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MASS MoCA Director Joe Thompson Steps Down

Joe Thompson is leaving his 32-year directorship of MASS MoCA.  “After more than three decades as director, it is high time for me to step away from day-to-day management of the museum, focusing for the next year on transition planning, institutional advancement, and capacity-building,” Thompson said in a statement. “While we’ve achieved much over the past few decades, there remains […]
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Christie’s Leads Fall NYC Sales with $25 Million Cezanne

Christie’s is preparing its first sales after merging its Contemporary and Modern departments for October, leading with a $25 million Cezanne. “We’re giving consignors and buyer multiple opportunities this fall to buy at auction,” Alex Rotter, Christie’s Chairman of Postwar and Contemporary Art in New York says. “These collectors are happily making use of a wide range of platforms, […]
Tags: Art, New York, News, Art News, Minipost, Christie, Cezanne, Alex Rotter Christie


Man Who Punched Picasso at Tate to Face 18 Months in Prison

A who punched a £20 million Picasso last year at the Tate Modern will face 18 months in prison.  “I have concluded without hesitation the impact upon the public and the gravity of this offense, together with the need to deter others from this form of conduct requires the imposition of an immediate custodial sentence,” said Judge Jeremy […]
Tags: Art, News, Jeremy, Tate Modern, Art News, Minipost, Picasso, Tate


Whitney Museum Faces Criticism Over Show Featuring Works Purchased at Fundraiser

The Whitney Museum of American Art has canceled an upcoming exhibition following controversy over its decision to include work purchased during a fundraiser for racial justice charities, a move that drew criticism over its perceived capitalization on the work of artists of color without compensating them directly.  The museum is facing additional criticism over pulling the show instead of paying […]
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost, Whitney Museum of American Art


Tate to Make Half of Commercial Workforce Redundant

The Tate will make half of its commercial workforce redundant, The Guardian reports. “Sadly, at the moment, the trading business is too big because we won’t be able to open all the cafes and the shops in the same way,” says director Maria Belshaw. Read more at The Guardian  
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost, Tate, Maria Belshaw Read


Oregon Foundation Purchases Archive of Judy Chicago Prints

Oregon philanthropist and collector Jordan D. Schnitzer has purchase an archive of prints and works on paper by Judy Chicago. “This will enhance the abilities of art historians to understand her process,” says dealer Tonya Turner Carroll. Read more at Art Newspaper  
Tags: Art, News, Oregon, Art News, Minipost, Judy Chicago, Jordan D Schnitzer, Tonya Turner Carroll


Don Marron’s Collection of Works on Paper to Go on View at Pace in Hamptons

Part of the collection of late financier Don Marron, works on paper by Jasper Johns, Brice Marden and more, will go on sale at Pace Gallery’s Hamptons outpost this month. “The reason for this show is the same reason we are having the gallery here,” says Marc Glimcher. “To get people reengaged and in front of art again.” Read more at Bloomberg […]
Tags: Art, News, Bloomberg, Hamptons, Art News, Minipost, Marc Glimcher, Don Marron, Jasper Johns Brice Marden


Philadelphia Museum of Art Employees Vote to Unionize

The Philadelphia Museum of Art staff has voted to unionize. “We are all incredibly happy and excited to get to this point,” says organizer Nicole Cook. “It works out to an 89% victory, which feels really great. The win was very emphatic.” Read more at Philadelphia Inquiry
Tags: Art, News, Philadelphia, Art News, Minipost, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Nicole Cook, Philadelphia Museum of Art Employees Vote


Met Lays Off 79 Employees

The Met has laid off an additional 79 workers as the financial impact of COVID-19 continues to worsen.  “Our goal has always been to minimize the impact of the financial crisis for our staff,” reads an open letter from director Max Hollein and president/CEO Daniel Weiss. “Unfortunately, with staff salaries comprising around 65 percent of our annual budget, we […]
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost, Daniel Weiss, Max Hollein, COVID


