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  • Cecilia Vicuña in 2014. Photo: Vicuña/Wikipedia Commons.

    Katharina Fritsch and Cecilia Vicuña Awarded Venice Biennale’s Golden Lions

    German sculptor Katharina Fritsch and Chilean activist, poet, and multivalent artist Cecilia Vicuña have won the Fifty-Ninth Venice Biennale’s Golden Lions for Lifetime Achievement. The prestigious award is given to mid- or late-career artists in recognition of their efforts and contributions to the art-historical canon. This is the first year since 2013 that two artists have received the prize; that both are female reflects this year’s focus of the Biennale, which is on the work of women and gender-nonconforming artists.

    Fritsch, who divides her time between Düsseldorf and Wuppertal, is known

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  • Daniel Weinberg with work by Jeff Koons, ca. 1986.

    Daniel Weinberg (1933–2022)

    California dealer Daniel Weinberg, whose sharp eye for fresh and enduring talent led him to give Robert Gober his very first show and who introduced to the West Coast the work of such now-renowned artists as Dan Flavin, Jeff Koons, Sol LeWitt, and Bruce Nauman, died February 25 of natural causes at the age of eighty-eight. The news was announced by his children, Jonathan, Kate, and Nick Weinberg. A canny salesperson and a staunch supporter of his artists—one client recalled being told he could only buy a Christopher Wool work if he also purchased a Dan Flavin piece—Weinberg opened his gallery

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  • The Cathedral of Saint Sophia in Kyiv. Photo: Francisco Anzola.

    Unesco “Deeply Concerned” About Fate of Ukraine Cultural Heritage Sites

    Unesco late last week revealed that it is “deeply concerned” about the dire situation in which Ukraine cultural heritage sites find themselves as Russia continues its destructive and deadly attack on the country. The agency is attempting to meet with leaders of the besieged country’s arts and cultural institutions to assess the damage to date across the organization’s “spheres of competence,” which include culture, heritage, education, and information. Further, Unesco will convene a special session on March 15 to investigate the impact of the war on those realms.

    “We must safeguard this cultural

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  • View of the GES-2 museum in Moscow. Photo: Gleb Leonov/V-A-C Foundation.

    Leaders of Major Russian Art Institutions Resign as Ukraine War Intensifies

    Russia is seeing a talent drain at the highest levels of its art museums and cultural institutions as their directors depart their positions in protest of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. Many of these leaders are leaving of their own accord, but context suggests that some may have been forced out after failing to vocalize their support for the attack.

    Among those stepping down from elevated roles are Vladimir Opredelenov, the veteran deputy director of Moscow’s Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, who clarified in an Instagram post, “My attitude to current world events does not coincide with that of

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  • At the 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale, titled “How will we live together?” Photo: Venice Biennale.

    Venice Biennale to Ensure Presence of Ukrainian Pavilion

    The organizers of the Fifty-Ninth Venice Biennale, set to open April 23, have announced that they are taking steps to guarantee that Ukrainian artist Pavlo Makov and his team are able to make the trip to Italy and that the Ukrainian pavilion will go ahead as planned, despite the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Makov and the pavilion’s curators—Lizaveta German, Maira Lanko, and Borys Filonenko—had in late February acknowledged that they were “not able to continue working on the project of the pavilion due to the danger to our lives.” With flights out of Ukraine grounded, the group could not ship

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  • The Phillips offices in London. Photo: Phillips.

