Picasso Mural Removed From Oslo’s Y-block Despite International Protest
Picasso Mural Removed From Oslo’s Y-block Despite International Protest
Despite objections around the world from preservationists, politicians, prominent curators, and tens of thousands of petition-signers, the Norwegian government has detached the concrete mural by Pablo Picasso that has adorned a building in Oslo’s downtown Regjeringskvartalet quarter for fifty years.
Art Forum
The Winners of the 2020 iPhone Photography Awards Prove You Don’t Need Fancy Gear to Take Great Pictures
The Winners of the 2020 iPhone Photography Awards Prove You Don’t Need Fancy Gear to Take Great Pictures
The 13th edition of the prize competition brought in thousands of submissions from around the world.
Artnet
4,500 People Sign Open Letter Urging Mexican President to Step in as Art World Struggles
4,500 People Sign Open Letter Urging Mexican President to Step in as Art World Struggles
The letter urges the government to redirect millions in funds currently dedicated to converting Mexico’s largest park into a cultural center designed by artist Gabriel Orozco.
Hyperallergic
Winners of Sovereign Asian Art Prize 2020 announced
Winners of Sovereign Asian Art Prize 2020 announced
Australian artist Alex Seton has been awarded the grand prize for his sculpture which depicts a boat engine made of marble
Art Review
Plans to Reopen NYC Museums to Be Postponed, Cuomo Says
Plans to Reopen NYC Museums to Be Postponed, Cuomo Says
The governor cited the federal government’s inaction, the virus’s spread in other states, and the possibility of a second wave as reasons to hold off on opening certain businesses as the city enters Phase IV.
Hyperallergic
Embattled British Airways Looks to Cash In on Its Art Collection
Embattled British Airways Looks to Cash In on Its Art Collection
Struggling airline British Airways is planning to raise more than $1 million from the sale of paintings and prints from its corporate art collection at Sotheby’s this month.
Bloomberg
Gilbert & George quit Royal Academy over exhibition snub
Gilbert & George quit Royal Academy over exhibition snub
In February, art eccentrics Gilbert & George were talking up a forthcoming exhibition at the Royal Academy, having been made academicians in 2017. Now that’s off and they’ve quit the 253-year-old London institution.
Art Review
Sotheby’s Is Nixing Its Three-Year-Old Museum Prize Program, Which Honored Inventive Exhibitions, as It Looks to Cut Costs
Sotheby’s Is Nixing Its Three-Year-Old Museum Prize Program, Which Honored Inventive Exhibitions, as It Looks to Cut Costs
The auction house said it would still honor all existing grant pledges.
Artnet
‘This Moment Is Like a Tornado’: In the Past Month Alone, 17 American Museums Have Cut Almost 1,500 Jobs
‘This Moment Is Like a Tornado’: In the Past Month Alone, 17 American Museums Have Cut Almost 1,500 Jobs
Museums across the US instituted cutbacks as PPP loans and the 2020 fiscal year ended in June.
Artnet
What Does the Public Want From Art in a Post-COVID World? Here Are 5 Takeaways From a Massive New Study
What Does the Public Want From Art in a Post-COVID World? Here Are 5 Takeaways From a Massive New Study
Above all, audiences want "more fun" when they return to public life post-lockdown.
Artnet
The Metropolitan Museum created a 13-point plan to address racism and diversity within the institution.
The Metropolitan Museum created a 13-point plan to address racism and diversity within the institution.
Responding to mounting internal pressure, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art announced it will create a $3 million to $5 million fund “to support initiatives, exhibitions, and acquisitions in the area of diverse art histories” as part of a 13-point anti-racism and diversity plan. The full plan can be read in a blog post penned by the museum’s president and CEO Daniel H. Weiss and its director, Max Hollein.
Artsy
Photographer Ming Smith’s Dreamlike Portraits of Everyday Life From Harlem to Ethiopia Are the Subject of a Tender New Online Show—See Them Here
Photographer Ming Smith’s Dreamlike Portraits of Everyday Life From Harlem to Ethiopia Are the Subject of a Tender New Online Show—See Them Here
As galleries and art institutions around the world begin to reopen, we are spotlighting individual shows—online and IRL—that are worth your attention.
