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Museum calls off Kehinde Wiley show, citing assault allegations

Foreground: “The Virgin Martyr St. Cecilia,” 2021, at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, Calif., on March 14, 2023. Background: “Young Tarentine II (Ndeye Fatou Mbaye),” 2022. The Minneapolis Institute of Art announced Thursday, June 13, 2024, that it had decided not to move forward with a planned Kehinde Wiley exhibition, citing recent allegations of sexual misconduct against the artist, which he has denied. (Ian C. Bates/The New York Times)

NEW YORK, NY.- The Minneapolis Institute of Art announced Thursday that it had decided not to move forward with a planned Kehinde Wiley exhibition, citing recent allegations of sexual misconduct against the artist, which he has denied. The exhibition, called “An Archaeology of Silence,” originated at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and has been traveling around the country. The Minneapolis museum put plans to stage the exhibition on hold after several men made accusations against Wiley, all of which he has denied. The first was in May, ... More


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Long in the shadows, the Latimer House Museum gets a glow-up   Collectors worldwide cleared their calendars for Bertoia's $2.5M sale of John and Adrianne Haley's antique toy and bank   A basket maker keeping alive, and reinventing, an ancestral craft


The Lewis Latimer House Museum at the corner of 137th and Leavitt Streets in Flushing area of Queens. (Elliott Jerome Brown Jr./The New York Times)

NEW YORK, NY.- In an episode of HBO’s “The Gilded Age,” Peggy Scott, the budding journalist, and T. Thomas Fortune, her discerning editor, expectantly await the illumination of the New York Times building in lower Manhattan. “Tell me, what are your thoughts on electricity?” Fortune says. “Are you talking about Mr. Edison’s ... More
 

Uncle Sam cast-iron mechanical bank made by Shepard Hardware Co. Believed to be the finest known example of its type. Shown on Page 252 of Dan Morphy’s ‘Official Guide to Mechanical Banks.’ Near-mint condition. Sold for $72,000 against an estimate of $20,000-$30,000.

VINELAND, NJ.- For 50+ years, starting in the 1970s, John and Adrienne Haley were the go-to source for Americans seeking high-quality European antique toys. The well-connected Yorkshire couple ... More
 

Mary Jackson, a basket weaver, in her showroom, with the central element of her creations, dried sweetgrass, on Johns Island, S.C., just outside Charleston, April 30, 2024.

JOHNS ISLAND, SC.- Mary Jackson was 4 when she learned how to weave. Sitting at her mother’s knee in the late 1940s, she tied her first knots with nimble little fingers, binding coils of sea grasses. In the Gullah Geechee communities of coastal South Carolina, where basket making is a centuries- ... More



How groundbreaking is Vivian Maier's photography?   Watching the future hatch in the New Museum incubator   RIBA reveals 22 exceptional projects in search for world's most transformative building


Fotografiska New York is presenting the first major retrospective in the United States showcasing the work of the late photographer Vivian Maier.

NEW YORK, NY.- Vivian Maier was a disappearance artist. Street photographers typically keep hidden when shooting, but Maier receded in every aspect of her life. Her now well-known story, which has contributed greatly to her posthumous fame, is that while she supported herself through ... More
 

Salome Asega, the director of New Inc, at the entrance of Demo2024, a showcase of works by members of New Inc, a “cultural incubator” run by the New Museum, in New York, June 5, 2024.

NEW YORK, NY.- Nicole Yi Messier and Victoria Manganiello would like you to talk to their textile. Just pick up the phone and tell it a story. Nothing elaborate — a simple story will do. The textile in question is a few feet away, 18 fabric panels suspended ... More
 

Adega Pico by DRDH Architects and Sami Arquitectos.

