Art and Fiction: 15 Brilliant Novels About Art and Artists
Art and Fiction: 15 Brilliant Novels About Art and Artists
What better way to spend your summer than with a great book in hands? From Thrillers to romance, discover our pick of the best art-themed novels.
Artland Magazine
William Pym’s Standards & Practices Vol.8: Palace Intrigue
William Pym’s Standards & Practices Vol.8: Palace Intrigue
The shake ups of the modern art world drive the industry narratives. Gavin Brown’s closure was the bombshell of this season, but his iconclastic brilliance will pass into lore.
Artland Magazine
George Washington, Town Destroyer
George Washington, Town Destroyer
It’s time to reckon with a US founding father who waged genocidal warfare against Indigenous nations
Frieze Magazine
Statues are lies, selfies in bronze – and you can't bring history to life with a dead art
Statues are lies, selfies in bronze – and you can't bring history to life with a dead art
Why are we obsessed with putting up statues of new heroes to replace old villains like Edward Colston? Reducing history to celebrity culture won’t help anyone understand the full scale and horror of slavery
Guardian
12 Artists On: The Financial Crisis
12 Artists On: The Financial Crisis
As the pandemic continues to derail the global economy, artists share works that reflect on uncertainty, capitalism and racial injustice.
New York Times
In a Time of Crisis, Is Art Essential?
In a Time of Crisis, Is Art Essential?
T’s 2020 summer art issue coincides with a breakdown of the status quo, both in the art world and the real one. Not for nothing, we’ve titled it “True Believers.”
New York Times
How Artists Are Trying to Solve the World’s Problems
How Artists Are Trying to Solve the World’s Problems
A cohort of 30 artists have received funding to find creative solutions to 21st-century problems like surveillance, digital inequality and inherited trauma.
New York Times
Anish Kapoor called on museums to go beyond tokenism in their diversity efforts.
Anish Kapoor called on museums to go beyond tokenism in their diversity efforts.
Turner Prize-winning artist Anish Kapoor called on art galleries and museums to put an end to their cultural tokenism. The British-Indian artist—whose exhibition of outdoor sculptures opened at Norfolk’s Houghton Hall yesterday—said that institutions need to examine what contemporary culture truly looks like to better determine the objects being included in their collections.
Artnet
‘No More Tokens’: Sculptor Anish Kapoor Calls on Museums to Stop Pigeonholing Non-Western Artists
‘No More Tokens’: Sculptor Anish Kapoor Calls on Museums to Stop Pigeonholing Non-Western Artists
The London-based sculptor writes a call to arms for artists to reject being tokenized by museums that refuse to engage fully with their work.
Artnet
The Gray Market: Why Going Into Business With James Murdoch Should Be a No-Brainer for Art Basel and the MCH Group (and Other Insights)
The Gray Market: Why Going Into Business With James Murdoch Should Be a No-Brainer for Art Basel and the MCH Group (and Other Insights)
Tim Schneider tunnels past the toxic legacy of James Murdoch’s lineage and finds a nearly ideal blue-chip art-fair investor.
Artnet
Kenny Schachter on What the London Auctions Foretell for the Art Market, and Why He Wants to Get in on the Hot Merch Action
Kenny Schachter on What the London Auctions Foretell for the Art Market, and Why He Wants to Get in on the Hot Merch Action
Kenny Schachter delves into the backroom shenanigans of London's auctions, the Sotheby's sale, and summer's other big art deals.
Artnet
This Independence Weekend, 80 Artists Will Protest Immigrant Incarceration In Nationwide Skywriting Campaign
This Independence Weekend, 80 Artists Will Protest Immigrant Incarceration In Nationwide Skywriting Campaign
Why protest the detention of immigrants across the United States on Independence Day? When asked that recently, artist Dread Scott responded with a Frederick Douglass quote: “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”
Art News
The Gray Market: Why the American Art Market Is at the Mercy of a Culturally Divided Nation (and Other Insights)
The Gray Market: Why the American Art Market Is at the Mercy of a Culturally Divided Nation (and Other Insights)
How the European Union's pending ban on US travelers puts the stateside art business at a unique disadvantage.
Artnet
Lockdown is teaching us how to take art into the wider community
Lockdown is teaching us how to take art into the wider community
Museums are set to reopen soon, but there will still be people who can’t visit. We should take the collections to them instead.
Guardian
If Museums in the US Want to Be More Inclusive, They First Have to Recognize—and Unlearn—Old Habits and Biases
If Museums in the US Want to Be More Inclusive, They First Have to Recognize—and Unlearn—Old Habits and Biases
Developing new kinds of cultural institutions also means developing new vocabularies.
