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  • Members of ruangrupa. Photo: Jin Panji.

    Documenta 15 Curators, Director, Apologize for Inclusion of Work Deemed Anti-Semitic

    Indonesian curatorial collective ruangrupa, who organized the recently opened Documenta 15, and Sabine Schormann, the quinquennial’s director, separately issued statements apologizing for the inclusion at the exhibition of a work containing anti-Semitic imagery. People’s Justice, a mural by Indonesian collective Tarang Padi, created in 2002 in response to the violent military dictatorship of Suharto in their home country, was first covered over and then removed after it was discovered to feature two exaggerated and unkind depictions of Jews. One was a clearly labeled Mossad agent with the head

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  • A view of Bears Ears National Monument in Utah. Photo: Bruce Rinehart/Wikipedia Commons.

    Indigenous Tribes to Jointly Manage Bears Ears National Monument

    Representatives from five Native American tribes and US government officials on June 22 signed a historic agreement placing Bears Ears National Monument in the joint care of the tribes and the federal government. The Utah park, encompassing roughly 1.8 million acres and comprising red rock canyons and active pasturelands and home to numerous petroglyphs and pictographs, will be comanaged by the Hopi Tribe, the Navajo Nation, Pueblo of Zuni, the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation, and the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe in conjunction with the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management

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  • Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason in 2011. Photo: Mylene Pionilla.

    $800,000 Awarded to Six Institutions by Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason Foundations

    Six cultural institutions have been named as the beneficiaries of an $800,000 grant initiative honoring artists Wolf Kahn (1927–2020) and Emily Mason (1932–2019), who were married for sixty-two years. The grant recipients are Hunter College (Advanced Curatorial Certificate Program), the New York Botanical Garden, the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop), and the International Print Center, all in New York, and the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center and the Vermont Studio Center, both in Vermont. Each grantee will receive $100,000. The grants are made jointly by

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  • The south campus building of Pasadena’s ArtCenter College of Design. Photo: Wikipedia Commons/Jchobanana.

    Pasadena ArtCenter College of Design Faculty Unionize, Joining AFT/CFT

    The faculty of the Pasadena ArtCenter College of Design earlier this month voted to join AFT/CFT, the California branch of the American Federation of Teachers, which is affiliated with the AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor and Congress of Organizations, the largest federation of unions in the United States. The college’s seven hundred full- and part-time faculty members cast their ballots via mail: These were counted on June 21, with sixty percent in favor of unionizing.

    The unionization arrived after two years of sustained campaigning by faculty, which was met by the administration with

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  • Lago/Algo in Mexico City. Photo: Danilo Guardado.

    Palais de Tokyo Founder to Lead Fledgling Mexican Culture Center

    French critic and curator Jérôme Sans, who twenty years ago cofounded the Palais de Tokyo in Paris with Nicolas Bourriaud, will serve as the inaugural creative director of cultural center Lago/Algo, which opened in February in Mexico City, ArtReview reports. Lago/Algo, which occupies a restored 1964 lakefront pavilion in Chapultepec Park, is a dual-purpose cultural hub, with the Lago space housing a restaurant, and the Algo space serving as an arts venue under the auspices of Mexico City’s Galería OMR. The gallery in a press release referred to Algo as a “vibrant laboratory for new social and

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  • Sugar Donuts, 2003, by Pacita Abad, whose work will be featured in the fifty-eighth Carnegie International.

    Carnegie International Reveals Artists for 2022 Edition

    Organizers of the Carnegie International today released the names of the artists who will be participating in the event’s fifty-eighth edition, to take place from September 24, 2022 to April 2, 2023, across various venues in Pittsburgh. Curated by Sohrab Mohebbi, the exhibition is titled “Is It Morning for You Yet?” The moniker represents a Mayan Kaqchikel variant on the typical “Good morning,” acknowledging the idea that one person’s morning may be another person’s night. Mohebbi credits artist Édgar Calel, who is creating work for the event, with introducing him to the phrase.

    Like those of

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  • The fifteenth edition of Documenta opened in Kassel last week. Photo: Nicolas Wefers/Documenta.

