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The Guardian

Jan 17 2020
Awol Erizku’s Beyoncé Pregnant: a pop Madonna

The singer resembles a Renaissance Virgin Mary but with a sexual edge in this Instagram photograph

Artist Awol Erizku’s 2017 portrait of Beyoncé pregnant with twins scored 10m likes when it landed on Instagram in 2017, the most an image had ever had on the platform.

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The Guardian

Jan 17 2020
What to see this week in the UK

From Waves to Beat Horizon, here’s our pick of the best films, concerts, exhibitions, theatre and dance over the next seven days

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The Guardian

Jan 17 2020
The healing power of Bauhaus at London's St Mary's hospital

The work of Josef and Anni Albers has given a bright, bold new look to a children’s intensive care unit

The role of art in hospitals rarely extends beyond hanging pictures on the wall. But for Josef and Anni Albers, art was always much more than that. Both pioneers of modernism, the couple met in 1922 at the Bauhaus school, an establishment with a revolutionary approach to art. Bauhaus blurred the boundaries between craft, design and fine art and championed the concept of gesamtkunstwerk: the complete work of art, typically in the form of a house.

But why not a hospital department? That was the thinking of the Albers Foundation which, since the couple’s deaths late last century, has worked to continue their legacy. “Josef and Anni both believed that what we experience through our eyes can divert and elate us in unparalleled ways,” explains Nicholas Fox Weber, the foundation’s director. Taking inspiration from the Albers’ geometric patterns and confident use of colour, the foundation has created a bold new look for the children’s intensive care unit at St Mary’s hospital, London.

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The Guardian

Jan 16 2020
Ickworth embraces enforced darkness to spotlight art collection

Rotunda at National Trust property exploits gloom from scaffolding to stage exhibition

A 200-year-old Italianate palace, hidden away in the Suffolk countryside and currently encased in more than 270 miles of scaffolding, is to hold an exhibition that is only taking place because it is undergoing £5m of conservation works.

Ickworth, a Georgian estate and one of the most photographed of all National Trust properties, will on Satuday open its magnificent but leaky Rotunda to show off world class works of art and objects which few people know are even there.

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The New York Times

Jan 16 2020
The Overlooked History of Women at Work
A Grolier Club exhibition explores 500 years of women as scientists, midwives, writers, activists, undertakers and more.
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The New York Times

Jan 16 2020
Philadelphia Mayor: Museum Should ‘Strengthen’ Sexual Harassment Policy
Philadelphia Mayor: Museum Should ‘Strengthen’ Sexual Harassment Policy
The mayor’s remarks come after a former Philadelphia Museum of Art boss was forced to resign from his Erie Art Museum post following a New York Times report.
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artforum.com

Jan 16 2020
Carnegie Museum of Art Appoints Four New Department Heads
The Carnegie Museum of Art (CMoA) in Pittsburgh announced four new senior leadership hires. The institution named Chris Fry as director of finance, Stefanie Mohr as director of marketing and engagement,
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artforum.com

Jan 16 2020
Philadelphia Museum of Art Faces Pressure from Lawmakers to Overhaul Harassment Polices
Following a https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/10/arts/design/joshua-helmer-philadelphia-museum-art-erie-art-museum.html New York Times investigation that brought to light sexual harassment complaints
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artforum.com

Jan 16 2020
Carla Herrera-Prats (1973–2019)
I FIRST MET CARLA HERRERA-PRATS in the summer of 2008. I was invited to contribute an essay for her solo show at New York’s Art in General gallery, back when it was still just west of Chinatown on
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The New York Times

Jan 16 2020
When Art Begins at the Scene of a Crime
The Mexican artist Teresa Margolles makes unflinching art about violent death and its aftermath. Her newest photographs and installations are now in New York City.
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artforum.com

Jan 16 2020
NEA Awards $27.3M to Projects in All Fifty States, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico
The National Endowment for the Arts announced the first grant recipients of the 2020 fiscal year. The federal agency will award $27.3 million to 1,187 projects in all fifty states, the District of
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The New York Times

Jan 16 2020
BTS Announces Global Arts Project Featuring Antony Gormley
BTS Announces Global Arts Project Featuring Antony Gormley
A new series of projects by international artists will be shown in five cities across the world.
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The New York Times

Jan 16 2020
Exploring the Solar System Anew at the Hayden Planetarium
The American Museum of Natural History’s first new space show since 2013 is a head-spinning adventure that makes a statement about the fragility of Earth.
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The New York Times

Jan 16 2020
Martin Luther King Jr. Day: 8 Places in New York to Remember His Legacy
Martin Luther King Jr. Day: 8 Places in New York to Remember His Legacy
At events across the city, you can commemorate King’s achievements or follow his example of activism and service.
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artforum.com

