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Amid outcry, Academy Museum to revise exhibit on Hollywood's Jewish roots

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles, on Oct. 7, 2021. (Rozette Rago/The New York Times)

LOS ANGELES, CALIF.- When the popular Academy Museum of Motion Pictures opened in 2021 with exhibits celebrating the diversity of the film industry, the museum was criticized for having largely omitted one group: the Jewish founders of Hollywood. Last month, the museum aimed to correct that oversight by opening a permanent new exhibition highlighting the formative role that Jewish immigrants such as Samuel Goldwyn and Louis B. Mayer played in creating the American film industry. But the new exhibition, which turns a sometimes ... More

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How Venice might remake itself as a contemporary art hub   A Venice show pays tribute to Jean Cocteau, the maverick artist   Philip Guston's teenage drawings reveal a lost world of funny pages

Residents show their concern for Venice’s population by displaying the number 49,999 after the number of inhabitants of Venice’s historic center fell below 50,000 for the first time, in Italy in June 2024.

VENICE.- Venice is a magic trick, a city on stilts rising from the water. Yet that very magic trick has also created a seemingly intractable problem, as Venice has become famously overtouristed. Today, the city’s population has dipped below 50,000, while it contends with, by some estimates, 20 million to 30 million annual tourist visits. On an average day, that means there are more tourists on ... More

Jean Cocteau, Mask for the Play Antigone (Masque pour la pièce Antigone), 1923, wire mesh, pipe cleaner, and beads, 23x22x12 cm. Bibliothèque National de France, Paris, Fonds Charles Dullin (1885–1949) © Adagp/Comité Cocteau, Paris, by SIAE 2024.

VENICE.- A 1949 photograph of Jean Cocteau, shot by Philippe Halsman for Life magazine, playfully depicts the suave and influential Cocteau, a leading figure of the 20th-century French avant-garde, with a surreal number of hands, holding a pen, a paintbrush, scissors, a book ... More

File photo of “The Studio” (1969), one of many hooded images by Philip Guston, at the artist’s exhibition, “Philip Guston Now” at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, April 25, 2022. (Tony Luong/The New York Times)

NEW YORK, NY.- Before Philip Guston developed the loud and plush figuration of his renown, before he Anglicized his surname in adulthood, the 12-year-old known as Philip Goldstein joined the art staff of the Los Angeles Times Junior Club. The son of Ukrainian Jewish immigrants in Montreal who had moved to Los ... More

Vandals splash graffiti on homes of Jewish leaders of Brooklyn Museum   Mennour now collaborates with the Estate of Huguette Caland   Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art announces new publication featuring renowned ceramics collection

File photo of installation view of Arts of the Himalayas at the Brooklyn Museum. Photo: Danny Perez.

NEW YORK, NY.- The homes of the Jewish director and trustees of the Brooklyn Museum were vandalized early Wednesday morning in a coordinated attack, according to a museum spokeswoman. Vandals attacked the Brooklyn Heights home of Anne Pasternak, director of the museum, by smearing red paint and graffiti across the entry of her apartment building and hanging a banner that accused her of being a “white-supremacist Zionist.” ... More

Huguette Caland, Untitled (Limousin), 1986. Oil on canvas, 61 x 61 cm. Courtesy Estate Huguette Caland and Mennour, Paris. © Huguette Caland.

BASEL.- Mennour announced an unprecedented collaboration with the Estate of artist Huguette Caland (1931- 2019). On the occasion of Art Basel, Mennour reveals historic works by this pioneering artist, notably for her poetic and political exploration of the female body and desire. In November 2024, the gallery will be devoting a new exhibition and publication to the particularly productive ... More

Thomas Campbell, Wavey Waverson, 2019. Earthenware, 37 x 8 x 8 in. Museum Purchase with the Charter Member Endowment Fund. Photo courtesy of Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art.

