• Luke Willis Thompson’s autoportrait, 2017.

    “Black Pain Is Not for Profit”: Activists Protest Luke Willis Thompson’s Turner Prize Nomination

    Around a dozen members of the art collective BBZ London and other activists wearing shirts that read “Black Pain Is Not for Profit” staged an action at the opening of the 2018 Turner Prize exhibition at Tate Britain on Tuesday, September 25, in protest of the nomination of New Zealand artist Luke Willis Thompson’s autoportrait, 2017. According to the group’s Instagram, it decided to take a “symbolic stand” against the work and the use of black trauma by non-black artists and arts institutions for cultural and financial gain.

    Thompson’s autoportrait—a silent, black-and-white film installation

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  • Artist Betye Saar. Photo: Jason Schmidt.

    Getty Research Institute Establishes $5 Million African American Art History Initiative and Acquires Betye Saar Archives

    The Getty Research Institute (GRI) announced today the establishment of the African American Art History Initiative, with an initial allocation of $5 million to fund two positions—curatorial and bibliographic—dedicated to African American art history; annual graduate and post-graduate research fellowships; oral history projects to preserve notable voices in African American art; acquisition of archives and collections; and additional related programming such as conferences and publications.

    The institute also announced its acquisition of artist Betye Saar’s complete archives to mark

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  • T-shirt made at a W.A.G.E. workshop at Bard College. Photo: Katerina Llanes.

    W.A.G.E. Introduces Fee Calculator to Help Artists Negotiate Fair Pay

    The New York-based arts advocacy group W.A.G.E., or Working Artists and the Greater Economy, has introduced a new “WAGENCY” calculator to help artists calculate fair minimum payments for their labor.

    With a monthly subscription of $5, artists can use the service to search W.A.G.E.’s database and negotiate work contracts and individual boycotts based on W.A.G.E.–certified fees, which are calculated from an institution’s annual operating expenses from public tax records. Artists can search for an institution, generate a fee schedule based on the service being provided (solo exhibition, lecture,

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  • Amanda Parmer.

    Independent Curators International Announces New Director of Programs

    Amanda Parmer has been appointed director of programs at the Independent Curators International (ICI), the organization announced today. Over the past fifteen years, Parmer has organized programming at New York institutions such as The Kitchen, New York Armory, Cleopatra’s, e-flux, and the New Museum, and since 2016 she served as curator at the New School’s Vera List Center for Art and Politics. 

    In 2014, she established a platform focusing on post-colonial and feminist analyses and approaches to curating, called Parmer. At the ICI, she will be responsible for managing public programs, publications,

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  • The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

    Guggenheim Museum to Offer Free Admission for CUNY Students and Faculty

    The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York has announced that a new grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation has made it possible for the institution to provide free admission to City University of New York (CUNY) students and staff from Brooklyn College, Hunter College, Lehman College, Queens College, and the College of Staten Island for the next two years.

    Commenting on the initiative, which is part of the museum’s pilot University Membership program, Richard Armstrong, director of the Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, said, “We are grateful for this catalytic gift from the Stavros Niarchos

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  • Rendering of the new South entrance of the Prado Museum in Madrid.

    Prado Museum in Madrid to Receive $35 Million in State Funds for Expansion

    According to El País, Madrid’s Prado Museum is expected to receive $35 million from the Spanish government over the next four years in support of a major expansion project. The funds will finance the renovation of the Hall of Realms—a seventeenth-century palace built by King Felipe IV and the former home of the city’s Army Museum. The refurbishment is being led by architects Norman Foster and Carlos Rubio.

    The funding allocation was approved by the Delegate Committee of Culture, which is headed by Deputy Prime Minister Carmen Calvo and Minister of Culture José Guirao, on September 18. The

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  • Marina Abramović.

    Artist Attacks Marina Abramović Following Exhibition Opening in Florence

    As performance artist Marina Abramović was leaving an event at the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence on Sunday, September 23, she was attacked by a man wielding a framed painting, Hannah McGivern of the Art Newspaper reports. The artist was shaken, but unharmed. The perpetrator, a fifty-one-year-old Czech artist who has been living in the Italian city, was detained by police following the incident but was released after Abramović decided not to press charges.

    In an interview with the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, Abramović said that she was assaulted following a book signing for her recently published

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  • Robert Mapplethorpe.

    Serralves Artistic Director Resigns Over Museum's Removal of Mapplethorpe Photographs

    João Ribas has resigned from his position as artistic director of the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art in Porto, Portugal, a post he held for just eight months. His Friday announcement to the Portuguese newspaper Público follows the museum’s removal of twenty works from its recent “Robert Mapplethorpe: Pictures” exhibition, which Ribas commissioned and curated; an open letter condemning the museum’s decision is now circulating online, addressing Serralves Foundation chair Ana Pinho. The museum also restricted select rooms of the exhibition to those aged eighteen and older against the wishes

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  • Bart van der Heide.

    Stedelijk's Chief Curator Bart van der Heide to Leave in November

    Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum announced today that Bart van der Heide will leave his position as the museum’s chief curator and head of research on November 1. “Van der Heide has decided to orient himself towards the next step in his career,” interim director Jan Willem Sieburgh wrote in a statement from the museum. “We will greatly miss his substantive contribution and content knowledge . . . and wish him every success with his next step.” 

    The museum did not immediately respond to comment for further details on the terms of van der Heide’s departure. Van der Heide joined the Stedelijk in his

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  • Robert Venturi.

    Robert Venturi (1925–2018)

    Robert Venturi, the influential American architect and author of landmark texts including Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture (1966) and Learning from Las Vegas (1972), died on Tuesday from Alzheimer’s-related complications at his home in Philadelphia. He was ninety-three. In contrast to the austere, unadorned designs of some twentieth century Modernists and Minimalists such as Le Corbusier and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Venturi’s designs incorporated and alluded to late-Renaissance decorative elements, and what some called “a perverse assortment of details that set other architects’

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  • Courtenay Finn.

    Courtenay Finn Appointed Chief Curator at Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland

    The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (MOCA) has appointed Courtenay Finn as chief curator. Finn arrives at the position from Colorado’s Aspen Art Museum, where she has served as senior curator since 2014. Finn, who succeeds Andria Hickey in the role, will develop the museum’s newly established Gund Foundation Curatorial Fellowship, which will offer a two-year opportunity for emerging curators from less represented communities in contemporary art.

    “Courtenay joins MOCA at an auspicious moment, as the Museum approaches its 50th Anniversary,” said Jill Snyder, the museum’s executive director,

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  • Kimberli Meyer.

    CSU Long Beach Museum Director Kimberli Meyer To Appeal Her Dismissal

    Kimberli Meyer, the former executive director of California State University, Long Beach’s University Art Museum, plans to appeal her September 11 dismissal, reports ARTnews. The firing came six days before the opening of lauren woods’s “American MONUMENT,” a project that Meyer initiated with woods and collaborators to address white supremacy, police violence, and anti-blackness. “When I asked them why they said, ‘Well you’re an at-will employee so we don’t have to tell you why,’” Meyer said of her dismissal. “So it’s a big question mark to me. [Departmental leadership] came in and I had to

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