• Pro-BDS protest in Germany. Photo: EFE.

    Letter from Israel Pressures Merkel to Revoke Funding for Berlin’s Jewish Museum

    An unsigned letter sent directly to the office of Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Federal Development Ministry urged Germany to defund Berlin’s Jewish Museum, among other institutions deemed to be “anti-Israel.” While the authors of the letter have not been confirmed, it is widely suspected that they are Israeli government officials. 

    The letter cites the “Welcome to Jerusalem” exhibition at the Jewish Museum of having a “Muslim-Palestinian” slant and “regularly occurring events and discussions with prominent supports of the Boycott, Divest, Sanction (BDS) movement.” The Berlinale International

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  • Kaywin Feldman. Photo: the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

    Kaywin Feldman to Become First Female Director of Washington, DC’s National Gallery of Art

    The National Gallery of Art (NGA) in Washington, DC, announced today that Kaywin Feldman has been elected the institution’s next director. Feldman will be the fifth director of the gallery and the first woman to lead the institution in its seventy-seven-year history. She will succeed Earl A. Powell III, who will step down in 2019 after twenty-seven years at the helm of the gallery.

    “Kaywin Feldman is a dynamic and highly principled leader, a gracious collaborator, and an innovator with the skills and vision to lead the National Gallery of Art in the twenty-first century,” said Frederick W.

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  • María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Finding Balance, 2018. Photo: Anonymous Was A Woman.

    Anonymous Was A Woman Names 2018 Grant Recipients

    The unrestricted grant program Anonymous Was A Woman announced today the ten recipients of its 2018 grants, which recognize women artists over forty years of age who have made significant contributions to their fields. The initiative will award a total of $250,000 and will give each artist $25,000.  

    Ranging from forty-two to eighty years of age and working in the mediums of painting, installation, performance, photography, and film, the awardees include Dotty Attie, María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Patty Chang, Beverly Fishman, Kate Gilmore, Heather Hart, Deborah Roberts, Rocío Rodríguez, Michèle

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  • Siu Wai Hang.

    Siu Wai Hang Awarded 2018 Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize

    On Saturday, the Justice Center Hong Kong and European Union Office to Hong Kong and Macau announced Siu Wai Hang the winner of the 2018 Hong Kong Human Rights Arts Prize (HKHRAP). The prize grants $4,500 and a trophy designed by artist Jaffa Lam to Hong Kong–based or –born artists exploring local and international human rights in their practice. 

    Siu uses photography and video to investigate the manipulation of images and the qualities of visibility, temporality, and subjectivity inherent to the mediums. His 2018 video installation “Open Ta Kung Pao” excavates the relationship between print

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  • The new Housemuseum Galleries.

    Melbourne’s Lyon Housemuseum Slated to Open New Galleries in March

    The Lyon Housemuseum in Melbourne will be opening its expansion on March 15, 2019, it announced yesterday. Designed by Australian architect Corbett Lyon, the new public galleries, located adjacent to the original museum, will be clad in bluestone sourced from a quarry in western Victoria. Lyon and his wife Yueji Lyon established the Houseumuseum in 2009, and the new addition will offer space for local and international events, exhibitions, and installations. For over twenty years they have been developing their collection, which includes over fifty artists, many of them Australian, including

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  • Nobuyoshi Araki, Kaori, 2001–2008.

    “Angry Asian Girls Association” Leads Protest Against Araki in Berlin

    Last Friday, at the opening of the exhibition “Nobuyoshi Araki: Impossible Love—Vintage Photographs” at the photography gallery C/O Berlin, activist group Angry Asian Girls Association (AAGA) led a protest to bring attention to accusations brought against the artist by Kaori, a Japanese model who has been the subject of many of Araki’s photographs.

