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  • Jennifer Bartlett. Photo: Takaaki Matsumoto.

    Jennifer Bartlett (1941–2022)

    Jennifer Bartlett, who rejected the distinction between figurative and abstract painting in order to create vibrantly energetic works that elude any categorization but their own, died July 25 in Amagansett, New York, at the age of eighty-one. News of her death was confirmed by Paula Cooper Gallery, which represented Bartlett from the earliest stages of her career. One of the very few female artists to gain broad recognition in the 1970s and ’80s, Bartlett elevated the mundane and the modest in paintings that comprised multiple small panels and in installations that paired three-dimensional

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  • The Louvre in Paris. Photo: Pedro Szekely/Flickr.

    French Officials Detain Archaeologists Connected to Louvre Trafficking Investigation

    French authorities on July 25 detained two top archaeologists who were previously employed by international consultancy Agence France Muséums (AFM) in connection with an antiquities-trafficking investigation that has touched the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Louvre in Paris. French daily Libération reports that Jean-François Charnier, an adviser for French agency Afalula, which works to develop cultural projects in Saudi Arabia, and Noëmi Daucé, a curator at the Louvre, were taken into custody by representatives of the Central Office for Combating Trafficking in Cultural Property

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  • The Singapore skyline. Photo: Unwicked/Wikipedia Commons.

    Sotheby’s to Host First Singapore Auction in 15 Years

    Signaling its interest in Singapore’s young, rich, and quickly expanding collector base, international auction house Sotheby’s on August 28 will hold its first sale in the tiny Southeast Asian city state in a decade and a half. Citing demand that has increased “exponentially,” Sotheby’s in a press release revealed that the auction would concentrate on contemporary and modern art from both Southeast Asian and international artists, reflective of the current tastes in a region populated by expats and financiers. The Global Financial Centres Index ranks Singapore as the world’s sixth-largest finance

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  • Perry Rubenstein in 2013. Photo: Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images.

    Perry Rubenstein (1954–2022)

    Perry Rubenstein, a gallerist known for his uncanny ability to predict the art world’s next hot locus, as well as for his imprisonment on grand theft charges, died July 21 at his home in Los Angeles at the age of sixty-eight. His former wife, Sara Fitzmaurice, confirmed his death, which she cited as owing to natural causes. Rubinstein was one of the first gallerists to open shop in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, now well-known as an arts district, and turned his sights on Los Angeles before most of his peers did. Though LA ultimately became an arts hub drawing blue-chip galleries, major fairs,

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  • Aerial View of K11 Ecoast. Photo: K11 Group.

    $1.4 Billion Oceanfront Arts District to Rise in Shenzhen

    Hong Kong–based real estate developer and art collector Adrian Cheng has revealed plans for a colossal waterfront development in Shenzhen that will serve as a cultural and retail hub for the fast-growing southeast China city. The project, dubbed K11 Ecoast, in line with Chen’s K11 art mall brand, will occupy upward of 2.4 million square feet at the edge of Prince Bay in Shenzhen’s posh Nanshan district. Estimated to cost 10 billion yuan ($1.4 billion), the complex is expected to be completed in 2024 and will feature a bayfront promenade, a mall, office space, and a multipurpose arts space.

    Cheng

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  • The Baltimore Museum of Art. Photo: Eli Pousson/Flickr.

    Staff at the Baltimore Museum of Art Vote to Unionize

    In an election conducted July 14 by the American Arbitration Workers, employees at the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) voted 89–29 (with 22 abstaining) in favor of forming a union. In doing so, they joined their peers at numerous arts institutions across the country who have unionized in recent years as the Covid-19 crisis and the murder of George Floyd and the subsequent global calls for racial equality have spurred important conversations about the treatment staff should expect from their employers. BMA workers first announced their push to unionize in fall 2021, and moved swiftly thereafter.

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  • The British Museum closed its uppermost galleries due to the heat. Photo: Ham/Wikipedia Commons.

    London Museums Shutter Galleries Temporarily as Britain Boils

    Museums in London have closed their galleries to the public as they attempt to ride out the country’s unprecedented heat wave, which has sparked the UK’s first ever red-level heat warning and the declaration of a national emergency. The situation is especially dire, as air conditioning (itself a contributor to global warming) is not common in most public and private spaces there. Citing poor indoor air quality and a need to ensure the safety of staff, the staff union Public & Commercial Services called upon arts institutions in London to take appropriate measures.

    Responding to the request, the

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  • The entrance to Dia:Beacon. Photo: Velvet via Wikimedia Commons.

    Dia Art Foundation Workers Move to Unionize

    Staff at the Dia Art Foundation on July 16 revealed that they are actively seeking to unionize. The news arrived via an Instagram post from the newly created account of the Dia Art Union, which visually presented itself as affiliated with UAW Local 2110, the branch of United Auto Workers that represents technical, office, and professional workers in New York. Among the New York City art institutions whose staffs have unionized under UAW Local 2110 are the Brooklyn Museum, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Museum of Modern Art, the New Museum, the Shed, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the

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  • Claes Oldenburg. Photo: Raimond Spekking/Wikipedia Commons.

    Claes Oldenburg (1929–2022)

    Swedish sculptor Claes Oldenburg, widely known for his larger-than-life renditions of everyday objects ranging from cherries to umbrellas, died at his home in Manhattan on July 18 at the age of ninety-three of complications from a fall. Oldenburg gained notice in the 1950s and 1960s in New York with a series of energetic Happenings and environments before turning his attention to the massive sculptural works for which he would become famous. Many of these took the form of public installations, a number of which grace institutions and public sites around the world. Through his pathbreaking use

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  • San Francisco Art Institute’s North Beach campus. Photo: SFAI.

    San Francisco Art Institute to Close After 151 Years

    The San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) is shuttering after more than a century and a half and will reorganize as a nonprofit in order to “protect its name, archives and legacy,” the school said in a statement. The demise of the institute follows the announcement that a merger deal offered by the University of San Francisco (USF) has fallen through: According to the San Francisco Chronicle, USF President Paul Fitzgerald in a statement issued July 15 noted that the school had “informed SFAI leadership that it would not enter into a definitive agreement with SFAI due to business risks that could

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  • Documenta’s fifteenth edition has been steeped in controversy since opening in Kassel this June. Photo: Nicolas Wefers/Documenta.

    Documenta Chief Steps Down as Controversy Rages

    Sabine Schormann on July 16 left her post as managing director of Documenta. Her departure followed allegations of anti-Semitism in connection with this year’s iteration of the Kassel, Germany, quinquennial led to what the event’s board characterized in a statement as a loss of trust. Schormann’s exit less than a month into the show’s hundred-day run came at “short notice” but was “mutually agreed” upon by her and the board, which also oversees the Museum Fridericianum. As of July 18, Alexander Fahrenholz has been tapped to take over interim management of Documenta.

    Schormann had earlier attempted

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  • The new gallery will open in Seoul’s Gangnam District. Photo: Joop/Flickr.

    Western Galleries Expand in Seoul as Korean Art Market Heats Up

    Outposts of Western blue-chip galleries are popping up throughout Seoul as the Korean art market, driven by a new generation of collectors, continues to draw increasing attention. The Paris–based international gallery Perrotin has revealed plans to establish a second outpost in the city, joining the branch it established there in 2016. The new gallery will occupy 2,700 square feet in Seoul’s posh Gangnam district and is slated to open in late August. Also expanding in the city is megagallery Pace, which earlier this month revealed that it would add a new ground-floor space to its 8,500-square-foot

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