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Following Baltimore Museum Withdrawals, Giacometti, Van Gogh Lead Sotheby’s $284 M. October Evening Sale

Just hours before Sotheby’s mid-season modern and contemporary art evening sale on Wednesday, the Baltimore Museum of Art announced a pause in the sale of its deaccessioned Clyfford Still and Brice Marden paintings which meant they would not be auctioned that night amid a backlash over the $65 million deaccession. The private sale of Andy Warhol’sContinue reading “Following Baltimore Museum Withdrawals, Giacometti, Van Gogh Lead Sotheby’s $284 M. October Evening Sale”

In the Wake of Severe Criticism, Postponed Philip Guston Exhibition Moved to 2022

Philip Guston, “Edge of Town” (1969) (via Andrew Milligan sumo’s Flickerstream) Following intense backlash from the art world, a postponed Philip Guston retrospective organized by the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC will begin in 2022 instead of 2024, the New York Times reported today, October 28. The National Gallery of Art has notContinue reading “In the Wake of Severe Criticism, Postponed Philip Guston Exhibition Moved to 2022”

New Documents in Purdue Case May Pressure Institutions to Rename Sackler-funded Spaces

A protest organized by PAIN Sackler in the V&A’s Sackler Courtyard, demanding the institution remove the family’s name (image by Naomi Polonsky for Hyperallergic) Last week, Purdue Pharma pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges and reached an $8.3 billion settlement with the Department of Justice for its role in the opioid epidemic. The news hasContinue reading “New Documents in Purdue Case May Pressure Institutions to Rename Sackler-funded Spaces”

ART X Lagos Fair Postponed in Solidarity With #EndSARS Protesters

#EndSARS protest against police brutality in Lagos, Nigeria (via Wikimedia Commons) The ART X Lagos fair has indefinitely postponed its planned opening on November 5 in solidarity with the #EndSARS protests against police brutality in Nigeria. “We have watched with deep sadness the heartbreaking events of the past week, beginning with the violence against protesters inContinue reading “ART X Lagos Fair Postponed in Solidarity With #EndSARS Protesters”

Baltimore Museum of Art Calls Off Controversial Deaccession Plan Hours Before Sale

In a shocking last-minute move, the Baltimore Museum of Art has “decided to pause” its plans to sell three works from its collection with Sotheby’s, according to a press release. The news was announced by the Maryland institution just two hours before two of the works were expected to hit the auction block in NewContinue reading “Baltimore Museum of Art Calls Off Controversial Deaccession Plan Hours Before Sale”

Set Against Lavishly Patterned Backdrops, Photographer Cecilia Paredes Disguises Herself in Stunning Self-Portraits

“Zanzibar” (2019). All images © Cecilia Paredes, shared with permission Whether immersing herself in swathes of ornamental textiles or against paisley-style backdrops, Cecilia Paredes is adept at camouflaging herself in the most elaborate settings. The Peruvian artist disguises her figure by painting her exposed skin and draping her torso in lavishly patterned clothing, leaving justContinue reading “Set Against Lavishly Patterned Backdrops, Photographer Cecilia Paredes Disguises Herself in Stunning Self-Portraits”

Baltimore Museum Deaccessioning Controversy, Explained: Why a Plan to Sell $65 M. in Art Ignited Debate

When museums sell art from their collections, the proceedings rarely become the stuff of national news, but such is the case with the Baltimore Museum of Art in Maryland, which is currently weathering controversy over a plan to part ways with some $65 million in art. The plan has touched off fierce debate about howContinue reading “Baltimore Museum Deaccessioning Controversy, Explained: Why a Plan to Sell $65 M. in Art Ignited Debate”

MoMA’s Cheeky Riff on Misguided Kim Kardashian Post Is Going Viral

MoMA’s tweet of Henri Matisse’s painting “Dance (I)” (1909) along with Kardashian’s recent description of her private island birthday party has gone viral. (photo by Phil Roeder via Flickr) Yesterday afternoon, Kim Kardashian West took to Twitter to casually share the details of her very extra 40th birthday celebration. “After 2 weeks of multiple healthContinue reading “MoMA’s Cheeky Riff on Misguided Kim Kardashian Post Is Going Viral”

“Every artist was first an amateur”

Ralph Waldo Emerson