    In April, Kaori wrote in a blog post that the artist exploited and emotionally bullied her over the course of their sixteen-year collaboration. She claims that he never granted her a professional contract, often failed to grant her privacy on

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  • Carol Rhodes, Industrial Belt, 2006. Photo: National Galleries of Scotland, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

    Carol Rhodes (1959–2018)

    Glasgow-based artist Carol Rhodes, known for her imaginary aerial landscapes and unpeopled snapshots of industrial infrastructure, has died of motor neurone disease. She was fifty-nine-years old. A student of the Glasgow School of Art, Rhodes’s oils, which were small in scale and painted on MDF, often contradict the size of the geographical areas she depicted, ranging from quarries and reservoirs to parking lots and airports.

    Born in Edinburgh in 1959, Rhodes was raised in Bengal and returned to the United Kingdom at the age of fourteen. “My early experience of India, its colors, density of

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  • Sy Kattelson. Photo: Jason Butscher.

    Sy Kattelson (1923–2018)

    Photographer Sy Kattelson, who documented the lives of working class New Yorkers, died on November 24 at the age of ninety-five. In 1947, he joined the left-leaning Photo League cooperative, where he studied with Sid Grossman and Paul Strand and taught photo technique courses until the League was forced to disband in 1951, after landing on Communist blacklists amid the Cold War and McCarthyism.   

    Born in 1923 in the Bronx, New York, Kattelson attended Stuyvesant High School before dropping out to work as a delivery boy for the Aremac Camera store to help support his family during the Great

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  • Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila. Photo: Gwenn Dubourthoumieu.

    Democratic Republic of Congo to Request Return of Cultural Objects from Belgium

    The Democratic Republic of Congo announced that it is planning to make an official request for the repatriation of artworks from the Africa Museum of Belgium. In an interview with the Belgian newspaper Le Soir, President Joseph Kabila said that should the objects be returned, they will be displayed in a new national museum that is under construction in its capital of Kinshasa.

    The news comes on the heels of the reopening of Belgium’s Africa Museum, which recently completed a five-year and $73 million renovation and expansion project. The institution’s director general Guido Gryseels, told the

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  • Protest at the Whitney Museum of American Art on Sunday, December 9. Photo: NYC-DSA, the New York Chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America.

    Activists Calling for Removal of Vice Chair Protest at the Whitney

    Members of Decolonize This Place and other activists flooded the atrium of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York on Sunday to protest Warren B. Kanders, the vice chair of the institution’s board of directors and owner of Safariland, a company that manufactures tear gas canisters and other products which have been used against asylum seekers at the US–Mexico border.

    While the action was planned in solidarity with the ninety-five staffers who signed an open letter that called for the institution to answer for its ties to Kander, who helped financially back the museum’s current Andy Warhol

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  • Carlo Santamaria.

    Carlo Santamaria (1955–2018)

    Dealer Carlo Santamaria, cofounder of the Naples-based gallery Raucci / Santamaria, died from cancer on November 18. He was sixty-three. Born in 1955 in Naples, Santamaria established his namesake gallery with Umberto Raucci in 1992. Since its founding, the gallery has been a pioneer in the Neapolitan art scene, fostering Italian artists including Maurizio Cattelan and Eva Marisaldi early on in their careers and exhibiting the work of artists such as Ugo Rondinone, Peter Doig, Cheyney Thompson, Cathy Wilkes, R.H. Quaytman, and Liz Deschenes in Italy for the first time. The gallery relocated to

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  • A rendering of the Molina Family Latino Gallery. Photo: Museum Environments/Branded Environments.

    Smithsonian to Open Its First Latino Gallery

    The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, announced on Thursday that it will open its first permanent gallery dedicated to Latino culture. The Molina Family Latino Gallery, which was named in honor of the donors who gave $10 million to the institution, will feature 4,500 square feet of bilingual exhibitions on the US Latino experience. Located on the first floor of the National Museum of American History, the gallery’s inaugural exhibition, “Making Home: Latino Stories of Community and Belonging,” will be held in 2020.

    “The establishment of the Molina Family Latino Gallery is an important

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