Thousands of activists gathered in Buenos Aires in anticipation of the decision to legalize abortion. (photograph by and courtesy of Amanda Cotrim)

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Leaked private text messages between members of the Sackler family, the owners of Purdue Pharma, showed how they tried to use their museum philanthropy as a way to artwash their roles in the opioid crisis.

Artist Nan Goldin testified at the landmark House Oversight Committee hearing on Purdue Pharma‘s role in the opioid crisis. The hearing was the first time members of the Sackler family publicly addressed their alleged role in the epidemic.

Hyperallergic took a look at the $908 billion COVID-19 relief package to see how it fares for the arts. Included in the relief package are provisions to create Smithsonian museums dedicated to the history of women and Latinx communities.

Photographs by Amanda Cotrim capture the “strength and tenderness” of historic celebrations in Argentina after abortion was legalized.

The Akron Art Museum in Ohio revealed an augmented reality poster by local artist Adana Tillman. The animated 3D-image allows spectators to add elements to the artwork, change colors, and create their own designs.

The art collection of Christo and Jeanne-Claude will head to auction at Sotheby’s Paris in February.

Curator Ikechúkwú Onyewuenyi put together a 32-hour-long Spotify playlist, “Chez Baldwin,” based on James Baldwin’s vinyl record collection.

The World Monuments Fund is urging the Indian Institute of Management to reconsider destroying an icon of Modernism in India by architect Louis Kahn.

Check out these utterly creepy, but nonetheless impressive, realistic “face masks.”


Edith Devaney was appointed David Hockney‘s managing director, curator, and editor-in-chief of his catalogue raisonné project.

Brian Kennedy will step down as director of the Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts. | WBUR

Guillaume Kientz was named the director and chief executive of the Hispanic Society Museum & Library in New York. | New York Times

In Memoriam

Bill Holm (1925–2020),  artist, curator, and educator | Seattle Times

Rita Houston (1961–2020), DJ for WFUV-FM in the Bronx | New York Times

Armando Manzanero (1935–2020), composer | Billboard

David Medalla (1942–2020), sculptor | ARTnews

John Outterbridge (1933–2020), assemblage artist and educator | LA Times

Sara Pearce (1952–2020), former Cincinnati Enquirer editor and artist | Cincinnati Enquirer

Adolfo Quiñones aka Shabba Doo (1955–2020), dancer and choreographer | Hollywood Reporter

Barbara Rose (1936–2020), modern art critic and historian | NY Times

Jackie Saccoccio (1963–2020), abstract artist | NY Times

Mohamed Tazi Cherti (1920–2020), Andalusian classical musician | Morocco World News

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