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  • Suzi Gablik. Photo courtesy of Deborah Solomon.

    Suzi Gablik (1934–2022)

    Suzi Gablik, an artist, author, and critic who penned the first English-language biography of René Magritte, died May 7 at the age of eighty-seven. In volumes that are still germane today, Gablik took on a diverse range of topics, including the commercialization of art, the relationship between art and the ecological and sociological spheres, and that between art and morality. Gablik firmly believed that artists could be agents of social change, and likewise believed that the term artist itself merited a broad definition. “I’ve always been trying to deconstruct the cultural narrative which pins

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  • Twenty-three artists were selected this year. Image: Joan Mitchell Center.

    Joan Mitchell Foundation Announces 2022 Artists-in-Residence

    The Joan Mitchell Foundation has named twenty-three artists who will be participating in the organization’s artist-in-residence program at the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans. Five New Orleans–based artists—Jose Cotto, Josiah Gagosian, Gabrielle Garcia Steib, Karla Rosas, and Summer White—were selected for this year’s residencies: They will join eighteen artists from across the nation who were chosen for the program over the past two years. These artists’ participation was necessarily deferred owing to the Covid-19 crisis, which in spring of 2020 temporarily halted in-person residencies at

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  • Allison Glenn. Photo: Jenny Risher.

    Allison Glenn Named Senior Curator at Public Art Fund

    New York’s Public Art Fund today announced that it has hired Allison Glenn to serve as senior curator. Glenn, a curator and writer with extensive experience in the public-art sector, gained broad acclaim for organizing the pathbreaking 2021 exhibition “Promise, Witness, Remembrance” at Louisville, Kentucky’s Speed Art Museum in honor of Breonna Taylor, who was killed by Louisville police in her own apartment during a bungled raid. In her new role, which she will adopt on May 16, Glenn will be responsible for shaping Public Art Fund’s artistic program and for mounting exhibitions in public spaces

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  • Vladimir Potanin in 2021. Photo: Russian Federation Council/Wikipedia Commons.

    Pompidou Halts $619,000 Donation from Russian Oligarch Vladimir Potanin

    The Centre Pompidou in Paris announced that it was suspending a forthcoming donation of about $619,000 from the foundation of Vladimir Potanin, president of Russia’s Norilsk Nickel and owner of Russian multi-sector conglomerate Interros. The decision to halt transfer of the funds comes as Russia continues its sustained attack on Ukraine. It also follows on the heels of Potanin’s resignation from the board of New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, which he tendered just hours after US president Joe Biden publicly announced that the nation’s Justice Department would begin investigating Russian

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  • Indonesian collective ruangrupa is organizing the next edition of Documenta. Photo: ruangrupa.

    Ruangrupa Addresses Allegations of Anti-Semitism Surrounding Documenta 15

    The Indonesian curatorial collective ruangrupa, which is organizing the fifteenth iteration of the Documenta, has published an open letter responding to accusations of anti-Semitism attending the quinquennial. The missive comes on the heels of the curators’ last-minute decision to cancel a series of planned talks meant to address the allegations ahead of the event’s June 18 opening. Titled “We need to talk! Art — Freedom — Solidarity,”  the conversations were scheduled to take place May 8, 15, and 22 and were to have featured speakers including Berlin-based Islam scholar Schirin Amir-Moazami;

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  • Andy Warhol, Shot Sage Blue Marilyn, 1964, silkscreen and acrylic on linen, 40 x 40". Photo: Christe’s Images, Ltd.

    Warhol’s Marilyn Shatters Auction Record for American Artist at $195 Million

    Andy Warhol’s 1964 Shot Sage Blue Marilyn, a forty-by-forty-inch silkscreen portrait of Marilyn Monroe, sold for roughly $195 million at an auction held by Christie’s in New York City last night. The amount is the highest ever paid at auction for a work by an American artist, eclipsing the $110.5 million fetched by Jean-Michel Basquiat’s 1982 Untitled in 2017. Prior to the sale of the Basquiat painting—whose price remains the highest ever fetched for a work by a Black artist—the record-high figure belonged to another Warhol work, Double Disaster, 1963, which brought $104.5 million in 2013. The

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  • New York’s Guggenheim Museum. Photo: Jean-Christophe Benoist/Wikipedia Commons.

