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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
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
Art Problems: How Do I Get a Public Art Commission?
Want to leave a mark on your city or town, but don’t know where to start? Paddy Johnson has some tips.
Rose B. Simpson Embeds Ancestral Histories in Clay
She has taken clay and used it to recall its ancestral roots in Pueblo culture and address the present history of postcolonial recovery and ongoing trauma.
Mondays at Pratt Institute: Weekly Openings of Work by Graduating Artists
Free and open to the public, Pratt Shows celebrate the school’s graduating students. MFA and BFA work on view this spring in Brooklyn, New York.
Quiet Paintings at a Time of Sensory Overload
Where Kim Mikyung’s process suggests an obsessive burrowing into the self, Kim Hyung-dae casts his gaze upward and outward into the sky.
Is the “Free the Nipple” Movement Too White?
Online representations of the activists lean White and thin, creating an image problem for the movement.
LSU School of Art Grants Highest MFA Stipends in the Southern US
With funded assistantships, full tuition waivers, and generous stipends, Louisiana State University helps students lay the groundwork for a successful lifelong art practice.
New “We ❤️ NYC” Campaign Misses the Mark
The recently unveiled design is meant to live alongside the iconic original and specifically address the city, but New Yorkers are not happy.
1,000+ Objects at The Met Linked to Antiquities Smugglers
A report by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists revealed hundreds of works once owned by people accused of or convicted of antiquities crimes.
School of the Art Institute of Chicago Offers Summer Art and Design Courses Online and On-Campus
Emerging and established artists can choose from over 50 Adult Continuing Education courses at one of the most influential art and design schools in the US.
Lunar Bead Necklace and Asteroid “Emoji” Head to Auction
Christie’s bizarre sale features other space rocks propped up on stands like sculptures.
Scientists Create the First Full Brain Map of a Fly
The achievement is a giant step toward understanding human neural networks.
IDSVA Offers a Non-Studio PhD in Visual Arts: Philosophy, Aesthetics, and Art Theory
With no campus, the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts is a truly nomadic institution, existing everywhere our students and faculty are.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Closes Over Climate Protest
The institution shuttered in advance of an action planned for the 33rd anniversary of its infamous art heist.
Remembering the Migrants Who Died in US Detention
Artist Jackie Amézquita will lead a caravan of trucks with the names of the deceased to LA sites representing systems of oppression and solidarity for immigrants.