    Documenta to Remove Work Accused of anti-Semitism

    The organizers of Documenta 15, which opened in Kassel on June 18, will remove a work over allegations that it is anti-Semitic. Indonesian collective ruangrupa, the curators of the 2022 iteration of the quinquennial, will remove the 2002 work People’s Justice by Yogyakarta, Indonesia–based collective Taring Padi at the behest of Kassel’s mayor, Christian Geselle. The curators and artists on June 21 placed a black drape over the work, a banner first shown twenty years ago at the South Australian Art Festival in Adelaide, after it was discovered to contain caricatured depictions of Jews. These

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  • Lia Rumma’s collection will reside in the Palazzina dei Principi of the Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte in Naples.

    Collector Lia Rumma Donates Collection to Italian State

    Collector and gallerist Lia Rumma has donated her collection of more than seventy works made by thirty Italian artists since the 1960s to the Italian state. The works, many by artists affiliated with arte povera, will be permanently on view at the Palazzina dei Principi of the Museo e Real Bosco di Capodimonte, which presently count 160 works among its contemporary art holdings. With the gift, the museum will become the only Italian institution to preserve and display art from the thirteenth century to the present.

    The trove comprises works by Vincenzo Agnetti, Giovanni Anselmo, Enrico Castellani,

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  • Peter Max. Photo: Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for Gotham Magazine.

    Peter Max’s Daughter Sues to End “Inhumane and Predatory Guardianship” of Artist

    Libra Max, the daughter of iconic American Pop artist Peter Max, on June 14 launched a suit seeking to end the guardianship of her eighty-four-year-old father, who suffers from Alzheimer’s-related dementia. As originally reported in Rolling Stone, Libra is aiming to remove attorney Barbara Lissner from the role of guardian, which she has held since 2019, when she was appointed by a court. Among Libra’s allegations are that Lissner has isolated the notoriously social artist from family members and from his wide circle of friends and acquaintances, and that the lawyer is withholding from Libra

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  • An Edo artist’s commemorative head of a king, made in the eighteenth century and currently in the Smithsonian’s collection. Photo: Franko Khoury/Smithsonian.

    Smithsonian Institution Approves Return of 29 Benin Bronzes to Nigeria

    The Smithsonian Institution’s board of regents on June 13 voted to deaccession twenty-nine of the thirty-nine Benin bronzes held in the collection of the National Museum of African Art. The objects, part of a roughly 90,000-piece trove of artefacts stolen by British troops in 1897 from the Republic of Benin, as Nigeria was then known, are to be returned to Nigeria’s National Commission for Museums and Monuments at a yet-to-be-announced date. The remaining ten bronzes are likely to be repatriated as well; the Smithsonian, which in March had said it would return all of the objects, is still

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  • The Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Singapore. Photo: MCH Group.

    Exhibitors Announced for Inaugural ART SG Fair in Singapore

    Organizers of Singapore art fair ART SG have revealed more than 150 exhibitors from thirty countries who will be participating in the event’s inaugural edition, slated to take place in 2023 at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre. Among the galleries who will be showing work are Almine Rech, Gagosian, Gladstone Gallery ,Lehmann Maupin, Pace, Perrotin, and Thaddaeus Ropac, all of which have one or more outposts in Asia. Participating galleries based in Asia, some with ties to the West, include Seoul’s Gallery Hyundai and One and J. Gallery, Taipei’s Liang Gallery, Tokyo’s MAKI Gallery,

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  • Tourmaline and Helen Uambembe. Photo: The Baloise Group.

    Tourmaline and Helena Uambembe Win 2022 Baloise Art Prize

    American filmmaker and writer Tourmaline and South African installation artist Helena Uambembe have been awarded the twenty-third Baloise Art Prize, the largest art prize affiliated with the Swiss iteration of Art Basel. The CHF 30,000 ($32,500) award is presented annually to artists exhibiting in the Statements section of the fair, which focuses on emerging artists. The Baloise Group, a Swiss insurer which administers the prize in partnership with the fair, will purchase works by both artists and donate them to the Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt and to MUDAM in Luxembourg.

    The Roxbury,

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