• Bard Names Tiona Nekkia McClodden the Keith Haring Fellow in Art and Activism

    The Center for Curatorial Studies and the Human Rights Project at Bard College announced today that Tiona Nekkia McClodden has been selected as the fifth recipient of the Keith Haring Fellowship in Art and Activism, an annual award that provides a scholar, activist, or artist with the opportunity to teach and conduct research at the school.

    An interdisciplinary artist and curator, McClodden, often critically examines intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and social commentary in her work, which ranges from documentary film and experimental video to sculpture and sound installation. Her research

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  • Philip Roth (1933–2018)

    Philip Roth, a league of American writer for whom John Updike and Saul Bellow were contemporaries, has died from congestive heart failure, reports Charles McGrath of the New York Times. He was eighty-five years old.

    Roth was the author of more than thirty books. Among Roth’s most famous works are Portnoy’s Complaint (1969), The Great American Novel (1973), My Life as a Man (1974), and I Married a Communist (1998). He was only the third writer—after Eudora Welty and Bellow—to have his volumes preserved by the Library of America while still alive. He was also the recipient of numerous

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  • Houston’s Rothko Chapel Vandalized

    On the morning of Friday, May 18, it was discovered that Houston’s Rothko Chapel had been vandalized. Allyn West of the Houston Chronicle reports that paint was poured into the non-denominational chapel’s reflecting pool near The Broken Obelisk, 1963–67, a Barnett Newman sculpture that was dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr., and near its entrance. Leaflets that read, “It’s okay to be white,” were also found scattered across the grounds. 

    David Leslie, the executive director of the chapel, which was founded by arts patrons John and Dominique de Menil in the 1970s, described the damage as a “hate

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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, the foundation’s 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

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  • BelgianArtPrize 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 lambasting the prize for its jury’s selection of an entirely male shortlist. Sven Augustijnen, Koenraad Dedobbeleer, Gabriel Kuri, and the 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

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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 the ArtCenter. The museum, which only partially opened in 2016, will lease its historic Hellman building to the school for $1 per year, and the ArtCenter will provide financial stability for the Main. The partnership comes after a

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  • Interview Magazine to Fold Following Financial Turmoil

    Interview magazine—the publication founded by Andy Warhol in 1969 and 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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