, Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi’s “Lucretia” (c. 1630) sold for $5.3 million, a significant jump from her previous auction record of $3.6 million. This and other notable sales and acquisitions are chronicled in our latest Transactions story.
This Week in the Art World
Elia Alba, Marsha Cottrell, Torkwase Dyson, Heide Fasnacht, Nona Faustine, Rhodessa Jones, Jennifer Wen Ma, Amie Siegel, Diane Simpson, and Karina Aguilera Skvirsky have received the 2019 “Anonymous Was a Woman” grants. | Hyperallergic
Nairy Baghramian, Kevin Beasley, Deana Lawson, Elias Sime, Cecilia Vicuña, and Adrián Villar Rojas have been shortlisted for the Hugo Boss Prize. | via email announcement
Francie Bishop Good was appointed chair of the Board of Governors at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale. | via email announcement
William Buchina is now represented by Hollis Taggart. | via email announcement
Douglas S. Brown, Karen M. Keane, Dr. Sohail Masood, and Valerie Zolezzi-Wyndham have joined the Board of Trustees at the Worcester Art Museum. | via email announcement
Aimée Chan-Lindquist was appointed executive director of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation. | Artforum
Stephanie Comilang was awarded the 2019 Sobey Art Award. | Edmonton Journal
Donna De Salvo was appointed Senior Adjunct Curator of Special Projects at Dia. | via email announcement
Barbara Kruger is now represented by David Zwirner in collaboration with Sprüth Magers. | via email announcement
Jova Lynne was appointed curator at Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. | via email announcement
Kamiar Maleki was appointed director of Volta and Pulse art fairs. | via email announcement
Denise Murrell was appointed associate curator of 19th- and 20th-century art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. | The New York Times
Hélio Oiticica is now represented by Lisson Gallery. | ARTnews
Ucross has appointed Scott Manning Stevens to its board of trustees. | via email announcement
Kaari Upson is now represented by White Cube. | Art Daily
Alice Walton, Rod Bigelow, Gretchen Dietrich, Charles M. Diker, Michael Govan, Glenn D. Lowry, Darren Walker, and Pauline Willis assemble the Art Bridges Foundation first board of directors. | via email announcement
Gillian Jagger (1930–2019), artist and teacher | Hyperallergic
William Loren Katz (1927–2019), historian and author | New York Times
Kehinde Lijadu (1948–2019), songwriter who performed with her twin sister as the Lijadu Sisters | Pitchfork
Branko Lustig (1932–2019), Academy Award-winning film producer and Holocaust survivor | New York Times
Mustapha Matura (1939–2019), first black playwright to have a work performed in London’s West End | The Independent
Terry O’Neill (1938–2019), fashion and celebrity photographer | Time
James I. Robertson Jr. (1930–2019), Civil War historian | AV Press
Josephus Thimister (1962–2019), fashion designer | New York Times
In an open letter, European institutional leaders defend Manuel Borja-Villel, who has faced right-wing attacks for his progressive programming.
A new study posits that rising smog levels in 19th-century London and Paris likely played a role in blurring the lines of realism.
In Seongmin Ahn’s paintings, it is not our past we are looking at but our possible future.
Born in Shiraz, Sokhanvari fled Iran as a child a year before the Revolution and has devoted her artistic practice to the country she left behind.
Join the New-York Historical Society on February 10 for a virtual conversation about our changing relationship to the natural world with Julie Decker, John Grade, and LaMont Hamilton.
Stephen L. Starkman’s moving book about his encounter with mortality leaves a place for perseverance and hope.
“We clearly f-ed this one up,” said a Metropolitan Transit Authority rep, adding that the error in the artist’s last name is being fixed.
At least we won’t have to look at it on Earth.
From residencies, fellowships, and workshops to grants, open calls, and commissions, our monthly list of opportunities for artists, writers, and art workers.
Presented by Northwestern’s Block Museum and McCormick School of Engineering, this new exhibition seeks empathy at the boundaries of life. On view in Evanston, Illinois.
The statue could be a likeness of Trajan Decius, emperor of the Roman Empire from 249 to 251 CE.
The action could disrupt public access to the museum as workers campaign for higher wages and better labor conditions.