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Authorities in China have detained the artist Yang Licai for supporting the protesters in Hong Kong on social media. PEN America issued a statement demanding Yang’s immediate release, and so did his old comrade, the more widely known Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.
A 40-year-old Chicano mural in Santa Fe, once named one of the city’s “living treasures,” is facing destruction in a recently approved design for the Vladem Contemporary museum, a planned extension of the New Mexico Museum of Art. Members of the community are objecting to the plans.
Shakeel Massey, a 20-year-old from north London, is held in Police custody for allegedly ripping a $26 million Picasso portrait of Dora Maar at Tate Modern. The painting was removed from public display. Hyperallergic looked into the history of Maar’s abusive relationship with Picasso.
A man in Brooklyn hijacked a crane and sprayed the graffiti “Bird God” on the arch of Grand Army Plaza. He was apprehended shortly after. In court, the tagger claimed that he was instructed to paint the cryptic message in a 1960 letter from his great-great-grandfather. It gets even more bizarre. Click here for the full story.
Artist Okuda San Miguel brings his colorful “Rainbow Embassy” to Fort Smith, Arkansas in collaboration with the company JustKids and a local nonprofit. It’s a feast for the eyes.
Simon Beck, a former engineer from the United Kingdom, creates spectacular land art pieces on snowy canvases around the world with just his snowboots and the power of his legs. See his best work here.
Did you know that Disney can be credited with producing 80% of the top 10 box office hits of 2019? See our report on the blockbusters of the year and the indie gems that hide among them.
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This Week in the Art World
British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare announced establishing two artist residencies in Nigeria with Guest Artists Space Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to fostering international artistic exchange. | Artnews
Melanie Pocock, who has worked as assistant curator at the Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore since 2014, was named curator at Ikon Gallery in London. | ArtAsiaPacific
Wanda Pimentel (1943-2019), artist | artreview
Cheung Yee (1936-2019), artist | Artforum
Woody Vasulka (1937–2019), video artist | NYT
Neil Innes (1944-2019), humorist and musician | NYT
Kelly Fraser (1993-2019), singer | NYT
Sue Lyon (1946-2019), actor | NYT
Poussin and the Dance is a valiant attempt to break into Poussin’s staunchly academic oeuvre and provide a relatable point of entry, highlighting the exciting elements of revelry and movement despite impenetrable and unemotional rendering.
Anarchist illustrator N.O. Bonzo produces decentralized media in a highly bureaucratic cultural landscape. Their illustrations, murals, and literature emerge in unexpected places, from the streets of Portland, Oregon, to the far ends of Reddit and Twitter, addressing relations of labor and identity in the workplace and on the streets. Growth and care are central themes…
This exhibition explores how images of the human body were used to provoke profound physical and emotional responses in viewers from the 15th through 18th centuries.
With scavenged materials, Amanda Maciel Antunes constructs a motherland.
Where are the directors taking the stage to acknowledge workers’ demands today?
The collaborative handmade paper- and printmaking center at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts publishes new works by Liz Collins and Sarah McEneaney.
There is a debate whether the memory of Little Syria should be seized upon to tell truthful and positive stories about Arabs in the US, or whether any conflation between its history and contemporary politics is inappropriate.
The profile includes works by Egon Schiele, Amedeo Modigliani, Peter Paul Rubens, and a prehistoric Venus of Willendorf figurine.
These horrifying dolls definitely won’t murder you in your sleep.