LONDON.- The Royal Institute of British Architects has today revealed 22 winners of the RIBA International Awards for Excellence 2024. The winning projects have been selected from entries to the world’s most prestigious award for architecture, the RIBA International Prize. The RIBA International Awards for Excellence celebrate the most exemplary architecture from across the world and the 22 ... More



The magnet fisherman's dilemma: What to do with $70,000 before it disintegrates   Susan Jaffe wants to build a new era at American Ballet Theater   A textile company that wants you to feel at home


James Kane, a magnet fisherman, and his partner, Barbie Agostini, outside the U.S. Treasury’s Bureau of Engraving and Printing. (Tom Brenner/The New York Times)

NEW YORK, NY.- James Kane was bleary-eyed as he climbed onto the upper deck of a Megabus, wearing a cowboy hat with stickers and carrying a backpack that contained a small fortune. He’d only gotten three hours of sleep the night before, as the previous day had been a blur of interviews with news wires, TV stations and radio programs. He was headed to Washington, more specifically ... More
 

Susan Jaffe, the artistic director of American Ballet Theater, at the company’s studios in Manhattan, May 31, 2024. (Scott Rossi/The New York Times)

NEW YORK, NY.- The red carpet was rolled out, the Champagne was flowing, and the crowd of financiers, artists, philanthropists and socialites gathered in a Manhattan ballroom on a May evening began to cheer. It was American Ballet Theater’s spring gala dinner, and the company had invited several hundred people for a performance — and a plea. Susan Jaffe, Ballet Theater’s artistic director and a former star ballerina with the company, ... More
 

Liza Berglund Laserow, at left with Nordic Knots co-founder and husband Fabien Berglund, in New York’s SoHo on June 6, 2024. (Chloe Taddie/The New York Times)

THESSALY LA FORCE.- Some families take their textiles very seriously. On a recent morning, Fabian Berglund, one of the co-founders of the Swedish rug and textile company Nordic Knots, carefully arranged a rack of miniature rugs so that each was angled at a perfect 45-degree angle. Liza Berglund Laserow — Berglund’s wife and another co-founder, along with Berglund’s ... More


Connie Butler appointed Director of MoMA PS1   The Jesus Lizard, underground rock heroes, surface with a new album   When Vienna's opera tradition got too traditional, they stepped in


Connie Butler. Photo: Mark Hanauer.

NEW YORK, NY.- Sarah Arison, Chair of the Board of MoMA PS1, and Glenn D. Lowry, The David Rockefeller Director of The Museum of Modern Art, recently announced that leading contemporary art curator Connie Butler has been named Director of MoMA PS1. Ms. Butler joins MoMA PS1 from the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, where she has served as Chief Curator since 2013. The appointment marks Ms. Butler’s return to New York, where she was The Robert Lehman Foundation ... More
 

The vocalist David Yow, a member of the Jesus Lizard, in Nashville, June 2, 2024. (Eric Ryan Anderson/The New York Times)

NEW YORK, NY.- In May, following the death of Steve Albini, the engineer and tastemaker who helped define the aesthetics of independent rock in the early 1990s, a consensus about his past work started to emerge: Among the slew of albums that Albini recorded in those days, few encapsulated his signature sonic wallop — and the potency of the broader scene he ... More
 

Lotte de Beer, the director of the Volksoper, at the opera house in Vienna, May 23, 2024. (David Payr/The New York Times)

VIENNA.- In a rehearsal studio built on the grounds of old military barracks outside Vienna’s city center one recent morning, director Barrie Kosky was asking for a touch of vaudeville. He was working on his new production of Mozart’s “Così Fan Tutte,” which opens at the Vienna State Opera on Sunday, and was running through a scene with Kate Lindsey and Christopher ... More



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Pay $1 to hear Wu-Tang Clan's secret album (eventually)
NEW YORK, NY.- Ten years ago, the most mysterious and expensive album of all time was announced by the Wu-Tang Clan as a protest against the devaluation of creativity in the age of the internet. “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin,” limited to one hyperdeluxe physical copy, was bought for a reported $2 million by the “pharma bro” Martin Shkreli and later acquired by an online art collective for $4 million. Now it can be yours for a dollar. Sort of. Pleasr, the online collective, began selling access to “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin” on Thursday, charging fans $1 (plus fees) to be part of what it called an experiment to test a simple question: “Do people still value music in a digital era?” As befitting an album that has been wrapped in legal and public controversy for a decade, however, the transaction is anything but simple. For $1, fans will gain ... More

