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A group of former board and committee members is demanding a formal investigation into what it calls the “hasty and opaque deaccession” of three paintings from the Baltimore Museum of Art’s collection, and an honorary, non-voting trustee announced their resignation from the board during the deliberations. In addition, a new letter was sent directly addressing the BMA Board of Trustees and urging them to revoke the decision.
Following years of pressure by students and the artist-led drug advocacy group P.A.I.N., New York University’s Langone Medical Center will remove the Sackler name from its Graduate Biomedical Institute.
The climate activist group BP or not BP? staged an anti-oil demonstration at the British Museum as part of a day of action convened by the Alaskan Indigenous organizations Defend the Sacred AK and Native Movement.
An artist-decorated boulder in Brooklyn might disappear due to fracking in the borough. While Sculpture Center and MOMA PS1 have shown interest in exhibiting “THE ROCK,” sculptors Pam Lins and Halsey Rodman say the ongoing installation “could disappear at any moment.”
Banksy’s “Show Me The Monet” (2005), a riff on Monet’s paintings of his Japanese bridge in Giverny, sold for £7.6 million (~$9.8 million), the second-highest price ever paid for a work by the street artist.
Just weeks ahead of the US election, a portrait of Donald Trump by Dana Schutz sold for £550,000 (~$711,774).
The Pérez Art Museum Miami drew ire after it hosted Donald Trump’s town hall. In response, the museum said it has a responsibility to remain nonpartisan, per official guidelines on election advocacy released by the American Alliance of Museums.
Approximately 70 Trump supporters held a rally on the steps of the Museum of the American Indian in Lower Manhattan. A dozen activists were detained after they protested the rally.
On Indigenous People’s Day, activists in Santa Fe, New Mexico toppled an obelisk celebrating Native genocide.
Hundreds of treaties between the United States and Native American tribes are now available online for the first time.
A Jacob Lawrence painting, thought missing for over six decades, was actually hanging in a New York City apartment. The painting will now join a collection of Lawrence artworks on display in an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum.
Awards & Accolades
Deana Lawson was awarded the Hugo Boss Prize by the Guggenheim Museum, becoming the first photographer to win the prestigious award.
The Joan Mitchell Foundation announced the 25 recipients of its annual Painters & Sculptors Grants. | Press release
The second OBEL AWARD was awarded to Anna Heringer for her project Anandaloy.
Artists Sondra Perry, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Martine Syms, and Zhou Tao were shortlisted for the Dream Commission from Muse, the Rolls-Royce Art Programme.
Richard Tuttle is now represented on the West Coast by David Kordansky Gallery.
SculptureCenter has appointed a trio of artists to its board of trustees. Carol Bove will serve as chair, Sanford Biggers as president, and Leslie Hewitt will also join the board.
Terry Skoda was appointed interim director of the Museum of Arts and Design, and Lorin Gu and Alexander Mason Hankin were appointed to the board of trustees.
Ed Benguiat (1927–2020), typographer and typeface designer | Comicbook
Marge Champion (1919–2020), actress and model | Deadline
Anthony Chisholm (1943–2020), Tony-nominated actor | Hollywood Reporter
Spencer Davis (1939–2020), rock musician | BBC
Robert DeMora (1934–2020), costume designer and art director | New York Times
Rhonda Fleming (1923–2020), actress | Legacy
James Redford (1962–2020), documentarian and activist | Salt Lake Tribune
Three Looted Antiquities at the Met Repatriated to Turkey
Nine other repatriated works were seized from Met Trustee Shelby White, whose collection was subject to a criminal investigation.
This week, the world’s lightest paint, Pakistan’s feminist movement, World Puppy Day, and were some of Vermeer’s paintings created by his daughter?
The Wider World and Scrimshaw
On March 28, join the New Bedford Whaling Museum online and in-person for a symposium on global carving traditions from across the Pacific Rim.
Who Will Decide on the Future of a Miami Native Burial Ground?
Native activists say sacred remains and objects dug up from a Brickell construction site should remain there, but mega-developer Jorge Pérez is pushing back.
How Can a Curator Approach South Asian Futurisms?
How do I acknowledge my shortcomings while reckoning with obscured histories and the exclusion of subaltern narratives in the fine art landscape? A working checklist for curators.
MCA Chicago Presents On Stage: Frictions
Will Rawls, Shamel Pitts | TRIBE, and Barak adé Soleil explore Blackness, queerness, movement, and dance in performances at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.
The Complicated Legacy of Camilo Egas
The Ecuadorian painter, a leading figure of Latin America’s Indigenismo art movement, has been both praised and scorned for his representation of Indigenous peoples.
Tom Jones Zeroes in on Ho-Chunk Visibility
“I think about the young kids, the teenagers, and I think being able to see yourself represented in art is so powerful,” says the artist.
Haggerty Museum of Art Presents Tomás Saraceno in Dialogue With Dr. Somesh Roy
The artist and researcher will explore soot’s effects on climate change and public health in this online conversation.
Hundreds of Artworks by NYC Teenagers Go on View at the Met
The talented seventh through twelfth-grade students are recipients of the 2023 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.
NYC’s Flatiron Building Sells for a Whopping $190M
The sale to outsider bidder Jacob Garlick puts an end to the protracted legal battle between the iconic skyscraper’s five former owners.
McKnight Visual Artist Fellows Discussion Series at the Minneapolis Institute of Art
The series features 2021 Fellows David Bowen, Mara Duvra, Rotem Tamir, Ben Moren, and Dyani White Hawk in conversation with renowned curators and critics.
The Best Memes Roasting the “We ❤️ NYC” Campaign
A graphic designer on Twitter created a hilarious send-up of the universally reviled logo, and the rest is history.
Did You Know These Museums Were Free for New Yorkers?
The “Free Admission” campaign is advocating to make ticket pricing information more transparent to visitors, who may be confused or misled by institutions’ language.