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posted by July 11, 2018

Unknown artist, Victorious Youth, 300–100 BC. Image via the Getty Open Content Program/Hyperallergic.

Trump Officials Reverse Obama’s Policy on Affirmative Action in Schools

The Trump administration said last week that it was abandoning Obama administration policies that called on universities to consider race as a factor in diversifying their campuses. (New York Times)

Should the Getty Return Its Famed “Victorious Youth” Statue?

The case demonstrates that the ownership of cultural objects found in international waters remains a murky area of law. (Hyperallergic)

Advice for Artists on How to Make a Living—When Selling Art Doesn’t Pay the Bills

Teaching: A boon or a trojan horse? (Artsy)

Adrian Piper’s Show at MoMA is the Largest Ever for a Living Artist. Why Hasn’t She Seen It?

The conceptual artist’s life and work push against the boundaries of race and identity in America. (New York Times)

Opinion: Why the Supreme Court Ruling on Unions Could Be Good for Adjuncts

Do unions need to shed their historic approach? (Chronicle of Higher Education)

Martha Rosler’s Powerful Collages Are a Wake-Up Call to America

Rosler was ahead of her time when she reconceived the printed matter distributed at marches and protests. (Artsy)

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by July 04, 2018

Amy Sherald’s Planes, rockets, and the spaces in between, 2018, was recently acquired by the Baltimore Museum of Art. Courtesy BMA via artnet News.

The Baltimore Museum Sold Art to Acquire Work by Underrepresented Artists. Here’s What It Bought—and Why It’s Only the Beginning

The museum sold works by Warhol and other white male artists to fund major acquisitions by Jack Whitten, Isaac Julien, and Amy Sherald. (artnet News)

Why Do Colleges Have So Much Art?

Campus museums are home to prodigious exhibits and installations that blur the line between academics and civics. (The Atlantic)

People Across the Globe Want Their Cultural Heritage Back. Canada May Offer a Blueprint for How to Get There

A proposed law could help Indigenous communities reclaim cultural heritage objects at home and abroad. (artnet News)

Colleges Grapple With Where — or Whether — to Draw the Line on Free Speech

Higher education is struggling to balance the demand by some students to be protected from offensive speech while guaranteeing freedom of speech to others. (New York Times)

Sir Anish Kapoor’s Clenched Fist of Copyright, the Battle Over Fair Use, and the NRA

Does an artist have the right to withhold their work when they don’t agree with the political message? (Hyperallergic)

How to Run a Conference Panel That Isn’t Horrible

Brass tacks pointers for making your next panel discussion a success. (LinkedIn)

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by June 27, 2018

Andrea del Verrocchio and Leonardo da Vinci, The Virgin and Child with Two Angels, c. 1468–70. Courtesy National Gallery, London, via Apollo Magazine.

‘Mounting an Exhibition about Leonardo Da Vinci Is an Act of Hubris’

Chief curator Laurence Kanter reflects on Yale University Art Gallery’s upcoming exhibition. (Apollo Magazine)

The Histories of Ten Colors Through Multiple Lenses

A new book considers color across multiple disciplines, including film and literature. (Hyperallergic)

20 Curators Taking a Cutting-Edge Approach to Art History

Artsy shares their top twenty curators who are working through a 21st-century lens. (Artsy)

How to Spot a Perfect Fake: The World’s Top Art Forgery Detective

Forgeries have got so good that Sotheby’s has brought in its own in-house expert. (The Guardian)

Backpack-Sized Archiving Kit Empowers Community Historians to Record Local Narratives

A new project from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill equips community partners with tools to start material and oral history archives. (Hyperallergic)

‘There Is So Much You Go Through Just Trying to Make It’: Amy Sherald on How She Went From Obscurity to a Museum Survey (and the White House)

The 44-year-old artist reflects on her breakout year, and the years of hard work leading up to it. (artnet News)

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posted by June 20, 2018

Christo’s floating sculpture The London Mastaba, made from thousands of stacked oil barrels, in Hyde Park, London. Image: David Azia/NYT

Can the Glasgow School of Art Be Saved after Second Fire?

Artists and architects in Scotland say that the school may be beyond repair after a devastating fire tore through the landmark building on June 15th. (The Art Newspaper)

Bronx Museum of the Arts Hires New Director

Deborah Cullen, director of the Wallach Gallery at Columbia University, will be the next director of the Bronx Museum of the Arts. (New York Times)

Artists Support Themselves Through Freelance Work and Don’t Find Galleries Especially Helpful, New Study Says

A study based on a survey of more than 1,000 practicing visual artists sheds light on the economics of making art. (Hyperallergic)

Christo’s Latest Work Weighs 650 Tons. And It Floats.

