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BUILDING A NEW INSTITUTION.TheHouse of Representativesin the United States unanimously passed a measure Tuesday tocreate a commission to studythe creation of aNational Museum of Asian Pacific American History and Culturein Washington, D.C. “I was born and raised in this country, and I really don’t feel that I learned enough or that kids learn enough about the contributions and the pain that Asian Americans went through,”Grace Meng, a New York representative, told the Washington Post. The vote comes as planning is underway on two other new D.C. institutions: theNational Museum of the American Latinoand theSmithsonian Women’s History Museum. TheAssociated Pressreports that the legislation would give a commission18 months to prepare a reporton the costs and logistics involved in establishing an Asian Pacific museum. It is now in the hands of the U.S.Senate.
NEWS FROM DOWN UNDER.The pioneering and hard-charging auctioneerRod Menzies, who made a fortune in contract cleaning before starting theDeutscher-Menzieshouse in the 1990s, hasdied at 76, theAustralian Financial Reviewreports. TheBank of New Zealandplans tosell its collectionof more than 300 works in September to fund charitable groups, theNZ Heraldreports. It is expected to bring in more than NZ$10 million (US$6.57 million). And the closely watchedBiennale of Sydneyis running through June 13, and its curator,José Roca, has aimed for it to havea record-lowcarbon footprint, theFinancial Timesreports. “I want everything to be repurposed after the event,” Roca told the paper. “I don’t want to be sending tons of material to landfill.”
Big day for D.C. news:Vincent Gillespie, the son of artistGregory Gillespie, was charged with seven counts for allegedlyparticipating in the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. He has pleaded not guilty. Vincent has been waging a legal battle for more than 400 paintings that his late father left to his stepmother.[Associated Press]
Brooklyn-based artistBosco Sodiis opening a 23,000-square-foot nonprofit art space in Monticello, New York, calledAssembly. Housedin a formerBuickdealership reworked with architectAlberto Kalach, it will show international contemporary artists.[The New York Times]
Archaeologists inOsuna, Spain, about 55 miles east ofSeville, have come across a major Phoenician-Carthaginian necropolis believed to date back some 2,500 years. It features eight burial vaults, and the region’s historical heritage department termed the find “unprecedented in inland Andalucía.”[The Guardian]
In a new survey, 82 percent ofNFTbuyers said investment purposes motivated them; 95 percent of those shelling out more than $25,000 citedinvestment (which is probably wise if you are spending that kind of money). Just 67 percent of women cited investment, while 96 percent of men did.[Penta/Barron’s]
The Japanese art collectiveteamLabhas filed suit against theMuseum of Dream Spacein Los Angeles, alleging that it has copied its signature immersive digital installations.MODS has rebutted the claim in legal filings; neither side is commenting.[Artnet News]
TheNational Museum of Koreain Seoul is opening a new show to mark the one-year anniversary of the gift of some 23,000 ancient and modern artworks from the lateSamsungChairmanLee Kun-heeto public institutions in the country. Pieces byKim WhankiandClaude Monetwill be among those on view.[Yonhap News Agency]
IF POSING FOR LIFE-DRAWING CLASSESwas an Olympic sport, the artist and drawing modelTed Steinwould be a serious medal contender. In aGuardianstory about how the field of life-drawing has becomemore diverse and inclusive, Stein says that he is used to not moving while making his own art, so not moving when being drawn comes him easily to him. “I’ve had spiders actually make webs between my limbs because I’ve been stationary for so long,” he said. Impressive, and slightly frightening. [The Guardian]