Artnet
Blue chip artists and dealers benefit from coronavirus relief packages, a federal report reveals
Blue chip artists and dealers benefit from coronavirus relief packages, a federal report reveals
Pace, David Zwirner and Jeff Koons named among the top recipients of US taxpayer-funded forgivable loans, as smaller galleries seek additional aid.
The Art Newspaper
Which Top U.S. Galleries, Museums, and Art Spaces Received Small Business Loans?
Which Top U.S. Galleries, Museums, and Art Spaces Received Small Business Loans?
On Monday, after a period of secrecy, the Trump administration released complete data for the 4.9 million groups that will receive small business loans from the U.S. government as part of its Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The program has begun to disburse $521 billion in loans, which are intended to help retain more than 50 million workers across the United States.
Art News
Tens of Millions of Dollars in PPP Loans Went to NYC Museums, Art Galleries, and Orgs
Tens of Millions of Dollars in PPP Loans Went to NYC Museums, Art Galleries, and Orgs
David Zwirner, Pace, and Gagosian galleries each received over $2 million in PPP funding, and the Whitney and the Guggenheim Museum each received a loan between $5 and 10 million.
Hyperallergic
'Their stories should be told right': how museums are documenting the protests
'Their stories should be told right': how museums are documenting the protests
From collecting and storing placards to recording oral histories from those who were there, museums across America are archiving a vital moment from history.
Guardian
New Ai Weiwei Documentary Highlights Activist Art of a Bygone Era, with Mixed Results
New Ai Weiwei Documentary Highlights Activist Art of a Bygone Era, with Mixed Results
How do an artist and a curator collaborate on a site-specific installation? That question forms the core on the latest film about one of the world’s most famous living artists, Ai Weiwei. Titled Ai Weiwei: Yours Truly, the feature-length documentary looks at the development of Ai’s 2014–15 exhibition “@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz” in San Francisco, which was organized by the film’s director, Cheryl Haines, through the For-Site Foundation, where she serves as executive director.
Art News
ICE Announced International Students Must Leave the US if Their School Is Exclusively Online
ICE Announced International Students Must Leave the US if Their School Is Exclusively Online
New regulations from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement could hugely impact art schools.
Hyperallergic
UK government promises £1.57bn emergency funding for arts sector
UK government promises £1.57bn emergency funding for arts sector
The UK government has announced a relief package of £1.57bn to protect the UK’s arts and heritage sectors from the financial impact of coronavirus. The package, described by the government as ‘the biggest ever one-off investment in UK culture’, has been praised by figures across the nation’s arts industries; Ian Blatchford, chair of the National Museums Directors Council, has called the announcement ‘welcome news for the museum sector, both in the scale of funding and as a strategic commitment to our role in the life of the country’.
Apollo Magazine
After More Than Three Months, French Museums Triumphantly Reopen to a Whole New World of Controversies and Crowd Controls
After More Than Three Months, French Museums Triumphantly Reopen to a Whole New World of Controversies and Crowd Controls
The first visitors to the Centre Pompidou last week were met with rounds of applause from the museum staff.
Artnet
Tate Names Winners of $12,500 Awards After Amending Prestigious Turner Prize
Tate Names Winners of $12,500 Awards After Amending Prestigious Turner Prize
This year’s awarding of the Turner Prize, one of Europe’s premier art awards, became one of the many art events that were altered drastically when Tate, the British museum network that facilitates it, reconstituted the prize in light of the coronavirus pandemic. In lieu of the main £25,000 ($32,200) award, 10 artists and collectives are taking home what are being called Turner Bursaries awards of £10,000 ($12,500).
Art News
New York Galleries Are Gearing Up to Reopen the Week of July 6. But Will Anyone Show Up?
New York Galleries Are Gearing Up to Reopen the Week of July 6. But Will Anyone Show Up?
Appointments, masks, and hand sanitizer will be the new norms.
