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ANOTHER ART ATTACK.On Thursday, protesters at theArt Gallery of Western Australiain Perthspray painted the logofor the oil and gas companyWoodsideatop a prizedFrederick McCubbinpainting, theGuardianreports. The piece was covered with clear perspex, apparently preventing it from serious damage. One person was arrested. In a statement, the activists alleged that Woodside is causing the “ongoing desecration of sacred Murujuga rock art” because of its activities on the Burrup peninsula, north of Perth. Woodside, for its part, said that there has not been any impact on the 50,000-year-old rock art in the area, and that it “has a proven, more than 35-year track record of safe, reliable and sustainable operations.” The protest followsa string of protests last yearthat saw climate activists throw paint (or other substances) on paintings, or glue themselves to them, in efforts to draw attention to their cause.
JOB POSTINGS.The next director of the Seattle gem that is theFrye Art Museumwill beJamilee Lacy. She is coming to the Evergreen State from theProvidence College Galleriesin Rhode Island, where she is director and chief curator, and spoke with theSeattle Timesabout her plans. Over in Vermont, theShelburne Museumhasestablished an associate curator positionfor Native American art, and namedVictoria Sunnergren—a Ph.D. candidate at theUniversity of Delaware—to the post, perArtDaily. And in case you missed it:Ron Clark, the founding director of theWhitney Museum’sIndependent Study Program, is stepping down after an incredible 54 years, and artistGregg Bordowitz(an ISP alum and faculty member) istaking his place.
TheFOG Design+Artfair is currently running in San Francisco, with 48 exhibitors (and an appearance fromNancy Pelosion opening day).Jia Jia Huanghas a rundown of the best booths at the festivities, fromNight Gallery,Jessica Silverman,David Zwirner,Ratio 3,Nonaka-Hill, and more.[ARTnews]
After 12 years with a Bushwick, Brooklyn branch,Clearinggallery is closing its space there and opening a three-floor venue on the Bowery in Manhattan, near theNew Museum. The enterprise, which reps artists likeKorakrit ArunanondchaiandMeriem Bennani, also has branches in Brussels and Los Angeles.[ARTnews]
UNESCOheld workshops this week in Warsaw for officials from Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and other nearby countries, with the aim of teaching them how to identify cultural material that has been looted from Ukraine and smuggled abroad.[The Associated Press]
Marcela Guerrero, who organized the acclaimed exhibition “no existe un mundo poshuracán: Puerto Rican Art in the Wake of Hurricane Maria” at theWhitney, was profiled in theTimes. She is the museum’s first Puerto Rican curator, and said, “The goal for me is to demystify this world because it can be so exclusive and so mysterious.”[The New York Times]
In the market for aFrank Lloyd Wright–designed home? HisCircular Sun Housein Phoenix—one of only 14 circular residences that he designed!—has been listed for a cool $8.95 million. It has three bedrooms, three baths, and 3,095 square feet, and was the last house he designed before his death in 1959.[Architectural Digest]
THE FUTURISTS.CoinDeskreports thatTonic.xyz, an NFT gallery that specializes in generative art, isabout to unveil its first collection, from artistJaime Derringer. The venture was cofounded bySusannah Maybank, formerly ofGagosian. Meanwhile, theFinancial Timesreports, artistShezad Dawoodisreleasing workthroughZien, a platform whose focus is “expanded NFTs,” meaning tokens that can be exchanged for physical objects, rather than merely displayed on screens.
THE MOON MAN.In New York, thePace Galleryis restagingRobert Whitman’s seminal 1960 HappeningAmerican Moonat its Chelsea location, and the artist spoke with theNew York Times about the project. However, in keeping with the piquant mystery that so often radiates from his work, Whitman did not exactly make things clear. “I used to try to explain things to myself—what I was doing,” he told the paper. “Then I suddenly realized my ideas and thoughts and rationalizations were nonsense, and I just decided to go with my intuition.” Artists![NYT]