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At a time of increased scrutiny over the actions of police forces across the country, fueled by protests of historic proportions, the New York Police Department (NYPD) has proposed new regulations that would expand the authority of officers to seize the press credentials of journalists and bar them from crossing police lines to cover news stories.
The Tenement Museum on Manhattan’s Lower East Side laid off its entire staff of part-time educators. The group of 71 workers constitutes 92% of the museum’s education staff.
A report commissioned by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs describes a grim landscape for the city’s cultural sector amid COVID-19. It reported over 15,000 workers have been laid off or furloughed from 810 NYC cultural organizations, and a notable difference in impact between large and small nonprofits, among other notable findings.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that some cultural attractions, including museums, malls, and indoor dining, would still not be permitted to reopen as New York City entered Phase IV this week.
The Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) announced that it will remove from view parts of its Morton Cranial Collection, which includes skulls of enslaved people. The decision marks a victory for UPenn students and local activists, who have formed the coalition Police Free Penn (PFP) to demand school-wide reforms and the removal and repatriation, but fails to address their full list of concerns and demands.
Earlier this month, the CEO of Goya Foods publicly praised President Trump during a White House event. In the weeks since, artists have created illustrated recipes for homemade sazón, mashups of the Trump family with Francisco Goya artworks, and other noteworthy artworks.
The Marciano Art Foundation (MAF) in Los Angeles, which closed its physical space indefinitely in November 2019 and laid off all 70 of its visitor services associates after the staffers announced their intention to unionize, settled a lawsuit filed by the workers.
Hundreds of current and former staff of the Getty Museum, the Getty Trust, and the Getty Research Institute signed an open letter accusing the museum of racial insensitivity and bias.
To protest Chinese censorship around COVID-19, artist and activist Brother Nut took a vow of silence and used metal clasps, duct tape, and other props to physically seal his mouth during the entire month of June.
In an acknowledgment that the Yale Union building in Portland, Oregon sits on land belonging to several Indigenous nations, the property will be transferred to the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation.
The US House of Representatives passed a bill to remove Confederate statues from the Capitol building in Washington, DC. The bill must now get past the Republican-majority Senate and signed into law by President Trump.
Loic Gouzer, formerly Christie’s star co-chairman of postwar and contemporary art, has made several notable sales on his new app, Fair Warning. The app, which debuted in late June, is a “guerilla type of auction system” that auctions off single lots on a weekly basis. Unlike mainstream auction houses, Fair Warning relies upon a membership system that only accepts vetted collectors who won’t flip the works. So far, Gouzer has made three notable sales: a portrait by Steven Shearer which sold for $437,000, followed by a David Hammons body print that sold for $1.3 million and a painting by Steven Parrino for $977,500. Next up is a 1982 work on paper by Jean-Michel Basquiat, estimated at $8 million to $12 million. The work is on view in the garage of Gouzer’s Montauk home.
Billionaire investment banker and art collector Ronald Perelman plans to anonymously sell two paintings at Sotheby’s cross-category “Rembrandt to Richter” sale in London this month. The works heading to the auction block are Joan Miro’s “Peinture (Femme au Chapeau Rouge)” (1927), which has a high estimate of £30 million (~$38.1 million), and Henri Matisse’s “Danseuse dans un interieur, carrelage vert et noir” (1942), with a high estimate of £12 million (~$15.2 million). Perelman, who is worth $7.8 billion, is in the process of restructuring his assets. His 20th-century art collection, which includes names like Cy Twombly and Alberto Giacometti, is worth billions.
Christie’s New York is holding an online sale and a live auction of Latin American art this month. The sales span Latin American work from the 17th century to more contemporary works from the present day, with a focus on the 20th century. The two paintings leading the auctions are Wilfredo Lam’s “Femme Cheval” (1950) and Rufino Tamayo’s “Dos amantes contemplando la luna” (1950), both estimated at $2–3 million. Other notable works include a bronze Fernando Botero statue of a horse, a starkly geometric Carmen Herrera work on canvas, and a painting of ice skaters and horses by the brilliant Surrealist Leonora Carrington.
