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The New York Times

Jun 10 2021
Menstrual Cups in Museums? It’s Time.
Menstrual Cups in Museums? It’s Time.
Objects designed for birth, fertility and parenthood have long been neglected by institutions. A new book and exhibition series aims to change that.
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The New York Times

Jun 10 2021
After Half a Century, White Columns Still Surprises
After Half a Century, White Columns Still Surprises
New York’s longest running alternative art space celebrates its own near-mythic history — as well as the twists and turns of the city’s cultural scene.
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The New York Times

Jun 10 2021
Cornelia Oberlander, a Farsighted Landscape Architect, Dies at 99
Her acclaimed modernist but naturalist designs recognized the fragility of the climate and the social effects of parks and playgrounds.
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artforum.com

Jun 10 2021
Art021 Team to Launch Shenzhen DnA Art Fair This Fall
The organizers of Shanghai’s Art021 and Beijing’s JingArt have announced plans to launch a new art and design fair in Shenzhen this fall, The Art Newspaper reports. Shenzhen DnA (Design and Art) will
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artforum.com

Jun 10 2021
Metropolitan Museum of Art to Repatriate Two Benin Bronzes
New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art will return a pair of Benin bronzes to Nigeria, becoming the latest major institution to do so and likely compelling others to do the same. The two sixteenth-century
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The Guardian

Jun 10 2021
G7 leaders depicted in Mount Recyclemore e-waste sculpture

Cornwall art installation created from 20,000 pieces of discarded tech highlights growing threat it poses to environment

The seven giant faces loom above the dunes, gazing sombrely over swathes of bright sea thrift towards the ocean.

Even before the G7 had sat down to begin their Cornish summit, Mount Recyclemore, a sculpture made of discarded electronic waste depicting the visages of the seven leaders, looked bound to be one of the stars of the show.

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The New York Times

Jun 10 2021
5 Things to Do This Weekend
5 Things to Do This Weekend
Our critics and writers have selected noteworthy cultural events to experience virtually and in person in New York City.
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The New York Times

Jun 10 2021
‘The People That Are Within These Frames’: A Community Offers Self-Portraits
The New York Times asked photography students at the Bronx Documentary Center to show us how they see themselves.
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The New York Times

Jun 10 2021
A Curator’s Vision for a Post-Pandemic Venice Biennale
A Curator’s Vision for a Post-Pandemic Venice Biennale
Cecilia Alemani, who will lead next year’s art extravaganza, wants a Biennale that grabs attention beyond the opening-week parties.
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The Guardian

Jun 09 2021
England at war, work and play – in pictures

From peashooting women to British troops in drag, Kent photographer John Topham captured his country from the 1920s through to the end of the second world war

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The Guardian

Jun 09 2021
‘Father of African cinema’ Ousmane Sembène at work – in pictures

A look back at the career of Senegal-born film director Ousmane Sembène as his 1968 film Mandabi is released in the UK for the first time

•Mandabi is released on 11 June in cinemas, and on 28 June on DVD, Blu-Ray and digital platforms.

•Peter Bradshaw on Mandabi: classic about colonialism resonates today

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artforum.com

Jun 09 2021
Adriana Varejão
Gagosian is pleased to present new paintings and sculptures by Adriana Varejão. Varejão propels the discipline of painting into the realm of the physical, visceral artes plasticas, disrupting entrenched
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artforum.com

Jun 09 2021
Hermann Nitsch
The Nitsch Foundation is the official representative of Hermann Nitsch and supports activities which foster the exploration and presentation of the artist and his Gesamtkunstwerk (total artwork), the
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artforum.com

Jun 09 2021
Anselm Kiefer
Gagosian is pleased to present “Field of the Cloth of Gold,” an exhibition featuring four monumental new paintings by Anselm Kiefer. The tension between beauty and terror, alongside the inextricable
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The Guardian

Jun 09 2021
Fresh snow blankets NSW as cold weather descends – in pictures

As temperatures plummeted to zero in parts of NSW – bringing snow to the state’s south-east – photographer Mike Bowers ventured out to capture the wintry wonderland

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The New York Times

Jun 09 2021
Met Museum Announces Return of Two Benin Bronzes to Nigeria
The museum, which has some 160 items from Benin City, becomes the latest institution to announce the restitution of some of the priceless artifacts.
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artforum.com

