Commissioned portrait of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by artist Simmie Knox’s in 2000 (Wikimedia Commons)

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Created by artists Gan Golan and Andrew Boyd, the Climate Clock in New York City’s Union Square counts down how long it will take, at current rates of emissions, to deplete the earth’s “carbon budget.”

Nathalie Bondil, who was dismissed from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in July, is suing its board for defamation, claiming $1.5 million in punitive and moral damages.

Artist Adrian Wilson renamed Manhattan’s 50th Street station to read “Ruth St.” after the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the creation of a commission to create a statue of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Several filmmakers and international guests canceled their participation in this year’s edition of the Docaviv festival in Tel Aviv, in solidarity with the BDS movement.

Samia Halaby and Rachid Koraichi are among dozens of Arab artists who have pledged to boycott cultural activities sponsored by the United Arab Arab Emirates due to its normalization agreement with Israel.

In Florida, 700,000 citizens who completed prison time and parole may be ineligible to vote. With only a week until Florida’s bail payment deadline, the New York-based gallery Canada wants to help by creating an online fundraiser.

An edition of Maurizio Cattelan’s viral sculpture “Comedian” (2019) was donated to the Guggenheim Museum.

With $20 million raised since April, Artist Relief announced that it will extend its initial September deadline for applications to December 10, 2020., created by researchers at Clemson University in South Carolina, is designed to help you learn more about trolls and how to spot them online.

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Awards & Accolades

The Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation offices in Portland, Maine (photo by Tabitha Barnard, courtesy the Rabkin Foundation) 

The Art Museum Futures Fund from the Mellon Foundation will award between $600,000 to $5.5 million to 12 mid-sized institutions across the nation, including the Brooklyn Museum and El Museo del Barrio.

Arts.Black of Detroit, Michigan; BOMB and the Brooklyn Rail of Brooklyn, New York; Bmore Art of Baltimore, Maryland; Burnaway of Atlanta, Georgia; Glasstire of Houston, Texas; the Maine Arts Journal of Portland, Maine; the New Art Examiner of Chicago, Illinois; and X-TRA of Los Angeles, California were awarded $20,000 grants by the Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation.

Mohamed Bourouissa was awarded the 2020 Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation prize.

Teresa Kittler was appointed the 2020-2021 Scholar-in-Residence at Magazzino Italian Art.

Peter Williams was awarded the Artists’ Legacy Foundation’s 2020 Artist Award.


Xavier Hufkens now represents Huma Bhabha.

Miwon Kwon has joined the Board of Directors of the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts.

Simon Lee Gallery now represents Rachel Howard.

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Tucson has appointed Kate Green as its executive director.

The estate of Takis is now represented by White Cube.

Rebecca Wei was announced as a partner of Lévy Gorvy Asia.


Stephen F. Cohen (1938–2020), historian of Russia | New York Times

Sir Harold Evans (1928–2020), publisher and muckraking author | Associated Press

Juliette Gréco (1927–2020), actress and cabaret singer | Washington Post

Winston Groom (1943–2020), author of Forrest Gump | BBC

Roy Charles Hammond (1939–2020), soul singer, songwriter, and producer known as Roy C | New York Times

Christian Liaigre (1943–2020), interior designer | Dezeen

Sterling Magee (1936–2020), blues musician and one-half of the duo Satan and Adam | New York Times

Anne Stevenson (1933–2020), poet and Sylvia Plath biographer | Telegraph

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