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NEED TO READ
University of Manchester staff sign letter supporting ousted headmaster More than 100 staff at the University of Manchester have signed an open letter protesting the ousting of Whitworth Art Gallery director Alistair Hudson. The letter denounces the institution’s decision to ask Hudson to leave following a dispute over a statement of solidarity with Palestine included in an exhibit of forensic architecture. The missive describes his dismissal as a “serious violation of academic and artistic freedom of expression” and demands that Hudson be reinstated and apologize. (Guardian)
Ateneum art museum suspends art loans to Russia – The Ateneum art museum in Helsinki has suspended a project to loan works by artist Akseli Gallen-Kallela to the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow following the Russian Federation’s invasion of Ukraine. “With ongoing hostilities, we cannot rely on the guaranteed security of the works,” museum director Marja Sakari said. “Words of peace have officially turned into acts of war, which prevents us from lending our works.” (Daily Artfix)
How to know if the photographs are really real – In wartime, in the age of social media, you can’t believe everything you see. Case in point: Viral footage of a Ukrainian MiG-29 fighter, hailed as the “ghost of Kyiv”, turned out to be taken from a popular flight simulation game. To take a critical look at the images, a photojournalism professor has some advice: trust your instincts, do a reverse image search, look for signs of manipulation, look for terms in metadata, and beware of low quality images. (The arts journal)
Kandinsky’s painting is officially returned – Dutch officials in Amsterdam have returned a painting by Wassily Kandinsky to the heirs of a Jewish couple who sold it under duress during World War II. by Kandinsky painting with houses (1909) was acquired by the city at an auction in 1940 and has been in the Stedelijk Museum ever since. The question of whether it should be returned sparked a wider debate about how the Netherlands should handle restitution claims. (New York Times)
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
Obama Foundation Announces Art Commission – The Obama Foundation commissioned a sculpture from artist Richard Hunt for its Library Reading Garden in Chicago. The sculpture, called Bird Book, represents a bird flying out of a book as a symbol of the liberating and transporting power of reading. (Press release)
A digital archive resurfaces the stories of female dealers – A new project, the Women Art Dealers Digital Archives, aims to correct an underexplored area of research: the role that women dealers have played in the history of art. The archive, which chronicles the contributions of women merchants from the 19th century, is an open-access online platform of research, oral histories and resources that seeks to serve as a meeting place for scholars. (TANNING)
Adrienne L. Childs Wins High Museum’s Driskell Prize – Childs, who works as assistant curator at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, won the High Museum’s $50,000 David C. Driskell Prize. The art historian has been recognized for her work on black artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, including the 2020 exhibition “Riffs and Relations: African American Artists and the European Modernist Tradition.” (ART news)
Ketterer Kunst organizes an auction for Ukraine – Germany’s largest auction house held an auction for the benefit of Ukraine. The house will donate the full buyer’s premium from its online auction, “Printastic”, to Save the Children after the auction closes on March 15. (Press release)
Alice Anderson opens the show at Almine Rech – The Franco-British artist has opened a new exhibition in London, and it’s worth it. “Human/Non-Human Interactions” features new copper wire sculptures and electrifying paintings made using Anderson’s “geometric dance” technique, which blends contemporary dance, kinetic art and the influence of Nicholas Schöffer, “who tried to create interactions between the machine and the human”. , robot and dancer”, according to curator Marie-Laure Bernadac. (Press release)
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