Jun 09 2021
Hauser & Wirth Expands in Los Angeles
Megagallery Hauser & Wirth has announced that it is opening a new space in a repurposed vintage-car showroom on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood. Comprising 5,000 square feet of exhibition space
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The New York Times

Jun 09 2021
On a Kentucky Riverbank, a Path to Remembrance
On a Kentucky Riverbank, a Path to Remembrance
Hannah Drake’s (Un)Known Project in Louisville is both a memorial to enslaved people whose stories will never be uncovered, and a challenge to unearth narratives hidden in attics and archives.
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The New York Times

Jun 09 2021
Stuart Silver, Designer of Museum Blockbusters, Dies at 84
Stuart Silver, Designer of Museum Blockbusters, Dies at 84
He helped reinvigorate the Metropolitan and made its exhibitions into crowd-pleasing spectacles, providing a model for other fine-art museums across the country.
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The New York Times

Jun 09 2021
3 Art Gallery Shows to See Right Now
Amanda Williams’s ‘Embodied Sensations’ at MoMA; Matthew Wong’s ink drawings; and installations by Cameron Rowland take on policing.
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artforum.com

Jun 09 2021
Donald Judd’s Marfa Office Heavily Damaged in 12-Hour Fire
Donald Judd’s Architecture Office in Marfa, Texas, has been gutted by a blaze of undetermined origin that burned steadily for twelve hours beginning just after midnight on June 4. The two-story brick
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artforum.com

Jun 09 2021
Venice Biennale 2022 Title and Themes Announced
“The Milk of Dreams” has been revealed as the title of the Fifty-Ninth Venice Biennale, to be held in 2022. The name—which was announced today by the event’s artistic director and chief curator Cecilia
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The New York Times

Jun 09 2021
Tenement Museum Makes Room for Black History
Tenement Museum Makes Room for Black History
Reopening after a tumultuous year, this Lower East Side institution is addressing the omissions and erasures in the neighborhood’s history — and its own.
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The Guardian

Jun 09 2021
My Amazon rainforest angel: Claudia Andujar’s best photograph

‘When I first visited the Yanomami tribe, they were completely isolated – they hadn’t seen a camera and didn’t know what photography was’

It was 1971 when I photographed the Yanomami tribe of Brazil for the first time. I knew that it would take time to build our relationship, but I wanted to see if we could become friends. For me, the best photographers are those who are truly interested in their subjects.

The Yanomami is a big population of indigenous people who live in the Amazon rainforest in northern Brazil and southern Venezuela; several thousand live in Brazil alone. A small village can be as few as 40 people, or a big one as many as 200. When I first went to the Yanomami villages, the tribe was completely isolated – some still are today. At that time, 50 years ago, they hadn’t seen a camera and didn’t even know what photography was.

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The New York Times

Jun 09 2021
An Interview With Hito Steyerl About Her Pompidou Center Show
The German artist’s new exhibition at the Pompidou Center in Paris examines, with bitter humor, how digital technology shapes life offline.
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artforum.com

Jun 09 2021
Cassie Da Costa on Salomé Jashi’s Taming the Garden (2020)
THE SUPERRICH WANT, and can have, luscious gardens of their own. We know the gardens of Versailles, the chateau overlooking them representative of the extreme indulgences of the aristocracy that
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The Guardian

Jun 09 2021
Artes Mundi 9 review – wide-ranging show dominated by one devastating work

National Museum Cardiff

Six artists take us from the post-colonial Caribbean to rural India, but Meiro Koizumi’s unflinching telling of Japanese atrocities in China will be seared in the memory

Artes Mundi 9 is, like its predecessors, a complex affair. With a £40,000 prize to be announced on 17 June, the much delayed and postponed exhibition of six shortlisted artists is a bumpy ride. Spread over Cardiff’s National Museum Cardiff, Chapter and g39 (where some screenings will take place later this summer), it always strives for some sort of social or political relevance. We go from hundreds of drawings of the sea to the atrocities of the Japanese occupation of China, from the post-colonial Caribbean to the Covid pandemic, from coal mining and farming in rural India to the sacred, the surreal, the disaster zone and racial injustice.

