From Artists on the Front Lines of Demonstrations to the Death of Christo: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

Catch up on this week's news—fast.

A portrait of George Floyd hangs on a street light pole in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images.
A portrait of George Floyd hangs on a street light pole in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images.

BEST👍

About TIME – Artist Titus Kaphar’s poignant illustration of a black mother with the silhouette of a child is on the cover of this week’s TIME magazine.

Memorials to Black Lives – Murals paying tribute to those killed by police and in other racist incidents appeared in cities around the world.

Cutting Ties with Police – The Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Institute of Art have severed their contracts with the city’s police department after the death of George Floyd.

Voices From the Front Lines – On this week’s Art Angle Podcast, four artists share their personal accounts from the front lines of protests in New York and beyond.

Art for Philadelphia – Philadelphia-based artists are selling prints to raise money for bail funds as part of an efforts to support protestors in Pennsylvania.

SAMO for Sale – A small New York auction house sold a Jean-Michel Basquiat SAMO graffiti tag—the first ever to come to market—for more than $70,000.

Monuments, Down – Monuments to Confederate soldiers—including one of Robert E. Lee in Virginia—are finally coming down in the wake of nationwide protests against police brutality and systemic racism.

Hiding In Plain Sight – Archaeologists used LiDAR technology to unearth the largest and oldest Mayan ceremonial complex ever found.

WORST👎

Remembering Christo – The artist, who died at age 84, dedicated his career to bringing seemingly impossible projects to life.

Trump’s Photo Flop – What does President Donald Trump’s bizarre photo op with a bible say about the larger state of the world? Artnet News’s Ben Davis analyzes the story.

Time’s Up for Rizzo – Philadelphia removed a monument to Frank Rizzo, a former city police chief and segregationist mayor.

Honor for Sale – A German auction house sold a Medal of Honor for over $15,000, even after Texas senator Ted Cruz criticized the sale.

Fair or Fail? – The Seattle Art Fair may be over, after its parent company, Vulcan, closed its art and entertainment division this week.


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