LOGAN, UT.- The Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art at Utah State University and University Press of Colorado announced the publication of Unearthed: The NEHMA Ceramic Collection and the Woman Behind It. The ground-breaking, 256-page publication showcases selections from NEHMA’s exceptional ceramic ... More

Want to succeed as an artist? Click here.   New sculptural ceramics by Danish artist Merete Rasmussen on view at Pangolin London   Was this sea creature our ancestor? Scientists turn a famous fossil on its head.

With a rising number of artists vying for a limited number of galleries and grants, arts professionals are pivoting to careers as coaches. But can they help people profit from their talents? (Hannah Robinson/The New York Times)

NEW YORK, NY.- From 2005 to 2017, Paddy Johnson ran a respected art-world blog, Art F City. “Fiercely Independent,” began its tagline. But art criticism is a precarious business. She tried teaching ... More

Merete Rasmussen, Arise (detail). Photo: Steve Russell Studios.

LONDON.- Pangolin London is presenting an exhibition of new sculptural ceramics by Danish artist Merete Rasmussen. Meticulously hand crafted from clay, appearing like colourful ideas articulated in space, the works consist of elegantly looping ribbons to which there is no discernible beginning or end. Exploring the concept of ... More

Researchers have long assumed that a tube in the famous Pikaia fossil ran along the animal’s back. (Mussini et al., Current Biology 2024 via The New York Times)

NEW YORK, NY.- Over the past 500 million years, vertebrates have evolved into a staggering variety of forms, from hummingbirds to elephants, bullfrogs to hammerhead sharks, not to mention our peculiar species of upright ape. But underneath all that ... More

French artist Didier Chamizo unveils first UK solo show at D'Stassi Art in London   Italian artist Sofia Cacciapaglia opens exhibition at Sapar Contemporary   Sarah Ganz Blythe appointed director of Harvard Art Museums

Installation view.

LONDON.- Didier Chamizo ‘Rebel Soul’ opened on 7th June at D’Stassi Art in London and is the first UK solo show of the French activist and former prisoner turned artist. Didier Chamizo began painting in prison and harnessed the power of art to turn his life around. His vibrant paintings caught the attention of Alain Dominique Perrin, Founder and President of the Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art and his ... More

The choice of cardboard and recycled packaging paper is also tied to the artistic and social roots of Italian arte povera.

NEW YORK, NY.- Sapar Contemporary is presenting the second solo exhibition by Italian artist Sofia Cacciapaglia titled Affresco Su Cartone (Fresco on Cardboard). One of Cacciapaglia’s favorite materials is discarded cardboard boxes which she transforms into monumental landscapes and figurative paintings that are akin to ... More

Ganz Blythe is an active scholar who has taught at Brown University, Wellesley College, and RISD, and has published widely throughout her career. Photo: Josephine Sittenfeld.

CAMBRIDGE, MASS.- Sarah Ganz Blythe, a highly respected curator, educator, and scholar with more than 25 years of museum experience, will be the new Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director of the Harvard Art Museums, interim Provost John Manning announced Wednesday. ... More

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Gardiner Museum welcomes first Curator of Indigenous Ceramics, Franchesca Hebert-Spence
TORONTO.- The Gardiner Museum has announced the appointment of Franchesca Hebert-Spence as its inaugural Curator of Indigenous Ceramics. Hebert-Spence will oversee the narrative and content development of the Gardiner Museum’s new Indigenous gallery space, part of a full-scale transformation of the Gardiner’s ground floor guided by the principles of access, connectivity, and Indigeneity. The Indigenous gallery space is being designed by architect Chris Cornelius of studio:indigenous, in consultation with the Gardiner’s Indigenous Advisory Circle: Mary Anne Barkhouse, Kent Monkman, Andre Morrisseau, Duke Redbird, and Tekaronhiáhkhwa / Santee Smith. Construction on the project will begin in July of this year. “As the Gardiner embarks on an exciting period of change and growth, rooted in the ... More

