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May 22 2020
Daily Drawings: Week Five
As people around the world stay indoors to curb the spread of Covid-19, Artforum has invited artists to share a drawing—however they would like to define the word—made in self-isolation. Check back each
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The Guardian

May 22 2020
Anatomy of an Artwork: Larissa Sansour’s In Vitro, 2019

The London-based Palestinian artist explores the metaphorical questions facing her homeland in this black-and-white sci-fi film

In a bunker, a young woman in minimalist utility wear visits the facility’s dying founder. Their sharp-edged concrete home is a sterile limbo, but its purpose is to house a huge, unseen orchard for a future world following an unspecified apocalypse. In the 28-minute, black-and-white film’s lushly shot opening, a terrifying, oily, blood-black flood has overwhelmed the streets of Bethlehem, artist Larissa Sansour’s childhood city.

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The New York Times

May 22 2020
Brazil’s First Indigenous Curator: ‘We’re Not Afraid Anymore’
Brazil’s First Indigenous Curator: ‘We’re Not Afraid Anymore’
Sandra Benites, of the Guaraní Ñandeva people, is using art to bring new visions and voices to the museum world.
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The Guardian

May 22 2020
Perou on two decades photographing Marilyn Manson – in pictures

The London-based photographer Perou has been photographing Marilyn Manson for more than 20 years, and a new book chronicles the highs and lows of their intimate relationship. here he recalls some of their encounters. Marilyn Manson by Perou: 21 Years In Hell contains over 350 images, many previously unseen, and is published by Reel Art Press on 9 June

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The Guardian

May 22 2020
What is the Laughing Cavalier not wearing? The great British art quiz

London’s Wallace Collection set today’s quiz, which enables you to explore the art of museums and galleries in the UK closed due to the pandemic – while answering some fiendish questions

This quiz is brought to you in collaboration with Art UK, the online home of the UK’s public art collections, showing art from more than 3,000 venues, by 45,000 artists. Each day, a different collection on Art UK sets the questions.

Today, they are set by the Wallace Collection, an internationally outstanding collection containing masterpieces of painting, sculpture, furniture, arms and armour and porcelain. Built during the 18th and 19th centuries by successive marquesses of Hertford and Sir Richard Wallace, the collection was given to the British nation in 1897, so that it could be kept together and enjoyed. It was an astonishing bequest and one of the greatest gifts of art works ever transferred into public ownership.

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The Guardian

May 21 2020
Awakening a sense of wonder in ordinary life – in pictures

Super Ordinary Life challenges us to notice more. Yasumi Toyoda began the blog and instagram account in London before moving to Tokyo. The aim was to reawaken a sense of wonder and ignite that ‘seeing with fresh eyes’ sensation even in the most unlikely and mundane moments of everyday life. There are countless Super Ordinary sights around us. Looking beyond the function of the objects in our life, concentrating instead on colour, form, texture, emotion and context, we explore a more creative side of Super Ordinary Life

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May 21 2020
Covid-19 Impact Reports Say 13 Percent of Museums May Never Reopen
New studies conducted by UNESCO and the International Council of Museums (ICOM) have found that nearly 13 percent of the more than 85,000 museums across the globe that have shut down because of the
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May 21 2020
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May 21 2020
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May 21 2020
Nigel Cooke
May 15 – June 2, 2020  Pace Gallery is pleased to present “Nigel Cooke: Midnights,” a solo exhibition of six new works on paper by Cooke that further explore the artist’s recent shift to abstraction
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May 21 2020
Pollock-Krasner Foundation Awards Nearly $3 Million in Grants to Artists and Nonprofits
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation has awarded $2.8 million to 121 artists and not-for-profit organizations. Among this year’s grant cycle recipients, which hail from seventeen states, seventeen countries,
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The New York Times

May 21 2020
How to Refresh Your Home With Minimal Fuss
How to Refresh Your Home With Minimal Fuss
From reconsidering your lighting to upgrading your bedding, suggestions for making the space you’re isolating in feel new again.
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artforum.com

May 21 2020
Deadline for $100,000 Future Generation Art Prize Extended to June 3
The Future Generation Art Prize has extended its application deadline to June 3 to offer international artists more time to take part in the sixth edition of the contemporary art prize. Previous winners
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The New York Times

May 21 2020
6 Things to Do This Memorial Day Weekend
6 Things to Do This Memorial Day Weekend
Our writers offer suggestions for what to watch or listen to while we’re housebound.
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The New York Times

May 21 2020
Brooklyn, Before It Was a Global Brand: Walk Its History
Brooklyn, Before It Was a Global Brand: Walk Its History
A few hundred years in the borough, from the brownstones to the shipyards. Our critic chats with a fourth-generation Brooklynite and historian.
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The New York Times