    Russian-Owned Auction House Phillips to Donate $7.7 Million to Ukraine Red Cross

    Blue-chip auction house Phillips announced this morning that it will donate the entire net proceeds of its March 3 evening London sale to the Ukraine Red Cross, Artnet News reports. The twentieth-century and contemporary art auction netted £5.8 million ($7.7 million). Phillips had projected a much higher total, of $32.5 million to $47 million, but four lots were yanked from the sale just before the proceedings got underway, and one more was pulled as the auction was in progress. Phillips said that the withdrawn works “did not elicit the interest [they] anticipated” and thus were removed from

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

    Russian Oligarch Exits Board of Guggenheim After Twenty Years

    Vladimir Potanin, the president of the world’s largest high-grade nickel producer and one of Russia’s richest oligarchs, tendered his resignation as a board member of New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on March 2. Potanin joined the board in 2002 and has been a major benefactor of the institution through his foundation funding numerous exhibitions there, including a survey of the work of Wassily Kandinsky, which is currently on display. No reason was cited for his departure, though the New York Times noted that Potanin was one of a group of oligarchs who last week met with Putin at the

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  • Maria Prymachenko, Our Army, Our Protectors, 1978. Russian forces destroyed a museum which housed dozens of Prymachenko’s paintings.

    Invasion of Ukraine Continues to Send Ripples Across Art World

    As the Russian assault on Ukraine continues, with devastating rocket attacks and a forty-mile long Russian military convoy headed toward Kyiv, its effects are being felt everywhere throughout the international art world. In Ukraine itself, the nation’s culture minister issued a demand for UNESCO to revoke Russia’s membership after invading Russian forces on Sunday burned the Ivankiv Historical and Local History Museum, which housed dozens of works by Ukrainian folk artist Maria Prymachenko; the destruction was first revealed in the Kyiv Independent. The Guardian reported widespread fears among

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  • Nora N. Khan. Photo: Natalia Mantini.

    Nora N. Khan Named Executive Director of Project X Foundation for Art & Criticism

    Critic, curator, and editor Nora N. Khan has been tapped to lead the Project X Foundation for Art & Criticism, publisher of X-TRA Contemporary Art Journal, LA’s longest-running arts criticism journal. Khan, who specializes in supporting and shaping long-form criticism, has historically focused on experimental practices and is particularly interested in digital visual culture, the politics of software, and the philosophy of emerging technology. She replaces outgoing executive director Shana Lutker, who departed in 2021 after seventeen years with the organization.

    “We look forward to working with

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  • Nick Zedd.

    Nick Zedd (1958–2022)

    Subterranean filmmaker Nick Zedd, founder of the Cinema of Transgression movement and an uncompromising auteur whose crude, no-budget oeuvre influenced filmmakers from Christoph Schlingensief to Quentin Tarantino, died early Sunday in Mexico City, where he lived, at the age of sixty-three. The news was announced by his partner, Monica Casanova, on his Instagram account. Prior to his death, he had been battling cancer, hepatitis A, and cirrhosis of the liver. Across such lurid titles as Thrust in Me, Police StateWhoregasm, and War Is Menstrual Envy, Zedd used sex, violence, and dark humor to

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  • The curator and artists behind the Russian Pavilion at the upcoming Venice Biennale have resigned in protest of the war. Photo: Russian Pavilion.

    Art Workers Throughout Russia Condemn Putin’s War in Ukraine

    Artists, curators, and cultural workers across Russia are protesting President Vladimir Putin’s attack on Ukraine by stepping back from their roles as the country’s cultural representatives on both the local and global stage. Their actions come as pressures for a boycott of Russian art institutions and Russian participation in prestigious international events mount, with the strongest urging coming from Kyiv.

    Raimundas Malašauskas resigned as curator of the Russian Pavilion at the fast-upcoming Fifty-Ninth Venice Biennale, posting, “I cannot advance on working on this project in light of Russia’s

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  • Pavlo Makov. Photo: Ukrainian Pavilion.

    Future of Ukrainian Pavilion at Venice Biennale in Doubt

    The organizers of the Ukrainian pavilion at the Venice Biennale have halted their efforts there amid Russia’s attack on their home country, Artnet News reports. The pavilion was to have hosted work by Ukrainian artist Pavlo Makov, specifically a re-creation of a wall-mounted 1995 work in which water cascaded through a series of bronze funnels. The work was to be shipped to Venice in two weeks, but the grounding of all flights out of Ukraine has thrown a wrench in that plan.

    “We are not in immediate danger, but the situation is critical and changes every minute. Presently, we are not able to

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