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Over 350 artists, including Susan Meiselas and Hank Willis Thomas, signed a letter asking the US to protect Afghan artists and cultural workers.
Using high-resolution satellite imagery, Caucasus Heritage Watch identified over a dozen Armenian sites that have been destroyed, damaged, or threatened by Azerbaijan.
Over 60 venues in upstate New York, including Dia Beacon and the Dorsky Museum, will open for an art-filled weekend in the Hudson Valley.
September 18 marks the Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day; hundreds of museums across the US will participate and offer free tuition.
In Other News
NYC art educators are welcomed to a sprawling warehouse in Queens for a curbside “shopping spree,” where they can pick up free supplies ahead of the school year.
Conservators at Dresden’s Old Masters Picture Gallery uncovered a full-length cupid in Vermeer’s “Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window” — likely painted over by someone other than the artist.
Tiffany’s wants you to think it inspired a blue Basquiat painting featured in a new advertisement starring Beyoncé and Jay-Z.
Catalyzed by student pressure, Harvard Law School abandoned a logo connected to an enslaver.
A show of over 200 Inca objects and a VR expedition will debut at the Boca Raton Museum in South Florida, a hub of Peruvian heritage in the US.
Awards & Accolades
- Katherine Bradford was awarded the 2021 Rappaport Prize.
- Gabriel Barcia-Colombo was named the 2021 Artist in Residence of the Neon Museum.
- Becky Hoghton, Angela Fung, Sam Tahmassebi, Olly Fathers, Jacob Love, Olivia Martin Snowsill, Nina Miranda, Anna Kerman, Deborah Hobson, and Michal Raz were shortlisted for the Concord Art Prize.
- Rena Anakwe and Sana A. Malik were bestowed the Canadian Women Artists’ Award.
- Films by Bestor Cram, Phil Bertelsen, Marc Shaffer, Greta Schiller, Julie Ha and Eugene Yi, and Sam Katz and James McGovern are finalists for the 2021 Library of Congress Lavine/Ken Burns Prize for Film.
- Laura Herrera was named senior director of communications and content of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.
- Tomokazu Matsuyama is now represented by Kavi Gupta.
- Camila Palomino was named SculptureCenter’s curatorial fellow.
- Elizabeth Blackadder (1931–2021), painter | Guardian
- Chuck Close (1940–2021), painter whose late career was marked by sexual harassment allegations | Vogue
- Eloise Greenfield (1929–2021), children’s book author | Washington Post
- Hiro (1930–2021), fashion photographer | New York Times
- Peter Rehberg (1968–2021), composer | New York Times
- Kaari Upson (1970–2021), multimedia artist | Art Newspaper
- Peter Williams (1952–2021), painter | ARTnews
Bobby Wilson Combats Indigenous Stereotypes Through Humor
The artist-performer’s career undulates, ever so gracefully, across multiple mediums and registers of generational pain, healing laughter, and Indigenous joy.
Rare 19th-Century Silhouette Album’s Secrets Unlocked
Traveling portrait artist William Bache’s album depicts famous figures like Thomas Jefferson as well as people whose identity was previously unknown.
Nevada Museum of Art Presents Adaline Kent: The Click of Authenticity
For the first time in nearly 60 years, the innovative yet under-recognized artist is the subject of a retrospective exhibition. On view in Reno, Nevada.
Artists Show What They Can Do With a Google Phone’s Camera
Works by 20 photographers are now on view in Manhattan for the seventh season and 100th project coming out of the Google Creator Labs.
Met Museum Kicked Me Out for Praying to My Ancestral Gods
My danced prayer to looted Cambodian antiquities was too much for the New York museum.
The Public Theater in NYC Presents Plays for the Plague Year
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks’s theatrical concert chronicles the 2020 lockdown and the hope and perseverance that emerged from it.
A Museum Guard’s Ode to the Healing Power of Art
In All the Beauty in the World, Patrick Bringley revisits the many ways that art meets life, and life art, and how death is often the bridge between them.
UK Extends Export Ban on Coveted “Portrait of Omai”
London’s National Portrait Gallery was given a few months to acquire the work, which depicts the first Polynesian visitor to the UK.
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.
The Sculptor Making Art With Loved Ones’ Ashes
Inspired by the three-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic, Julian Stair’s exhibition honors the lives of eight people with cinerary jars.
Art Institute of Chicago Under Scrutiny Over Sacred Nepali Necklace
The 17th-century object remains on display at the Chicago museum despite Nepal’s calls for repatriation.
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.
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.