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  • Man Charged with Stealing Ancient Terracotta Warrior’s Thumb

    An American man has been charged with breaking off and stealing the left thumb of an ancient Chinese terracotta warrior that is one of ten on loan to the Franklin Institute of Philadelphia from the Shaanxi Cultural Heritage Promotion Center. Michael Rohana absconded with the thumb after posing for a selfie with the 2,200-year-old statue at an ugly Christmas sweater party held after-hours at the museum on December 21. The statues are currently on display until March 4 for the museum’s “Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor” exhibition. After the institution noticed the missing digit on January

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  • Art Collective Crowdfunds to Buy Theater to Support Female-Led Work

    Following the wave of sexual harassment allegations that have rocked arts world, the women’s theater collective known as Bossy has launched a Go Fund Me campaign in hopes of buying the storied Theater Royal Haymarket in Westminster, England, and turning it into a female-led playhouse. The collective started in 2016 as a support system for women in creative fields, and now has a Facebook group of more than 15,000 members.

    “We are a female led arts initiative campaigning for a female led arts space,” Bossy said in a statement. “In response to unequal representation and the lack of safe spaces for

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  • National Sawdust Reveals Winners of Inaugural Competition for Female and Non-Binary Composers

    National Sawdust, an artist-led, nonprofit performance space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, has named Emma O’Halloran, X. Lee, and Kayla Cashetta the winners of its first Hildegard Competition, which recognizes emerging female and non-binary composers. They will each receive $7,000 and coaching from National Sawdust artistic director Paola Prestini and curators Angélica Negrón and Du Yun. Their works will also be recorded and then performed by the Refugee Orchestra at the arts space this spring.

    “Social equality does not happen naturally—it must be forged,” Prestini, said in a statement. “For

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  • Original Picasso Print Stolen from Milwaukee Gallery

    An original 1949 print by Pablo Picasso was stolen from an art appraisal and brokerage firm in downtown Milwaukee, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. On Friday, art appraiser Bill DeLind said his business partner Michael Goforth noticed the print—which is worth an estimated $35,000 to $50,000—was missing from DeLind Fine Art Appraisals. The gallery, which does not have surveillance cameras, had kept its doors unlocked.“It just walked off the wall,” DeLind said. DeLind has contacted the Milwaukee Police Department as well as museums and galleries across the country in case

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  • Neïl Beloufa Removes Image of Artist Protesting Dana Schutz’s Open Casket from Exhibition, Following Pushback

    The French-Algerian artist Neïl Beloufa has removed an image of American artist Parker Bright from his exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris on Friday, February 16, after Bright threatened to travel to France to protest the show. The work in dispute is a mirror that features an appropriated image of Bright protesting Dana Schutz’s Open Casket, a controversial painting based on the historic photograph of the corpse of Emmett Till—the African American teen who was murdered in Mississippi in 1955 after he allegedly whistled at a white woman. Parker wore a gray t-shirt with the words “

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  • Chrysler Museum of Art Names Carolyn Swann Needell as Curator of Glass

    The Chrysler Museum of Art announced that it is welcoming a new addition to its staff. Carolyn Swan Needell, an expert in ancient and modern glass and glassblowing techniques, has been appointed its curator of glass. She will join the institution in April.

    “Carolyn brings remarkable breadth to the Chrysler,” said director Erik Neil.“Her international perspective will enhance our wonderful curatorial team. Her deep knowledge of ancient, Islamic, and modern glass will allow the museum to continue to connect with audiences in innovative and insightful ways.” 

    Swan Needell has recently completed a

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  • Hirshhorn’s Decision to Postpone Wodiczko Projection Is a Missed Opportunity, Critics Say

    After a school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, left seventeen people dead, the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC, decided to reschedule the restaging of an artwork—a massive projection featuring a large image of two hands, one holding a gun and the other a candle, that was set to be displayed on the building’s exterior. The decision has sparked an outcry among art critics and creative professionals.

    For Philip Kennicott, the chief art and architecture critic of the Washington Post, the museum’s response was misguided. “No doubt the museum would have

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  • André Harvey (1941–2018)

    André Harvey, a self-taught American artist known for his bronze sculptures of various animals including pigs, frogs, cows, manatees, and penguins, died at the age of seventy-six, Richard Sandomir of the New York Times reports. Harvey had been a writer and a teacher before he was inspired to pursue a career in art while traveling abroad in 1969.

    Harvey and his wife, Bobbie, were visiting a gallery in Vallauris, France, when he first decided to become a sculptor, and he convinced the gallery owner to teach him how to weld. He then continued his training when he returned to the United States, where

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  • Berlin Art Week Moved to End of September

    According to Monopol, the date of Berlin Art Week has been changed. It will now be held from September 26 to September 30 and will coincide with the opening of the new fair Art Berlin, which will take place at the disused Tempelhof Airport. Moritz van Dülmen, the managing director of Cultural Projects Berlin and one of Berlin Art Week’s organizers, cited the postponement of the fair as the reason why the event was pushed back two weeks. More details about programming and locations will be announced this spring.

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  • Berlin Museum Head Calls for Global Art Restitution Guidelines

    Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation president Herman Parzinger is urging international organizations to implement worldwide guidelines similar to the Washington Principles on Nazi-Confiscated Art to aid museums in researching the provenance of their collections, according to the Art Newspaper. Parzinger said that agencies like UNESCO or the International Council of Museums—which are on board with his proposal—should organize conferences to develop a strategy. Adopted by forty-four countries in 1998, the Washington Principles on Nazi-Confiscated Art outline the process for restituting

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  • Austin’s Art.Science.Gallery. to Relocate

    Art.Science.Gallery. in Austin will close its current location in the Canopy studio complex, which is also home to Big Medium and Bale Creek Allen galleries, on February 24, 2018. While the gallery is planning to reopen in a new and more affordable space later this year, it has not revealed any other details about its plans.

    According to Glasstire, Art.Science.Gallery. is the latest gallery to shutter due to rising rents on the city’s east side. The space is also having a “rad moving sale” that will run from February 20 to February 24, when the gallery will host the closing reception of its last

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  • Kemi Ilesanmi and Juan Sánchez Join Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Board of Directors

    The Joan Mitchell Foundation announced today that arts administrator and curator Kemi Ilesanmi and artist and Hunter College professor Juan Sánchez have been appointed to its board of directors. The foundation advances the work of living artists through grants, residencies, partnerships, and access to professional services. To ensure that this work is guided as best as possible by the needs of artists, the foundation requires that one third of its board be working artists in addition to members from other fields.

    Sánchez joins artists and current board members Tomie Arai, Ronald Bechet, Yolanda

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