He's got baby fever: A trans choreographer's surrogacy journey
NEW YORK, NY.- In “prettygirl264264” (2018), choreographer Ashley R.T. Yergens threw himself a funeral. It was absurd, and funny, with an “In Loving Memory” card in lieu of a program, and an a cappella rendition of Celine Dion’s “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now.” But it was also a dark meditation on how transgender people can be treated, even in death. “It was connected to this question of, How will I be remembered?” said Yergens, 32, who is trans. “Will I get to have a funeral in the way that other people get to be remembered?” Yergens’ latest work, “Surrogate,” premiering this week at New York Live Arts, contains another premature life-cycle event: a birthday party for a frozen embryo. There is darkness under the surface here, too, as there often is in work by the Brooklyn-based Yergens, whose brash, irreverent dances are stuffed ... More

Drawing Room opens Nora Schattauer's first solo exhibition
HAMBURG.- In her first solo exhibition at the Drawing Room, Duisburg-born and Cologne-based artist Nora Schattauer presents two tableaux with works on paper from 2011 to 2024. Schattauer works with chemical solutions, mineral salts and acids, which are applied to the paper in a controlled manner with a pipette, in such a way that an almost regular, constantly varied pattern forms the basic framework. As the substances penetrate the image carrier, they gain visual depth and thus become a kind of physical resonance surface. They react with the unglued paper, form bonds and are subject to subsequent colour changes. This "reaction process" often gives the works a fluid character; the artist herself speaks of "controlled chance". Although Schattauer cannot completely anticipate the result, empirical values allow her to control it in a variety of ways. ... More

Zoumboulakis Contemporary Art opens "Wow Pow! Bam! Comics and Painting, A Meeting at the End of the 20th century"
ATHENS.- Zoumboulakis Gallery is presenting the groundbreaking exhibition "Wow Pow! Bam! Comics and Painting, A Meeting at the End of the 20th Century", which explores the enduring effect of comics on the body of contemporary painting. Based on a concept by visual and comics artist Spyros Verykios and co-curated with art historian Thanasis Moutsopoulos, the exhibition aims to demonstrate the ways in which contemporary artists draw inspiration from the visual and narrative conventions of comic strips, transcending the boundaries between traditional art practices and juxtapositions such as that between ‘high’ and ‘low’ art. The exhibition focuses on two parallel developments in art in the late twentieth ... More

Sworders to offer items from the estate of architect and interior designer Max Clendinning
LONDON.- Sworders brings to market items from the estate of architect and interior designer Max Clendinning (1924-2020) and theatre designer Ralph Adron (1939-2023). The 106 lots, due to be sold on July 9, comprise items from the couple’s extraordinary homes in Islington, London and Umbria, Italy. The pair first met in 1960 when Max was already an established name in British design and Ralph a student at the Slade. Both had a passion for collecting. Ralph had bought Victorian design objects and furniture since the 1950s, his first purchase being William de Morgan tiles from a market stall in Croydon for which he paid sixpence each. He held a particular fondness for the Aesthetic movement, including ebonised mantel clocks designed by Lewis Foreman Day (1845-1910). However, it is the extraordinary mixture of furnishings from different ... More

Work begins to restore roof at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
BRIGHTON AND HOVE.- Vital work started last week to repair the 220-year-old roof of Brighton Art Gallery & Museum to bring the Grade II listed building up to 21st century requirements. This major building project, led by Brighton & Hove Museums, will enhance the care of the collections housed within the space as well as the visitor experience. The work will improve carbon performance and provide better access to the space for both staff and contractors. A structural survey in 2019 found the building, one of the first purpose-built museums in the UK, needs urgent repairs. Funded by a grant of £1,463,769 by Arts Council England and £500k from Brighton & Hove City Council, work begins this week to decant items into storage in key areas. Preparation work will start for the restoration of the two Georgian glass lanterns which span ... More

For women in architecture, it's a time of 'catching up'
NEW YORK, NY.- When it comes to gender equality, the architectural profession is a laggard, to say the least. It wasn’t until the 21st century that the Pritzker Architecture Prize — the profession’s highest accolade — was first awarded to a woman: Zaha Hadid, who won it in 2004. Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, co-founders of the Dublin firm Grafton Architects, are among only five women who have collected the award since. In awarding them the 2020 prize, the Pritzker jury described Farrell and McNamara as “pioneers in a field that has traditionally been and still is a male-dominated profession,” and cited their consistent regard for “the people who would inhabit and use their buildings and spaces.” Community-oriented, sustainable architecture was one of the themes of the Art for Tomorrow conference, an annual event ... More

