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Merging Fashion Photography and Installation Art, Tyler Mitchell Crafts a Vision of Freedom for Black Youth

Born in 1995, Tyler Mitchell is a Gen Z phenom. Just a year after earning a bachelor’s degree in film and television from New York University, he made history by shooting Beyoncé for the September 2018 cover of Vogue—becoming the first black photographer to have his work grace the publication’s front. While growing up in Marietta, Georgia, a largely white suburb of Atlanta,... | Read More

Getty Trust to Give $10 M. in Coronavirus Relief Funds to L.A. Arts Organizations, and More: Morning Links from April 3, 2020

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The Getty Trust is responding to the coronavirus in its hometown by giving $10 M. in relief funds to Los Angeles arts organizations. [ARTnews]

The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation has pledged $5 million in relief across three initiatives to be supported over... | Read More

The Dizzying Experience of Visiting Virtual Museums

I’ve been taking some virtual walks lately through vacant closed museums. By which I mean to say I’ve been scrolling through Google Arts & Culture tours, clicking in and out of museums in Milan and Los Angeles and Seoul, using the arrow keys to spin around and around galleries I’ll probably never visit in person.

As museums the world over shut their doors in response to an... | Read More

To Avoid Lawsuit, National Gallery of Art Returns Picasso Work to Heirs of German-Jewish Banker

A decision by New York’s Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum to settle a restitution lawsuit in 2009 involving two paintings by Pablo Picasso marked the end of one of the most famous—and, sometimes, controversial—cases of its kind in recent history. Now, the family behind that case will become the owner of a different Picasso work after a major U.S. museum made the... | Read More

Columbia University M.F.A. Students Demand Refunds in Pointed Open Letter

New York’s Columbia University resumed its spring semester classes online this week after the coronavirus forced its campus to close. But graduate students at the school’s Visual Arts Program doubt how much they can learn about painting and sculpting through a webcam.

In a letter sent yesterday, nearly 60 M.F.A. candidates demanded that Columbia administrators refund tuition for... | Read More

One Artist Is Using Instagram to Raise Money for New York City’s Homeless in a Time of Crisis

The day after 28-year-old artist Hannah Beerman set up the Instagram account Artists for Humans, she woke up to more than 400 direct messages on the social-media platform. The new initiative, through which all proceeds from sales of artwork are directed to New York City-based nonprofits like Food Bank for New York City and Coalition for the Homeless, had caught on within a matter of... | Read More

Germany Gives $551 M. in Coronavirus Funds to Artists and Freelancers, David Zwirner Takes on Noah Davis Estate, and More: Morning Links from April 1, 2020

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Just four days after launching its coronavirus relief program, Germany sent €500 million (about $551 million) to artists and freelancers. [Artnet News]

The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. has returned a Pablo Picasso work that was subject to a... | Read More

Hauser & Wirth to Donate 10 Percent of Profits from Online Sales to WHO Coronavirus Fund

With their physical spaces closed, large galleries have started to respond philanthropically to the coronavirus crisis. This past Friday, David Zwirner announced it would share its online viewing room with a selection of invited small galleries. On Wednesday, Hauser & Wirth gallery—one of the biggest enterprises of its kind, with locations in nine cities on three continents—announced a... | Read More

Medieval Artists Depicted Bizarre Monsters and Weird Rituals. Instagram Made Them Famous.

Instagram is typically given over to selfies and vacation photos—but why not make it a space for medieval art, too? To survey the field, ARTnews has assembled a guide to the best medieval art Instagram accounts. On them, you’ll find a panoply of vibrantly colored beasts, gleaming manuscript pages, and wonderfully flattened, contorted figures enacting many different poses. Below, a look... | Read More

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Edward Hopper But Were Afraid to Ask

Edward Hopper’s paintings—distinctly American, according to many; deeply intriguing, to many more—are full of mysteries. But the questions surrounding Hopper need not be limited to his art alone. How did he get to be famous? What spurred on his most iconic tableaux? A guide that answers these questions—and more—follows below.

He was interested in states of “moving... | Read More

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