Beirut Art Scene Mourns Destruction Following Explosion

A piece in the Art Newspaper traces the Lebanese art scene’s mourning after the massive explosion in the city last week. “All I hope now is for the quick recovery of those who have been injured and a safe return to the now-scattered people,” says Naila Kettaneh Kunigk, owner of Gallerie Tanit said in a statement. Read more […]
Tags: Art, News, Beirut, Art News, Minipost, Naila Kettaneh Kunigk, Gallerie Tanit


New Kerry James Marshall Pieces Delved Into Mystery of John James Audubon

Kerry James Marshall unveils a body of new works in the NYT this week, inspired by the drawings of John James Audubon, and by historical assertions and evidence that the ornithologist and artist was black. “I didn’t know what to make of it, honestly,” he says. “If somebody did the research and put it in a […]
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost, John James Audubon, Kerry James Marshall


Hank Willis Thomas Interviewed in The Guardian

Artist Hank Willis Thomas has an interview in The Guardian this week, as he exhibits a new sculpture in Atlanta’s Fourth Ward Park.  “To me, the work is a celebration and a provocation,” Thomas says. “It’s a symbol of community, strength, justice and belonging that aims to inspire action and demand social change.” Read more at […]
Tags: Art, News, Atlanta, Art News, Minipost, Thomas, Hank Willis Thomas, Fourth Ward Park


Billionaire Jeffrey Gundlach Says He Received Panic Offers for Works Over Coronavirus

Billionaire Jeffrey Gundlach claims that he has received “panic offers” for works by artists including Monet and Renoir this week at majorly discounted prices.  “This is a difficult time,” he says. “It makes sense for people who want liquidity” to turn to their art collections. Read more at Bloomberg      
Tags: Art, News, Monet, Art News, Minipost, Renoir, Jeffrey Gundlach


Fourth Plinth Sculpture Unveiled Delayed

The unveiling of the next Fourth Plinth sculpture in London has been postponed over coronavirus fears. “We will support all the individuals and businesses involved in the commissioning, planning and operation of this installation during these challenging times,” says London’s Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries, Justine Simons. Read more at Art Newspaper  
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Yale MFA Students Demand Partial Refund

Students in the Yale MFA program are demanding a partial refund of their tuition over the class cancellations due to coronavirus. “We are deeply troubled by the far-reaching repercussions of this event, which has tangible and unfathomable implications for our physical and mental health, financial security, professional careers, housing, and immigration status,” the students wrote in an open […]
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With Renovations of Notre Dame Halted, Thieves Attempt a Break-In

With renovations at Notre Dame halted over coronavirus, thieves have broken into the cathedral, Art News reports.  Two men were taken into custody after being spotted by guards. Read more at Art News
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More Closures Come as Coronavirus Pandemic Continues

Another string of closures has marked a bleak few days for the art world, as Frieze New York cancels its 2020 edition in the city, and François Pinault’s ambitious new museum inside Paris’s Bourse de Commerce postponed its opening until September.   Read a round-up of closure announcements here: Frieze New York Cancelled [Frieze] Bourse de Commerce […]
Tags: Art, News, Paris, Art News, Minipost, Frieze New York, François Pinault, Bourse de Commerce


Galleries Exploring Online Viewing Rooms During Coronavirus

A piece in the NYT charts the galleries experimenting with digital sales rooms and online viewing platforms as Coronavirus continues to threaten social gatherings. “If galleries are closed, how can we sell art?” asks David Zwirner. “The online platform is something we have envisioned as an important part of what we do.” Read more at NYT  
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost, David Zwirner


AO News Round-Up: Closures Continue in Art World Over Coronavirus

Closures continue this week over the coronavirus, as the National Gallery in London and the Tate announced full shutdowns for the coming weeks.  “We will continue to monitor the situation closely and we look forward to welcoming visitors back to the galleries when we reopen” a statement by the Tate reads. Also of note is the indefinite […]
Tags: Art, London, News, National Gallery, Art News, Minipost, Tate


Christie’s Shutters in Latest High-Profile Coronavirus Closure

The string of coronavirus-related closures continues as Christie’s shutters 10 of its salesrooms around the globe, with Phillips following suit soon after. “In the days ahead, we will be communicating a number of necessary changes to our usual course of business, including further changes to our sale calendar,” says Guillaume Cerutti, chief executive officer of Christie’s. “These […]
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost, Christie, Phillips, Guillaume Cerutti


