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Art fraud

Former dealer Angela Gulbenkian is sentenced to three and a half years for defrauding art clients

Charges involved sale of a £1.1m Yayoi Kusama pumpkin sculpture that was never delivered and the theft of £50,000 that a friend had given her to invest

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Public art

Fourth suicide shuts down New York’s towering Vessel yet again

Critics fault developers for not raising the barriers around the steps of the spiralling 150ft-tall structure to prevent deaths

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Museums & Heritage

Further cuts at SFMoMA end its film programme, art loan gallery and publishing platform

Seven staff will also lose their jobs as tightened budgets and low attendance impact operations

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Performance art

Bring your sunscreen and your opera glasses: Lithuanian pavilion performance comes to Brooklyn Academy of Music

The piece that won the Golden Lion at the 2019 Venice Biennale will start a tour of the US in New York this September

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Obituaries

Christian Boltanski, French conceptual artist, has died, aged 76

The artist, who was born just two weeks after Paris was liberated from Nazi control, was known for work that explored memory, loss and personal as well as cultural history

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Fakes & copies

Mexican man arrested by FBI for attempting to sell allegedly fake works by Basquiat and Haring

Angel Pereda was offering paintings and sculptures by the artists to auction houses in New York

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Museums & Heritage

Richard Serra steel work to get its own art cabin in the woods at Glenstone

The artist is collaborating with the architect Thomas Phifer to design the new stand-alone gallery

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US politics

Secret deals: Hunter Biden’s gallery pens ethics agreement with White House to keep art sales anonymous

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Art theft

German socialite Angela Gulbenkian pleads guilty to theft in London court

The charges against her stemmed from the fraudulent sale of a £1.1m Yayoi Kusama pumpkin sculpture to a Hong Kong collector, while a similar claim against her over a Warhol portrait remains in German court

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Bill Fontana

Sound art garden coming to Blanton Museum of Art thanks to $5m donation from Austin philanthropists Ernest and Sara Butler

The Bay Area artist Bill Fontana plans to make the echolocation of bats perceptible to human ears for the site’s first commission

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Art market

Design Miami to launch Podium pop-up exhibition in Shanghai this November

Rather than a full fledged fair, the event will bring together works from galleries and independent design studios

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Huguette Caland at The Drawing Center to the last week to visit the Met’s Michael C. Rockefeller Wing

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Monuments

Roosevelt equestrian statue will leave American Museum of Natural History soon

A unanimous vote by the New York City Public Design Commission has cleared the way for the controversial statue’s removal to a new home dedicated to the former US president

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Atlanta

Rivers of time: conceptual artist brings a new approach to Atlanta

Jonathan Keats's municipal clock will follow the pace of the city's rivers

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Public art

To see this sculpture, text the owner of a pup named Oh Papa and schedule a viewing

Adam Milner has installed his series of uncommonly intimate public sculptures in everyday locations like a bodega or a tailor’s shop, where they act as catalysts for human connection

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Shahzia Sikander at The Morgan to lyrical outdoor installations in Brooklyn by Chloë Bass

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Philanthropy

Over 60 arts and culture groups receive funding from MacKenzie Scott, who is giving away $2.74bn of her Amazon fortune

El Museo del Barrio in New York and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco are among recipients of grants distributed by the ex-wife of billionaire Jeff Bezos

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Appointments

Raphaela Platow to take over as director of the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky

The experienced curator and leader comes from the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, where she grew attendance by 400%

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Law

Settlement reached over Robert Indiana’s estate—paving way for planned museum in artist's home in Maine

Under the agreement, the Morgan Art Foundation will continue to promote the Pop artist's work in museums and on the market

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Appointments

Museum hiring rebounds? US institutions announce a string of appointments to leadership and curatorial positions

It is still not clear how quickly the lower levels of staff, which were hardest hit by pandemic job losses, will recover

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Cézanne's drawings at MoMA to Takashi Murakami curating Outsider art

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Art market

Hauser & Wirth expands its already large footprint in Los Angeles

The gallery is opening a second space in West Hollywood, in a former car showroom

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Cultural policy

New York culture department announces three new projects as part of City Artist Corps programme

The $25m initiative is meant to put local artists back to work, through $5,000 grants, public art commissions, and a painting and performing art partnership with city schools

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Louise Bourgeois at The Jewish Museum to Sam Durant’s High Line Plinth commission

