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  • Houston’s Rothko Chapel Vandalized

    On the morning of Friday, May 18, it was discovered that Houston’s Rothko Chapel was vandalized with white paint and leaflets that read “It’s okay to be white,” reports Allyn West of the Houston Chronicle. Paint was poured into the chapel’s reflecting pool near The Broken Obelisk, 1963–67, a Barnett Newman sculpture that was dedicated to Martin Luther King, Jr., and near the chapel’s entrance. David Leslie, the executive director of the Menil Collection (arts patrons John and Dominique de Menil founded the chapel), says that the damage is a “hate incident.” “We have no idea who did it. We have

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  • Getty Foundation Launches Initiative to Support Curators of Drawings and Prints

    The Getty Foundation in Los Angeles has announced the launch of a new initiative that aims to strengthen curatorial practice in the graphic arts internationally. Citing a lack of well-qualified specialists in the prints and drawings fields, foundation director Deborah Marrow said, The Paper Project: Prints and Drawings Curatorship in the 21st Century will focus on assisting curators just starting out in their careers by funding curatorial fellowships; professional workshops and symposia; collection-based research projects; and exhibitions and publications.

    Heather MacDonald, a senior program

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  • Belgian Art Prize Nominees Withdraw Following Criticism of All-Male Shortlist

    The five nominees for the 2019 BelgianArtPrize have withdrawn from the contest after nearly hundreds of figures in the country’s art community signed an open letter on change.org lambasting the prize for its jury’s selection of an entirely male shortlist. Sven Augustijnen, Koenraad Dedobbeleer, Gabriel Kuri, and duo Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys all stepped away from the competition, which the open letter signatories called out for its “flagrant exclusivity.” 

    Rather than a concession or expression of solidarity with the signatories, the collective decision was made because the artists believed

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  • Robert Indiana (1928–2018)

    Pop artist Robert Indiana, creator of the “LOVE” design that has graced everything from postage stamps to coffee mugs and countless city squares all over the world as a gargantuan public artwork, has died, reports Jori Finkel of the New York Times. He passed away at his home in Vinalhaven, Maine, at the age of eighty-nine.

    The artist was born Robert Clark on September 13, 1928 in New Castle, Indiana. He studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago after spending three years in the Air Force. He moved to New York in 1954 to start his art career. He found employment at an art supply store,

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  • LA’s Main Museum and ArtCenter College Announce Exploratory Partnership

    The Main Museum in downtown Los Angeles and the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena have announced that they plan to enter into a seven-month operational and programmatic partnership, beginning June 1, that will allow both institutions to further their missions.

    Essentially, the arrangement between the two cultural institutions involves the Main becoming part of ArtCenter. The museum, which only partially opened in 2016, will lease its historic Hellman building to the school, for $1 per year, and ArtCenter will provide financial stability for the Main. The partnership comes after a months-long

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  • Interview Magazine to Fold Following Financial Turmoil

    Interview magazine—the publication, founded by Andy Warhol in 1969, known for its intimate conversations between celebrities in fashion, art, and music—is folding after years of legal upheaval and a number of staff departures, according to the Observer, which reports that the magazine filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy and is liquidating its assets. The end of Interview arrives less than a year after the Village Voice, another downtown New York staple, drew its print publication to a close, going online-only.

    Interview, dubbed “The Crystal Ball of Pop,” is shutting down after former editorial

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  • Naima J. Keith and Diana Nawi to Curate Prospect.5 in New Orleans

    Prospect New Orleans, the city’s contemporary arts triennial, has announced that Naima J. Keith, the deputy director and chief curator of the California African American Museum, and Diana Nawi, a Los Angeles–based independent curator, will cocurate Prospect.5, which is slated to open in the fall of 2020.

    “Naima and Diana are thoughtful and daring curators with an exciting rapport and history of working together,” executive director Nick Stillman said. “I couldn't think of better partners to create the P.5 exhibition.” Keith and Nawi are both based in Los Angeles and have a long-standing collaborative

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  • Laure Prouvost to Represent France at 2019 Venice Biennale

    French video and multidisciplinary artist Laure Prouvost will represent France in the Fifty-Eighth Venice Biennale, which will take place from May 11, 2019 to November 24, 2019. The French minister of Europe and foreign affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, and the French minister of culture, Françoise Nyssen, who are both members of the pavilion’s selection committee, said that Prouvost’s work is a “reflection of the dynamism of the French art scene.”

    Born in Lille in 1978, the artist studied in the United Kingdom and now lives and works in London and Antwerp. Known for her immersive and mixed-media

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  • Steirischer Herbst Reveals Details for 2018 Edition

    Steirischer Herbst, the annual interdisciplinary contemporary arts festival that takes place in the Styrian capital of Graz, Austria, has announced that its fifty-first edition will explore the notion of belonging to a nation. Titled “Volksfronten” (Popular Fronts), which refers to the joint alliance of liberals, socialists, and communists against fascism in the US and Europe in the 1930s, as well as to the name of ultra-right-wing nationalist groups, will kick off on September 20.

    This year’s event marks the first time that the festival will be led by a non-European curator, Russian art historian

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  • Expert Confirms that Painting Found by Dutch Dealer Is a Rembrandt

    Dutch dealer and Rembrandt specialist Jan Six claims that he has discovered a new painting by the artist, Portrait of a Young Gentleman. The world’s leading authority on the master, Ernst van de Wetering, has endorsed the finding.

    In an interview with the New York Times, Van de Wetering said that he had no doubt that the work was made by the artist’s hand and called it an “interesting contribution” to his oeuvre. The leading scholar, known for his comprehensive catalogue of Rembrandt’s work, The Corpus of Rembrandt Paintings, said that he will add the canvas to the six-volume register as painting

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  • Japanese Director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Shoplifters Wins Palme d’Or at Cannes

    Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s film Shoplifters, a moving portrait of a family of petty thieves trying to get by in Tokyo, has been awarded the prestigious Palme d’Or at the seventy-first edition of the Cannes Film Festival. Kore-eda accepted the honor from Cate Blanchett, the head of this year’s female dominated jury, on Saturday, May 19.

    Spike Lee won the Grand Prix, the festival’s second prize, for his drama about a black detective who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s, BlacKkKlansman. Lebanese director Nadine Labaki’s Capernaum was given Cannes’s third prize, the Jury Prize.

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  • Laura Pye Named Director of National Museums Liverpool

    The National Museums Liverpool announced that Laura Pye, the head of culture for the Bristol City Council, was appointed director. She will be responsible for overseeing eight of the city’s museums and galleries, including the Walker Art Gallery, the Museum of Liverpool, and the Lady Lever Gallery, and will take up the post in August.

    “I’m thrilled to be welcoming Laura to National Museums Liverpool,” said the organization’s chair, David Henshaw. “We’ve recently had our highest annual visitor figure ever, and with ground-breaking exhibitions including ‘China’s First Emperor’ and the ‘Terracotta

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