The London Mastaba, Christo’s first major outdoor work in Britain, is now floating in the middle of Hyde Park. (New York Times)

Behind the Fierce, Assertive Paintings of Baroque Master Artemisia Gentileschi

Gentileschi was as self-made and as independent as was conceivable in her time—and she fought hard for it. (Artsy)

What It Means When Beyoncé and Jay-Z Take Over the Louvre

The surprise music video quickly went viral. (The New Yorker)

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by June 13, 2018

Pablo Picasso, La Soupe (1902–03). Courtesy of the Art Gallery of Ontario, via artnet News.

New X-Ray Images Reveal Just How Carefully Picasso Worked Over His Earliest Blue Period Paintings

Thanks to advanced imaging technology, art historians have new insights into the creative process behind Picasso’s Blue Period. (artnet News)

Curiosity and What Equality Really Means

“Once we lose the desire to understand—to be surprised, to listen and bear witness—we lose our humanity. Among the most important capacities that you take with you today is your curiosity.” Read Atul Gawande’s commencement address at UCLA medical school. (New Yorker)

Over 400 Lichtensteins Go to the Whitney Museum and an Early van Gogh Sells for $8.3M

The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation has initiated a promised gift of more than 400 artworks. (Hyperallergic)

Why the Legal Strategy Behind Masterpiece Cakeshop Gets Art Backwards—and Why It Should Make People Nervous

A look at the role of artistic expression in the recent Supreme Court decision. (artnet News)

CAA Report by America Salomon, Recipient of the Judson-Morrissey Excellence in New Media Award

“Enough cannot be said about the immense benefit of feeling a sense of community in what can seem like a very siloed professional art world, and so going into a large conference like CAA with a new group of colleagues in the New Media Caucus was incredibly reassuring.” Read America Salomon’s report from the 2018 Annual Conference. (New Media Caucus)

What It Takes to Engage Teachers with Digital Museum Resources: Five Lessons Learned

Key takeaways from a two-year study conducted by the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access. (American Alliance of Museums)

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by June 06, 2018

Female tumbler (c. 1800–30), unknown artist. Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Irving Sandler, Art Historian Who Was Close to Artists, Dies at 92

Art critic, historian, and longtime CAA member Irving Sandler passed away on June 2nd. (New York Times)

Museum of Modern Art Staff Protest Outside Fundraising Gala, Demanding a Fair Contract

MoMA workers and their supporters rallied outside the Museum to draw attention to ongoing contract negotiations that are currently at an impasse. (Hyperallergic)

Director Okwui Enwezor to Step Down from Munich’s Haus Der Kunst

The renowned curator and art historian announced he is resigning from his post due to health reasons. (Artforum)

Art Sold Separately: Why Are People Buying Free Felix Gonzalez-Torres Posters?

Gonzalez-Torres made his first work that includes a stack of paper in 1988, and his first to consist of a stack constantly replenished with “endless copies” in 1989. (

The Paintings that Turned Persian Art on its Head in the 19th Century

While Persian arts are usually associated in the popular imagination with miniature paintings and carpets, the arts of the Qajar period are characterized by large-scale works and new technologies. (Apollo Magazine)

Elliott Arkin’s Quest to Counter Art World Elitism Culminated in a 10-Foot-Tall Picasso

Artist Elliott Arkin just spent roughly $120,000 of his own money producing a 10-foot-tall sculpture of Pablo Picasso pushing a lawn mower. (Artsy)

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by May 30, 2018

Edvard Munch, “Scream” Head and Raised Arms, ca 1898, via the Munch Museum website.