Exhibition at The Photographers' Gallery offers a unique perspective on Mexican society and culture
LONDON.- This summer at The Photographers’ Gallery, Graciela Iturbide: Shadowlines celebrates the work and world of Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide (b. 1942, Mexico City). Widely recognised for the poetry and introspection of her work, Iturbide’s captivating black and white images explore themes of Mexican culture, identity and belonging. From the Seri people of the Sonaran desert to the Mexican-American cholo gangs of Los Angeles and Tijuana; the cinematic flatlands of American highways to the sculptural cacti of the botanical gardens of Oaxaca, Iturbide captures her subjects with depth and sensitivity. Describing her black and white photography as ‘an abstraction of the mind’, Iturbide’s work offers a unique perspective on Mexican society and culture by combining a documentary and humanist approach with an imaginative ... More

Winning design team proposed for renewed and enlarged S.M.A.K.
GENT.- The temporary association noAarchitects, David Kohn Architects with Asli Çiçek may design the expansion and renovation of S.M.A.K. The design proposal includes a second museum building, for the permanent collection. The entrance to both museum buildings will be in the Floralia Hall, which will have a central role in Citadel Park. Through an Open Call by Vlaamse Bouwmeester, S.M.A.K. and urban development company sogent started looking for a design team for the renewal and extension of the museum in the summer of 2023. In the autumn, from 53 submissions, five teams were selected to submit a design proposal. The jury's choice fell on the temporary association of noAarchitects, David Kohn Architects with Asli Çiçek. The winning design proposal best answers the demand for two museum buildings that are 'guests in the park': the ... More

Smithsonian announces endowment of the Smithsonian Science Education Center Director
WASHINGTON, DC.- The Smithsonian Science Education Center has announced today the endowment of the center’s director position through a gift from Douglas M. Lapp and Anne B. Keiser. The director position will now be named “The Douglas M. Lapp and Anne B. Keiser Director of the Smithsonian Science Education Center.” The gift to endow the center’s director position allows it to reach more science teachers and students with the Smithsonian’s resources and programming. The naming pays homage to Lapp’s incredible achievements as the center’s founding director (1985–2001), as well as to the deep and meaningful relationships that Lapp and Keiser have fostered throughout various areas of the Institution over the years. “Education has always been at the heart of the Smithsonian’s mission, and for almost 40 years, the Smithsonian ... More

Gagosian opens "The Body as Matter: Giacometti Nauman Picasso" in London
NEW YORK, NY.- Gagosian opened The Body as Matter: Giacometti Nauman Picasso, an exhibition of sculpture by Alberto Giacometti (1901–1966), Bruce Nauman (b. 1941), and Pablo Picasso (1881–1973). Curated by Richard Calvocoressi, the exhibition is on view at the Grosvenor Hill gallery from June 6 to July 26, 2024. Radical investigations of the human body and how we perceive it characterize the distinct sculptural practices of Giacometti, Nauman, and Picasso, who are widely regarded as defining figures of their respective generations. From the modernist preoccupation with the fragmented or disintegrated body typical of Picasso’s and Giacometti’s work to the postmodern expansion of sculpture into a range of environmental and anti-monumental forms exemplified by Nauman’s, this is the first exhibition to juxtapose ... More

The Morgan Library & Museum announces new appointments
NEW YORK, NY.- The Morgan Library & Museum announced three new appointments to its curatorial departments. Sheelagh Bevan is promoted to Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Printed Books and Bindings, Dr. Pınar Durgun joins the Morgan as Jeannette and Jonathan Rosen Associate Curator of Ancient Western Asian Seals and Tablets and Department Head of Ancient Western Asian Seals and Tablets, and Dale Stinchcomb is named Drue Heinz Curator of Literary and Historical Manuscripts. Sheelagh Bevan is promoted to Andrew W. Mellon Curator in the Department of Printed Books and Bindings. Since joining the Morgan in 2010, she has focused on expanding and interpreting the museum’s nineteenth- and twentieth-century collections, with particular attention to the history of the illustrated book, the European avant-garde, and modernist ... More

