Week in Review: WPA Mural Causes Controversy, Drawings by Children Detained at US–Mexico Border

One of the images from a child immigrant being detained at one of the many Catholic Charities Humanitarian Respite Centers at the US/Mexico border. (all images courtesy American Academy of Pediatrics)

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During a visit to the Catholic Charities Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, Texas, Dr. Sara Goza of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) received three marker drawings that offer insight into the world that children detained in US government detention centers at the US–Mexico border are forced to endure. | Hyperallergic

The Smithsonian Institution has expressed interest in acquiring marker drawings by these children. | NYT

Convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein returned to court this week on sex-trafficking charges. Members of the art world are among Epstein’s defenders and victims. | Hyperallergic

“The Life of George Washington” (1934) (© Tammy Aramiam/GWHS Alumni Association)

Victor Arnautoff’s “The Life of George Washington” was painted at George Washington High School in 1934 under the Works Progress Administration. Recently, the school board voted unanimously to paint over it, becoming a contentious topic on public art preservation. | Hyperallergic

Over 500 academics, scholars, and professionals have signed an open letter published in the academic journal Nonsite, decrying its destruction, calling it “an important work of art, produced for all Americans under the auspices of a federal government seeking to ensure the survival of art during the Great Depression.” | Curbed

The Antiquities Trafficking and Heritage Anthropology Research (ATHAR) Project has published a critical report on West Asian antiquities trafficking taking place more or less out in the open on Facebook. | Hyperallergic

Melania Trump’s monument near Sevnica in Slovenia (image courtesy Brad Downey)

A life-size wooden sculpture of Melania Trump recently appeared on top of a tree pedestal on the green banks of the Sava river, close to the First Lady’s hometown in South Slovenia. Artist Brad Downey commissioned a Slovenian folk sculptor to create a monument with a chainsaw, calling the First Lady a “strange figure with an interesting life.” | Hyperallergic

78 artists signed a letter demanding that the UK’s National Portrait Gallery end its relationship with the oil company BP, which has sponsored the museum’s Portrait Award for the last 30 years. Signatories include artists Antony Gormley, Anish Kapoor, and Rachel Whiteread. | Hyperallergic

A vigil for artist Devra Freelander, who was killed by a truck while riding her bike in Brooklyn, escalated into a spar about bike safety between mourners, bike activists, and truck drivers. | Hyperallergic

Egon Schiele, “Self-Portrait with Physalis” (1912) (via Wikimedia Commons)

The heirs of Fritz Grünbaum, an Austrian cabaret singer whose art collection was looted by the Nazis before he was murdered at the Dachau concentration camp in Germany in 1941, can keep possession of two Egon Schiele drawings that belonged to Grünbaum’s collection, a New York appellate court ruled on Tuesday, July 9. This and other notable sales and acquisitions are chronicled in our latest Transactions story.

Opportunities

Miami’s Art in Public Places Program and Miami Dade County Department of Aviation (MDAD) are seeking South Florida-based visual artists and artist teams to create integrated artworks in two areas of the Miami International Airport. Applications are due on July 15 and 22, respectively. [Miami Dade Public Art]

Learn about other opportunities you can apply for this month in our latest “Opportunities for Artists in July 2019.”

This Week in the Art World

Naudline Pierre, “Deal Kindly and Truly With Me” (2018). Oil on canvas, 56 × 52 in. (Courtesy the
artist)

Cory Arcangel and Andy Robert are now represented by Greene Naftali gallery. | ARTnews

Paul Baker Prindle was named director of the University Art Museum at the California State University, Long Beach, which will soon be rechristened as the Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum. | Artforum

Jacqueline Brightwell was appointed director of the Bradbury Art Museum at the Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. |

Fariba Derahkshani, Timme Geerlof, and Annuska Pronkhorst have joined the supervisory board of the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam. | Artforum

