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Tania Bruguera and Katherine Bisquet were among a group of artists detained during a peaceful demonstration in front of the Ministry of Culture in Havana honoring writer Jose Martí.
A Montreal Gallery was vandalized with QAnon graffiti. Ralph Alfonso, co-founder of BBAM! Gallery, believes that the spray painting of “Pedogate” is related to the gallery’s current exhibition, You’re Gayer Than A Picnic Basket.
Leon Black, the Museum of Modern Art chairman, stepped down as CEO of his equity firm Apollo following a company review of his ties to Jeffrey Epstein, but remains on the museum board.
The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago cut 11% of its workforce, citing financial losses brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Artists Hương Ngô and Hồng-Ân Trương canceled their scheduled performance at the museum in a show of solidarity with the laid-off workers.
Someone threw a stolen painting into the Gardner Museum, the site of one of history’s most notorious art heists.
YInMn, the first new blue pigment in 200 years, is now commercially available.
In Russia, high schoolers are using TikTok as a catchy tool of political resistance.
Artist Edmund de Waal donated his “library of exile” to the Mosul University Library, once one of the largest libraries in West Asia, housing over a million books and rare historical materials, before it was destroyed by ISIS.
Paris’s Centre Pompidou will close from 2023 through 2027 for a critical €200 million renovation.
A 3D microscope captured 9,100 photographs of Vermeer’s “Girl With a Pearl Earring” to create an exceptionally intimate 10 billion-pixel panorama.
The internet can’t get enough of bundled-up Bernie memes, so we compiled the best for you.
Awards & Accolades
Twenty-two artists — Abigail Donahue, Alexa Hoyer, Andres Santiago Pina, Anthony Huffman, Betsy Kenyon, Dena Igusti, Hsuan Yu Pan, Hyewon Park, Isaac Roller, Janelle Lawrence, Josef Pinlac, Katy McCarthy, KC Trommer, Kelly Marshall, Kosuke Kawahara, Madeleine Fia Matsson, Mingna Li, Nozomi Rose, Rhonda Weppler, Ryan D. Matthews, Selwyn V. Garraway and Yin Ming Wong — were awarded the second round of free artist residencies at LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island. | LMCC
Keijaun Thomas was awarded the inaugural Illuminations Grant for Black Trans Women Visual Artists. | Queer|Art
Hanif Abdurraqib is guest curator at large at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Arjun Appadurai was named Max Weber Global Professor at Bard Graduate Center.
Akili Tommasino was named associate curator in the modern and contemporary art department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. | CultureType
Mary Leigh Cherry was named the director of enterprise at ARTERNAL. | ARTERNAL
Jerry Brandt (1938–2021), entrepreneur and club owner | New York Times
Jonas Gwangwa (1937–2021), jazz musician, songwriter, and producer | New York Times
Larry King (1933–2021), award-winning television and radio host | AP
Cloris Leachman (1926–2021), award-winning comedic actress | CNN
Christopher Little (1941–2021), literary agent who aided the success of the Harry Potter franchise | New York Times
Junior Mance (1928–2021), jazz pianist | Washington Post
Elias Rahbani (1938–2021), composer and lyricist | ABC
A new study details the creation of a hyper-flexible material inspired by an unexpected source: the humble sea cucumber.
The extensive exhibition confronts the Netherlands’s often-forgotten colonialist legacy.
The 1,600-year-old fragment was part of a dodecahedron, a mysterious object that experts believe may have been linked to the occult.
The Renaissance work by Francesco Salviati is the museum’s first painting on marble.
The 1969 exhibition 5 + 1, and now Revisiting 5 + 1, are reminders that the history of Black Art in the United States is diverse rather than monolithic.
The artist’s solo US museum debut at the Baltimore Museum of Art is a contemptuous, at times satirical, take on oppression that gives way to a new history.
Ten artists will receive studio space and access to faculty, staff, students, workshops, and programming at an arts institution in the heart of Philadelphia.
Who tells a tale adds a tail: Latin America and contemporary art explores contemporary Latin American art without conforming to external expectations.
Simulation Sketchbook takes as its starting point the reality that digital artists, like all artists, sketch out their work as well.
Twitter’s curbing of free API access could affect accounts posting from museum collections or the archives of long-gone artists.
How does a selective competition fit with the contemporary art world’s aspirations toward greater inclusivity?