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Stand by your man—or don’t: Ragnar Kjartansson will dissect the patriarchy of pop music at the Guggenheim for Independence Day

Women and non-binary musician will perform non-stop love songs in the museum’s rotunda over the holiday weekend

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Public art

Martin Roth’s posthumous project to turn an abandoned upstate building into a living ‘plant concert’ is nearly complete

The City Club in Newburgh could open to the public with a large-scale “magical garden” installation at the end of June

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Exhibitions

Stuck in a loop: curator Helen Molesworth organises group exhibition Feedback at The School in Kinderhook

Inspired by an audio piece by Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, and her own memories of high school, the show looks at the repeating cycles of American history and culture

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Obituaries

Eric Carle, author and illustrator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, has died, aged 91

The artist’s early life in Germany exploring nature and the devastation and malnutrition his family experienced during the Second World War add personal poignancy to his later children’s books

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Guadalupe Maravilla at Socrates Sculpture Park to Nina Katchadourian at Pace

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Architecture

President Joe Biden removes Trump appointees from US Commission of Fine Arts

The all-white all-male board members are believed to have been responsible for a controversial order that mandated a Neoclassical style for all federal buildings, which Biden also revoked

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Museums & Heritage

San Diego’s arts institutions cry out as mayor maintains 50% reduction in city funding into 2022

Prolonging the pain will not help the culture sector—a formerly $1bn industry that supported 36,000 full-time jobs—bounce back, leaders say

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Nicola Vassell’s inaugural show devoted to Ming Smith to Huma Bhaba at Salon 94

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Museums & Heritage

Employees at the Whitney and Hispanic Society seek to unionise

Job stability and ongoing inequities have become even more pressing during the pandemic, workers say

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Obituaries

Patrick O’Connell, Visual Aids founder, has died, aged 67

The activist helped develop perhaps the most well known symbol of HIV and Aids awareness: the red ribbon

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Exhibitions

Top shows to see in New York during Frieze week

From Eva Hesse and Hannah Wilke at Acquavella Galleries to Deana Lawson at the Guggenheim

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Obituaries

Eli Broad, who helped reshape the cultural landscape of Los Angeles, has died, aged 87

Billionaire art collector, businessman and philanthropist founded the museum that bears his name and helped shore up Disney Concert Hall, Lacma and MOCA

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Obituaries

William T. Wiley, a founder of the Bay Area Funk Art movement and influential art teacher, has died, aged 83

A dedicated mentor, he also delighted in provocative enigmas in wide-ranging mediums

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From David Smith at Hauser & Wirth to Katherine Bradford at Canada

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Artist estates

Maine attorney general says that Robert Indiana’s estate was overcharged by as much as $3.7m in legal fees

State office demands that the artist's executor, James W. Brannan, return that “excessive” amount to the estate

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Ray Johnson at David Zwirner to Dawoud Bey at the Whitney

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Yayoi Kusama in the Bronx to Alex Da Corte's Big Bird on the Met Roof

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Public art

New Dread Scott works critiquing power structures censored by Instagram as ‘hate speech’

The text-based pieces, installed on the façade of a New York theatre, probe American imperialism and white supremacy

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Biennials & festivals

FotoFocus’s photography biennial returns to Cincinnati in 2022 with focus on climate change

FotoFocus’s photography biennial returns to Cincinnati in 2022 with focus on climate change

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Monuments

Confederate throne returned, two people arrested in New Orleans

The anti-racist group White Lies Matter had threatened to use the monument to Jefferson Davis as a toilet, but turned over the work unharmed

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Egyptian archaeologists uncover ‘lost golden city of Luxor’

The 3,000-year-old site is remarkably preserved, with pottery, daily tools and human remains found among its intact walls

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Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Alice Neel at the Met to an ode to the first Black woman astronaut by Damien Davis

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Art schools

Michigan billionaires Jennifer and Dan Gilbert give $30m to Cranbrook Academy of the Arts

The donation will support diversity efforts and student scholarships for the Detroit area art school

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Confederate monuments

Jefferson Davis memorial throne stolen from Confederate cemetery—and under threat of being turned into a toilet

A group calling themselves White Lies Matter demands that the United Daughters of the Confederacy hang a banner critiquing white supremacy before they will return the ornate stone chair

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Museums & Heritage

Children’s Museum of the Arts to launch online video channel for art-loving kids

The New York institution is looking to raise $25,000 to fund future series, and children who visit will have a chance to take part in production