May 21 2020
Five Art Books to Read This Summer
Five Art Books to Read This Summer
As the art world mulls whether a return to “normalcy” should be its goal, publishers mine the archives of artists who found their own counterpaths.
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artforum.com

May 21 2020
Aleksandra Domanović
The eighteenth-century protagonist of the French romance film Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) is commissioned to secretly paint the noblewoman who eventually becomes her lover. What unfolds is a story
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May 21 2020
UK Appoints Commissioner for Cultural Recovery and Renewal
The United Kingdom has hired Neil Mendoza, the provost of Oriel College at Oxford University, as its new commissioner for cultural recovery and renewal. He will be responsible for advising the government’s
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The Guardian

May 21 2020
Confessions of an art critic: my own inner critic, a back-seat homunculus, stalks me | Adrian Searle

Finding a voice of my own that is not derailing, distracting or in denial is vital. Luckily, each artist provokes a different response

That article won’t write itself, I tell myself, clearing away the breakfast things, sticking my plate in the dishwasher, rinsing out the coffee pot and putting the marmalade and the butter back on the top shelf of the fridge. But they do write themselves, don’t they, when things are going well; that’s exactly what they do. You get so engrossed you forget you are even doing it.

I guess it can be the same whatever you do, as you lose yourself in an idea, become lost in a craft or lost in equations, extemporising a lecture and being surprised and alarmed by the words coming out of your mouth, lost in a moment, lost in inventing a rhythm or a melody.

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The Guardian

May 21 2020
Keith Critchlow obituary

My father, Keith Critchlow, who has died aged 87, was an artist, author, professor of art and architecture, and expert in sacred geometry.

Keith’s love of Platonic philosophy, Islamic art and sacred geometry led him to a lifelong study of esoteric meaning of number, symbolism and geometry in art, architecture and nature. He authored many books on these subjects, including Order in Space (1969), Islamic Patterns (1983) and The Hidden Geometry of Flowers (2011).

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The Guardian

May 21 2020
Modi's plan to rebuild India's parliament draws fierce criticism

Anish Kapoor among those pouring scorn on redevelopment of Lutyens’ central vista, branding it an act of ‘political fanaticism’

It was built by Sir Edwin Lutyens as the grand imperial heart of India, then reclaimed as the seat of power for an independent republic.

Now, government plans to redevelop Delhi’s emblematic central vista and build a new parliament have drawn fierce criticism.

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The Guardian

May 21 2020
Modi the fanatic is using the coronavirus crisis to destroy India's heritage | Anish Kapoor

A disastrous redevelopment of Lutyens’ parliament buildings in Delhi is being rushed through to cement the PM’s legacy

“Never let a good crisis go to waste,” Winston Churchill once declared … Crisis offers, of course, an opportunity for draconian governments to hide their deeper purpose.

Just such deeper purpose is hidden in India’s fascist government’s decision to push forward now in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis with the redevelopment of the so-called central vista in Delhi.

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The Guardian

May 21 2020
Where did Henry Wellcome keep his cats? The great British art quiz

The Wellcome Collection in London set today’s quiz with Art UK, enabling you to explore the collections of UK museums closed due to coronavirus – while answering some brain-teasers

This quiz is brought to you in collaboration with Art UK, the online home for the UK’s public art collections, showing art from more than 3,000 venues and by 45,000 artists. Each day, a different collection on Art UK will set the questions.

Today, our questions are set by the Wellcome Collection, which is a free museum and library in London that aims to challenge how we all think and feel about health.

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The Guardian

May 20 2020
Empty and eerie: the cities that went silent before lockdown – in pictures

When Mat Hennek shot some of the world’s great cities – from Paris to Shanghai – without any people, he had no idea that empty streets would soon become the new normal

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The Guardian

May 20 2020
Italian woman wins €1m Picasso in Christmas raffle

€100 ticket scoops ‘incredible’ 1921 still life oil painting by Spanish master

An Italian accountant whose son bought her a raffle ticket as a Christmas present won a Pablo Picasso oil painting valued at €1m ($1.1m) in a charity draw on Wednesday.

Claudia Borgogno summed up her amazement in one word: incredible. “I have never won anything before,” said the 58-year-old told from Ventimiglia, in north-western Italy.

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artforum.com

May 20 2020
Former US Federal Prosecutor Wants Whitney Stripped of Tax-Exempt Status
Neal M. Sher, a former director of the United States Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigations who spent years tracking down and deporting suspected Nazi war criminals in the 1980s and ’90s,
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The New York Times

May 20 2020
2 Art Gallery Shows to Explore From Home
Galleries and museums are getting creative about presenting work online during the coronavirus crisis. Here are two shows worth viewing virtually.
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The Guardian

May 20 2020
Alan Jacobi obituary

Self-taught engineer who revolutionised spectacle on stage, in stadiums and in the public arena

Alan Jacobi, who has died of cancer aged 67, transformed the entertainment industry by bringing a spectacular new dimension to performance, whether on stage, in stadiums, or on city streets. AJ, as he was known, revolutionised the way theatre works, his company Unusual Rigging flying people, scenery and effects with apparent ease by using sophisticated backstage solutions.