This Week in the Art World
Gavin Brown’s Enterprise is shuttering its doors and Gavin Brown will join Gladstone Gallery as a partner. | New York Times
Kader Attia’s La Colonie in Paris is closing. | Artforum
Alexis Maggiar joined Christie’s as the international director of the Department of Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. | LiveAuctioneers
Bluestockings Bookstore has left its Lower East Side space. | Instagram
The John Giorno Foundation in New York named Elizabeth Dee as Director. | Artforum
Political cartoonist Steve Bell has parted ways with The Guardian. | Art Newspaper
Alexander Gray Associates in New York is adding an exhibition space in Hudson Valley. | Via email announcement
India’s Kochi Biennale Foundation announced a list of artists in the 2020 Kochi-Muziris Biennale. | e-flux
The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund in New York granted a $1.5 million endowment to Skidmore College’s Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery. | Albany Business Review
Martin Parr has left his role as artistic director of Bristol Photo Festival. | Art Newspaper
The Frick Madison will open in early 2021 in the building that formerly housed the Met Breuer. | Gothamist
Brigid Berlin (1939–2020), debutante star and documentarian of Andy Warhol’s Factory | Artforum
Tony Elliott (1947–2020), British founder and owner of Time Out | Guardian
Charles Evers (1922–2020), civil rights activist and former mayor of Fayette, Mississippi | PBS
Paul Fusco (1930–2020), photographer and photojournalist | ARTnews
Zizi (Renée) Jeanmaire (1924–2020), French ballet dancer, singer, and actress | Vogue
John Lewis (1940–2020), congressperson and civil rights icon | New York Times
Andrew Mlangeni (1925–2020), South African anti-apartheid activist | New York Times
Enrico Navarra (1953–2020), art collector and gallerist | ARTnews
Keith Sonnier (1941–2020), Postminimalist artist | ARTnews
Lucio Urtubia Jiménez (1931–2020), Spanish anarchist | La Jornada
Rev. C.T. Vivian (1924–2020), minister and crusader for civil rights | NPR
Jerry Wolkoff (1936–2020), New York property developer and 5Pointz landlord | Commercial Observer
Did You Know These Museums Were Free for New Yorkers?
The “Free Admission” campaign is advocating to make ticket pricing information more transparent to visitors, who may be confused or misled by institutions’ language.
AI Images Visualizing Trump’s Arrest Send Internet Into a Frenzy
The pictures, created using Midjourney, depict the former president’s greatest fantasy: being dragged away by police in front of the cameras.
Haggerty Museum of Art Presents Tomás Saraceno in Dialogue With Dr. Somesh Roy
The artist and researcher will explore soot’s effects on climate change and public health in this online conversation.
Some AI Artworks Now Eligible for Copyright
New guidance from the US Copyright Office sets some policies around AI-generated images.
NYC Hispanic Society Workers to Strike Indefinitely
One worker said the museum’s “skeletal” workforce bars the institution from functioning to its potential.
McKnight Visual Artist Fellows Discussion Series at the Minneapolis Institute of Art
The series features 2021 Fellows David Bowen, Mara Duvra, Rotem Tamir, Ben Moren, and Dyani White Hawk in conversation with renowned curators and critics.
In Search of Inclusive South Asian Futurisms
We have been dangerously siloed for far too long by colonial constructs of race, nation, and time that separate, divide, and deny us our very being.
What Do Shtreimels and Cowboy Hats Have in Common?
A chance meeting on the subway introduced photographer Francesca Magnani to the multicultural world of Brooklyn milliner Richard Faison.
Nevada Museum of Art Presents Adaline Kent: The Click of Authenticity
For the first time in nearly 60 years, the innovative yet under-recognized artist is the subject of a retrospective exhibition. On view in Reno, Nevada.
Richard Hull Completes the Picture
Once known for his abstracted portraits, the Chicago artist is now exploring new directions.
You Too Can Have Your Art on a Postage Stamp
The process isn’t complicated, and thousands of people submit themselves for the talent pool every year.
The Public Theater in NYC Presents Plays for the Plague Year
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks’s theatrical concert chronicles the 2020 lockdown and the hope and perseverance that emerged from it.
Bobby Wilson Combats Indigenous Stereotypes Through Humor
The artist-performer’s career undulates, ever so gracefully, across multiple mediums and registers of generational pain, healing laughter, and Indigenous joy.
Rare 19th-Century Silhouette Album’s Secrets Unlocked
Traveling portrait artist William Bache’s album depicts famous figures like Thomas Jefferson as well as people whose identity was previously unknown.