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  • Natalia LL, Sztuka konsumpcyjna (Consumer Art), 1973.

    Warsaw’s National Museum Accused of Censorship

    On Monday evening, hundreds of people gathered outside the National Museum in Warsaw to stage a protest against the institution’s decision to remove an artwork by artist Natalia LL, who is also known as Natalia Lach-Lachowicz, reports the Associated Press. Rather than unfurl banners and hold up signs to denounce the alleged censorship, demonstrators chose to eat bananas, which is what the artist is doing—suggestively, while naked—in her video Sztuka konsumpcyjna (Consumer Art), 1973.

    Museum director Jerzy Miziolek told the Polish news outlet Onet.pl last week that he took the piece down

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  • Notre Dame Cathedral reconstruction rendering by Studio NAB.

    Experts Warn French President Emmanuel Macron Not to Rush Notre Dame Restoration

    More than 1,150 artists, curators, academics, and leading conservators have signed an open letter rejecting French President Emmanuel Macron’s plan to rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral in five years. The French daily Le Figaro reports that experts are urging Macron not to rush reconstruction following the massive fire that devastated the beloved cultural heritage site on April 15. The cause of the blaze that scarred “Our Lady” of Paris remains unknown but may have been the result of an electrical short-circuit.

    The letter criticizes Macron’s televised address in which he vowed that France would rebuild

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  • Klaus Bussmann. Photo: LWL/Wakonigg.

    Klaus Bussmann (1941–2019)

    Klaus Bussmann, a German art historian, curator, and longtime director of Münster’s Westphalian State Museum of Art and Cultural History, or LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur, has died at seventy-seven years old. Bussmann helmed the LWL from 1984 to 2004, when he retired. As cofounder of the Skulptur Projekte Münster decennial—an outdoor art exhibition begun in 1977—Bussmann was pivotal in transforming the largely reconstructed city into an international hub for contemporary sculpture, and for decades he helped challenge the community through provocative formats and commissions.

    Born in

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  • Museum of Modern Art, New York.

    Cultural Figures Urge MoMA and Trustee Larry Fink to Divest from Private Prisons

    Artists, curators, and scholars are calling on the Museum of Modern Art in New York and its trustee Larry Fink, the founder, chair, and CEO of the investment management company BlackRock, Inc., to divest from private prisons, Artnews reports.

    Nearly all the participants in a conference held at the museum this weekend, “The Multiplication of Perspectives: The 10th Anniversary of MoMA’s Global Research Initiative, C-MAP,” have signed a statement that denounces the private-prison system and draws attention to dominant companies such as Core Civic and CEO Group and their treatment of detained

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  • Victoria Gelfand-Magalhaes.

    Victoria Gelfand-Magalhaes Joins Lévy Gorvy, Clara Ha Opens New Gallery in TriBeCa, and More

    Victoria Gelfand-Magalhaes has been named Lévy Gorvy’s new president of Europe. Gelfand-Magalhaes comes to the gallery from Gagosian, where she worked as a director for fifteen years. She will be based in London and, according to the gallery, will play a crucial role in curating exhibitions, broadening its representation of artists and estates, and fostering meaningful relationships with collectors and institutions.

    In a joint statement, Dominique Lévy and Brett Gorvy said: “Her distinctive vision, complemented by her formidable business skills, make her well prepared to continue the gallery’s

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  • Gallery Hyundai’s private showroom in New York. Photo: Gallery Hyundai.

    Seoul’s Gallery Hyundai to Open New York Outpost

    The Seoul-based Gallery Hyundai will open a private showroom in New York’s TriBeCa neighborhood next week, making its debut with a solo exhibition of work by the Korean artist Kwak Duck-Jun. The gallery will also present Kwak’s work at Frieze New York from May 2 to May 5, alongside artists Han Mook, Seung-taek Lee, Shin Sung Hy, Minjung Kim, and Kim Tschang-Yeul.

    Gallery director Do HyungTeh, whose mother, Park MyungJa, founded the gallery almost fifty years ago, told Artnews that he hopes the appointment-only space will become a space for artists, curators, critics, and dealers to gather in. In

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  • Sorokin on her way to Art Basel in 2015. Photo: Instagram.