A self-taught engineer, AJ virtually created the rigging industry out of a background in theatre lighting. When he began, in the early 1980s, technicians still hung their own lights, but in the era of extravagant musicals, rock concerts and spectaculars AJ saw an opportunity within the gravity-defying ambitions of designers and directors.

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The New York Times

May 20 2020
Five Artists to Follow on Instagram Now
Rahima Gambo’s wanderings, Yoriyas’s Moroccan photo scenes, Amos Paul Kennedy Jr.’s “Pile of Bricks,” Slavs and Tatars’ archival gems, Vanessa Bell’s Buenos Aires.
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The Guardian

May 20 2020
Artist David Shrigley produces face mask for charity

Artist is one of four designing limited edition masks to raise money for lockdown fund

David Shrigley, one of the UK’s most consistently funny and perceptive visual artists, is one of four who have produced limited edition masks to help raise money for a rapid response fund created because of the lockdown by the Contemporary Art Society and Frieze London.

The fund is for museums and galleries to purchase art and craft works for their collections by artists based in the UK. A total of £100,000 has already been raised and the sale of the four art masks aims to raise a further £20,000.

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The Guardian

May 20 2020
Massive Attack's 3D raises £106,000 for Bristol food banks with art print fire sale

Robert Del Naja calls for government support to fight food poverty following hugely successful sale to aid frontline workers

Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja (AKA 3D) has called for more government support to be given to those in food poverty after a fundraising drive in his home town of Bristol raised more than £100,000 to help feed frontline workers and at-risk groups.

Del Naja supported Bristol Food Union – a collective of restaurants, food businesses and community organisations that are distributing food in the city – by producing a Feed the Frontline screenprint, which was sold for 10 days, with all proceeds going to support BFU.

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artforum.com

May 20 2020
Wang Tuo on the emotional architecture of his video works
Wang Tuo’s art is often likened to a maze, and rightly so. His multimedia works map the paths of lives both real and hallucinatory, branching into absurdist dramas that, through their sinuous timelinese
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artforum.com

May 20 2020
Shanghai Biennale Announces Curatorial Team, Theme, and New Format of Thirteenth Edition
The Shanghai Biennale, the oldest art biennial in China, is revamping its format for its thirteenth edition. Titled “Bodies of Water,” the event will unfold over the course of nine months, from November
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May 20 2020
City of Miami Beach Launches Emergency Arts Fund
In an effort to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the Miami Beach arts community, which has reported a more than $7 million loss in revenue during the first two months of quarantine,
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The Guardian

May 20 2020
The Painter and the Thief: behind the year's most moving documentary

An eye-opening new film unspools the unusual emotional bond between a Czech painter and the Norwegian man who stole two of her works

Barbora Kysilkova, a Czech painter, had just recently moved to Oslo when she received a distressing phone call from a gallerist. Two men had finagled their way into the Galleri Nobel in broad daylight, and made off with two works. Both were hers. She wasn’t so much angry as confused. “Why would anyone steal my art?” she wondered. It was part modesty – “I am not a known artist that is worth it to break in, break a law and steal. I’m not Picasso,” she told the Guardian – and part practicality. The two stolen works, Chloe & Emma and Swan Song, were absorbing, photorealistic paintings that both stretched beyond 4x6ft. The thieves not only managed to walk out with the canvases rolled up under their arms, but carefully uprooted over 200 staples to remove them from their frames intact, a task that would take an expert at least an hour.

Related: 'It's useful for viewers today': the film about a two-year voluntary isolation

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May 20 2020
Walker Art Center Commissions Jordan Weber to Create Community Farm
The Walker Art Center has announced that it will break ground next week on a new public art project, an urban farm equipped with a rain garden, fruit trees, and raised vegetable beds. Titled Prototype
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The Guardian

May 20 2020
National Gallery acquires Jean-Étienne Liotard masterpiece

Pastel painting among three 18th-century works secured for nation in lieu of inheritance tax

Three 18th-century artworks, including a pastel regarded as the crowning achievement of Jean-Étienne Liotard, have been permanently acquired by the National Gallery in lieu of £10m inheritance tax.

The Lavergne Family Breakfast (1754), which has been on loan to the gallery since October 2018, captures a tender family moment as an indulgent mother steadies a saucer while her daughter, still with paper curlers in her hair, dunks a biscuit into milky coffee. Its acquisition by the gallery settles £8.7m of tax.

