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The Baltimore Museum of Art stopped the controversial sale of three paintings only hours before two of the works were slated to go under the hammer. The news follows weeks of harsh critique by art world figures over the museum’s decision to deaccession works by Brice Marden, Clyfford Still, and Andy Warhol.
A petitioner has abandoned claims filed with the Commissioner of the New York State Department of Education challenging the sale of Jackson Pollock’s “Red Composition,” which realized $13 million.
The Museum of Islamic Art in Jerusalem postponed an auction planned at Sotheby’s in London, after facing backlash for its decision to deaccession 255 items from its collection.
In the wake of severe criticism, a postponed Philip Guston retrospective organized by the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, will begin in 2022 instead of 2024.
Ahead of next week’s crucial election, TIME Magazine altered its name to “VOTE” for a special Shepard Fairey-designed cover.
As more people than ever have sent mail-in ballots, New York Magazine commissioned voting stickers with imaginative designs by 48 artists, including David Hammons, Barbara Kruger, and Amy Sherald.
Over 60 artists from nearly every state have contributed vibrant political posters to Project 270, an initiative by Mana Urban Arts Project, to engage young, disenfranchised voters nationwide.
As art institutions struggle to stay afloat due to the pandemic, arts administrators met with New York lawmakers about much-needed funding.
The House Committee on Oversight and Reform released documents establishing a direct link between members of the Sackler family and Purdue’s over-marketing of its highly addictive prescription drug, OxyContin. For P.A.I.N., the activist group led by artist Nan Goldin, “this proves once and for all that there is no distinction between the Sackler family and their corporate skin, Purdue Pharma.”
An augmented reality app transforms the Met’s Sackler Wing into a memorial site for Mariah Lotti and others who have lost their lives to the opioid crisis.
The ART X Lagos art fair was postponed to later this year in solidarity with Nigeria’s #EndSARS protesters.
The Museum of Modern Art’s playful riff on a misguided post by Kim Kardashian went viral and inspired a new format for art memes.
If you want to be thoroughly spooked before Halloween tomorrow, peruse the contestants for the annual Creepy Doll Contest at the History Center of Olmsted County. (As if 2020 isn’t scary enough …)
Awards & Accolades
Indira Allegra, Lizzetta LeFalle-Collins, Rashaad Newsome, Toni Scott, and Leila Weefur were named grantees of the Minnesota Street Project Foundation’s inaugural California Black Voices Project.
Yulan Grant was given the Queer|Art|Prize prize for recent work.
Atta Kwami won the 2021 Maria Lassnig Prize.
Keisha Rae Witherspoon was bestowed the inaugural Lynn Shelton “Of a Certain Age” Grant by the Northwest Film Forum and Duplass Brothers Productions.
Cauleen Smith was awarded the 15th annual Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize by the Studio Museum in Harlem.
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts appointed Paul C. Ha as board chair; Agustín Arteaga, Jeffrey Gibson, and Franklin Sirmans were elected to the board.
Daniel Crews-Chubb is now represented by Timothy Taylor gallery.
Nigel Freeman and Rick Stattler were appointed vice presidents of Swann Galleries, and Alexandra Mann-Nelson was appointed chief marketing officer.
Lauren Tate Baeza was appointed the Fred and Rita Richman curator of African art at the High Museum of Art.
Marge Champion (1919-2020), Hollywood Golden Age actress and dancer, who modeled for Disney’s Snow White | Los Angeles Times
Mohamed Melehi (1936-2020), acclaimed painter | Al Khaleej Today
Frederick Weston (1946–2020), collage artist | ARTnews
This week, news outlets flock to TikTok, New York Times staff strikes, the problem with the phrase “late-term abortion,” and was the North Pole once a forest?
The 11,000-year-old wall relief discovered in Southeastern Turkey may reflect humans’ changing roles in the natural world during the Neolithic Revolution.
The Brazilian artist forced the museum to remove his work from a show about the Black experience, calling it “White man’s theater.”
In an era of fast fashion and sweatshop exploitation, the artist demonstrates how far an industry will go to keep workers out of the picture.
This adventurous theater festival returns in person with 36 artists and companies from nine countries performing at different venues across the city.
Both Don Ed Hardy and Laurie Steelink refuse to adhere to traditional artistic hierarchies, an attitude they have shared throughout their 30-year friendship.
It took over 37 hours to pull 1,900 miles of glass filament to create the garment, now on view at the Toledo Museum of Art.
Learn more about the New York-based, globally linked program and its upcoming discussions on art and society in the time of AI and data governance.
An insidious racism is at play in interviewer Henri Renaud’s attempt to groom Thelonious Monk for public consumption on French television.
The last few years at the museum have not been without controversy, and Decatur will inherit a record of workforce struggles.
The program, along with recently announced visiting critics, will provide long term funding, promote access, and safeguard experimentation for future students of color.
Refugees of the Moria camp in Lesvos, Greece are behind the camera in the film Nothing About Us Without Us.
Helen Molesworth’s true-crime sensation marginalizes the artist’s life and legacy.