Jan 16 2020
Philippa Snow on You’s second season
UNTIL VERY RECENTLY, the 1991 film L.A. Story was hands-down the best satire of Los Angeles as told from the perspective of a man experiencing a possible psychotic break. Harris K. Telemacher—a TV
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artforum.com

Jan 16 2020
ICA Miami and LA MoCA Among New Andy Warhol Foundation Grantees
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts is awarding $3.93 million to forty-six organizations from nineteen states for its fall 2019 grant cycle. The funds will support visual arts programs,
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The New York Times

Jan 16 2020
What to See Right Now in New York Art Galleries
Nicky Nodjoumi’s dreamy serial paintings; Albert Oehlen’s “mirror paintings”; Clarity Haynes portraits of breasts; Kim Tschang-Yeul’s abstract brand of Pop Art
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The Guardian

Jan 16 2020
'My life has been a struggle against the establishment': artist Rasheed Araeen

He’s written letters to the prime minister, joined the Black Panthers and spent a lifetime on art that can provoke, delight and be climbed on. Now, at 84, Araeen has opened a restaurant

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‘You won’t find anything interesting in my life. I’d rather talk about the work,” says Rasheed Araeen. It is quite the understatement. The 84-year-old Karachi-born artist is no stranger to incident. “My life in Britain has been my struggle against the establishment. It took many forms – within art, outside art, in writing, in performances, in writing letters to the prime minister,” is his own pithy summation.

He first wrote to Tony Blair after “there were ugly things spoken about the Muslims” following the July 2005 bombings in London. “One of the points they kept making was that Muslims were against modernism. They were backwards, uncultured, uncivilised. I wrote and said, ‘Here is an example of what Muslims have contributed to British modernism’.”

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The Guardian

Jan 16 2020
Conga and carnival: Havana's jazz festival – in pictures

New Orleans and Cuban musicians join in Havana’s annual jazz festival, defying Trump’s efforts to weaken US-Cuba relations

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The New York Times

Jan 16 2020
At a Sculptor’s Marrakesh Estate, a Menagerie of Whimsical Artwork
Jean-François Fourtou, known for his sculptures of animals, has channeled his creative energy to his 25-acre property in Morocco.
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The Guardian

Jan 16 2020
Inside the odyssey: taking a closer look at Stanley Kubrick's 2001

At an expansive new exhibition in New York, the director’s defining science fiction opus is explored in detail with help from those who made it with him

Though the calendar reads 2020 we’re still waiting for the future promised in 2001. Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film, created concurrently with Arthur C Clarke’s novel, is recognized as one of the most influential motion pictures ever made, endlessly scrutinized from both a story and production point of view. Both avenues are open to New Yorkers and visiting tourists from 18 January through 19 July at the Museum of the Moving Image adjacent to the Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens.

Envisioning 2001: Stanley Kubrick’s Space Odyssey is an in-depth examination of how the New York-born director’s desire to make “the proverbial ‘really good’ science fiction film” (as Kubrick wrote to Clarke in a letter preserved under glass in the exhibit) led to “the ultimate trip”, as MGM’s marketing department called the movie once young people seized upon the heady, ambiguous film that exploded into sound and light to go “beyond the infinite” in its most notable sequence.

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The Guardian

Jan 15 2020
Nothing Has Changed: a nostalgic view of modern America – in pictures

French photographer Larry Niehues has been capturing life in the US on 35mm film, from motels to diners and gas stations, to evoke the past by showing ‘all the beauty and destruction, the tradition and innovation, the loud cities and the quiet little spaces’. His work is published in the book Nothing Has Changed

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The Guardian

Jan 15 2020
Robbie Lawrence's best photograph: a woman praying in Georgia's Low Country

‘The chapel was built by enslaved people in 1896. The area had been a hotbed for fishing but the rivers are empty now and money is moving to the city’

In October and November 2017, the American writer Sala Elise Patterson and I travelled to the Low Country in Georgia. In recent years, politics has forced people to be polarised, but we figured that there would be a lot more contradictions, even in somewhere like rural Georgia, a place that was probably leaning Republican. We set out to interview people from both sides of the political tracks, and look for continuities, and the paradoxes of everyday life.

The Low Country is sprawling swamp land along the Ogeechee River, or Blackwater River as it is known. We spent months researching beforehand. One of the places we reached out to was St Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in the hamlet of Burroughs. St Bartholomew’s is the last standing chapel of the Ogeechee River Mission and the oldest African American congregation in the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia. The chapel was built by enslaved people in 1896.

