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The French government discarded a bill proposing to ban journalists from publishing footage and photographs of police officers after massive protests broke out across the country. The controversy follows condemnation by the French government of hacker-artist Paolo Cirio, who featured profiles of police officers in an exhibition to raise awareness about the threat of facial recognition technology.
Artist-activists of the San Isidro Movement in Cuba were trapped inside an apartment for over a week, surrounded by Cuban state security, after staging a peaceful demonstration.
A group of artists and architects is advocating for the removal of Philip Johnson’s name from the Museum of Modern Art. The collective says that Johnson’s “widely documented white supremacist views make him an inappropriate namesake.”
After Poets House announced a suspension of operations, ex-staff released a statement accusing the administration of retaliation, saying their unionizing efforts and workplace complaints are behind the move.
Tense union contract talks led to a union demonstration at the California College of the Arts. Teachers and staff blocked traffic in front of the school, amplifying their demands for the administration to negotiate a fair contract.
After controversially displaying a wrecked migrant ship at the 2019 Venice Biennale, artist Christoph Büchel is making headlines again. He is accused of failing to return the vessel to its legal owner, the town of Augusta in Sicily.
Artists and activists in Europe are demanding justice for Mawda Shawri, a two-year-old Kurdish-Iraqi refugee who was killed by Belgian police during a high-speed police chase in 2018.
More than 30 people helped create a Black Lives Matter mural outside of the São Paulo Museum of Art the day after the death of João Alberto Silveira Freitas, a Black man murdered by police.
Cultural workers in Mexico City, who have gone unpaid for months, have declared a “total suspension of labor” to advocate for better working conditions.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art closed to the public once again. With the second lockdown, the museum announced another wave of furloughs, spurring outrage from workers.
As the United Kingdom emerges from its second lockdown, Tate announced a plan to cut 120 full-time jobs at its London galleries through voluntary redundancies.
Workers at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Film at Lincoln Center in New York voted to unionize. Full-time faculty at the University of the Arts (UArts) in Philadelphia also voted for a union.
Follow the continuing mystery of the unusual monoliths that are popping up around the world.
Awards & Accolades
Zdenka Badovinac was named this year’s Igor Zabel Award laureate. Slavcho Dimitrov, Katalin Erdődi, and Ivana Bago were awarded Igor Zabel Award Grants.
Finalists for the $50,000 Bennett Prize are Sophia-Yemisi Adeyemo-Ross, Tanmaya Bingham, Chloe Chiasson, June Glasson, Holly Keogh, Lavely Miller, Rebecca Orcutt, Ayana Ross, Su Su, and Amy Werntz.
The winners of the 2020 Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize for nonfiction and fiction/poetry, are Ruha Benjamin (2020 Nonfiction Prize for Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code) and Ocean Vuong (2020 Fiction and Poetry Prize for On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous).
Yvette Mutumba and Julia Grosse were awarded the 2020 European Cultural Manager of the Year Award.
PEN America bestowed Barack Obama with the PEN America Voice of Influence Award.
Magda Grigorian was appointed chief communications officer of Phillips.
Laura Hughes was named interim director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.
Robert Nava is now represented by Pace Gallery.
PPOW and Kohn Gallery announced joint representation of Chiffon Thomas.
Janine Yorimoto Boldt was named associate curator of American art at the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison, Wisconsin.
Charles L. Amos, artist and railroader | Trains
Sandy Dvore (1934–2020), graphic artist | The Hollywood Reporter
Garrett Falls Lockhart aka i_o (1990–2020), DJ and music producer | Resident Advisor
Peter Joseph (1929–2020), minimalist painter | ARTnews
George Nock (1946–2020), artist, sculptor, and football player | Baltimore Sun
Greg Polisseni (1970–2020), collage artist and fashion designer | Democrat & Chronicle
Frederick Weston (1946–2020), artist and fashion designer | Philadelphia Tribune
Hoda Zarbaf, mixed media artist | via Shiva Balaghi
Correction 12/7/2020 2:50pm EST: An earlier version of this article misspelled Laura Hughes’s name. We regret the error.
Memories So Fair and Bright
Kimetha Vanderveen’s paintings are about the interaction of materiality and light, the bond between the palpable and ephemeral world in which we live.
Artists Contemplate Sovereignty in Santa Fe
The Santa Fe Art Institute’s 2024 International Thematic Residency focuses on what sovereignty means for artists from across the world.
When I Am Empty Please Dispose of Me Properly
Ayanna Dozier, Ilana Harris-Babou, Meena Hasan, Lucia Hierro, Catherine Opie, Chuck Ramirez, and Pacifico Silano explore the myths of the American Dream at Brooklyn’s BRIC House.
How Did Early Modern European Craftspeople Pass On Their Knowledge?
A new book about object making critically examines a written history of working with materials.
Dual Portrait of Old Master Rachel Ruysch Holds a Trove of Secrets
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has just acquired the rare painting, which depicts the Dutch artist at work surrounded by her signature flora.
Pratt’s 2023 Fine Arts MFA Thesis Exhibition Is On View in Brooklyn
The two-part exhibition features the work of 41 graduating artists across disciplines, including painting, sculpture, printmaking, and integrated practices.
Did Van Gogh’s Disdain for the Eiffel Tower Inspire “Starry Night”?
Art historian James Hall argues that van Gogh replaced the Eiffel Tower with a towering cypress tree and its inaugural light shows with the night sky.
Greek Museum Welcomes Dogs For World Stray Animal Day
Furry friends and their pawrents can visit Athens’s National Museum of Contemporary Art for free this weekend.
The Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation Presents The Feminine in Abstract Painting
Curated by Jennifer Samet and Andrea Belag, this group exhibition in NYC explores the feminine through aesthetics, as opposed to identity or gender.
Ai Weiwei Recreates Monet’s “Water Lilies” Using 650,000 LEGOS
It’s the artist’s largest LEGO artwork to date.
Did a Simpsons Episode Predict the Florida “David” Outrage?
The episode, which aired 30 years ago, made a dark prediction about conservative politics in 2023.
NYU Steinhardt Opens 2023 MFA Thesis Exhibitions
Taking place at 80WSE Gallery in New York’s Greenwich Village, Part I is on view from late March through April while Part II opens in May.
Coasting the Topography of South Asian Futurisms
As part of Hyperallergic’s Emily Hall Tremaine Journalism Fellowship for Curators, Sadaf Padder presents an exhibition to offer insight into her curatorial process.
I’m a Florida Drag Queen and I’m Scared
I’m truly at a loss for what to do for work and what kind of life I can expect to live.