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The New York Times

Jun 09 2021
The Masterpieces That Napoleon Stole, and How Some Went Back
The Masterpieces That Napoleon Stole, and How Some Went Back
His art seizures paved the way for similar French excesses in Africa a century later. Yet the return of some treasures after his defeat set a model for museums today.
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The New York Times

Jun 09 2021
Local Waters Are a Fount of Ideas for the Architect Jean Nouvel
Local Waters Are a Fount of Ideas for the Architect Jean Nouvel
Whether designing a condominium in Miami Beach or a museum in Abu Dhabi, Mr. Nouvel draws inspiration from what flows in and around the landscape.
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The Guardian

Jun 08 2021
Paintings reveal hidden histories of Africans in England

English Heritage’s six portraits range from a Roman emperor to Queen Victoria’s goddaughter

Six paintings that tell fascinating, not widely known stories of people from the African diaspora in England’s history, including the Roman emperor who strengthened Hadrian’s Wall and Queen Victoria’s goddaughter, have been unveiled by English Heritage.

The heritage body commissioned six artists to paint portraits, putting them on display at forts, abbeys, historic houses and barracks where they have an association.

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The Guardian

Jun 08 2021
Rock’n’roll and the civil rights struggle: African American life in the south – in pictures

Ernest C Withers’ photographs take viewers to the record stores, picket lines and proms of the American south during the 1940s, 50s and 60s

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artforum.com

Jun 08 2021
Kiki Smith
For this new exhibition (the eighth at Galerie Lelong), which she has entitled “From Inside,” Kiki Smith has brought together a group of new bronzes representing hands, which she juxtaposes with two
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The Guardian

Jun 08 2021
Porch Diaries: portraits from Melbourne’s coronavirus lockdowns – photo essay

Comprising more than 200 colour photographs, Porch Diaries is a series by Melbourne-based photographer Alana Holmberg featuring portraits of neighbours, strangers, workers and loved ones who passed by her Brunswick home during the 2020 pandemic lockdown months in Melbourne. With the recent spike in cases, Melbourne was back in lockdown and Holmberg was back on the porch

30 March 2020

Some days I feel like a creep. My spot up here on the porch, partially obscured behind the lemon tree, kept vertical by a stake, and the row of spindly roses. Twice this morning my presence went undetected. A metre or so above the path, I sit on a worn-out couch with a worn-out laptop, my eyes flicking from screen to street and down to screen again. Who else will pass by today? Mara, my housemate’s dog, takes her usual position to my right, propped up on my thigh. We watch and we wait.

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The New York Times

Jun 08 2021
Judd Architecture Office in Marfa Severely Damaged in Fire
Judd Architecture Office in Marfa Severely Damaged in Fire
The artist Donald Judd’s two-story office in Texas was in the final stages of a renovation that was set to finish July 3.
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The New York Times

Jun 08 2021
Was This Picasso Lost Because of the Nazis? Heirs and Bavaria Disagree.
Was This Picasso Lost Because of the Nazis? Heirs and Bavaria Disagree.
Officials have refused to refer a dispute over the work held by the state painting collections to a national commission created to review claims of art lost in the Nazi era.
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artforum.com

Jun 08 2021
Yoshi Wada (1943–2021)
Experimental sound artist and multi-instrumentalist Yoshi Wada died at his home in New York on May 18 at the age of seventy-seven. The news was announced on Twitter by composer Tashi Wada, his son and
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The New York Times

Jun 08 2021
Stuart Weitzman's Treasures Set Records at Sotheby's
Stuart Weitzman's Treasures Set Records at Sotheby's
The proceeds from Stuart Weitzman’s “Inverted Jennies,” a 1933 gold piece known as the double eagle and the One-Cent Magenta stamp will go to charitable ventures.
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The New York Times

Jun 08 2021
Museum’s Role in Police Mural Outside Detroit Draws Criticism
Museum’s Role in Police Mural Outside Detroit Draws Criticism
The Detroit Institute of Arts sponsored the mural as part of its efforts to support art in the communities it serves, but critics say the “pro-police” art work sends the wrong message.
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The Guardian

Jun 08 2021
‘She blew me away’: Bangarra’s touching tribute to one woman’s passion, culture and legacy

She planted the seed for SandSong shortly before her untimely death in 2019. Now the acclaimed company is bringing the story of her country to life

Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised that the following article contains the name of someone who has died

In rehearsal studios at Sydney’s Walsh Bay, 16 dancers are recreating the experiences of the traditional owners of the Western Australian Kimberley region.

The work, called SandSong, is set against the region’s extreme seasons: the dry, the wet, and the build-up to the cold.

