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  • Eight Artists Withdraw From Whitney Biennial Over Board Member’s Ties to Tear Gas
    Posted by Colin Moynihan on July 21, 2019 at 5:14 am

    The artists cited the museum’s “inertia” over calls to remove Warren B. Kanders. […]

  • The Week in Arts: Lalah Hathaway, Clay Play and ‘Douglas’
    Posted by The New York Times on July 21, 2019 at 2:13 am

    Burt Lancaster is celebrated nearly 40 different ways; “Mum” crosses the pond; and a fierce, fiddling Finn, Pekka Kuusisto, comes to town. […]

  • Hitler Looted the Art, Then They Looted Hitler
    Posted by Catherine Hickley on July 20, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    New research is helping the hunt for missing art, largely amassed by Hitler, then re-stolen by desperate Germans in the closing days of the war. […]

  • When You Display Ai Weiwei, Beware of Cats
    Posted by Ted Loos on July 19, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    For the sake of their collection, Trey and Jenny Laird had to crawl around to retrieve hundreds of pieces of a tabletop work upset by a pet. […]

  • Russian Artist And Filmmaker Alexander Sokurov Shuts Down Film Foundation Over Government Pressure
    Posted by Sam on July 19, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    Russian film director and current Venice Biennale Russian pavilion artist Alexander Sokurov (Faust, Russian Ark) will shut down his independent film foundation, Primer Inotnatsii after ongoing pressure by the Russian government.  The artist claims that “unfriendliness and aggressiveness” from the state’s culture ministry prevented him from continuing in his work with the foundation. Read more at Hollywood Reporter &nbs […]

  • Benin Builds New Home for Returning Looted Artifacts
    Posted by Sam on July 19, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    The nation of Benin is building a new space in the city of Abomey for 26 objects of art and cultural heritage looted by French troops in 1894 pledged by the Macron government back to the West African country. “They will allow us to build a new museum and make the royal palaces more economically sustainable,” Gabin Djimass, Abomey’s tourism […]

  • Cary Leibowitz and Simon Lince Tour NYT Around their Upstate Home
    Posted by Sam on July 19, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    Artist Cary Leibowitz and the creative director Simon Lince give the NYT a tour of the upstate home, and the collection they have built. “When I first met Simon, I was already in Harlem,” Leibowitz says. “But I had been a hoarder for years, and it was impossible for someone to just move in and […]

  • NYT Looks at Recent Sackler Protests and Future Pressures on Museums
    Posted by Sam on July 19, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    A piece in the NYT this week charts the recent removal of the Sackler name from the galleries at the Louvre, and forecasts the likelihood that more museums will follow suit.  “We are not a partisan organization, we are not a political organization, so we don’t have a litmus test for whom we take gifts […]

  • Four Arts in Whitney Biennial Withdraw Work
    Posted by Sam on July 19, 2019 at 6:46 pm

    Four participants in the Whitney Biennial have withdrawn their work following the museum’s continued involvement with Warren B. Kanders, its vice-chair.  “We were angry when we learned of Kanders’ role as CEO of Safariland, a company that manufactures teargas and other weapons of repression,” Korakrit Arunanondchai, Meriem Bennani, Nicole Eisenman, and Nicholas Galanin.  Read more at Art News   […]

  • British Museum Union Speaks in Support of Author Ahdaf Soueif After Board Resignation Over BP Fundin
    Posted by Sam on July 19, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    Members of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union have expressed solidarity with Ahdaf Soueif over the author’s resignation from the British Museum board of trustees over its BP funding and other issues. The letter claims that BP “is allowed to propagate the myth that, without its existence, we would not have access to the collections of […]

  • Louvre Removes Sackler Family Name From Its Walls
    Posted by Alex Marshall on July 19, 2019 at 1:03 pm

    Signs and plaques honoring a donation from the family, which has been linked to the opioid crisis in the United States, were taken down or covered at the Paris museum. […]

  • KidsKnowBest welcomes former Dubit and Beano Studios bosses to its growing outfit
    Posted by Robert Hutchins on July 19, 2019 at 11:21 am

    Beano Studios’ former lead product designer, James Kirkwood, has joined the children’s insights and marketing specialists, KidsKnowBest as its new creative director. Kirkwood (main image) is one of two new hires at the firm, who also welcomes the former Dubit director, Peter Robinson to the role of chief operating officer. The news comes just a […]

  • Metallica launches into the puzzles sector… and nothing else matters
    Posted by Robert Hutchins on July 19, 2019 at 11:20 am

    Zee Productions is continuing its mission to shake up the puzzles sector with the head-banging artwork of some of the most seminal heavy metal and rock albums the genre has to offer, this time turning to Metallica for an inspired new collection. The firm will now release the first four classic Metallica album covers as […]

  • Beat the Heat With These 10 Must-See Art Shows
    Posted on July 19, 2019 at 11:09 am

    Find a cool reprieve — and endless stimulation — at these exhibitions in New York City. […]

  • The Licensing Awards 2019 finalists have been revealed in ‘another big year for licensing’
    Posted by Robert Hutchins on July 19, 2019 at 11:01 am

    The finalists in the Retail, Product, Property and Licensed Promotion categories at The Licensing Awards 2019 have been confirmed. The winners will be crowned at a glittering ceremony on Tuesday September 10, held in The Great Room of The Grosvenor House Hotel, London. “This year’s product judging day was a true reflection of the diversity […]