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Activists from advocacy groups PAIN Sackler and Truth Pharm transformed the greenery outside a bankruptcy court in White Plains, New York into a symbolic graveyard in protest of the most recent Purdue settlement.
The Acropolis, along with other archaeological sites in Southern Europe, partially closed as a result of wildfires that raged across the region.
In Ethiopia’s Tigray region, rebels took control of a UNESCO heritage site.
The Smithsonian repatriated sacred items to the Siksika nation, and they will again be utilized in ceremonies.
See the mesmerizing images shortlisted for the 2021 Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.
Take a tour of this artist-decorated neighborhood in Bangalore.
In Other News
A typhoon swept a Yayoi Kusama sculpture out to sea. The artwork had been installed on a pier on the shore of Naoshima in Japan.
It turns out that neanderthals beat Jackson Pollock to the punch. Pigment found on rocks in a Spanish cave was applied by humans 60,000 years ago using splattering and blowing techniques.
Dive into this underwater sculpture museum in Cyprus, located 32 feet below the surface.
Awards & Accolades
- BlackStar announced the winners of its 10th annual film festival. | BlackStar
- Recess announced its 2021 Session artists: Dana Davenport, Zachary Fabri, Rowan Renee, Rashayla Marie Brown, Caroline Garcia, and Francheska Alcántara.
- Stefan Kalmár has stepped down as director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. | ARTnews
- David E. Little was named executive director of the International Center of Photography.
- Nancy Frankel (1929–2021), abstract sculptor | Washington Post
- Hung Liu (1948–2021), contemporary artist | KQED
- Garry Neill Kennedy (1935–2021), conceptual artist | CBC
- Reynold Ruffins (1930–2021), graphic designer and artist | New York Times
- Ilona Royce Smithkin (1920–2021), actor, singer, model, and artistic muse | New York Times
- Una Stubbs (1937–2021), actor | Guardian
The last few years at the museum have not been without controversy, and Decatur will inherit a record of workforce struggles.
Refugees of the Moria camp in Lesvos, Greece are behind the camera in the film Nothing About Us Without Us.
Helen Molesworth’s true-crime sensation marginalizes the artist’s life and legacy.
Members of NatSoc Florida performed the Nazi salute and chanted “Heil Hitler” at a local LGBTQ+ charity’s fundraiser in Lakeland.
This adventurous theater festival returns in person with 36 artists and companies from nine countries performing at different venues across the city.
Nothing on the canvas wholly captures what it means to belong on land or at sea.
Dyson is part of a growing number of contemporary artists to imbue geometric abstraction with a sociopolitical dimension.
Learn more about the New York-based, globally linked program and its upcoming discussions on art and society in the time of AI and data governance.
In an exhibition that consists of mostly small-scale black and white works on paper, viewer engagement almost magically awakens the sleepy room.
Maria Maea’s All in Time continues an intergenerational conversation and exemplifies the artist’s process, not simply the finished pieces.
The program, along with recently announced visiting critics, will provide long term funding, promote access, and safeguard experimentation for future students of color.
Koestler Arts works with incarcerated people and patients in secure mental health units, aiming to improve their lives through creativity.
Local artists and culture workers are wondering how the arena will impact the arts landscape, including museums and alternative spaces.