Can art save the world? Or is that too much to ask?
VENICE.- The United States is experiencing a moment of extreme tension in which fear and anger are high and false narratives pervade the collective consciousness; culture and the arts have an instrumental role in changing those narratives. That was the potent message conveyed by the opening speaker at the Art for Tomorrow conference in Venice last week. American lawyer and social justice activist Bryan Stevenson kicked off the annual forum for cultural discussion, held since 2015, which is organized by the Democracy & Culture Foundation and features panels of experts on important disciplines in conversation with journalists from The New York Times. This year’s event opened on June 5 at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice and was then held at the 18th-century Palazzo Diedo, the headquarters of Berggruen Arts & Culture, a nonprofit ... More

All in the details: Tony-nominated set designers on getting it right
NEW YORK, NY.- What are all those buttons for? That’s one of the many questions David Zinn is frequently asked about the sound console that spans nearly the length of the set he designed for “Stereophonic,” David Adjmi’s backstage drama about a band’s discordant recording sessions in the 1970s. “I think that,” he said, laughing. “What are all those buttons?” A music studio, a Harlem hair salon, a church sanctuary: These were a few of the worlds that Broadway audiences were whisked away to this season courtesy of the Tony Award nominees for best scenic design of a play. Zinn received two nominations, for “Stereophonic” and “Jaja’s African Hair Braiding.” Derek McLane was nominated for the revival of “Purlie Victorious.” In its second year working on Broadway, the design collective dots (Santiago Orjuela-Laverde, ... More

Françoise Hardy, moody French pop star, dies at 80
NEW YORK, NY.- Françoise Hardy, an introspective pop singer who became a hero to French youth in the 1960s with her moody ballads, died on Tuesday. She was 80. Her death, from cancer, was announced by her son, Thomas Dutronc, in a post on Instagram, saying simply, “Mom is gone.” No other details were provided. With songs like her breakthrough 1962 hit, “Tous les Garçons et les Filles” (“All the Boys and Girls”), and later “Dans le Monde Entier” (“All Over the World”); her lithe look, prized by star fashion designers; and her understated personality, Hardy incarnated a 1960s cool still treasured by the French. “How can we say goodbye to her?” President Emmanuel Macron of France said in a statement on Wednesday, a play on the title of Hardy’s 1968 hit “Comment Te Dire Adieu” (“How Can I Say Goodbye to You?”). ... More

On Broadway, 'Suffs' has a new tune (and 6 Tony nominations)
NEW YORK, NY.- Two ambitious overhauls are on Broadway right now: the Palace Theater and the musical “Suffs.” When “Suffs,” a show about the suffragists’ crusade for the right to vote, staggered to its Public Theater premiere in April 2022, few people would have bet that it had much of a future. Yet here we are with “Suffs” on Broadway, where it received generally positive reviews and six Tony Awards nominations, two for Shaina Taub’s score and book. What happened? Director Leigh Silverman (who also received a Tony nomination) recalls struggling with supply-chain issues and having to cancel 18 performances, including opening night. “No theater maker, no artist of any kind I think anywhere was able to do their best work in any circumstance coming out of COVID,” she said. Silverman and Taub (who also portrays suffragist ... More

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On a day like today, artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude were born
June 13, 1935. Christo Vladimirov Javacheff and Jeanne-Claude were a married couple who created environmental works of art. Christo and Jeanne-Claude were born on the same day, June 13, 1935; Christo in Gabrovo, Bulgaria, and Jeanne-Claude in Morocco. They first met in Paris in October 1958 when Christo painted a portrait of Jeanne-Claude's mother. They then fell in love through creating art work together. In this image: Workers build 'The Mastaba', an outdoor work made up of over 7000 stacked barrels by Bulgarian artist Christo on the Serpentine lake in Hyde Park in London on June 11, 2018.

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