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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
Ceramic fried eggs, critiques of real estate, and a whole booth dedicated to female-identifying saints caught my eye at Untitled, NADA, and Art Miami.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s office recovered 23 looted objects from Shelby White’s home over the last year and a half.
The award-winning Canadian artist explores notions of power through the imagery of science fiction in portraits, sculpture, and objects.
An egregious “anti-woke” billboard erected in Los Angeles attempts to sow division among Latino/a/x communities.
This week, missed signs of previous life on Mars, the appeal of forged art, and why are blue whales singing in lower octaves?
This affordable, interdisciplinary program with excellent facilities and private studios offers in-person instruction for 2023.
All the Beauty and the Bloodshed forcefully posits multiple parallels between the world Nan Goldin grew up in and the one she fights in today.
Your list of must-see, fun, insightful, and very Los Angeles art events this month, including Bob Thompson, Aimee Goguen, Uta Barth, the Transcendental Painting Group, and more.
The latest episode of this documentary series on PBS explores the meaning of home through handmade objects, hand built homes, and the artists who create them.
There is the singular artist and then there is the more exclusive club that has only one member. Harvey belongs to the latter.
The artists say the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma must sever ties with Poju Zabludowicz, whose wealth comes in part from Israeli defense contracting.
Rhode Island School of Design opens registration for its residential summer Pre-College program and year-round online intensive Advanced Program Online.
Vanessa Albury, whose eco-friendly ceramic sculptures help revive filter-feeder populations, is raising funds to complete her first film about the project.
An archeological exploration of the amphitheater’s sewers and water systems uncovered remnants of meat, vegetables, olives, nuts, and yes, pizza.