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Anonymous street artist Banksy purchased and decorated a yacht, which was converted and utilized as a migrant rescue boat. However, Banksy and the boat’s rescue crew say that when the boat surpassed capacity and after one passenger died, their distress calls were ignored.
Art Basel Miami Beach is officially canceled.
Amid the ongoing monuments debate, the Houston Museum of African American Culture has taken in one Confederate statue, a bronze called the “Spirit of the Confederacy,” and placed it in its courtyard. “Healing comes from taking control of negatively impactful symbols and turning them into teaching opportunities to help ensure they never have power again,” said the museum’s CEO, John Guess.
In the UK, the British Museum has relocated a bust of its founding collector, Sir Hans Sloane, from prominent display. In 1753, the slave owner posthumously donated 71,000 objects from his personal collection of naturalist and colonial explorations to King George II.
This week, Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman died at 43. Over 54,000 people have since signed onto a Change.org petition asking that his hometown, Anderson, South Carolina, replace a prominent Confederate statue with the likeness of the actor.
Following international outcry, Jordanian authorities released Emad Hajjaj, a cartoonist who was arrested last week after publishing a satirical cartoon about the diplomatic agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
After the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) cut salaries by 20%, its employees have drawn attention to major home loans given to executive employees.
Within three days of his nomination as president of the Argentinian art fair arteBA, Juan Carlos Lynch was forced to step down due to sexist and racist posts on his Instagram.
Awards & Accolades
Sonya Clark was awarded the 2020 Rappaport Prize. | Artforum
The Seattle Art Museum announced the six finalists for the 2020 Betty Bowen Award: Dawn Cerny, Roland Dahwen, Elijah Hasan, Marilyn Montufar, Christian Alborz Oldham, and Tariqa Waters.
Almine Rech Gallery now represents Genesis Tramaine.
Celia Ho was promoted to curator at Hong Kong’s art space Para Site. | Artforum
Lehmann Maupin Gallery now represents Arcmanoro Niles.
Stephen Reily will step down as director of Louisville’s Speed Art Museum. | Courier Journal
Richard Rogers retired from Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, which he founded in 1977. | Dezeen
Siah Armajani (1939–2020), Iranian-American sculptor well-known for his public artworks | New York Times
Gerald D. Hines (1925-2020), real estate developer for whom the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design is named | Houston Chronicle
Joe Ruby (1933–2020), the co-creator of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! | New York Times
David Rolfe Graeber (1961–2020), writer, anthropologist, and activist known for his work with the Occupy Wall Street movement. | AP
Abdel Wahab Yousif (aka Latinos), a Sudanese poet | Arab Lit
Lebanese art dealer Georges Lotfi, who once helped authorities seize looted antiquities, is now accused of doing his own share of trafficking too.
An exhibition depicts how people have reimagined the medieval period in the centuries since, and how they have revealed their own interests and ideals with each new interpretation.
The Newark Museum of Art Presents Jazz Greats: Classic Photographs from the Bank of America Collection
Photographers Antony Armstrong Jones, Milt Hinton, Chuck Stewart, Barbara Morgan, and more capture a breadth of legendary and local musicians and performance artists. On view through August 21.
During his 84-year life, Liu Shiming helped shape a new Chinese cultural image rooted in the contributions and sacrifices of everyday people.
Playing at several film festivals this late summer, Ana Vaz’s It Is Night in America asks the viewer to take on unusual perspectives.
Art and photographs, publications from the 19th and 20th centuries, manuscripts, posters and more are set to cross the auction block on August 18.
The sealant used for gem-crusted ancient Maya teeth had medicinal properties that prevent tooth infections and decay, according to a new study.
Patrons can listen to a collection of 400 titles at the library and borrow them for up to three weeks.
The Los Angeles-based photographer offers an updated version of the mythologized American cowboy, calling rodeos “the traditional drag of America.”
At its core Line Berg’s Fra Far manifests the anguish of a family whose loved one is convicted of a serious crime.
At first, simply watching people read In Search of Lost Time might seem dull; by the end, you’ll be itching to read or reread it yourself.