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Russian film director and current Venice Biennale Russian pavilion artist Alexander Sokurov (Faust, Russian Ark) will shut down his independent film foundation, Primer Inotnatsii after ongoing pressure by the Russian government.  The artist claims that “unfriendliness and aggressiveness” from the state’s culture ministry prevented him from continuing in his work with the foundation. Read more at Hollywood Reporter  
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The nation of Benin is building a new space in the city of Abomey for 26 objects of art and cultural heritage looted by French troops in 1894 pledged by the Macron government back to the West African country. “They will allow us to build a new museum and make the royal palaces more economically sustainable,” Gabin Djimass, Abomey’s tourism […]
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Artist Cary Leibowitz and the creative director Simon Lince give the NYT a tour of the upstate home, and the collection they have built. “When I first met Simon, I was already in Harlem,” Leibowitz says. “But I had been a hoarder for years, and it was impossible for someone to just move in and […]
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A piece in the NYT this week charts the recent removal of the Sackler name from the galleries at the Louvre, and forecasts the likelihood that more museums will follow suit.  “We are not a partisan organization, we are not a political organization, so we don’t have a litmus test for whom we take gifts […]
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Four participants in the Whitney Biennial have withdrawn their work following the museum’s continued involvement with Warren B. Kanders, its vice-chair.  “We were angry when we learned of Kanders’ role as CEO of Safariland, a company that manufactures teargas and other weapons of repression,” Korakrit Arunanondchai, Meriem Bennani, Nicole Eisenman, and Nicholas Galanin.  Read more at Art News   […]
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Members of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union have expressed solidarity with Ahdaf Soueif over the author’s resignation from the British Museum board of trustees over its BP funding and other issues. The letter claims that BP “is allowed to propagate the myth that, without its existence, we would not have access to the collections of […]
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Jamian Juliano-Villani, Let’s Kill Nicole (Installation View), via Massimo de Carlo Currently on view at Massimo de Carlo in London, Jamian Juliano-Villani’s new exhibition, Let’s Kill Nicole, seems to emphasize the same sort of alternating morbidity and innocence of an adolescent suggestion of violence. In the same way that a child might suggest death as […]
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The David Smith Estate has named Jennifer Field its new executive director, as it continues to expand and work on the artist’s catalogue raisonné. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join the Estate of David Smith in a capacity that draws upon my range of professional and scholarly experiences,” she said in a statement, […]
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NADA has announced plans for its first Chicago Invitational, with 35 exhibitors from 19 cities in 11 countries presenting at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel.  Read the Exhibitor List Here
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A group of artists and curators, including Hannah Black, have written a powerful piece in Artforum this week, challenging the artists in this year’s Whitney Biennial regarding their refusal to protest the show over the Whitney’s tacit support of board member Warren Kanders. “A boycott would boost the force of every one of these statements and actions,” the piece reads. “But […]

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