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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
The settlement comes after Tate prevented an artist who exposed sexual harassment by one of its largest donors from co-curating an exhibition.
Let’s be honest: On a best bathrooms list, no one wants to be number two.
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.
Advocacy groups are pushing for a 5% royalty in resales, which would pertain even after the artist dies, in which case the funds would go to their estate.
This week, the Getty Museum is returning ancient terracottas to Italy, parsing an antisemitic mural at Documenta, an ancient gold find in Denmark, a new puritanism, slavery in early Christianity, and much more.
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 absence of an explicit framing of American art, in all of its diversity, as a visual culture of empire distorts and hampers our ability to understand — and reimagine — our social world.
The gap between the material body and the psychological one, which we all too often take for granted, is one of the underlying themes of Hiro’s exhibition.
David Rios Ferreira and Denae Shanidiin join forces to bring awareness to the plight of Indigenous women and girls, and LGBTQ+ individuals.
Metrograph’s series The Process features films that were either directed by Robert M. Young or made with the help of Irving Young’s postproduction facility.
Memes depicting a sinister, all-powerful Joe Biden alter ego are sweeping the internet, and the Democratic establishment is loving it.