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After Battery Park City residents urged the relocation of an essential workers monument, construction has been halted.
Miguel Luciano designed an “El Met” t-shirt, which will be sold to help fund acquisitions of work by Latinx artists at the Metropolitan Museum.
Six local Polish governments sued four artist-activists behind the “Atlas of Hate,” an interactive map charting the country’s anti-gay zones.
Artist-activists from Extinction Rebellion were arrested during protests against media corruption, during which they dropped horse manure outside of the Daily Mail offices.
Several looted Ethiopian artifacts were withdrawn from sale at a British auction house, and are in talks to be repatriated.
A painting by David Bowie, unknowingly purchased at a landfill for $5, broke an auction record for the artist.
In Other News
Scholars finally deciphered 3,200-year-old Hittite rock reliefs that depict the cosmos.
Thanks to an artificial intelligence (AI) restoration, Rembrandt’s “The Night Watch” can be seen in full for the first time in centuries.
The owner of the “Flintstone’s House” in California won a lawsuit over the dinosaur sculptures on her lawn.
A portrait by Jean-Michel Basquiat, painted on an apartment door in 1985, was recently acquired by the Dallas Museum of Art.
Introduced in Mesopotamia some 2,500 years ago, astrology continues to entice poets, writers, and artists. See a visual history of the cosmological fascination here.
Awards & Accolades
- Mahogany L. Browne was named the inaugural poet-in-residence at Lincoln Center.
- Tim Mills, Natalie Willatt, Suzanne St Clare, and Tony Mallon were appointed to artist residencies for Picturing England’s High Streets.
- Newark Arts awarded grants to 17 community arts groups. | Newark Arts
- Kiki Xuebing Wang was awarded the John Moores Painting Prize Visitors’ Choice.
- The recipients of the Wexner Center’s 2021–22 Artist Residency Awards have been announced. | Wexner Center
- The winners of the 2021 Rabkin Prize for arts journalists have been announced, including Hyperallergic editors John Yau and Jasmine Weber.
- Latifa Echakhch is now represented by Pace Gallery.
- Sabrina Lin was named curatorial assistant and manager of student programs at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.
- Lauren Snelling was named artistic director of Young Arts, while Rebekah Lanae Lengel was appointed deputy director and Tanya Reid as vice president of finance.
John Clem Clarke (1937–2021), Pop artist | New York Times
Frieda Fritzshall (1929–2021), founder of Illinois Holocaust Museum | Patch
Jon Hassell (1937–2021), composer and trumpeteer | Guardian
Paulo Mendes da Rocha (1928–2021), Pritzker Prize-winning architect | New York Times
Patricia Reilly Giff (1935–2021), children’s book author | Washington Post
Frederic Rzewski (1938–2021), anti-establishment composer | New York Times
Menelik Shabazz (1954–2021), director and writer | The Guardian
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.