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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered the paintings of four House speakers who served in the Confederacy to be removed from the Capitol building.
Documentarian Arlen Parsa altered John Trumbull’s famous work, “Declaration of Independence,” to show that most signatories of the Declaration of Independence were enslavers. He marked the faces of every man that controlled enslaved people with a red dot.
A man was shot outside of the Albuquerque Museum as members of a right-wing militia infiltrated an attempt to remove a statue of New Mexico’s colonial governor, Juan de Oñate.
The University of California and campuses, including Berkeley, failed to comply with laws for returning Native American human remains and artifacts, according to a new California auditor report.
In New York City, thousands are calling for the removal of Christopher Columbus statues, which can be found in Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx, and Brooklyn.
A little-known Christopher Columbus statue in Miami, which was sculpted by Mussolini’s bodyguard, was doused in red paint by activists.
Mississippi leaders urge the redesign of the state flag to remove the Confederate battle flag. “In Mississippi, the state flag is the most visible symbol of white supremacy,” said a group of local leaders calling for its replacement.
The Gee’s Bend Resource Center will serve one of the most under-resourced communities in Alabama, providing free internet, and assistance with voter registration and census participation.
An open letter criticizes the Palm Springs Art Museum for staying silent for 10 days and for then offering a “message of neutrality using the artwork of Alison Saar, whose work is far from neutral.”
An infamous buried treasure was discovered in the Rocky Mountains.
Arte Povera artist Giuseppe Penone made substantial donations of his work to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Comprising 309 works on paper and five artists’ books, the gift to the Philadelphia Museum includes pieces related to Penone’s Maritime Alps (1968–78) and Ideas of Stone (2003–) series. The Pompidou received around 350 works on paper, including drawings connected to Working Project on Trees (1968) and Mirrored Contact Lenses (1970).
The FBI has arrested 33-year-old contemporary art dealer Inigo Philbrick, who faces charges of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. Philbrick, who operated out of London and Miami, allegedly swindled collectors and investors out of more than $20 million between 2016 and 2019, making more than a few enemies in the process (Fine Art Partners, Satfinance, Guzzini Properties, and Athena Art Finance, to name some high-profile examples). The arrest occurred in Vanuatu, a small island in the South Pacific.
Sotheby’s is implementing an “Overhead Premium,” which will go into effect in August. 1% of the hammer price will be tacked onto the sale price, on top of the auction house’s standard buyer’s premiums — which typically range from 13.9% to 25% — and local taxes. Over the past few years, Sotheby’s and Christie’s have regularly increased their buyer’s premiums.
This Week in the Art World
Evan Ifekoya is withdrawing from their role at Goldsmiths, University of London. | Artsy
The Field Foundation announced its 2020 Leaders for a New Chicago, which include Elijah McKinnon and Faheem Majeed. | Chicago Tribune
Pace Gallery announced representation of Sonia Gomes. | Via email announcement
Stephen Brooks is leaving his position as Christie’s Deputy CEO. | Art Market Monitor
Almine Rech now represents Kenny Scharf. | artdaily
The Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award went to Ronald K. Brown. | Artforum
Luhring Augustine announced the representation of Salman Toor. | News Break
Jessica May is leaving her position at the Portland Museum of Art. | Via email announcement
Washington University in St. Louis has appointed Lisa Bulawsky as the new chair of the Visual Art MFA program. | Washington University in St. Louis: The Source
Mary Bauermeister was awarded Germany’s Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit. | Via email announcement
Francis Alÿs will represent Belgium in the 2022 Venice Biennale. | ARTnews
The Cooper Union School of Art awarded Natalie Ball the 2020 Ida Applebroog Grant. | Via email announcement
Sarah Rapson joined the roster of Modern Art in London. | ARTnews
Leelee Chan is the winner of the BMW Art Journey Award. | Artforum
Ed and Nancy Kienholz have joined the roster at Galerie Templon. | Via email announcement
Sally Banes (1950–2020), dance historian and critic | Dance Magazine
Ralph Caplan (1925–2020), design critic and editor | The Architect’s Newspaper
James Harvey (1929–2020), playwright, critic, and writer | The New York Times
Wayne Ngan (1937–2020), Chinese-Canadian ceramicist, sculptor, and painter | Nathalie Karg Gallery
Murray Olderman (1922–2020), sportswriter and cartoonist | Multiversity Comics
Roland Ollie (1951–2020), museum patron and collector of African-American art | Culture Type
Luther Price (1962–2020), experimental filmmaker | ARTnews
Ronald Tackmann (1953–2020), incarcerated self-taught artist | The New York Times
Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova Placed on Russian “Wanted” List
Tolokonnikova has long been thorn in the side of Vladimir Putin’s regime.
Vivan Sundaram, Veteran Indian Contemporary Artist, Dies at 79
Sundaram is celebrated for his multidisciplinary studio practice steeped in activism and political consciousness.
The Rubin Museum Presents Death Is Not the End
Tibetan Buddhist and Christian works of art made across 12 centuries explore death, the afterlife, and the desire to continue to exist. On view in NYC.
What’s Iconoclastic About a Blackface Madonna?
Artist Tony Rave’s work comes to remind us that piety is not strictly White.
The Most Stirring Press Photographs of 2022
Photographs captured war-torn Ukraine, the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, and an Iranian woman defying the mandatory hijab law.
When I Am Empty Please Dispose of Me Properly
Ayanna Dozier, Ilana Harris-Babou, Meena Hasan, Lucia Hierro, Catherine Opie, Chuck Ramirez, and Pacifico Silano explore the myths of the American Dream at Brooklyn’s BRIC House.
NY Governor’s Proposed Budget Slashes Pandemic-Era Arts Funds
The cuts to the New York State Council on the Arts budget are attributed to the expiration of pandemic relief programs, but advocates say arts organizations need more support.
MoMA Apologizes for Kicking Out Black Artist From Installation
Museum security asked Heather Agyepong to leave the installation Black Power Naps, meant as a safe space for Black people, after a White visitor called her “aggressive.”
Pratt’s 2023 Fine Arts MFA Thesis Exhibition Is On View in Brooklyn
The two-part exhibition features the work of 41 graduating artists across disciplines, including painting, sculpture, printmaking, and integrated practices.
New York’s BIPOC-Led Arts Orgs Are Grossly Underfunded
Proposed cuts to arts funding across the state would hit entities of color the hardest.
New Directors/New Films Festival Takes an Experimental Turn
A host of documentaries exemplify ND/NF’s unconventional programming philosophy.
The Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation Presents The Feminine in Abstract Painting
Curated by Jennifer Samet and Andrea Belag, this group exhibition in NYC explores the feminine through aesthetics, as opposed to identity or gender.
Memories So Fair and Bright
Kimetha Vanderveen’s paintings are about the interaction of materiality and light, the bond between the palpable and ephemeral world in which we live.
Artists Contemplate Sovereignty in Santa Fe
The Santa Fe Art Institute’s 2024 International Thematic Residency focuses on what sovereignty means for artists from across the world.