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  • Artist in Singapore Given Six-Month Jail Term for Stalking Woman

    Artist Chun Kai Qun was recently ordered to spend six months in jail for stalking and harassing a woman, reports Julee WJ Chung of Art Asia Pacific. Chun pleaded guilty to the offence, which took place in 2016 between November 3 and December 2. He also harassed the woman throughout most of last year.

    Chun met the woman in 2015. They became friends. Chun, however, wanted more out of the relationship, despite being turned down by her numerous times. He then began following her as many as four times a month, from her workplace to her home. He would also send her sexually explicit emails up to

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  • Arts Professionals Launch Petition to Reinstate Beatrix Ruf as Stedelijk Museum Director

    More than one-hundred artists, curators, and other arts professionals are calling for the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam to reinstate former director Beatrix Ruf, who stepped down amid controversy over her management of the institution in October of 2017. Among those rallying to her defense are artists Marina Abramovic, Laurie Anderson, Philip Glass, and Richard Serra, and museum directors Bart Rutten, the head of the Centraal Museum in Utrecht, and Jacqueline Grandjean from Amsterdam’s Oude Kerk.

    Ruf joined the Stedelijk after Ann Goldstein stepped down from the helm of the museum in 2014, but

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  • Idrissa Ouedraogo (1954–2018)

    Idrissa Ouedraogo, the Burkinabé filmmaker whose 1990 familial drama, Tilaï (The Law), received the Cannes Jury prize that same year, has died, writes Christopher Vourlias of Variety. The president of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kabore, said that the country “has lost a filmmaker of immense talent,” who “truly contributed to turning the spotlight on Burkinabé and African cinema beyond our borders.”

    The artist was a student in Russia before moving to Paris, where studied at the renowned Institut des hautes études cinématographiques. In 1985, he graduated from the Sorbonne with a degree in

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  • Peter Gorschlüter Appointed Director of Germany’s Museum Folkwang

    Curator and art historian Peter Gorschlüter has been named the new director of the Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany. Gorschlüter has served as the deputy director of the Museum of Modern Art (MMK) in Frankfurt since 2010. He succeeds Tobia Bezzola, who became director the Museo d’arte della Svizzera in Lugano, Switzerland, in January 2018, and will assume his responsibilities on July 1.

    Expected to serve an eight-year term, Gorschlüter said, “It will be exciting to manage the Museum Folkwang, with its impressive history and collection, during a time when museums must reposition themselves

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  • Judy Blame (1960–2018)

    Chris Barnes, the punk fashion legend who rechristened himself Judy Blame after running away to London when he was seventeen years old, has died, reports Alice Newbold of Vogue UK.

    In true punk style, Blame made something from nothing, crafting jewelry from trash scavenged from the polluted River Thames. He was the cofounder, with John Moore, of the House of Beauty and Culture in Dalston, a gathering place for artists such as photographer Mark Lebon, fashion designer Christopher Nemeth, and musician Richard Torry. Blame was a key figure in London’s New Romantic scene, and hosted a night at the

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  • Chinese Official Calls for US to “Severely Punish” Man who Stole 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 the 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

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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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