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artforum.com

Jan 15 2020
Lucas Museum of Narrative Art Acquires Major Archive of African American Film History
Filmmaker George Lucas’s new Museum of Narrative Art, which is currently under construction in Los Angeles’s Exposition Park, has acquired a significant collection of film posters, photographs, scripts,
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artforum.com

Jan 15 2020
New Museum and Onassis Foundation to Open Space for Artists Working in Mixed Reality
The New Museum in New York and the Onassis Foundation are teaming up to create a new space for artists, filmmakers, and designers working in mixed reality. An initiative of the museum’s cultural incubator
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The New York Times

Jan 15 2020
Some Collectors Take a D.I.Y. Approach; Others Call in the Pros
Some Collectors Take a D.I.Y. Approach; Others Call in the Pros
In this case, the art-lovers own storage and shipping centers that meet all their needs to rotate, hang and pack away their pieces.
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artforum.com

Jan 15 2020
2020 Creative Capital Award Recipients Announced
Thirty-five artist projects centered on topics such as migration, surveillance, sexual abuse, and how to make museums agents of change have been named 2020 Creative Capital awardees and will share a
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The New York Times

Jan 15 2020
Take a Look at These Rarely Seen Andy Warhol Photos
Photography was Andy Warhol’s secret weapon — the architecture of his oeuvre. A new show highlights many of his rarely seen images.
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artforum.com

Jan 15 2020
Jyoti Dhar on the opening of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Sri Lanka
THROUGHOUT SRI LANKA’S ART HISTORY, the people have been the keepers of knowledge. In place of national institutions and collections, artists, collectors, scholars, and gallerists have acted as repositories
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artforum.com

Jan 15 2020
Frieze Hires Simon Fox as Its First CEO
Frieze, the media and events company that runs an eponymous magazine as well as four international art fairs-Frieze London, Frieze Masters, Frieze New York, and Frieze Los Angeles-announced today that
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artforum.com

Jan 15 2020
Anne Haaning
Today, the extraction of both narratives and material resources is deeply intertwined with a seemingly indefatigable drive toward technological development. In the Danish artist Anne Haaning’s multimedia
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artforum.com

Jan 15 2020
Mellon Foundation Gives $4 Million to Dance Theater of Harlem
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has gifted the Dance Theater of Harlem (DTH) $4 million, which, coupled with a matching grant of $1 million from the dance organization’s board of directors, brings the
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The Guardian

Jan 15 2020
Portrait of the artist in the firing line: Abdul Abdullah on controversy, threats and rightwing hate mail

He’s been targeted by George Christensen and accused of advocating terrorism, but the Perth-born artist just wants to provoke critical thinking

As an artist, Abdul Abdullah wears his humour on his sleeve, but also on his skin. His tattoo of the Southern Cross encircles an Islamic crescent moon and star, and he got it for the purpose of Them and Us, his photographic self-portrait that won the 2011 Blake prize for human justice. In his 2013 work, Self-Portrait as an Ultra-nationalist, he wears a “Fuck off we’re full” T-shirt and an Australian flag. The same year, he made It Doesn’t Matter How I Feel, in which he’s painted black except for his hands, one of which is held in a thumbs-up, the other extending the middle finger. I could go on.

“I’m a seventh-generation Australian and I’ve got the Australian sensibility of relentlessly giving people shit,” he says innocently.

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The New York Times

Jan 15 2020
Museum Director Forced Out Amid Harassment Complaints
Museum Director Forced Out Amid Harassment Complaints
Joshua Helmer was removed at the Erie Art Museum after a New York Times article about complaints during his tenure at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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The Guardian

Jan 15 2020
John Baldessari obituary
American conceptual artist who cremated all his paintings in 1970 and later effaced the images of public figures with stick-on dots

A recent episode of The Simpsons saw America’s favourite dysfunctional cartoon family take a step back in time. In one scene, the young Marge Simpson, a reporter on the Springfield Shopper, interviews a local conceptual artist about his change of subject from mouths to noses. “So,” rasps Marge, “you’ve moved into painting giant schnozzes.” “Marge,” the artist replies, “the mouth has had its day. It’s time to find out what the nose knows.” The artist in question, who voiced his cartoon character himself, was John Baldessari, who has died aged 88.

Unusually for a conceptual artist, the maker of the (real) series titled Noses & Ears, Etc. (2006), was known for his sense of humour. His Wrong series (1966-68), of intentionally faulty snapshots – one showed a palm tree apparently sprouting from the artist’s head – each incorporated (and broke) a rule from a photographic manual.

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The New York Times

Jan 15 2020
In Afghanistan, Being an Artist Is a Dangerous Job
Despite the perils, Afghan artists have consistently portrayed their country and its many facets.
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artforum.com

Jan 15 2020
National Endowment for the Humanities Awards $30.9 Million to 188 Humanities Projects
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) will distribute $30.9 million to 188 humanities projects in forty-five states and the District of Columbia as part of its latest grant cycle. NEH chairman
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The Guardian

Jan 15 2020
Jak Kilby obituary

My friend Jak Kilby, who has died aged 72, was a freelance photographer who documented the early years of the free jazz and free improvisation scene in London with great diligence and empathy. Following his mid-life conversion to the Muslim faith and his adoption of the name Muhsin, his camera was also trained on the Islamic world: its buildings, its people, its struggle.

