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THE WAR IN UKRAINE.The founder ofManifesta, Europe’s roving art biennial,Hedwig Fijen, has proposedholding its 2028 edition in Ukraine, with the aim of helping to “rebuild and re-strengthen the cultural ecosystem and infrastructure” in the country,Artnet News reports. (Its current iteration just opened in Prishtina, Kosovo.) Meanwhile, anAnnie Leibovitzphotoshoot ofVolodymyr and Olena Zelenska, Ukraine’s president and first lady, forVogue,has sparked controversy, with some commentators, and some Republican politicians, slamming it,Artforumreports. And criticJason Faragohasa lucid dispatch from Ukraine, reflecting on the power of culture amid a military conflict. “Through art we establish similarities between past and future, near and far, abstract and concrete, that cast received certainties into doubt,” he writes. “We look and listen in a way that lets thinking and feeling run parallel to each other.”
RECENT ACQUISITIONS.TheKimbell Art Museumin Fort Worth, Texas, has acquired ashowstopper of a paintingby the 19th-century Austrian artistFerdinand Georg Waldmüller,Fort Worth Businessreports. TitledDog Guarding a Basket of Grapes(1836), it features grapes that look juicy enough to pluck off the canvas and a dog that, frankly, you could probably brush aside. The work has not been exhibited publicly in more than 50 years, and is the first piece of Austrian authorship to enter the Kimbell’s collection. Meanwhile, after sending three works from its collection—byCézanne,Matisse, andRenoir—to auction,raising some $51.2 millionto diversify its holdings,theToledo Museum ofArt in Ohio hasrevealedsome of its recent acquisitions,KTNV 13 Action Newsreports. They include an a livelyGrace Hartigan, titledHarvester, from 1966.
Katy Siegelis joining theSan Francisco Museum of Modern Artas research director of special program initiatives, a newly created role. She is now senior programming and research curator at theBaltimore Museum of Art, whose director,Christopher Bedford, wastapped earlier this yearto lead SFMOMA.[Artnet News]
Continuing a tradition that began in 1965, portraits of formerPresident Barack Obamaand formerFirst Lady Michelle Obamawill be unveiled at theWhite Housein September. The identity of the artists will be announced on the day of the ceremony.[The Associated Press]
Houston’sFotoFestannounced the lineup of artists for its 2022 biennial show, which includesLaura Aguilar,Forensic Architecture,Dorothea Lange,Lorraine O’Grady, and many more. Titled “If I Had a Hammer,” after thePete SeegerandLee Hayssong, it runs September 26 through November 6.[Glasstire]
ActorJohnny Deppsold a reported 780 prints he created for about £3 million ($3.65 million) viaCastle Fine Art. The series—titled “Friends and Heroes”—depicts people like actressElizabeth Taylorand artist-musicianBob Dylan. The works are “at the intersection of pop art and street art,” the gallery said.[BBC News]
A Gorgosaurus skeleton sold atSotheby’sin New York on Thursday for $6.1 million to an unnamed buyer, who will have the opportunity to name it.[BloombergandThe New York Times]
HOMECOMING PARTY.ANorman Rockwellpainting in the collection of theSheldon Art Museumat theUniversity of Nebraska-Lincolnholds a special significance for crop insurance adjusterPeggy Montarsi: It shows her 13-year-old father and other relatives on her family’s farm in Indiana. Rockwell painted the work,The County Agricultural Agent(1947–48), for a story in theSaturday Evening Post. Montarsi recently paid a visit to the Sheldon, and1011 NOWcaught up with her. “I don’t think anybody really understood how big it would have been at that time because it was just this guy coming by taking pictures and having chicken dinner at the house,” she told the outlet. “And then it becomes an article in the magazine all over the nation.”[1011 NOW]