Artist Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya’s public art project at the Atlantic Avenue subway station in Brooklyn, New York (all images courtesy the NYC Commission on Human Rights)

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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.

In Memoriam

Rosanna Carteri (1930–2020), soprano opera singer | Opera Wire

Pearl Chin (1949–2020), “craftivist” knitting store owner | NYT

Norm Crosby (1927–2020), comedian | CBS

Aileen Passloff (1931–2020), dancer, choreographer, and actor | NYT

Alex Trebek (1940–2020), host of Jeopardy! | Legacy

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