Amid Debate Over MOCA’s Future, Director Philippe Vergne Will Depart

The museum and director decided “by mutual agreement” not to renew Vergne’s contract when it expires in March 2019. (artnet News)

Return Persian Antiquity to Iran, New York District Attorney Says

The ancient limestone relief was seized from a London antiquities dealer last October. (The Art Newspaper)

Design Thinking Is a Boondoggle

“We shouldn’t pretend that we can boil education — indeed, all of human life — into a five-point diagram for selling stuff.” (Chronicle of Higher Education)

7,600 Edvard Munch Drawings Now Available to Discover Online

The Munch Museum in Oslo digitized not only its own holdings of Munch’s works on paper, but also those from other museums and private collections. (Hyperallergic)

How to Teach Your Children to Care about Art

Expert tips from arts professionals, educators, and museum workers. (Artsy)

Lost, Stolen, Blown Up and Fed To Pigs: The Greatest Missing Masterpieces

A gallery of lost works for optimistic treasure hunters. (The Guardian)

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by May 23, 2018

The Dutch art dealer Jan Six says that Portrait of a Young Gentleman is by Rembrandt, and several high-profile experts agree. Credit: René van Gerritsen/Jan Six Fine Arts, via NYT

A New Rembrandt? A Dutch Art Dealer Says He’s Found One

Portrait of a Young Gentleman would be the first wholly unknown Rembrandt painting to be attributed in 44 years. (New York Times)

Opinion: Let’s End Commencement

Clemon University professor Jonathan Beecher Field shares his view on why the mass commencement ceremony is a ritual that should be replaced. (Inside Higher Ed) 

How Do You Conserve Time-Based Media? Museums Invest in Research to Keep Up with New Technologies

Time-based media art conservation is seeing a surge in interest in funding and formalization. (The Art Newspaper) 

The Vatican in Venice (And a Cardinal Who Walks on the Wild Side)

The Catholic Church’s debut pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale will consist of 10 full-scale chapels built on an island in the Venice lagoon. (The Guardian)

Naima J. Keith and Diana Nawi to Curate Prospect.5 in New Orleans

The city’s contemporary arts triennial is slated to open in the fall of 2020. (Artforum)

Is It Even Possible to Comprehend a Work of Art Without Seeing a Woman Next to It (for Scale)?

Ben Davis & Julia Halperin examine an enduring and strange stock photo phenomenon. (artnet News)

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posted by May 16, 2018

Bernini’s Santa Bibiana, with its missing finger — which has since been reattached. Image: Silvia Mosetti via NYT

DC’s Defunct Corcoran Gallery Announces the New Homes for Over 10,000 Works of Art

Four years after the gallery was abruptly closed, trustees of the institution have announced how more than 10,000 objects from its original $1 billion trove will be distributed. (artnet News)

No Pain, No Brain Gain: Why Learning Demands (A Little) Discomfort

Quality learning requires what brain scientists call “desirable difficulty.” (Fast Company)

Bloomberg Expands Arts Grant Program to Seven More Cities

Bloomberg Philanthropies is investing $43 million in more than 200 small and midsize cultural organizations. (New York Times)

The Risk of Moving Artworks: A Broken Finger and Public Outcry

An art history professor was taking a group of students through the baroque Church of Santa Bibiana when he made what he called a “macabre discovery.” (New York Times)

The Blueprint for Saudi Arabia’s Multi-Billion Euro Cultural Partnership with France

The ten-year deal gives France an exclusive role in an area almost the size of Belgium. (The Art Newspaper)

Soon You May Be Able to Text with 2,000 Egyptian Hieroglyphs

Over 2,000 new Hieroglyphs may soon be available for use on digital devices, thanks to collaboration between Egyptologists and digital linguistics. (Hyperallergic)

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News from the Art and Academic Worlds

posted by May 09, 2018

The Palais de Tokyo’s “Visite Naturiste” was organized in association with the Paris Naturist Association. Visitors removed their clothes for a tour of the exhibition Discord, Daughter of the Night. Photo: Owen Franken for The New York Times

Association of Art Museum Curators Announces the Recipients of Award for Excellence

This year’s eleven winners were selected from a pool of 174 nominees. (Artforum)

Questions Loom Over Fate of Art Collections as Santa Fe University of Art and Design Closes

The fate of the university’s collections is still undecided. (Santa Fe New Mexican)

Road to The Met: How Max Hollein Rose to Become Its Next Director

Thirteen months after Thomas Campbell stepped down, Max Hollein will become the tenth director of the New York institution. (The Art Newspaper)

A Modest Proposal: Break the Art Fair

“As a system, art fairs are like America: They’re broken and no one knows how to fix them.” (New York Magazine)

I Went Naked to a Museum, and It Was … Revealing

The Palais de Tokyo’s “Visite Naturiste” — the first of its kind in France —garnered a remarkable amount of public interest since it was announced in March. (New York Times)

A Typeface Transforms the Alphabet in the Style of Famous Artworks

In this artful alphabet by the Madrid-based design studio CESS, “V” is for van Gogh and “F” is for Frida. (Hyperallergic)

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