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The Whitney Biennial has been postponed until 2022 due to delays created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ahead of the Guggenheim Museum‘s reopening, artist-activist groups Artists for Workers and the Illuminator projected messages on the museum in solidarity with the museum’s unionized workers and workers of Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. The following day, Guggenheim members were welcomed to the museum’s opening with a union protest.
In a letter penned by Chinatown Art Brigade, artist-activists compel the Museum of Chinese in America to reject a “community give-back” proposed by New York City as part of its jail expansion plan.
Ai Weiwei staged a silent protest in London to support Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks. Assange is facing 17 espionage charges and one charge of computer misuse.
The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center, a Latinx art and culture organization in New York City’s Lower East Side, dissolved its membership program after a contentious vote.
The Laundromat Project is relocating to Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn for its 15th anniversary.
An Orwell-inspired billboard project, “Ministry of Truth: 1984/2020,” will present political works by 20 artists, including Deborah Kass and Mel Chin, on 20 billboards around New York City.
Check out artist Mira Schor‘s critical annotations of the New York Times.
A researcher discovered early paintings by Edward Hopper are in fact copied from a how-to arts magazine.
In order to protect 150 jobs, London’s Royal Academy of Arts is considering selling Michelangelo‘s “Taddei Tondo.”
The Dutch institution formerly known as Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art has announced its new name: Kunstinstituut Melly. The change follows years of debate over the museum’s colonial namesake.
Awards & Accolades
David Adjaye was awarded the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) gold medal. | Guardian
The inaugural Marian MacDowell Arts Advocacy Award will be awarded to ARRAY, Ava DuVernay‘s media company and arts collective. | McDowell News
Vincent Namatjira was named the recipient of the Archibald Prize. | BBC
As part of the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation’s $5 million emergency relief program, seven small and mid-sized museums will receive $50,000 emergency relief grants, and six additional organizations will get awards between $60,000 and $500,000 for equity and access initiatives.
Peter Eleey will step down as Chief Curator at MoMA PS1. | ARTnews
James P. Folsom will retire as director of the botanical gardens at the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens.
Tim Griffin will step down as director and chief curator of the Kitchen.
Ebony L. Haynes was appointed director of a soon-to-open outpost of David Zwirner Gallery with an all-Black staff. | New York Times
Cyrée Jarelle Johnson was named the Brooklyn Public Library’s inaugural Poet-in-Residence.
Tyler Mitchell is now represented by Jack Shainman gallery. | Artsy
Kevin Young was named director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. | NPR
Christiane Eda-Pierre (1932–2020), soprano opera star | New York Times
Sam McBratney (1943–2020), children’s author | Publisher’s Weekly
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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.
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.
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.
There is the singular artist and then there is the more exclusive club that has only one member. Harvey belongs to the latter.
Rhode Island School of Design opens registration for its residential summer Pre-College program and year-round online intensive Advanced Program Online.
The artists say the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma must sever ties with Poju Zabludowicz, whose wealth comes in part from Israeli defense contracting.
Vanessa Albury, whose eco-friendly ceramic sculptures help revive filter-feeder populations, is raising funds to complete her first film about the project.
Hrag Vartanian, Hyperallergic’s editor-in-chief, is one of the guest jurors reviewing applications for the two-month residency in Utica, New York.
An archeological exploration of the amphitheater’s sewers and water systems uncovered remnants of meat, vegetables, olives, nuts, and yes, pizza.
At this year’s show, I reflected on the lack of bilingual materials, the absurdity of art-fair gimmick, and the workers who make it all possible.
Hear a band of improvisers led by Rajna Swaminathan and a performance of Morton Feldman’s “For John Cage” in programs inspired by the exhibition, “New York: 1962-1964.”
Your list of must-see, fun, insightful, and very New York art events this month, including art made during the first stock market crash, a homage to feline friends, and the 10-year anniversary of a crucial public art initiative.
Astrid Dick was told that she could not paint stripes because Sean Scully and Frank Stella have done so before her, a patently foolish statement.