Art Basel Considering Postponing June Fair in Switzerland

As coronavirus-related closures continue around the globe, Art Basel is mulling over postponing its flagship fair this June, Art News reports. “We have been closely monitoring the spread of the virus since its early stages and continue to take the evolving situation extremely seriously,” reads an open letter from the fair. “The health and safety of everyone […]
Tags: Art, News, Switzerland, Basel, Art News, Minipost


New York Blue-Chip Galleries Start to Close in Face of Coronavirus

A number of blue-chip galleries have revealed plans to close in the face of coronavirus. “While we firmly believe that communal engagement with art is crucial in these challenging times, our first priority is to take every possible measure to ensure the safety of our visitors, artists, and staff,” a Pace spokesperson says.Read more at Art […]
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost, New York Blue Chip Galleries Start


Coronavirus Threatens Chronically-Ill Artists

A piece in Art News this week notes the fears and concerns of chronically ill artists threatened by the specter of coronavirus. “It’s a recipe for disaster,” says artist Ezra Benus. “What will happen to me if the medical system gets overwhelmed and I lose access to medications and doctors?” Read more at Art News
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost, Ezra Benus


U.S. Museums Begin to Close Over Coronavirus

Museum closures have begun in the United States, as The Whitney, The National Gallery of Art, and The Met announced plans to close. “Our highest priority is the safety and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers, and visitors during this time,” a statement from The Whitney reads. “We look forward to reopening to our staff and community as […]
Tags: Art, News, United States, Whitney, Art News, Minipost, U S Museums Begin


Frieze Profiles Togo’s Palais de Lomé, The Only Fully State-Funded Arts Institution in Africa

Frieze profiles Palais de Lomé, the first major contemporary art museum in Togo, and the only state-funded arts institution in all of Africa. Read more at Frieze
Tags: Art, News, Africa, Togo, Art News, Minipost, Palais de Lomé


Inigo Philbrick’s Legal Woes Detailed in NYT

A piece in the New York Times this week follows the recent controversies surrounding dealer Inigo Philbrick.  The piece details Philbrick’s free-wheeling lifestyle and risky deals, which ultimately landed him in his current legal predicaments. Read more at NYT
Tags: Art, News, New York Times, Art News, Minipost, Philbrick, Inigo Philbrick


Louvre Closes Indefinitely Over Coronavirus

After weeks trying to mitigate the impact of coronavirus, The Louvre has closed indefinitely.  The Museum had made several efforts to avoid closing but ultimately was forced to shutter its doors today. Read more at Art News
Tags: Art, News, Louvre, Art News, Minipost


Vienna’s Albertina Museum to Open Modern-Focused Branch

Vienna’s Albertina Museum will get a Modern branch, the NYT reports. “I want to exhibit the Austrian canon alongside the larger canon,” says Klaus Albrecht Schröder, the general director of the Albertina. “In later exhibitions we will include artists like Georg Baselitz, Cindy Sherman, Alex Katz and Mike Kelley. But Austrian artists will always be […]
Tags: Art, News, Vienna, Nyt, Modern, Art News, Minipost, Albertina, Mike Kelley, Albertina Museum, Klaus Albrecht Schröder, Georg Baselitz Cindy Sherman Alex Katz


Art Basel Hong Kong Reveals Online Viewing Rooms

Art Basel Hong Kong’s online viewing room program has been announced, a consolation for exhibitors left unable to attend the fair due to coronavirus.  Read more at Art News
Tags: Art, News, Art News, Minipost, Basel Hong Kong, Basel Hong Kong Reveals Online Viewing Rooms


Germany Promises Financial Assistance to Arts Orgs Hurt by Coronavirus

Germany has promised financial assistance to arts institutions affected by coronavirus. “It’s clear to me that the situation is a massive burden for the cultural and creative sectors and that small institutions and freelance artists could face considerable distress,” says culture minister Monika Grütters. “I won’t leave you in the lurch!” Read more at Art Newspaper […]
Tags: Art, News, Germany, Art News, Minipost, Monika Grütters, Germany Promises Financial Assistance



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