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Alexander Calder’s early works at MoMA to Molly Greene’s psychedelic flowers at Kapp Kapp

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Virtual exhibitions

Armory Show will launch digital exhibition space, starting with a pandemic-related show

First offering will feature works by Hank Willis Thomas, Gordon Matta Clark and others

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Artists

Two non-profits team up to offer $100,000 grants to artists in the San Francisco Bay Area

Annual stipends will benefit creators struggling with an astronomical cost of living in the region, which is facing an artistic exodus

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Knife-wielding spider god mural found on ancient Peruvian temple

Farmers extending their fields first accidentally uncovered the site, which archaeologists believe was used by the Cupisnique people for water ceremonies

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Ann Craven at Karma to Madeline Hollander at the Whitney

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Julie Mehretu’s mid-career survey at the Whitney to the Frick Collection’s temporary encampment in the Breuer building

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Biennials & festivals

New York's Performa festival to be held entirely outdoors this year

Taking pandemic indoor occupancy limits into account, the biennial moves outside of performance spaces this autumn

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reopenings

Los Angeles museums are revving up to reopen

Amid decline in Covid-19 cases, governor lifts a closure mandate that had stirred some dissent

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Protests

Facing protest, Museum of Chinese in America cancels exhibition about Asian American art collective Godzilla

Members of the collective argue that the museum implicitly supported construction of a jail

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Niki de Saint Phalle’s first US retrospective at MoMA PS1 to El Museo Del Barrio’s sweeping survey of Latinx art

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Pre-Columbian artefacts returned to Mexico by Arizona officials

The collection of 277 objects were recovered through two separate investigations by Homeland Security

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Obituaries

Wilhelmina Cole Holladay, founder of National Museum of Women in the Arts, has died aged 98

The historian built a seed collection of 500 works by women artists, as well as documents and research, with the hope of filling a gap in the art canon

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Obituaries

Barbara Ess, photographer and musician, has died, aged 73

The No Wave pioneer was also know for her lo-fi pinhole images

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Lorraine O’Grady’s first museum retrospective to Carol Bove’s Met façade commission

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Public art

Bloomberg Philanthropies grants for street murals open for applications

Up to $25,000 in award money will fund projects in as many as 20 US cities

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coronavirus

Economic reports reveal drastic loss of arts jobs in the US

In New York, two-thirds of posts in the creative sector are gone, while nearly a quarter of the workforce in Los Angeles has been cut

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Guadalupe Maravilla at PPOW to David Goldblatt at Pace

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Video, film & new media

How To With John Wilson raises the video tutorial to poetic heights

The HBO “docu-comedy” series brings an absurdist view to everyday city life

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Obituaries

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, poet, painter, and founder of San Francisco’s City Lights bookstore, has died, aged 101

Throughout his life, he continued to paint and write books, showing his literature-infused art in New York just last year

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Obituaries

Arturo Di Modica, sculptor behind New York’s Charging Bull, has died aged 80

In response to the stock market crash, Di Modica illegally installed Charging Bull in front of the New York Stock Exchange in 1989

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Monuments

Chicago’s list of 41 public statues for review includes depictions of Native Americans and several monuments of Abraham Lincoln

The city-formed advisory committee is now asking for public feedback on the works, as well as considering proposals for new monuments

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Prizes

Knight Foundation’s $50,000 fellowship goes to five artists who find ‘creative or poetic’ ways to work with technology

Sondra Perry, Rashaad Newsome and Black Quantum Futurism are among the inaugural recipients of the annual

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Obituaries

Teresa Burga, trailblazing Peruvian conceptualist artist, has died, aged 86

Although overlooked by art institutions until only recently, she continued to create work about artificial systems and bureaucracies during a 30-year career in Lima's customs office

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Art theft

Local man charged in attempted robbery from Rochester’s Memorial Art Gallery

George Haag, who has pleaded not guilty, says he thought the portrait of Andy Warhol “would look better somewhere else” and “just wanted to make people laugh”

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Museums & Heritage

Lacma ends director’s free housing perk

The museum is selling a smaller property it bought last year as a residence for Michael Govan, as pandemic continues to squeeze finances

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Obituaries

Artist Charles McGee, a central figure in Detroit’s art scene, has died, aged 96

Through his community programmes and art spaces, the artist and organiser “profoundly impacted the daily lives” of people in the city

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Three to see

Our picks of the must-see shows to see in New York in February

From Laura Aguilar’s first retrospective at the Leslie-Lohman Museum to sculptural salt licks evoking impermanence by Malia Jensen at Cristin Tierney