    The Guggenheim and London’s National Gallery Remove Sackler Name

    New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in recent days silently removed the Sackler name from its Center for Arts Education, while the National Gallery in London last week scrubbed the family name from room 34, its gallery hosting iconic British landscape paintings such as J. M. W. Turner’s 1839 The Fighting Temeraire and John Constable’s 1821 The Hay Wain. According to multiple sources, both institutions cast the abandonment of the name as a joint decision, the Tate’s reached with the Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation, a UK charitable interest, and the Guggenheim’s reached with the Mortimer

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  • The Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas. Photo: John Cummings/Wikipedia Commons.

    Marfa, Texas, Added to National Register of Historic Places

    The Central Marfa Historic District, home to eleven buildings reinvigorated by Minimalist artist Donald Judd between 1973 and 1994, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The structures—including Judd’s Architecture Studio, in the former Marfa Bank building; his Art Studio, a repurposed Safeway grocery store; and his Ranch Office, a converted general store—are among the 183 buildings and sites comprising the district, situated along Highland Avenue. Their inclusion on the register alongside buildings including the Presidio County Courthouse, the Blackwell School, and the

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  • The fifteenth edition of Documenta opens in Kassel this June. Photo: Nicolas Wefers/Documenta.

    Documenta Cancels Talks Addressing Anti-Semitism Allegations

    Documenta officials on May 4 revealed that they were calling off a planned series of talks meant to address artistic freedom. The abandonment of the talks, titled “We need to Talk! Art — Freedom — Solidarity” and preceding by several weeks the June 18 opening of the event’s fifteenth edition, came at the last minute, as the series had been scheduled for May 8, 15, and 22. Meant to address the “fundamental right of artistic freedom in the face of antisemitism, racism and Islamophobia,” the discussions, which were to be streamed online, were scheduled in response to accusations leveled against

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  • A policy reversal will lift restrictions on auction houses in an attempt to boost business. Photo: Stephen Chernin/Getty Images.

    New York City Removes Restrictions on Auction Houses

    In a bid to increase business in the wake of the devastating effects of the Covid-19 crisis, New York City authorities have reversed a policy meant to foster transparency in the world of art sales. As of June 15, auctioneers will no longer need to be licensed; additionally, auction houses having a stake in a given work for sale will no longer be required to notify buyers of this fact. Also of note, “chandelier” bidding—in which an auctioneer announces fictitious bids in an effort to whip up audience excitement and increase an object’s sale price—will now be allowed even after an item’s reserve

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  • Sheena Wagstaff. Photo: Daniel Dorsa.

    Sheena Wagstaff to Depart Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Sheena Wagstaff, since 2012 the chair of the department of modern and contemporary art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, is leaving the institution this summer, the New York Times reports. Wagstaff is widely credited with elevating the profile of her department during her nearly decadelong tenure at the Met and altering the public perception of the institution. Long dominated by a Eurocentric worldview and previously not known for exhibiting cutting-edge art, under Wagstaff’s guidance the museum in recent years has hosted widely lauded shows of artists including Siah Armajani, Kerry

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  • The Smithsonian Institution building in Washington, DC. Geiserich77/Wikipedia Commons.

    Smithsonian Establishes Pathbreaking Policy on Ethical Returns

    The Smithsonian Institution today announced a new policy under which the individual museums operating under its aegis may return to their rightful owners items that were looted or unethically acquired without first seeking the umbrella organization’s approval, the New York Times reports. Officials at the Washington, DC, institution noted that the policy, which went into effect April 30, represents a shift away from the concept that had previously governed its return practice, which was that legal ownership of an object provided sufficient justification for its retention. They additionally

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