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This week brought two wins for the drug policy advocates and pharma activists campaigning for the removal of the name of the Sackler family, owners of the opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma, from the buildings of art and cultural institutions. Tufts University in Boston announced that it removed the Sackler name from five of its facilities and programs, and the Smithsonian in Washington, DC said it “rebranded” its Asian Arts galleries, the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, as the National Museum of Asian Art.
Throughout France, demonstrators are taking to the streets in protest against President Emmanuel Macron’s proposed retirement reforms. As with other sectors of French society, the protests have affected the country’s many museums and cultural institutions, which are temporarily closing or cordoning off some of their galleries.
The four nominees for the 2019 Turner Prize will share this year’s award after collectively urging the judges not to choose a single winner. Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Helen Cammock, Tai Shani, and Oscar Murillo wrote a joint letter to the prize’s panel of judges asking to make the unusual move in the name of “commonality, multiplicity and solidarity.”
Hands down, this 89-year-old collector has the coolest apartment in New York City. From Bruce Nauman to Do-Ho Suh sculptures, Henry Buhl’s SoHo loft is decorated entirely with artworks about one thing: hands.
In their ongoing struggle for the recognition of their union and reinstatement of their jobs, members of the Marciano Art Foundation (MAF) Union, along with supporters around the country, demonstrated in front of Guess stores on the busiest shopping day of the year, Black Friday. The Marciano brothers, Paul and Maurice, co-founded Guess clothing brand in 1981.
Sadly, Yayoi Kusama’s balloon was not able to fly at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, as it was one of multiple balloons that “suffered stress and tears during the overnight inflation.”
Over the years, artist Everest Pipkin has created a Google Spreadsheet listing over 400 opportunities for artists across the globe. The list, which has gone viral, was made public to encourage community among creatives.
After 30 years in absentia, a stolen painting by Abstract Expressionist Willem de Kooning resurfaced in the estate of a New Mexico couple. Titled “Woman–Ochre” and likely worth over $100,000,000, it is now being professionally restored at Los Angeles’s J. Paul Getty Museum. The job is proving trickier than usual, partly because the work bears scars of the heist and subsequent amateur conservation attempt.
Police in Dresden are offering a €500,000 (~$550,000) reward for information about the heist in Dresden’s Royal Palace, in which thieves stole a trove of 18th-century jewelry with an estimated worth of up to €1 billion (~$1.1 billion).
A court in Denmark issued an injunction against two watchmakers who planned to cut up artist Tal R’s painting and use the pieces of canvas as decorative faces for a line of luxury wristwatches.
In May, the Art Gallery of Ontario launched a pilot membership program offering free passes to patrons aged 18 to 25. Of the 100,000 people who have signed up, some 70% are under the age of 25.
Ai Weiwei is documenting the Amazon fires to be used in one of his documentaries about the environment, as well as in an opera he’s directing next year.
For those of you starting your holiday shopping, check out Hyperallergic’s annual, art-inspired gift guide.
Check out Hyperallergic’s list of opportunities for artists and creatives you can apply for this December.
The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) received a gift of over 80 artworks, including 58 works on paper, from the estate of former DMA curator and museum trustee William B. Jordan and his husband Robert Dean Brownlee. The museum, which has substantial holdings of over 5,600 works on paper, also happily announced the creation of a Works on Paper Department. Thanks to a $3 million gift, the department comes complete with a new curatorial position, the Allen and Kelli Questrom Curator of Works on Paper. Earlier this year, the museum expanded its Latin American art and Medieval and Islamic art departments, appointing inaugural curators in each. This and other notable sales and acquisitions are chronicled in our latest Transactions story.
This Week in the Art World
The Andy Warhol Foundation has announced the recipients of its 2019 Arts Writers Grant Program. Hyperallergic staff writer Hakim Bishara was awarded a grant for short-form writing.
Christopher Breward was named director of the National Museums of Scotland. | Scotsman
The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia has appointed Laura Minton as curator of exhibitions. Hannah Cattarin was promoted to assistant curator. | via email announcement
Stamatina Gregory was appointed director of curatorial programs at the Leslie-Lohman Museum.
Hamilton Artists Inc. was awarded the Lacey Prize for artist-run organizations in Canada. | via email announcement
The International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art (CIMAM) appointed Mami Kataoka as president. Suzanne Cotter was named secretary-treasurer.
Andrés Jaque was appointed chief curator of the 13th Shanghai Biennale.
Byron Kim was awarded the 2019 Robert De Niro, Sr. Prize. |ARTnews
The winners of the Knights Arts Challenge have been announced. | Artforum
Perrotin plans to close its location in Hong Kong and open an outpost in Kowloon.
Jewyo Rhii was awarded the 2019 Korea Artist Prize. | Artforum
Jennifer Tipton has received the Baryshnikov Arts Center‘s 2019–20 Cage Cunningham Fellowship. | via email announcement
Monetta White was named executive director at Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco. | Datebook
Irving Burgie (1924–2019), musician and songwriter | Carib News
Roger Cardinal (1940–2019), academic and art scholar who coined the term “outsider art” | Guardian
Stephen Cleobury (1948–2019), music director | New York Times
Howard Cruse (1944–2019), “godfather of queer comics” | Washington Post
André Daguin (1935–2019), chef | NYT
D.C. Fontana (1939–2019), television script writer and story editor | Star Trek
Stephen Garrett (1922–2019), first director of the Getty Museum | artnet News
Michael Howard (1922–2019), British military historian | NYT
Mariss Jansons (1943–2019), orchestra conductor | Washington Post
Robert K. Massie (1929–2019), journalist and historian | Washington Post
Gary Regan (1951–2019), author and cocktail connoisseur | NYT
Josie Rubio (1977–2019), writer and editor | NYT
Marilyn Saviola (1945–2019), disability rights activist | NYT
Joe Smith (1928–2019), record executive | Wall Street Journal
What feels like the right way to write about Roman Catholicism, or Christian iconography, to most art critics is heavily influenced by museum discourse, which is far from neutral.
A group exhibition at the Americas Society investigates ideas of paradise, approaching the Caribbean region as a product of the visitor economy regime.
The unique MFASA at the Institute of American Indian Arts offers mentorships with world-renowned Indigenous artists, flexible schedules, and access to one of the US’s cultural capitals.
Visual artists who incorporate psychedelics into their practices maintain a foundational understanding that there is more to reality than meets the eye.
Many in the local Ukrainian community want the museum’s name to be changed to reflect the many artworks in its collection by artists from former Soviet states.
Lisa Ericson renders her real-world subjects beautifully, but the situations in which we find them are uncanny, menacing, and unexpected.
Contemporary society in the United States normalizes the idea of the exhausted mother, so why wouldn’t mother nature be equally exhausted?
Field of Vision’s latest free streaming offering focuses on a vulnerable population put at risk, told through the stories of those inside.
Tsai’s style is the opposite of boring; in demanding the viewer’s attention, he allows for incredible moments of human connection and discovery.
Over 4,000 artists have signed on to the event, with a nifty online directory listing paintings, sculptures, ceramics, and much more.