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The Guardian

Jun 08 2021
Pigeons drop in on Raphael exhibition in Madrid

Gallery staff exploring ways of deterring pests from damaging priceless 16th-century tapestries

The exquisite set of Raphael tapestries currently on display in the grand gallery of Madrid’s royal palace has survived five tumultuous centuries of wars, rebellions, bombs, bullets and fire – only to find itself menaced by the more quotidian threat of opportunistic pigeons and their droppings.

The nine tapestries, which depict scenes from the Acts of the Apostles, were created in Brussels in the mid-16th century using the original sketches drawn by the Italian master whom Pope Leo X commissioned to design a set of life-size hangings to adorn the Sistine Chapel in 1514.

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artforum.com

Jun 08 2021
Legacy Russell Named Executive Director of the Kitchen
Storied New York arts nonprofit the Kitchen has appointed Legacy Russell executive director and chief curator. Russell, who since 2018 has served as associate curator of exhibitions at the Studio Museum
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artforum.com

Jun 08 2021
Thea Ballard on Alvin Lucier’s I am sitting in a room
FOUR YEARS AGO, the composer Alvin Lucier, then 86, performed his best-known piece, I am sitting in a room (1969), at ISSUE Project Room in downtown Brooklyn. Sitting cross-legged in a folding chair
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The Guardian

Jun 08 2021
Colin Failes obituary

My friend Colin Failes, who has died aged 73 of pulmonary fibrosis, was one of the most accomplished mural painters in the UK, with specialist skills in perspective and trompe l’oeil techniques.

Large public and private commissions included the Vanbrugh Club at the Yvonne Arnaud theatre in Guildford, Surrey, the Everyman theatre in Cheltenham, Arlington House in London, the P&O liners, the Vintners’ Company in the City of London and his contribution to the great Spanish Armada series at the House of Lords.

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The New York Times

Jun 08 2021
Legacy Russell Is Named Next Leader of the Kitchen
Legacy Russell Is Named Next Leader of the Kitchen
Currently the associate curator of exhibitions at the Studio Museum in Harlem, she takes over in September from Tim Griffin as executive director and chief curator.
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The Guardian

Jun 07 2021
The look of glove: Nick Cave’s moving first photobook – in pictures

When the Bad Seeds singer found a solitary child’s glove hanging over a road sign he felt a ‘jolt of grief’ which led him on a photographic journey. He talks us through it

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The Guardian

Jun 07 2021
Barbers, books and boozers: how migrant hotspots inspired the Serpentine Pavilion

The bars, cafes, bookshops and even hair salons of London all fed into this year’s enormous pavilion. Sumayya Vally, the project’s youngest ever architect, explains all

Fragments of fluted classical columns collide with steps, ledges and bits of curved moulding, like an impromptu playground collaged together from an architectural salvage yard. It is an intriguing dream landscape, with ghostly echoes of familiar London features, all rendered in creamy shades of cement and brought together beneath an enormous circular roof that hovers six metres overhead.

This is the new Serpentine Pavilion designed by Counterspace, a Johannesburg practice led by 31-year-old Indian South African architect, Sumayya Vally. It is fitting that the youngest architect ever selected for the annual commission should come up with one of the biggest structures yet. Its size is not only in its physical heft, but in its far-reaching scope beyond the bounds of Kensington Gardens: for the first time, this year sees four additional structures scattered across the city, as well as the launch of a new fellowship programme for artists working with spatial politics and community practice.

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artforum.com

Jun 07 2021
Tomokazu Matsuyama
Tomokazu Matsuyama’s solo exhibition “Boom Bye Bye Pain” (May 22 – July 10, 2021) is the first show to be held at KOTARO NUKAGA’s new space in Roppongi, Tokyo, and the New York-based artist’s first
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artforum.com

Jun 07 2021
Tai Kwun Contemporary
“trust & confusion” is an exhibition about the conversation of certainty and chance; the transformative power of bodies, intangibles, and ephemeral encounters; music and magic; and the luck of being
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artforum.com

Jun 07 2021
Elizabeth Peyton
“She lives in the blurry world where images can come from anywhere and where most of our experience, even with paintings, comes from reproductions, which have somehow desensitized our experience of the
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artforum.com

Jun 07 2021
Tai Kwun Contemporary
“INK CITY” sets out an expanded vision of ink art firmly grounded in current social, political, and aesthetic concerns, featuring artists inspired by immediate encounters with contemporary life. Often
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