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May 20 2020
Independent Curators International Expands Its Board
Independent Curators International (ICI) has welcomed seven new members to its board: Adam Abdalla, Neil Barclay, Lauren Kelly, Cindy Livingston, Angel Otero, Carol Salmanson, and Christopher Wise.
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May 20 2020
Nevada Museum of Art Acquires Judy Chicago’s Entire Fireworks Archive
The Nevada Museum of Art will soon house thousands of photographs, films, drawings, maps, and maquettes from feminist artist Judy Chicago’s extensive body of work with dry ice, colored smoke, and
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The Guardian

May 20 2020
What is the secret of the laughing buttocks? The great British art quiz

Dorich House Museum in London has set today’s quiz, the latest in a series that enables you to explore the art collections of British museums closed due to coronavirus – while answering some very tough questions

This quiz is brought to you in collaboration with Art UK, the online home for the UK’s public art collections, showing art from more than 3,000 venues, by 45,000 artists. Each day, a different collection on Art UK will set the questions.

Today, our questions are set by Dorich House Museum at Kingston University, located on the edge of Richmond Park in southwest London – it is the former studio home of the sculptor Dora Gordine and her husband Richard Hare. The accredited museum holds the world’s largest collection of Gordine’s work and an important collection of Russian art and artefacts, acquired by Hare and Gordine during their marriage.

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The Guardian

May 19 2020
'An eye for vulnerability': The world seen by women – in pictures

Pioneering pear farmers, homesick birds and couples kissing in the shadow of apartheid – images by these female photographers are being sold to raise money for women affected by the Covid-19 pandemic

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The Guardian

May 19 2020
Social Distance: a graphic short story for the coronavirus age by Mark Haddon

In this touching story for the Guardian, the author depicts a solitary man finding isolation no different from normal life – until he has an unexpected encounter at the Co-op

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The Guardian

May 19 2020
Artist creates paintings from news stories chronicling Covid-19 crisis

Marc Quinn’s ‘viral paintings’ form personal visual diary of the global health emergency

Like everyone else in the age of coronavirus, the artist Marc Quinn is going through the emotional wringer daily. But unlike most of us, he has been inspired to create a torrent of creative work – a personal visual diary of the global health emergency.

Quinn, best known for freezing 10 pints of his own blood in a bust of his head, says the pieces are “coming out of his ears” in the studio where he has been in isolation during lockdown.

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The New York Times

May 19 2020
Former U.S. Nazi Hunter Seeks I.R.S. Sanctions Against Whitney Museum
Former U.S. Nazi Hunter Seeks I.R.S. Sanctions Against Whitney Museum
Neal Sher, a former federal prosecutor, filed a complaint saying the museum had mishandled protests that led to the resignation of a trustee.
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The New York Times

May 19 2020
Authorities Seek Forfeiture of Ancient Gilgamesh Tablet From Hobby Lobby
Authorities Seek Forfeiture of Ancient Gilgamesh Tablet From Hobby Lobby
The “Gilgamesh Dream Tablet” was displayed at the Museum of the Bible in Washington until the authorities seized it in 2019.
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artforum.com

May 19 2020
Akron Art Museum Director Mark Masuoka Resigns Following Backlash
Akron Art Museum director Mark Masuoka https://www.akronartmuseum.org/newsroom/akron-art-museum-director-resigns-search-for-replacement-to-commence-immediately/ tendered his resignation on Monday
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The Guardian

May 19 2020
Court dismisses appeal from woman claiming to be Salvador Dalí's daughter

Pilar Abel ordered to pay for exhumation of artist’s body in 2017 for failed paternity test

Almost three years after his remains were disinterred to settle a long-running paternity claim – and, incidentally, proving that his trademark moustache remained intact – Salvador Dalí may finally be able to rest in his own idiosyncratic approximation of peace.

On Monday, a court in Madrid ruled that the fortune-teller who erroneously believed herself to be the surrealist’s daughter was liable for the costs of an appeal – and the exhumation itself.

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May 19 2020
Susan Rothenberg (1945–2020)
Painter Susan Rothenberg, whose equine imagery countered the dominant Minimalism of the 1970s by infusing it with representation, has died at seventy-five. The news was confirmed by Sperone Westwater
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May 19 2020
US Arts and Culture Sector Projected to Lose $6.8 Billion
A new https://culturaldata.org/pages/long-haul/ report published by Southern Methodist University’s DataArts center and the data consulting firm TRG Arts estimates that the net effect of the Covid-19
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May 19 2020
Museums Across the Globe Cautiously Reopen [UPDATED]
As the rate of new Covid-19 infections has slowed in certain parts of the world, more museums in Asia and Europe have begun to reopen their doors. Many are following 
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