• Official Portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama Revealed

    The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, unveiled this morning its commissioned portraits of former president Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama by artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, respectively. The artworks were revealed in a private ceremony in the museum’s Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard as part of the gallery’s fiftieth-anniversary celebrations.

    Wiley and Sherald are the first African American artists to have been commissioned for the National Portrait Gallery’s official portraits of a president or first lady. The paintings will be on view beginning

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  • Kendrick Lamar Accused of Stealing Artist’s Work for Black Panther Song

    The British Liberian artist Lina Iris Viktor alleges that her work was stolen for Kendrick Lamar’s music video for “All the Stars,” a song by Lamar and SZA featured on the soundtrack to Black Panther, the highly anticipated new superhero movie. According to the New York Times, Viktor is alleging a copyright violation of the gold-on-black pattern used in her series “Constellations.” A similar design appears in Lamar’s music video for nineteen seconds, at around the three-minute mark. Lamar was chosen by Black Panther director Ryan Coogler to produce the movie’s official soundtrack, which includes

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  • Mexican Architect Frida Escobedo to Design 2018 Serpentine Pavilion

    Mexican architect Frida Escobedo has been selected to design the 2018 Serpentine Pavilion. At thirty-eight years old, she is the youngest architect—and the first woman in eighteen years—to be awarded the commission. Her predecessor, Zaha Hadid, conceived of the inaugural design for the initiative’s first temporary structure in 2000. The pavilion, which will be open from June 15 to October 7 in New Hyde Park, London, references both Mexican architecture and British history.

    Born in Mexico City in 1979, Escobedo founded her architectural practice in Mexico City in 2006. Much of her work

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  • Harry W. Anderson (1922–2018)

    Modern art collector and philanthropist Harry W. Anderson, who founded the food service company Saga Corporation, died at his San Francisco Peninsula home on Wednesday, February 7, Sam Whiting of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. He was ninety-five years old. Anderson, who was often called “Hunk,” built one of the most significant private collections of American postwar art. A portion of it is housed at Stanford University, which had to construct a new museum in order to exhibit the pieces by Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein, and Andy Warhol, among

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  • Berkshire Museum’s Plans to Auction Artworks Approved by Massachusetts Attorney General

    The Berkshire Museum and the office of the Massachusetts attorney general have come to an agreement that will allow the institution to move forward with its controverisal plan to deacession dozens of artworks so that it may increase its endowment and pay for a renovation. The attorney general filed paperwork today asking the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to approve the deal. The Berkshire Museum has faced sharp criticism since its announcement last summer that it would auction off forty artworks from its collection—including paintings by Norman Rockwell that were donated to the museum

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  • Artforum Responds to Questions About Pending Case and Magazine's Ownership

    Artforum wishes to respond to recent assertions in the media. The magazine is in no way joined to Knight Landesman’s defense, nor is it pursuing the dismissal of Amanda Schmitt’s claims against him. Artforum stands in opposition to Mr. Landesman’s behavior, and nothing the magazine has submitted to the court defends his actions. Artforum’s attorney is submitting arguments to dismiss the case against the magazine, and not the case against Mr. Landesman. The magazine must address the specific allegations against it as they stand before the court.

    Since the termination of Mr. Landesman’s employment

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  • Cristina Ricupero and Jörg Heiser Appointed Directors of 2018 Busan Biennale

    The Busan Biennale’s organizing committee has named curator Cristina Ricupero and writer and editor Jörg Heiser as co-artistic directors of the festival’s ninth edition, which is scheduled to open on September 8. Details about the theme of this year’s festival, along with a list of participating artists, have not yet been released. 

    Ricupero, who is based in Paris, first worked in South Korea in 2006 when she commissioned European works for the Gwangju Biennale. She has served as a jury member for the 2012 Hermès Foundation Missulsang and a curatorial adviser for the SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul

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  • Sotheby’s Sues Art Dealer Over $6.5 Million Keith Haring Bid

    Sotheby’s has sued the New York art dealer Anatole Shagalov after he allegedly failed to pay the record-breaking $6.5 million sum he bid on an untitled Keith Haring painting from 1982, reports Bloomberg. The auction house is suing the dealer for $2.13 million, which is the loss Sotheby’s suffered after it resold the painting, which features angels, dogs, and the artist's iconic “radiant child.” In December 2016, the painting was sold by the Dominique Lévy Gallery for $3.3 million at Art Basel Miami Beach. It was auctioned the following May at Sotheby’s, where it was estimated at $4 million to

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  • Event with Provocative Artist Duo Stirs Controversy at Prestigious Amsterdam School

    Amsterdam’s Gerrit Rietveld Academie has sparked controversy after it canceled and then reinstated a dialogue between Dutch art collector Bert Kreuk and Keeping It Real Art Critics (KIRAC), a provocative artist duo consisting of Stefan Ruitenbeek and Kate Sinha. According to Artnet, the prestigious school originally set out to screen a video KIRAC had made about Kreuk before staging a debate centered on contemporary art and collecting in front of an audience of students. Upon hearing the news of the event, which was scheduled for February 8, around a dozen students demanded that the invitation

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  • Joan Gallery Relocates to Downtown Los Angeles

    The nonprofit gallery JOAN is moving from the West Adams neighborhood in Los Angeles to a three-thousand-square-foot space downtown. The gallery will be located on the seventh floor of the Bendix Building, which is also home to the gallery Chateau Shatto and several artist studios.

    Summer Guthery, a founder and director of JOAN, cited rising rents as part of the reason for the change. She told Maximilíano Durón of Artnews that the gallery plans on staging major performance works in the new space and will now focus on expanding its board and membership program.

    A solo show of LA native Sam Anderson

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  • Pérez Art Museum Miami Welcomes Curatorial Fellow Naiomy Guerrero

    Pérez Art Museum Miami announced that Naiomy Guerrero has been awarded its Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative’s inaugural curatorial fellowship. Made possible by grants from the Walton Family Foundation and the Ford Foundation, this two-year fellowship is offered to students from historically underrepresented groups in the curatorial and museum profession who have recently completed graduate level studies in art history or a related field. Guerrero will have the opportunity to work on at least two major projects at PAMM, write at least four pieces for the curatorial and education

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  • Toledo Museum of Art Reveals Master Plan for Next Twenty Years

    The Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio has announced a master plan for the institution and its surrounding campus that will be carried out over the next twenty years. The first phase of the plan focuses on making the museum’s front entrance on Monroe Street easier to access and calls for adding more green space.

    “The whole purpose of the plan is to be better not bigger,” deputy director Adam Levine told Spencer Burke of WTOL. “We own thirty-seven acres of land, but at present 26 percent of it is surface parking so a huge portion of our plan is greening those spaces and creating a large generous park

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