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June 26, 2022

Sam Gilliam, a painter revered for draped canvases rich in colour, has died, aged 88

Sam Gilliam, an abstractionist known primarily for his Drape paintings—unstretched canvases that are hung from ceilings and pinned to walls—as well as for being the first Black artist to represent the United States at the Venice Biennale, has died. Gilliam died on 25 June, aged 88. The cause of death was renal failure. His death was announced by his New York gallery Pace, as well as his Los Angeles gallery David Kordansky.

June 26, 2022

FBI raids Florida museum, seizing 25 Basquiat paintings amid questions regarding their authenticity

The Orlando Museum of Art’s exhibition Heroes & Monsters: Jean-Michel Basquiat, The Thaddeus Mumford, Jr. Venice Collection was forced to close early when, on Friday (24 June), the FBI raided the Florida museum and seized all 25 of the show’s paintings amid questions about their authenticity. The works are all painted on cardboard and range in scale from 10in to nearly 5ft.

June 26, 2022

For the Birds: 33 Artists and Designers Reimagine Avian Architecture at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden



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For the Birds: 33 Artists and Designers Reimagine Avian Architecture at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

June 27, 2022

Grace Ebert

Olalekan Jeyifous’s “Birdega,” wool and metal, 16 x 16 x 16 inches.

June 26, 2022

From Whitechapel to Saudi Arabia: Iwona Blazwick takes up a new post as AlUla public art supremo

Saudi Arabia’s relentless drive to promote its cultural credentials continues with news of five new permanent works planned for the Wadi AlFann area located in the vast northwest region of AlUla. The large-scale, site-specific commissions will be overseen by Iwona Blazwick, the former director of Whitechapel Gallery in London, in her new role as the chair of the Royal Commission for AlUla’s Public Art Expert Panel.

June 26, 2022

Radiant Installations and Projections Illuminate Sydney’s Architecture for an Annual Light Festival



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Radiant Installations and Projections Illuminate Sydney’s Architecture for an Annual Light Festival

June 27, 2022

Grace Ebert

All images © Vivid Sydney, shared with permission

Following a two-year hiatus, Vivid Sydney (previously) returned this May with a spectacular display of light and color.

June 26, 2022

People with disabilities are the world’s largest minority, but disabled artists remain underrepresented in European museums. Is that about to change?

At the opening of this year’s Venice Biennale, Adina Pintilie’s Romanian Pavilion prompted cheers, tears—and a lot of walkouts. But the artist’s You Are Another Me–A Cathedral of the Body isn’t designed to be an easy watch. The installation of her film-based work, which in part explores the inner desires of disabled and neurodiverse people, repeatedly challenges the non-disabled viewer’s point of view: screens are tilted, mirrors and projectors employed to deliberately distort perspectives, forcing the viewer to physically adapt their gaze.

June 26, 2022

Rich volume examining knights and their shining armour goes beyond popular romantic notions

The idea of the knight is embedded in our cultural imagination. Chaucer’s “Gentle Knight”, forever “pricking on the plaine”, continues to shape our understanding of the medieval world. This collection of 15 essays, each by a different author—from the opening chapter “From War to Spectacle” by Richard Barber (University of York) via “Jousting under the Holy Crown”, covering the 16th-century Hungarian royal court, by Borbála Gulyás (Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest), to the “21st-Century Knight” by Tobias Capwell, jouster and curator (Wallace Collection, London)—opens up a subject that, as these chapter headings suggest, extends considerably beyond the 11th-century origins of the knightly sport of the tournament.

June 26, 2022

‘Unexhibitable’ Eva Hesse sculpture will go on view at the Guggenheim following restoration

After 35 years of laying in storage, a monumental sculpture by Eva Hesse will be displayed this summer at the Guggenheim Museum as the centrepiece of an exhibition exploring the artist’s material use and legacy.

Expanded Expansion was made in 1969, a year before the artist’s death, and features 13 10ft-tall panels made of rubberized cheesecloth supported by fibreglass and resin poles.

June 26, 2022

‘Unexhibitable’ Eva Hesse sculpture will go on view at New York’s Guggenheim following restoration

After 35 years of laying in storage, a monumental sculpture by Eva Hesse will be displayed this summer at the Guggenheim Museum as the centrepiece of an exhibition exploring the artist’s material use and legacy.

Expanded Expansion was made in 1969, a year before the artist’s death, and features 13 10ft-tall panels made of rubberized cheesecloth supported by fibreglass and resin poles.

June 23, 2022

‘I’m now living in a world where young women have fewer rights than I did’: art world reacts to US Supreme Court decision ending abortion rights

On Friday morning the US Supreme Court released its expected ruling overturning the landmark Roe v. Wadedecision that had guaranteed the constitutional right to abortion for 49 years. Millions of people took to social media to voice their outrage, frustrations and fears; thousands planned to march in protest before day’s end. The ruling, foreshadowed by the historical leak last month of a position paper from Justice Samuel Alito, will result in millions of people losing access to reprodutctive care including STI testing, access to contractptives, abortion and more.