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In a lawsuit filed on Friday, NY Attorney General Letitia James claims that Sotheby’s helped a collector evade sales tax on $27 million worth of artworks by accepting fraudulent resale certificates.
Art collector Seth Stolbun stepped down from the board of Rhizome, a New Museum affiliate, after a New York Times report revealed accusations of workplace harassment and unhealthy work conditions at the museum.
Artist Cosimo Cavallaro is suing Trump’s border wall contractors for destroying his “cheese wall.” He claims the construction company SLSCO, hired by Trump to fortify the US-Mexico border wall, “willfully destroyed” his sculpture made of Cotija cheese.
Critics have lambasted the first memorial to Mary Wollstonecraft, which features a nude, slender female body atop an amorphous pedestal. Its opponents say the artwork is disconnected from Wollstonecraft’s feminist achievements.
Artist Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya addressed rising violence against Asian Americans in an ad takeover of Brooklyn’s Atlantic Avenue subway station.
A new video advertisement from the Biden-Harris campaign references artist Lorraine O’Grady’s 1983 performance “Art Is…”
On Veterans Day, November 11, the National Museum of the American Indian unveiled the first national memorial to Native American veterans. The artwork was sculpted by Harvey Pratt.
John Waters promised most of his art collection to the Baltimore Museum of Art, as long as the museum promises to name one rotunda and two restrooms in his honor.
Awards & Accolades
Artspace, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, the Lab, Locust Projects, and the Luminary were awarded the the 2020 VIA | Wagner Incubator Grant Fund grant.
Poulomi Basu, Alejandro Cartagena, Cao Fei, and Zineb Sedira are shortlisted for the 2021 Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize.
Candace K. Beinecke and Hamilton E. James were named co-chairs of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Board of Trustees.
Nayland Blake was appointed chair of the Studio Arts Program at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson.
Carina Evangelista was named director of curatorial affairs at the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, and Tabitha Austin was appointed registrar.
Hanna Miller has joined the Board of Trustees at the Queens Museum. Peter Warwick and Yvonne Riley-Tepie were appointed board chair and board treasurer, respectively.
Huang Yuxing is now represented by Almine Rech gallery.
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Alex Trebek (1940–2020), host of Jeopardy! | Legacy
“Black infants in America are now more than twice as likely to die as white infants—11.3 per 1,000 black babies, compared with 4.9 per 1,000 white babies, according to the most recent government data—a racial disparity that is actually wider than in 1850, 15 years before the end of slavery, when most black women were…
In 1850, when Dr. Robert W. Gibbes commissioned J. T. Zealy to make daguerreotypes of persons held in slavery in and around Columbia, South Carolina, for Harvard Professor Louis Agassiz to use in support of his theory that African people were a separate species, daguerreotypes were at the height of fashion.
The show, which honors the 50th anniversary of an exhibition history once ignored, continues a series of projects documenting Wilmington’s contemporary art scene.
he ownership of images has a long and nuanced legal history, which has evolved dramatically in recent years as cultural standards and photographic technologies have rapidly advanced
Renty and his daughter Delia. Renty was an enslaved African, kidnapped from the Congo, sold and forced into slave labor on the South Carolina plantation of B.F. Taylor
Two K-12 art teachers will each receive a $1,000 cash gift and an additional $500 to put toward classroom art supplies. Nominations are due October 31.
As a scholar of African American history and photography whose work has focused on the status of violent images in museums and archives, I fully support the validity of Ms. Tamara Lanier’s claim and the amicus brief.
The daguerreotypes of Renty Taylor, Delia, Drana, Alfred, Jack, George Fassena, and Jem remained in an unused storage cabinet until 1975, when it was discovered by an employee of the Peabody Museum.
I am writing in support of the amicus curiae brief submitted by Professor Ariella Aïsha Azoulay of Brown University for the full restitution of the daguerreotypes of Renty Taylor and his daughter Delia, currently held by Harvard University, to their familial descendant, Tamara Lanier.