    Art-World Grifter Anna Sorokin, aka Anna Delvey, Found Guilty of Larceny

    Following a monthlong trial, Anna Sorokin—better known as Anna Delvey, the fake German heiress who scammed people out of thousands of dollars and who attempted to borrow more than $20 million to set up a contemporary arts foundation—was found guilty of multiple charges by a New York State Supreme Court jury on Thursday, April 25, the New York Times reports.

    Among the charges were second-degree grand larceny, theft of services, and one count of first-degree attempted grand larceny. Prosecutors claimed that Sorokin managed to cheat people out of approximately $275,000. However, she was

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  • The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel.

    NADA to Launch New Chicago Art Fair in September

    The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) announced today that it has established a new contemporary art fair, the Chicago Invitational. The inaugural event will take place at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel from Wednesday, September 18 through Saturday, September 21, 2019 and will coincide with EXPO Chicago.

    “Historically, Chicago has been a hotbed of artist-run galleries and alternative spaces,” said Heather Hubbs, NADA’s executive director and a former Chicago-based art professional. “The city then and now embodies the experimental spirit of NADA, and we look forward to connecting our exhibitors

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  • Larry Bell, CS 9.22.15, 2015. Photo: Hauser & Wirth, New York.

    Diana Al-Hadid, Larry Bell, and Others Donate Works for Artadia Fundraiser

    In honor of the twentieth anniversary of Artadia, the nonprofit organization that supports artists with unrestricted, merit-based awards, Phillips will hold a benefit auction on May 15. Fourteen artists have donated works for the event.

    The sale will offer pieces by contemporary artists Diana Al-Hadid, Larry Bell, Katherine Bernhardt, Joe Bradley, Cecily Brown, Sarah Crowner, Roe Ethridge, Shara Hughes, Caitlin Keogh, Shio Kusaka, Tala Madani, Angel Otero, Walter Price, and Jonas Wood.

    “Since its founding twenty years ago, Artadia has enriched the lives and careers of over three hundred artists,”

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  • Anthony d’Offay. Photo: Kate V. Robertson. Courtesy: Glasgow School of Art.

    Arts Professionals Protest Tate’s Decision to Renew Ties with Anthony d’Offay

    More than forty-five artists, curators, and academics have signed an open letter protesting the Tate’s decision to resume contact with the influential art dealer Anthony d’Offay, who was accused of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior by three women last year. When the allegations, which date from 1997 to 2004, emerged—they were first reported by The Observer—the Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland suspended contact with the donor, who denies any wrongdoing.

    On April 6, The Times of London reported that the institutions decided to renew links to d’Offay. “Over a year

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  • Zeng Qunkai, Zhuang Wubin, and Deng Liwen.

    Asia Art Archive Announces Grant Recipients

    Asia Art Archive (AAA) has announced the three recipients of the 2018 Robert HN Ho Family Foundation Greater China Research Grant, which supports one-year fellowships, on-site research at AAA in Hong Kong, and fieldwork in relevant regions.

    The Singapore-based writer, curator, and artist Zhuang Wubin was awarded the foundation’s largest grant. He will receive $15,000 for his project focusing on the circulation of photographs across Hong Kong and Southeast Asia from the 1930s to the 1997 handover of Hong Kong and its contribution to the idea of “Chineseness.”

    Two secondary $5,000 grants were awarded

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  • Rendering of Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. Photo: TDIC and Gehry Partners, LLP.

    Construction of Long-Delayed Guggenheim Abu Dhabi to Begin Soon, Says Richard Armstrong

    At Abu Dhabi’s third annual Culture Summit, which ran from April 7 to April 11, Richard Armstrong, the director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Museum in New York, declared that the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi is “on track and on budget.” In an interview with Euronews, he said that construction on the long-delayed Frank Gehry–designed museum will begin “soon” and should take around four years to complete.

    “We’ve been working with our colleagues here to put together what we think is really the first global collection after 1965,” Armstrong said. “We’ll be seeing important examples of work

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