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Pussy Riot Members Flee Russia as Government Intensifies Harassment - 3 members of the feminist political-protest collective - Alexander Sofeyev, Anna Kuzminykh & Veronika Nikulshina - have temporarily departed the country "to take a break from constant arrests for a second."
2 years ago by ISaidWhatISaid to /s/Art from artforum.com
Francis Bacon’s Ex-Handyman Threatens Tate with Lawsuit over Donated Works - Barry Joule, who befriended Bacon when the artist saw him repairing a TV antenna & invited him for a glass of champagne, cited the museum’s failure to publicly display any of the trove of works by Bacon he gifted in 2004.
Former art-world darling Christian Rosa indicted & charged with wire fraud in relation to the sale of 4 forgeries attributed to Raymond Pettibon, whom he had in recent years befriended. He remains at large, having fled the country earlier this year.
Artist-Led Movement Gains Ground as Protests Rock Cuba - 1000s of Cubans flooded the streets of Havana on July 11 in a broadening of the demonstrations in past months by artist-activist groups 27N & the San Isidro Movement, forcing US president Joe Biden to declare his support for the protesters.
Norway’s Momentum Biennial Fires Curator, Artists Withdraw in Protest - After firing Paris-based curator Théo-Mario Coppola for his poor professional conduct, the organizers of the event went ahead & presented the biennial Coppola had curated without consulting the shocked participating artists.
Artist Tania Bruguera Departing Cuba for Harvard in Exchange for Release of Prisoners - a member of the artist-activist collective 27N, told the Cuban government she would accept a job offer from Harvard University & leave the country if it would release a number of recently imprisoned activists.
UK Government Halves Arts Funding for Higher Education - Dealing a transformative blow to the country’s cultural status, the UK government is slashing spending on the arts in higher education by a gutting 50 %, awarding the spoils to science & medicine.
2 years ago by ISaidWhatISaid to /s/news from artforum.com
Founder of Lisbon’s Museu Coleção Berardo Arrested on Fraud Charges - Top Portuguese art collector José Berardo was arrested on fraud & money-laundering charges stemming from allegations that he moved high-value artworks into a trust in order to protect them from creditors.
German grifter Angela Gulbenkian pleaded guilty to defrauding a buyer over a Yayoi Kusama work - Gulbenkian pleaded guilty in a London court to defrauding a buyer of $1.4 million in relation to the 2017 sale of Yayoi Kusama’s 2012 Yellow Pumpkin and to bilking her own masseuse out of nearly $70,000.
Basquiat NFT Pulled from Auction After Sparking Controversy - After seller Daystrom offered the artist’s Free Comb with Pagoda, 1986, for sale on the OpenSea platform and gave the purchaser the option of destroying the original work, Basquiat’s estate stepped in.
Artist Nick Cave won a censorship battle - Nick Cave's work "Truth Be Told", which consists of the phrase rendered in 21-foot high vinyl letters spanning the 160-ft-wide brick face of Jack Shainman Gallery outpost, is an artwork & not a sign & therefore cannot be censored.
2 years ago by ISaidWhatISaid to /s/censorship from artforum.com
Artists Excluded From Cuba’s Economic Reforms - journalism, publishing, film & A/V production, TV programming, art galleries, theaters & general cultural programming to remain under government control
Hong Kong Government Places Hong Kong Arts Sector Under Scrutiny - Hong Kong chief executive said the government would be “on full alert” in regard to threats to national security posed by the arts
MoMA to Temporarily Obscure "RACIST!" Philip Johnson’s Name - A collaborative artwork by the ten Black architects represented in “Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness” will block the name of the famously racist architect in the eponymous gallery housing the exhibition for its duration.
2 years ago by ISaidWhatISaid to /s/Architecture from artforum.com
Judy Chicago Artwork Planned for Desert X Canceled Over Environmental Concerns - The pioneering feminist artist’s colorful nontoxic smoke sculpture was dropped after a local writer suggested it might harm the bighorn sheep native to the area.
2 years ago by ISaidWhatISaid to /s/environment from artforum.com
MIAMI DADE COLLEGE MUSEUM ACCUSED OF CENSORING FORENSIC ARCHITECTURE EXHIBITION - The controversy centers around FA’s stated goal of investigating, as part of its exhibition, the Homestead Emergency Care Shelter, a detention center for migrant children 40 miles from the museum
Curators Assess Damage to Capitol Artworks in Wake of Mob Storming - While the majority of the building’s historical paintings & sculptures escaped harm, several works were vandalized or destroyed & some may have been looted.
#MeToo Controversy Grows Around Iranian Artist Aydin Aghdashloo - The artist, accused by 13 women of sexual misconduct, is faced with mounting backlash in his home country
National Gallery and Smithsonian Latest Institutions to Close in Response to Covid-19 Second Wave - The closures are expected to last through the winter holidays, typically one of the busiest times of year for museums.
2 years ago by ISaidWhatISaid to /s/Coronavirus from artforum.com
Statue Commemorating Mary Wollstonecraft Elicits Passionate Responses - Maggi Hambling’s nude tribute to the British feminist has been criticized for its idealization of the female form.
