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Impact of COVID-19 on the Arts
Researchers at the Berlin Institute of Technology say the risk of COVID-19 transmission is far lower in museums and theaters than any other indoor activity, including supermarkets and restaurants.
Employment in the arts, entertainment, and recreation in New York City has plummeted by two-thirds during the COVID-19 pandemic, the largest decline among the city’s economic sectors in 2020.
Dartmouth Community Opposes Leon Black-funded Arts Center
Dartmouth College alumni and students are calling for the school to rename the Black Family Visual Arts Center following revelations of Leon Black’s financial ties to convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. “The building represents an ever-present insult to all Dartmouth survivors,” said members of Dartmouth Community Against Gender Harassment and Sexual Violence.
Facebook “Unfriends” Australian Organizations
Last week, over 500 Australian arts organizations discovered their Facebook pages had been removed as a result of the platform’s reaction to a recent federal regulation over media guidelines. The government soon announced that Facebook “intends to restore Australian news pages in the coming days,” but the repercussions for small organizations could be long-term.
In Other News
The Baltimore Museum of Art has received gifts totaling over $1 million in support of its long-term financial plan to increase access and equity within the museum. The museum had previously planned to fund the initiatives using proceeds from the sale of three major artworks, a proposal that drew sharp criticism from many in the arts community.
The Palm Springs City Council rejected a bid to fund the installation of a Desert X artwork, citing the biennial’s partnership with Saudi Arabia.
Meme artist Tommy Marcus raised over $1 million for Planned Parenthood, donated ironically in Rush Limbaugh’s memory. During his life, the ultra-conservative commentator lambasted the national nonprofit and accused it of “sexual perversion.”
New findings reveal that a curious inscription on Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” — saying the work “could only have been painted by a madman” — is by the artist’s hand.
While protests over free speech in Spain rock the country, the last statue of dictator Francisco Franco has come down.
Thomas R. Ellis and Brian Robinson were elected members of the Guggenheim Foundation board of trustees.
Tim Kent is now represented by Hollis Taggart.
Christine Kuan was named president and executive director of Creative Capital.
Candice Madey has opened a new, eponymous gallery.
Cameron Shaw was appointed executive director of the California African American Museum, where she has served as deputy director and chief curator since September 2019.
Rajie Cook (1930–2021), assemblage sculptor best known for creating the ubiquitous pictograms used to identify restrooms, emergency services, and more | New York Times
Peter G. Davis (1936–2021), classical music critic for the New York Times and New York magazine | New York Times
Arturo Di Modica (1941–2021), sculptor of the Wall Street “Charging Bull” | Wall Street Journal
Milford Graves (1941–2021), free-jazz drummer, scientist, and educator | NPR
Barry Le Va (1941–2021), sculptor and installation artist | ARTnews
Rupert Neve (1926), pioneer in modern studio recording | Guardian
Helen Rae (1938–2021), contemporary artist | Tierra del Sol Gallery
Douglas Turner Ward (1930–2021), founder of the Negro Ensemble Company in New York | Playbill
The settlement comes after Tate prevented an artist who exposed sexual harassment by one of its largest donors from co-curating an exhibition.
Let’s be honest: On a best bathrooms list, no one wants to be number two.
The Newark Museum of Art Presents Jazz Greats: Classic Photographs from the Bank of America Collection
Photographers Antony Armstrong Jones, Milt Hinton, Chuck Stewart, Barbara Morgan, and more capture a breadth of legendary and local musicians and performance artists. On view through August 21.
Advocacy groups are pushing for a 5% royalty in resales, which would pertain even after the artist dies, in which case the funds would go to their estate.
This week, the Getty Museum is returning ancient terracottas to Italy, parsing an antisemitic mural at Documenta, an ancient gold find in Denmark, a new puritanism, slavery in early Christianity, and much more.
Art and photographs, publications from the 19th and 20th centuries, manuscripts, posters and more are set to cross the auction block on August 18.
The absence of an explicit framing of American art, in all of its diversity, as a visual culture of empire distorts and hampers our ability to understand — and reimagine — our social world.
The gap between the material body and the psychological one, which we all too often take for granted, is one of the underlying themes of Hiro’s exhibition.
David Rios Ferreira and Denae Shanidiin join forces to bring awareness to the plight of Indigenous women and girls, and LGBTQ+ individuals.
Metrograph’s series The Process features films that were either directed by Robert M. Young or made with the help of Irving Young’s postproduction facility.
Memes depicting a sinister, all-powerful Joe Biden alter ego are sweeping the internet, and the Democratic establishment is loving it.