Galerie’s Weekly Art and Design Industry News Brief
Here are this week’s must-read news stories in the fields of art and design.
1. Kerry James Marshall’s Knowledge and Wonder will not be sold at auction
Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel has reversed his controversial decision to sell Kerry James Marshall’s Knowledge and Wonder at auction. Originally created for the Chicago Public Library, the mural was expected to fetch at least $10 million. Proceeds from the sale would have been put toward an ambitious library renovation. Instead, a revised $1.8 million renovation is underway.
2. D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities repeals censorship clause on grantee contracts
On November 5, the Washington, D.C., Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH), which awards millions of dollars in grants to artists and organizations each year, amended contracts to forbid “lewd,” “overtly political” content in work funded by grant money. It later repealed the amendment when a Change.org petition urging it to do so garnered over 2,000 signatures.
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3. Burke Prize Awarded to Cannupa Hnaska Luger
The artist Cannupa Hanska Luger has been awarded the inaugural Burke Prize for craft, constituting a cash award of $50,000. Luger’s work focuses on issues of environmental and social justice, particularly concerning LGBT individuals within indigenous populations.
4. Houston Museum of Fine Arts Reattributes Painting to Velásquez
A circa-1620 painting at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts formerly labeled “in the style of Diego Velásquez” has been reattributed to the Spanish master. The switch follows thorough conservation efforts by the museum’s chief paintings conservator, Zahira Bomford, who had previously suspected the painting’s origins.
5. Magazzino Italian Art Foundation establishes research center and annual fellowship program
The Cold Spring, New York, museum has announced a new fellowship program and research center, which will constitute roughly 4,000 publications. The first scholar in residence is Francesco Guzzetti, who recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University.