3 years ago by ISaidWhatISaid to /s/Art from artforum.com
Film director John Waters Gifts Collection to Baltimore Museum of Art - In exchange for the 375 artworks & at Waters' request, the museum will name its east lobby bathrooms in his honor.
France to Return Artifacts to Benin and Senegal Within a Year - the country’s senate voted to restore 27 colonial-era artifacts, some 90,000 African objects remain in French institutions.
Baltimore Museum of Art Pauses Contentious Accession Hours Before Auction - The surprising move came just two hours before the works were to be auctioned at Sotheby’s in New York for an estimated $65 million
Australia Commits Millions to Repatriation of Overseas Aboriginal Artifacts
Artist Collective Claims Responsibility for Stolen Beuys Sculpture - The group Frankfurter Hauptschule delivered the sculpture to a Tanzanian museum as a "symbolic act of restitution to the former German colony."
NYU Professors Accuse Zoom of Censoring Political Speech - Last week Zoom shut down an NYU webinar about censorship by tech platforms, including Zoom, that was being held via the service.
3 years ago by ISaidWhatISaid to /s/censorship from artforum.com
Sackler Family Members Settle Purdue Pharma Suit for $225 Million - The settlement allows those members of the Sackler family who enriched themselves via sales of OxyContin to retain their personal wealth, estimated to be $13 billion.
3 years ago by ISaidWhatISaid to /s/CorruptScience from artforum.com
Three Berlin Museums Attacked by Vandals - 63 artifacts from the Alte Nationalgalerie, Neues Museum & Pergamon were damaged.
British Museums and Galleries to Close in Accordance with Second Lockdown - Art institutions in England must close from November 5 through at least December 2 due to a surge in Covid-19 cases in the country.
3 years ago by ISaidWhatISaid to /s/Coronavirus from artforum.com
Baltimore Museum of Art Loses $50 Million Planned Gift Over Deaccession - The furor over the deaccessioning of works by Brice Marden, Clyfford Still & Andy Warhol has led artists Amy Sherald & Adam Pendelton to resign from BMA’s board of trustees.
Baltimore Museum of Art Faces Multiple Calls to Cancel Artwork Sale - Brice Marden’s 3M (1987), Clyfford Still’s 1957-G & Andy Warhol’s The Last Supper (1986) are expected to raise some $65 million for the museum.
San Francisco Institutes Universal Basic Income Pilot Program for Artists - "The city will offer $1,000 monthly stipends for up to 130 artists and cultural workers, including teachers."
3 years ago by ISaidWhatISaid to /s/politics from artforum.com
Brooklyn Museum Sells Off Art to Survive the Pandemic - "By selling off European works and old masters, the Brooklyn Museum hopes to raise $40 million to be spent on conservation & care"
Activist Group P.A.I.N. (Prescription Addiction Intervention Now) Denounces Proposed Purdue Pharma Settlement - "Protecting the Sacklers from future civil/criminal litigation condemns Americans to a future of Big Pharma’s predatory schemes"
Major Philip Guston Exhibition Pushed to 2024 Over KKK Imagery Concerns - decision sparked outrage among scholars, curators & critics, who say that the museums have a lack of faith in their viewerships & missed an opportunity to engage with issues given as reasons to postpone the exhibition
Royal Academy Weighs Selling Michelangelo Tondo Against Loss of 150 Employees - It is estimated that the sale of the marble work would net over $127 million, enough to get the institution back on its feet.
Tate Museum Cuts Ties with Disgraced Dealer Anthony d’Offay
The Arts and Covid-19: "The field of nonprofit arts and culture is unlikely to return to its pre-Covid state for the foreseeable future, if ever."
Museums reopen during the pandemic but with distancing rules [UPDATED]
Architecture student Shakeel Massey, who punched Picasso’s 1944 painting Bust of a Woman (valued at $26 million) at London’s Tate Modern, sentenced to 18 months in prison
UK Warns Museums to Adopt Profit-Driven Approach or Lose Funding
Galleries in the Bay flout CA lockdown
Hong Kong Artists Risk Exile by Launching Pro-Democracy Platform
Magnum Photos ("world's leading photography agency") is reexamining its digital archive amid accusations that it was promoting & licensing photographs of sexually exploited minors made in 1989 by American photographer David Alan Harvey documenting sex workers in Bangkok
3 years ago by ISaidWhatISaid to /s/Photography from artforum.com
Leon Black, chair of MOMA (New York’s Museum of Modern Art), a man worth $8.3 billion, is to be subpoenaed by the Virgin Islands as attorney general Denise George investigates the sources of Jeffrey Epstein’s wealth
3 years ago by JasonCarswell to /s/Cooperatives from artforum.com
US Earmarks More Than $230 Million for Arts and Humanities in $2 Trillion Covid-19 Aid Package
Covid-19 and artists: "95 percent of artists have experienced income loss and 62 percent of artists are unemployed because of Covid-19"