Artnet
When Luxury Stores Decorate Their Riot Barricades With Protest Art
When Luxury Stores Decorate Their Riot Barricades With Protest Art
Upscale companies have been commissioning art for their boarded-up stores in response to the Black Lives Matter protests. The efforts ring hollow.
New York Times
Can a Museum Post My Artwork on Its Instagram Without My Permission? + Other Thorny Artists’-Rights Questions, Answered
Can a Museum Post My Artwork on Its Instagram Without My Permission? + Other Thorny Artists’-Rights Questions, Answered
Can the police really appropriate the Punisher logo for their merch? How do I protect my art in countries outside the US? We're here to help.
Artnet
The Gray Market: Why Online Art Fairs Aren’t Solving the ‘Fairtigue’ Problem (and Other Insights)
The Gray Market: Why Online Art Fairs Aren’t Solving the ‘Fairtigue’ Problem (and Other Insights)
Fresh off Art Basel's latest online viewing rooms, our columnist explains why virtual fairs are still exhausting the art world.
Artnet
Rethinking Community in the Wake of the Pandemic
Rethinking Community in the Wake of the Pandemic
Recent events have shown how deeply our lives are enmeshed with those of others – with the potential for both support and harm.
Frieze Magazine
Why COVID-19 Is an Unprecedented Opportunity to Radically Rethink Arts Funding
Why COVID-19 Is an Unprecedented Opportunity to Radically Rethink Arts Funding
COVID-19’s devastating effect on the already precarious financial state of so many reflects a long history of devaluing and underfunding our creative economy.
Artsy
Kenny Schachter Has Some Choice Words to Say About Inigo Philbrick’s Arrest, and Now Turns His Attention to… Donald Trump
Kenny Schachter Has Some Choice Words to Say About Inigo Philbrick’s Arrest, and Now Turns His Attention to… Donald Trump
Our columnist Kenny Schachter also has some intel on Larry Gagosian's latest big (tiny) deal, plus the next destination of "Salvator Mundi."
Artnet
Promising Aid to Arts Organizations, Five Charitable Foundations Will Give an Unprecedented $1.7 Billion to Nonprofits Worldwide
Promising Aid to Arts Organizations, Five Charitable Foundations Will Give an Unprecedented $1.7 Billion to Nonprofits Worldwide
“This is a story of something that doesn’t happen enough in philanthropy: collaboration,” Ford Foundation president Darren Walker said in a press call announcing the initiative. “I don’t think there’s been a greater day for American philanthropy than today.”
Artnet
Banksy Mural Stolen from Bataclan in Paris Is Recovered in Italy
Banksy Mural Stolen from Bataclan in Paris Is Recovered in Italy
Italian authorities announced on Wednesday that they have recovered a Banksy work honoring the victims of the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks that was stolen from Bataclan concert hall in 2019. The British street artist painted an image of a young girl in mourning on a door of the Parisian music venue after gunman stormed a concert, leaving 90 concertgoers dead and 413 injured. The door had been removed in 2019.
Art News
With Reopening Under Way, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Unveils Newly Commissioned Art at LaGuardia Airport
With Reopening Under Way, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Unveils Newly Commissioned Art at LaGuardia Airport
“Let’s energize the reopening,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday at a press briefing at LaGuardia Airport—the site of four newly unveiled artworks by major artists soon to be seen by travelers from all over. Following an $8 billion renovation of the airport’s Terminal B set to reopen on Saturday, members of the press got their first look at commissions by Jeppe Hein, Sabine Hornig, Laura Owens, and Sarah Sze. The works are part of an extensive effort to revamp an airport that Joe Biden once compared to such a facility in a “third-world country.”
Art News
A Toppled Statue In Bristol Reveals Limited Understandings of What Decolonizing Requires
A Toppled Statue In Bristol Reveals Limited Understandings of What Decolonizing Requires
Britain’s streets are littered with statues of slave traders and colonial looters. Our public monuments, our academic institutions, and even our street names boast the likenesses of men whose depredations history regards fondly because their victims weren’t white. But now, after the toppling of Edward Colston’s statue in Bristol, there is at least one less standing.
Hyperallergic
Conversations: Will the market's digital pivot continue?
Conversations: Will the market's digital pivot continue?
Ahead of the launch of the second edition of Art Basel's Online Viewing Rooms, Marc Spiegler will discuss the rise of the digital in the contemporary art market with art advisor Ashley Carr, gallerist Kamel Mennour, and art collector Arif Suherman
Art Basel
'It needs guts': commercial galleries are reopening – why aren't the rest?
'It needs guts': commercial galleries are reopening – why aren't the rest?