Artnet
A Look Back at the Short-Lived Met Breuer: What Worked and What Didn’t
A Look Back at the Short-Lived Met Breuer: What Worked and What Didn’t
When the Met Breuer, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annex for modern and contemporary exhibitions, opened in 2016—on sublease from the Whitney Museum—it was inaugurated with “Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible,” a show of artworks left in various states of incompletion (for reasons both intentional and not).
Art News
Simone Leigh Creates Limited-Edition Bronze Sculptures to Benefit Racial Justice Organization Color Of Change
Simone Leigh Creates Limited-Edition Bronze Sculptures to Benefit Racial Justice Organization Color Of Change
As people across the United States have moved to support groups seeking to end systemic racism in the wake of George Floyd’s killing and the ensuing protests it sparked, one artist will use her platform as one of contemporary art’s most venerated figures to raise funds for a racial justice organization.
Art News
Paris dealer who sold golden sarcophagus to New York’s Metropolitan Museum charged with fraud and money laundering
Paris dealer who sold golden sarcophagus to New York’s Metropolitan Museum charged with fraud and money laundering
The work was returned to Egypt last year after officials were shown evidence it might have been looted during the Arab Spring in 2011.
The Art Newspaper
When the Louvre Reopens Next Week, Patient Visitors Will Be Able to View the Mona Lisa Practically Alone
When the Louvre Reopens Next Week, Patient Visitors Will Be Able to View the Mona Lisa Practically Alone
The museum has lost an estimated $45 million since the shutdown and expects attendance to plummet.
Artnet
The Metropolitan Museum of Art will reopen August 29th.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art will reopen August 29th.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art plans to officially reopen on August 29th, more than five months after it initially closed its doors in response to COVID-19. The scheduled reopening will come more than a month after the official citywide reopen date of July 20th, when New York City is expected to enter phase four of its reopening strategy, allowing arts and entertainment institutions to resume operation.
Artsy
National Gallery of Australia to shed staff and slash acquisitions from 3,000 to 100 a year
National Gallery of Australia to shed staff and slash acquisitions from 3,000 to 100 a year
The National Gallery of Australia announces it will shed at least 10% of its staff by the end of the year to grapple with a multimillion-dollar budget shortfall. NGA management issued a call for voluntary redundancies on Tuesday as staff were told that the organisation would be undergoing a restructure to “modernise” the gallery and ensure its continuing sustainability.
Guardian
Curators Urge Guggenheim to Fix Culture That ‘Enables Racism’
Curators Urge Guggenheim to Fix Culture That ‘Enables Racism’
A letter to the director, signed by “The Curatorial Department,” outlines steps the museum should take to diversify its staff, board and exhibitions.
New York Times
The American Museum of Natural History Will Remove Its Theodore Roosevelt Statue
The American Museum of Natural History Will Remove Its Theodore Roosevelt Statue
‘It Is the Right Decision and the Right Time’: The American Museum of Natural History Will Remove Its Theodore Roosevelt Statue. The bronze statue has greeted visitors outside the museum since 1940.
Artnet
Week in Review: Artist Shot by Militia Over Statue; Confederate Portraits Removed From Capitol
Week in Review: Artist Shot by Militia Over Statue; Confederate Portraits Removed From Capitol
This week's collection of news, developments, and stirrings in the art world.
Hyperallergic
Museums Remain Closed As LA Reopens
Museums Remain Closed As LA Reopens
Museums in Los Angeles remain closed despite the county’s announcement earlier this month that arts institutions would be allowed to reopen as of Friday, June 12.
Art Forum
Korea’s National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Presents Lee Seung Jio: Advancing Columns
Korea’s National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Presents Lee Seung Jio: Advancing Columns
MMCA’s retrospective, on view June 18–October 4, showcases 90 works and archives by the pioneering geometric abstractionist.
Hyperallergic
Queer Art Workers Reflect: Tatiana Muñoz Brenes Is Done With “Non-political Curatorship”
Queer Art Workers Reflect: Tatiana Muñoz Brenes Is Done With “Non-political Curatorship”
LGBTQ Pride month is now. Every day in June, we are celebrating the community by featuring one queer art worker and asking them to reflect on what this moment means to them.
Hyperallergic
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
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