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  • How a Historian Got Close, Maybe Too Close, to a Nazi Thief
    Posted by Nina Siegal on January 17, 2021 at 10:00 am

    Over nearly a decade, Jonathan Petropoulos met dozens of times with a man who helped the Nazis loot Jewish art collections, a complicated relationship he explores in “Göring’s Man in Paris.&rdquo […]

  • Celebrating King the Activist (Not Just the Dreamer) in Art
    Posted by Seph Rodney on January 16, 2021 at 2:08 am

    A digital tribute to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. joins seven Brooklyn-based artists, and BAM. […]

  • Controversial Nick Cave Installation Heads to Brooklyn Museum
    Posted by Sam on January 15, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    The Brooklyn Museum will install Nick Cave’s piece Truth Be Told outside the museum, which generated controversy last during its installation at the Jack Shainman space in Kinderhook, NY.  “Museums are being called on to tell the truth, from the painful to the celebratory,” says museum director Anne Pasternak. “We can invite a constructive conversation.” Read more at NYT &nbs […]

  • Guggenheim Names Naomi Beckwith as Deputy Director and Chief Curator
    Posted by Sam on January 15, 2021 at 7:39 pm

    The Guggenheim has appointed Naomi Beckwith, formerly senior curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago as deputy director and chief curator. “If you look out over the cultural landscape — particularly in the U.S. — she is quite obviously one of the outstanding leaders of today with a huge potential as well,” says museum director Richard Armstrong. “She’s […]

  • Bloomberg Charts Rush of Galleries Moving Works Out of UK Before Brexit
    Posted by Sam on January 15, 2021 at 5:38 pm

    A piece in Bloomberg charts the rush by galleries to move works out of the UK before Brexit goes into effect. “The higher up the market, the more global it is,” says Anthony Browne, chairman of the British Art Market Federation, regarding the challenges posed by shipping more works outside of the UK borders. “It’s the […]

  • Hank Willis Thomas Memorial to Go on View in Boston Commons
    Posted by Sam on January 15, 2021 at 5:32 pm

    Hank Willis Thomas’s 22-foot-high bronze memorial honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King’s commitment to racial equity will go on view in Boston Commons. “At this moment in 2021 we are asking: What would it be for Boston to be the epicenter of civil rights? And of economic and racial justice?” says […]

  • Curator Chris Sharp Opens Gallery in LA
    Posted by Sam on January 15, 2021 at 5:22 pm

    Curator Chris Sharp, part of the team behind Mexico City’s Lulu has opened his own space in Los Angeles. The space opens Jan. 23rd with a show of work by Emma McIntyre. Read more at Chris Sharp Gallery […]

  • New York – Teresita Fernandez: “Maelstrom” at Lehmann Maupin Through January 23rd, 2021
    Posted by Sam on January 15, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    Teresita Fernandez, Rising (Lynched Land) (2020), via Lehmann Maupin Taking over Lehmann Maupin’s New York exhibition space, artist Teresita Fernández’s new show, Maelstrom, focuses on a new series of monumental sculptures and installations that unapologetically visualize the enduring violence and devastation ignited by colonization.  Turning particular attention to the Caribbean archipelago, the first point of colonial contact in the […]

  • Trump Tried to End Federal Arts Funding. Instead, It Grew.
    Posted by Graham Bowley on January 15, 2021 at 4:53 pm

    Each year, President Trump’s proposed federal budget eliminated funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. But the agency survived, largely by relying on bipartisan support in Congress. […]

  • The Arts Are in Crisis. Here’s How Biden Can Help.
    Posted by Jason Farago on January 15, 2021 at 3:58 pm

    The pandemic has decimated the livelihoods of those who work in the arts. How can the new administration intervene and make sure it doesn’t happen again? A critic offers an ambitious plan. […]

  • US: Sesame Workshop builds global toy portfolio with MasterPieces Sesame Street partnership
    Posted by Robert Hutchins on January 15, 2021 at 11:03 am

    The iconic pre-school property, Sesame Street is continuing to grow its international portfolio of toy partners, having signed a new partnership with the US games, puzzles, toys, and crafts specialist, MasterPieces. The new MasterPieces Sesame Street products will begin to appear on shelves across the US this summer with a raft of launches designed to […]

  • Star Wars and Disney reveal new brand identity for all official videogames, Lucasfilm Games
    Posted by Robert Hutchins on January 15, 2021 at 10:44 am

    Lucasfilm, Star Wars, and Disney have revealed a new brand identity for the home of all officially licensed Star Wars video games, a legacy that now crosses the decades, with the unveiling of Lucasfilm Games. The new unit isn’t a publisher or development studio, but will be acting as a unifying brand name and licensor. […]

  • The Kids of Survival Are Middle-Aged — and Transforming Yet Again
    Posted by Ted Loos on January 15, 2021 at 10:00 am

    Studio K.O.S. continues the legacy of the ’80s art collective that grew up, entered museums and regrouped in Hoboken. […]

  • Percy the Park Keeper picks up partnership with Poetic Brands for baby and children’s apparel
    Posted by Robert Hutchins on January 15, 2021 at 9:59 am

    The evergreen children’s property, Percy the Park Keeper is moving in on the baby, children’s wear, and accessories space thanks to a new partnership with Poetic Brands, adding to the firm’s strengthening portfolio across the kids’ market. The collection with include babywear, layette and baby accessories including bibs, hats, scratch mitts, booties, and muslin cloths, […]

  • BBC Studios launches Bluey: The Album on US streaming platforms in Demon Music Group partnership
    Posted by Robert Hutchins on January 15, 2021 at 9:44 am

    BBC Studios has partnered with Demon Music Group Ltd for the US launch of the first album from its hit pre-school series, Bluey across all major streaming platforms. Titled Bluey: The Album, the release will feature singles Keepy Uppy, Here Come the Grannies, and Instrument Parade. The album will feature 17 original compositions from season […]