The art world is coming back to life. Almost unbelievably, when so much of the UK remains closed, London’s leading commercial galleries all reopen next week. White Cube is to open its Bermondsey space and Mason’s Yard branch, while Gagosian launches three brand new exhibitions across its London venues. Other galleries due to open on 15 June include Cristea Roberts, Hauser & Wirth and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac.
Guardian
HONG KONG ARTISTS RISK EXILE BY LAUNCHING PRO-DEMOCRACY PLATFORM
HONG KONG ARTISTS RISK EXILE BY LAUNCHING PRO-DEMOCRACY PLATFORM
“When the act of remembering could be a sin, the freedoms of speech, expressions and publishing are severely threatened, this platform creates the precious space to send out the message once more, clear and loud, we stand with Hong Kong as artists, researchers, writers from different parts of the world, power to the people!” the project’s Facebook page reads.
Art Forum
The virtues – and vices – of virtual museum tours
The virtues – and vices – of virtual museum tours
‘Virtual tour’ seems a rather grand term for these lonely digital ‘experiences’. Tour implies guidance and direction; instead I have an overwhelming sense of aimlessness. Virtual tours of museums and galleries are among the many edifying home activities offered to us during lockdown to replace going to the pub.
Apollo Magazine
Black Bodies, White Cubes: The Problem With Contemporary Art’s Appropriation of Race
Black Bodies, White Cubes: The Problem With Contemporary Art’s Appropriation of Race
From Archives I watched the video for a moment and saw that the body was inflating and deflating slowly, like a person who was having trouble breathing, or perhaps experiencing his last breaths. I thought of Michael Brown. I thought of black lives. I thought of death. Then I noticed that in the video, the body was surrounded by a festive group of gallery goers, sipping wine, taking pictures of the panting body. The scene was grotesque. I thought, Not again.
Art News
Art Industry News: The Met’s Director Apologized to Glenn Ligon for Using His Art to Address the Protests Without Permission + Other Stories
Art Industry News: The Met’s Director Apologized to Glenn Ligon for Using His Art to Address the Protests Without Permission + Other Stories
Art Industry News is a daily digest of the most consequential developments coming out of the art world and art market. Here’s what you need to know on this Monday, June 8.
Artnet
Rising From Slumber: Narcosis, Creation and David Hammons’ Basketball Drawings
Rising From Slumber: Narcosis, Creation and David Hammons’ Basketball Drawings
It’s an up-and-down emotional time, of wild hairpin turns, visions, quick decisions, and total inertia. William Pym looks at the lost Spring of 2020 and is inspired by the work of David Hammons.
Artland Magazine
Supporting The Protest. Street Artists Across the Globe Pay Tribute to George Floyd With Dazzling Murals
Supporting The Protest. Street Artists Across the Globe Pay Tribute to George Floyd With Dazzling Murals
Street artists around the world have paid tribute to George Floyd with powerful murals, strengthening a narrative of empathy and respect.
Artland Magazine
Here Are 23 Organizations You Can Donate to That Support Emerging Black Artists, Thinkers, and Change-Makers
Here Are 23 Organizations You Can Donate to That Support Emerging Black Artists, Thinkers, and Change-Makers
As protests against the police killing of George Floyd continue to rock the US, people all over the world are reckoning with what they can do to directly support positive social and political change. Many have opened their pocket books to donate to progressive organizations that do legal work, push for political reforms, and pay bail bonds. For those interested in supporting change in the art world, we’ve rounded up a list (ordered alphabetically) of 23 arts-focused organizations that are supporting the work and career development of black artists, culture workers, and thinkers. Each organization listed below is accepting donations.
Artnet
Hong Kong Is the Undisputed Hub of the Asian Art World. Does Beijing’s New Crackdown Mean It’s Destined to Lose the Title?
Hong Kong Is the Undisputed Hub of the Asian Art World. Does Beijing’s New Crackdown Mean It’s Destined to Lose the Title?
Hong Kong marked the 31st anniversary of the Tiananmen Square protests on June 4 differently than usual. For the first time since reunification in 1997, Beijing banned the city’s annual vigil. The move comes as a sweeping new security law passed by China last week pulled Hong Kongers back into the streets and reignited clashes with police.
Artnet
Artist Titus Kaphar Painted a Black Mother With the Silhouette of a Child for the Cover of TIME Magazine’s Protest Issue
Artist Titus Kaphar Painted a Black Mother With the Silhouette of a Child for the Cover of TIME Magazine’s Protest Issue
The cover of this week’s issue of TIME magazine, which includes a special report dedicated to the protests that have erupted nationwide in the wake of George Floyd’s killing by police in Minneapolis, features a harrowing cover by artist Titus Kaphar.
Artnet