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Headlines: Canwood, Hirshhorn, North Korean Artists

1) 1960s Art by Native American Schoolchildren gets First Exhibit


One of the drawings from the Chinle Boarding School

 

A small collection of artwork made by students at the Chinle Boarding School in Many Farms, Arizona, will be returning home to be exhibited for the first time ever. The artworks, produced by Native American students at the boarding school in the 1960’s, were discovered at a garage sale in Shreveport, Louisiana almost 20 years ago. Antiques dealer Ray Stevenson, who…

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Headlines: Haring, Botched Restoration, Emoji

1) Restoration of St. George Effigy Draws Mockery


A side-by-side comparison of an original and restored effigy of St. George

 

A chapel in the town of Estella, Spain, has become the home of the second coming of Ecce Homo Monkey Christ, or “Beast Jesus,” if you prefer. A wooden statue of St. George, in armor and portrayed battling a dragon, has been rendered somewhat more cartoonish with an inexpert paint job. According to reports, the parish authorities of the Church of St. Michael may have commissioned a…

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Headlines: Lawsuits, Missing Painting, Street Artists

1) Gagosian Moves to Throw Out Tanabaum Lawsuit


An image of a Jeff Koons Balloon Dog sculpture

 

A follow-up to the lawsuit between art collector Steven Tananbaum and the studio of Jeff Koons: on Wednesday night, Gagosian Gallery (Koons’ representative) filed a motion to have Tananbaum’s claim dismissed. Filed with the New York Supreme Court, Gagosian’s motion claims that Tananbaum’s complaint was “overwrought,” and that the collector was essentially, being overly…

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Headlines: Net Neutrality, Basel, Queer Biennale

1) What Does The End of Net Neutrality Mean for Artists?


A meme featuring FCC chair Ajit Pai

 

Earlier this week, net neutrality was repealed in the United States, and in the wake of the FCC’s decision many are wondering how the new internet will affect independent creators. The repeal of net neutrality means that internet service providers will now be legally allowed to slow down service to certain websites, or block certain websites from being access unless users pay…

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Headlines: Cryptocurrency, Jesus, Sunflowers

1) Auction Houses Improving Diversty in Preview Photos


A photo of a Christie's auction house employee looking at a painting up for sale

 

Change is coming to the outdated stock photographs that are often used by art auction houses to preview lots for sale. Photographs of works for sale often use young, female models to help viewers better observe the size and presence of an artwork. While these photos are often taken by press agencies and auction houses don’t necessarily have a say in who is pictured with the…

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Headlines: Vodka, Momacha, Majestic Splendor

1) Russian Gallery to Stop Alcohol Sales After Intoxicated Attack on Painting


Two women view a screen at a media conference about the damaged Russian painting

 

The prominent Russian State Tretyakov Gallery says that it may change its policies toward on-site alcohol sales, after a drunk guest, wielding a metal pole, damaged a painting. The painting, a 19th-century masterpiece by Ilya Rapin depicting Czar Ivan the Terrible holding his mortally wounded son in the 1500s, was struck by a security pole several times on…

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Headlines: Rothko Chapel, Indiana, LOVE

1) Rothko Chapel Vandalized With White Suprematist Messages


The Broken Obelisk at Rothko Chapel in Houston

 

The Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas, was vandalized last Friday in an apparent hate crime. According to reports, at some time late Friday evening an unknown vandal splashed white paint at multiple locations across the grounds, and left leaflets reading “it’s okay to be white.” The paint was poured into the Chapel’s reflecting pool -- close to The Broken Obelisk, a…

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Headlines: 798, Rembrandt, Gun Share

1) Writer and Critic Tom Wolfe Dies at 88


A photo of the late Tom Wolfe speaking at the White House

 

Writer and cultural critic Tom Wolfe passed away this week at the age of 88. Wolfe was known for his works of both fiction and journalism that explored subcultures, trends, and socioeconomic groups in 20th century America. In particular, the writer was known throughout the art world for his 1975 book The Painted World, in which he argued that the state of art criticism at the time was such…

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Headlines: Frieze, Frida Kahlo, Fat

1) Gallery Discontent Grows Around Frieze


A painting by Anton Kern at Frieze New York

 

This year it seems that artists, collectors, galleries, and the media are paying increased attention to the ways in which Frieze art fair might actually be a detriment. While concerns about how the fair actually benefits artists and galleries have been ongoing for years, according to one dealer, Cristin Tierney, more and more art professionals are realizing that speaking out is the best way…

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Headlines: Bilbao, Terrus, Menil

1) Two Works Removed From Guggenheim NY Will be Shown in Spain


A photo of Huang Yong Ping's Theater of the World

 

Two works that were removed from the Solomon R. Guggenheim’s controversial survey of Chinese art last year are set to be included in a show at the Guggenheim Bilbao. Huang Yong Ping’s Theater of the World, and Xu Bing’s A Case Study of Transference were among three works removed from the September 2017 retrospective Art and China After 1989: Theater of The World,…

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Headlines: Aguilar, Ai Weiwei, Alabama

1) Photographer Laura Aguilar Dies at 58


Plush Pony #15 by Laura Aguilar

 

Laura Aguilar, a Latina photographer known for her stirring photographs of marginalized women, passed away at the age of 58 this week. Aguilar’s artistic focus included lesbians, Latina women, plus-sized individuals, and the working class, and she was known for staging photographs that treated her subjects with respect and allowed viewers from many walks of life to connect with the…

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Headlines: Sims, Koons, Stolen Jade

1) Statue of J. Marion Sims Removed from Central Park


A photo of a woman holding a protest sign in front of the former location of a statue of J. Marion Sims

 

The statue of J. Marion Sims, the “father of gynecology” has been removed from its perch in New York’s Central Park. Sims, who did make some pioneering discoveries in his field, came about those discovers through wildly unethical means: by performing medical experiments on enslaved black women in the 19th century. Members of the public, particularly those that live in the…

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Headlines: Tower Fire, Fearless Reproductions, Afrofuturism

1) Trump Tower Fire Victim Identified as Art Dealer and Collector


A Facebook photo of Todd Brassner with a portrait of him by Andy Warhol

 

Art dealer Todd Brassner died after a fire enveloped his apartment on the 50th floor of New York’s Trump Tower on Saturday. Brassner was a friend of Andy Warhol, and had his portrait painted by the late artist in 1975. The 67-year-old had reportedly been trying to sell the apartment since 2016, but had had little luck in offloading a property associated with the…

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Headlines: Escher, Brooklyn, Bader

1) M.C. Escher Exhibition Coming to Brooklyn


M.C. Escher's artwork Relativity

 

The works of M.C. Escher are coming to Brooklyn. Escher. The Exhibition and Experience is set to open in June and will feature over 200 of the artist’s works, including some early landscapes from the period before he transitioned into optical illusions. The show will reportedly see a few of the artist’s works converted into photo booths so that visitors can truly enter the world of…

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Headlines: Cloud Column, News, Food Tours

1) A Cloud Column Kerfuffle in Houston and Chicago


 

A “precursor” to Anish Kapoor’s beloved Cloud Gate sculpture was installed in Houston, TX, this week (Cloud Gate resides in Chicago) and for a while relations between art appreciators in the two cities became downright adversarial. Cloud Column is a 32-foot oblong shape in the same mirrored chrome as the better-known work. Art critic Kim Janssen derided Houston as a…

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