Born to Leslie Kilby, a bus driver who later worked as a manager in a TV company, and Dorothy (nee Gossett), John (Jak) was educated at Malory school in Lewisham, south London. By the late 1960s he was a familiar figure at the Little Theatre Club in Covent Garden and at other places, where young musicians were developing a new musical language.

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artforum.com

Jan 15 2020
Stan Douglas to Represent Canada at 2021 Venice Biennale
The National Gallery of Canada announced today that the Vancouver- and Los Angeles–based artist Stan Douglas will represent Canada at the Fifty-Ninth Venice Biennale. Known for his installations, films,
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The New York Times

Jan 15 2020
Ed Ruscha: He Up and Went Home
Ed Ruscha: He Up and Went Home
The artist on the Oklahoma roots of his new show, that $52.5 million painting, and meeting Walt Disney.
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The Guardian

Jan 14 2020
'This is an ugly work': Trump's giant empty head descends on Ballarat

Want to get inside the US president’s head? Callum Morton’s ‘very confronting’ public artwork offers that peculiar pleasure

What’s inside Donald Trump’s head?

In a sculptural depiction of the US president’s head by the Australian artist Callum Morton, which popped up in Ballarat on Wednesday, not much.

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The Guardian

Jan 14 2020
Life, death and Jimmy the Volvo: Gus Powell's family photos – in pictures

The photographer talks us through Family Car Trouble, his new book documenting ‘the arrival of children, the departure of a father – and the maintenance of a difficult 1993 Volvo 940 Turbo station wagon.’

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The Guardian

Jan 14 2020
The case for ... making low-tech 'dumb' cities instead of 'smart' ones

High-tech smart cities promise efficiency by monitoring everything from bins to bridges. But what if we ditched the data and embraced ancient technology instead?

Guardian Cities is concluding with ‘The case for ...”, a series of opinion pieces exploring options for radical urban change. Read our editor’s farewell here

Ever since smartphones hooked us with their limitless possibilities and dopamine hits, mayors and city bureaucrats can’t get enough of the notion of smart-washing their cities. It makes them sound dynamic and attractive to business. What’s not to love about whizzkids streamlining your responsibilities for running services, optimising efficiency and keeping citizens safe into a bunch of fun apps?

There’s no concrete definition of a smart city, but high-tech versions promise to use cameras and sensors to monitor everyone and everything, from bins to bridges, and use the resulting data to help the city run smoothly. One high-profile proposal by Google’s sister company, Sidewalk Labs, to give 12 acres of Toronto a smart makeover is facing a massive backlash. In September, an independent report called the plans “frustratingly abstract”; in turn US tech investor Roger McNamee warned Google can’t be trusted with such data, calling the project “surveillance capitalism”.

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The Guardian

Jan 14 2020
Blenheim Palace to display paintings of 'broken England' by Cecily Brown

British artist to show new work exploring ‘nation in turmoil’ at Churchill’s birthplace

Paintings of a broken, divided, dystopian England are to go on display at one of the nation’s most magnificent stately homes, where Sir Winston Churchill was born.

Blenheim Art Foundation announced on Wednesday that Cecily Brown, a member of the YBA generation (Young British Artists) of the early 1990s, would be the next contemporary artist to present work at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire.

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artforum.com

Jan 14 2020
Artists Pen Letter Protesting MoMA’s Ties to Controversial Donors
Almost half of the artists currently featured in MoMA PS1’s exhibition “Theater of Operations: The Gulf Wars 1991–2011” have signed an open letter urging New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and PS1
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artforum.com

Jan 14 2020
Cornelia Parker
Cornelia Parker makes art about gravity: how to elude it, how we cannot. In many of the installations, sculptures, and films surveyed here, the English artist emphasizes a fragmented, paralyzed sense
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artforum.com

Jan 14 2020
Keith Haring Foundation Awards $1 Million to Performance Space New York
Performance Space New York has entered a major new partnership with the Keith Haring Foundation, which has awarded the organization a $1 million grant in support of the creation of a new two-year
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artforum.com

Jan 14 2020
Front International Reveals Theme, Title, and Artistic Team for 2021 Edition
FRONT International, the Cleveland triennial for contemporary art, has announced details of its 2021 edition, which will take place across three cities in northeast Ohio from July 17 through October 2,
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artforum.com

Jan 14 2020
Jesper Just on recoding the body in his new video installation, Corporealités
Jesper Just distorts rituals of movement through video and performance—two media he pairs in perverse combinations to destabilize museum architecture and to create plangent moving images that echo with
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