John Edmonds was awarded the Brooklyn Museum‘s inaugural UOVO Prize for emerging Brooklyn-based artists. | BK Reader

Anne Ellegood was appointed executive director of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. | via email announcement

Jamie Goldblatt Manné was named co-director of Kayne Griffin Corcoran. | ARTnews

E. Jane, Naudline Pierre, and Elliot Reed were selected as the 2019-20 Studio Museum Artists in Residence. | via email announcement

KAWS is no longer represented by Perrotin gallery. | ARTnews

Nina Miall will curate the seventh TarraWarra Biennial in Healesville, Australia, in August 2020. | Artforum

Annie Morris is now represented by Timothy Taylor gallery. | via email announcement

The 12 artists shortlisted for the Prix Pictet photography prize were announced: Shahidul Alam, Joana Choumali, Margaret Courtney-Clarke, Rena Effendi, Lucas Foglia, Janelle Lynch, Ross McDonnell, Gideon Mendel, Ivor Prickett, Robin Rhode, Awoiska van der Molen, and Alexia Webster. | via email announcement

Betye Saar and Alfonso Cuarón will be honored at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Art+Film Gala on November 2. | via email announcement

Himali Singh was awarded Frieze’s Prize for Emerging Artists. | TAN

Thor Shannon was named director of David Zwirner gallery in New York. | ARTnews

St Fagans National Museum of History was announced as Art Fund‘s 2019 Museum of the Year. | via email announcement

Hollis Taggart gallery has named Paul Efstathiou as director of contemporary art and Jillian Russo as director of exhibitions. | via email announcement

Timm Ulrichs was awarded the 2020 Käthe Kollwitz Prize. | Artforum

Vielmetter Gallery is expanding its location in downtown Los Angeles and closing the Culver City front. | ARTnews

Joan Weinstein was appointed director of the Getty Foundation. | via email announcement

David Zwirner will open a gallery in Paris this fall. | via email announcement

In Memoriam

The facade of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, of which Philip Freelon was the lead architect (via Ron Cogswell’s Flickrstream)

Ben Barenholtz (1935–2019), film exhibitor, distributor, and producer | IndieWire

Paul Benjamin (1938–2019), actor | NYT

Cameron Boyce (1999–2019), film and television actor | LA Times

Artur Brauner (1918–2019), Holocaust survivor and German film producer | Hollywood Reporter 

Steve Cannon (1935–2019), poet and founder of the East Village’s A Gathering of the Tribes | The Villager

Martin Charnin (1934–2019), lyricist, writer, and theatre director | Seattle Times

Michael Colgrass (1932–2019), musician, composer, and educator | NYT

Valentina Cortese (1923–2019), actress | Guardian

Douglas Crimp (1944–2019), art historian, critic, curator, and AIDS activist | New Yorker

Gary Duncan (1946–2019), guitarist and singer | NYT

Phil Freelon (1952–2019), an architect whose design influence is found among major museums, specifically dedicated to Black culture, in the United States | Hyperallergic

João Gilberto (1931–2019), singer, songwriter, and guitarist who pioneered the bossa nova genre | NYT

Eberhard Havekost (1967–2019), contemporary German painter | ARTnews

Arte Johnson (1929–2019), comic actor | Washington Post

Mickey Kapp (1930–2019), record producer who made mixtapes for astronauts | NYT

Leon Kossoff (1926–2019), British figurative painter | Apollo Magazine

Spiro Malas (1933–2019), bass-baritone opera singer and actor | Opera News

Vivian Perlis (1928–2019), musicologist who founded Yale University’s Oral History of American Music | NYT

Marie Ponsot (1921–2019), poet | NYT

Sid Ramin (1919–2019), orchestrator, arranger, and composer | NYT

Jack Renner (1935–2019), sound engineer and counter of the Telarc International Corporation | Billboard

Rip Torn (1931–2019), actor, voice artist, and comedian | The Wrap

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