Headlines: MetroCards, Linda Nochlin, Halloween
1) Linda Nochlin Dies at 86
Famed feminist art critic Linda Nochlin passed away on October 29th at the age of 86. Nochlin was known in particular for her 1971 essay “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” which had a large hand in opening the doors for contemporary art and artists to question the patriarchal personification of the artist as an aggressively macho, tortured man. In this Vulture article, fellow critic Jerry Saltz fondly remembers some of the highlights of Nochlin’s career, and the moments in which the latter chose to delve deep into the systemic issues and inequalities that tended (and still tend) to plague the fine art world.
2) New York Transportation Authority Collaborates with Barbara Kruger
Riders on the New York subway system will have the chance to receive a limited edition Barbara Kruger MetroCard. On Wednesday, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority distributed 50,000 of the cards across four stations in greater Manhattan, coinciding with the unveiling of some site-specific works by the artists that will appear throughout the city as part of the Perfoma Biennale. The MetroCards are each emblazoned with four questions, printed in Kruger’s trademark attention-getting white-on-red type.
3) Art Workers Sign Open Letter Against Harassment
Shortly following the news of sexual harassment allegations against Artforum publisher Knight Landesman, an open letter condemning sexual harassment and assault in the fine art world at large was released some time over the weekend. (The Guardian first drew attention to the letter on Sunday evening.) Since then, the letter has grown to include more than 2,000 signatures, and has its own website. Following the inception of the website, the contributing editors of Artforum released a statement on Thursday responding to the allegations against Landesman, noting their support for the accuser and their intent to uphold a safe and fair workplace.
4) Artistic Halloween Costumes
Finally, if you’re still feeling the Halloween spirit, check out these neat art-themed costumes. Collected from various art-related instagram accounts by Hyperallergic, the images showcase some of the best creative efforts by museum staffers and art appreciators from around the continent.