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts presents an exhibition of works by Andō Hiroshige
MONTREAL.- The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is presenting an iconic series of prints by Andō Hiroshige (1797-1858) from its collection. For the first time in over two decades, it is pulling from storage these remarkable woodblock prints that illustrate scenes of everyday life unfolding at each relay station along the Tōkaidō, the famous Eastern Sea Road that connected Edo (now Tokyo), to the former imperial capital, Kyoto. Dreamscapes by Andō Hiroshige presents all 55 prints of the very first edition of “Fifty three Stations of the Tōkaidō,” a series that has been in the MMFA’s collection since 1973 and that was published in 1833-1834 by Hoeidō and Senkakudō publishing houses. The exhibition looks at the talent of Hiroshige and his publishing team in creating an idyllic world everybody wanted to inhabit. It also examines the factors that led to the astronomical commercial success of the ... More

Lisson Gallery opens exhibition of works by Otobong Nkanga
LONDON.- For her inaugural exhibition with Lisson Gallery, Otobong Nkanga presents new sculptural objects, tapestries and a sound installation, as well as wall-hung and floor-based works – combining materials as diverse as clay, rope, glass, wood, textiles, oils and herbs. As an evocation of natural environments, Nkanga incorporates the images and properties of various stones and minerals into a new, monumental carpet, while towers of raku-fired ceramics create intermittent forests of scorched tree trunks. For every suggestion of destruction – a parched or ruined landscape – there is also the possibility of hope and renewal in the same space – a pool of rejuvenative liquid, the scent of essential oils or a purifying powder. A series of hand-braided rope sculptures, collectively titled Silent Anchors, hang or lay in each room as talismans ... More

Decorative Arts Trust Publishing Grant recipients announced
MEDIA, PA.- The Decorative Arts Trust announced the inaugural recipients of their new Publishing Grants. The Hispanic Society Museum and Library; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens received Publishing Grants for Collections, Exhibitions, and Conferences, and Dr. Joseph H. Larnerd from Drexel University received a Publishing Grant for Dissertations and First-Time Authors. In November 2024, the Hispanic Society Museum and Library in New York City’s Washington Heights will publish A Room of Her Own: The Estrados of Viceregal Spain to accompany their landmark exhibition of the same name. Guest Curator Alexandra Frantischek Rodriguez-Jack and Deputy Director and Head of Collections Margaret Connors McQuade will lead this examination of the estrado, defined ... More

Major exhibition provides an historical, social, political, and personal examination of breathing
DUBLIN.- IMMA presents Take a Breath, a major exhibition that provides an historical, social, political, and personal examination of breathing—why we breathe, how we breathe and what we breathe—exploring themes of decolonisation, environmental racism, indigenous language, the impact of war on the environment and breath as meditation. Featuring the work of Marian Abramović, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Mercedes Azpilicueta, Giacomo Balla, Ammar Bouras, Alex Cecchetti, Bruce Conner, Maud Cotter, Forensic Architecture, John Gerard, Sheroanawe Hakihiiw, Maria Hassabi, Susan Hiller, Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński, Waqas Khan, Joseph Kosuth, Clare Langan, Niamh McCann, William McKeown, Ana Mendieta, Khadija Mohammadou Saye, Isabel Nolan, Yuri Pattison, Mark Ruwedel, Patrick Scott, Pamela Singh, JMW Turner and Hajra Waheed. ... More



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On a day like today, painter Paul Georges was born
June 15, 1923. Paul Georges (June 15, 1923 - April 16, 2002) was an American painter. He died at his home at Isigny-sur-Mer, Normandy, France, aged 77. He painted large-scale figurative allegories and numerous self-portraits. In January 1966, the cover of Art News featured "In The Studio" now in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art. Works were included in Whitney Museum Anuals of 1961, 1963, 1967 & 1969. In this image: Muse Comes to Consult, 72 x 120 w, 1983.



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