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Gordon Parks at Jack Shainman to Shaun Leonardo at the Bronx Museum

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Pacific Standard Time

Getty hands out more than $5m in grants for 2024 Pacific Standard Time festival

The next iteration of the region-wide exhibition series will focus on art and science

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Building projects

National Arts Club in New York opens new galleries renovated during the pandemic

Restoration work uncovered the original plaster from the building’s former occupant, New York governor and 1876 presidential candidate Samuel Tilden

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Obituaries

Barry Le Va, pioneer of Process Art, has died, aged 79

The uncompromising artist turn down many exhibition offers but never veered from his vision for a work

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San Francisco Art Institute

San Francisco Art Institute chair steps down in wake of controversy over proposed Diego Rivera mural sale

Pam Rorke Levy, who has led the school’s board since 2018, will be replaced by photographer and alum Lonnie Graham

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Public art

Seesaw installation at US-Mexico border wins Design of the Year award

The joyful project became a counterpoint to the division and violence sown by the Trump administration

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US politics

US Capitol riot: Pennsylvania artist charged with violent entry and disorderly conduct

Federal authorities have ordered Andrew Wrigley to turn over his passport and avoid travel to Washington, DC after posting selfies from the insurrection

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Coronavirus resources

Governors propose ambitious plans to bring the arts back to California and New York

Gavin Newsom and Andrew Cuomo have announced plans to support art institutions and artists hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic

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Deaccessioning

The fate of the San Francisco Art Institute’s historic Diego Rivera mural hangs in limbo

The proposed sale of the work has raised outcry from artists and city leaders, who have taken action to protect it

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Coronavirus resources

Locked down with kids? Check out these arty resources to keep them entertained and educated

Organisations and museums offer plenty of online art projects for parents

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Obituaries

Art historian Barbara Rose—Minimalism cheerleader and champion of women artists—has died, aged 84

Her memoir, entitled The Girl Who Loved Artists, is yet to be published

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Eugene Von Bruenchenhein’s rapturous paintings to Brassaï’s Parisian underground

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Museums & Heritage

Sneak peek: Snarkitecture designs new gallery in Detroit for Library Street Collective

The art space in a historic building in the Belt neighbourhood will open with a show curated by the street artist Kaws

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Museums & Heritage

Museum of Fine Arts Boston and other US institutions announce a second wave of pandemic closures

Some say they hope to reopen in January, while many others have remained shut for nearly a full year

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Museums & Heritage

Freshman art history student uncovers identity of Mughal miniature

Connections have been made between the Colby College Museum of Art’s Man with a Flowered Coat and portraits of the 17th-century commander Sayyid Muzzafar in international collections

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Acquisitions

Miami Beach public votes to acquire Sanford Biggers quilt for public art collection

The city bought the piece from the local dealer David Castillo’s virtual Art Basel in Miami Beach display as part of its Legacy Purchase Program

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Museums & Heritage

Artists and architects ask MoMA and other institutions to remove Philip Johnson’s name citing his racist views

The famous architect attended Nazi rallies in his youth and openly made anti-Semitic and white supremacist comments

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Eight miles of Ice Age rock art uncovered in Colombian Amazon

The prehistoric murals—dubbed the "Sistine Chapel of the ancients"—depict people interacting with now extinct animals such as mastodons and giant sloths, before the region became a tropical rainforest

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Obituaries

James Demetrion, director who shaped the Hirshhorn Museum’s collection, has died, aged 90

The much loved leader is remembered for his unpretentiousness and his warmth, as well as his pioneering vision

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Acquisitions

Jaws shark installed in the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles

The museum, due to open in April 2021, has acquired the 25-foot prop model for its permanent collection

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Obituaries

Gordon Baldwin, longtime Getty photography curator, has died, aged 81

A former artist and fixture of Warhol’s Factory, the curator got his start at the Getty cataloguing two important photography collections

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From a portal to the Utah monolith at David Zwirner to Vivian Springford’s meditative paintings at Almine Rech

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Design

Archives of Ivan Chermayeff, the designer behind Smithsonian sun and MoMA logo, donated to New York’s School of Visual Arts

The influential designer taught at the school and for years and students will now have access to his professional and personal work

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Museums & Heritage

Metropolitan Museum board appoints first woman co-chair

Candace Beinecke and Hamilton James will lead the trustees