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Forensic Architecture Founder Barred from Entering U.S. as First American Survey Opens

ArtNews News Feed - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 20:58

Forensic Architecture, the London-based collective known for its investigations into crimes around the globe that bridge the gaps between architecture, art, design, and filmmaking, is no stranger to controversy. Having explored topics as diverse as police killings in Chicago and the torture of inmates at a Syrian prison to the business dealings of a museum board member, the group is accustomed to making headlines on a regular basis. On Wednesday, February 19, as the group’s first American survey opened to the public, Forensic Architecture’s founder said he was barred from entering the country.

In a statement sent to the Architect’s Newspaper, Eyal Weizman, who founded the group in 2010 in the British capital, said he was told last week in an email that he could not board a flight to Miami on February 14 for the opening of “True to Scale,” Forensic Architecture’s show at the Miami Dade College’s Museum of Art and Design. Weizman, who holds British and Israeli passports, said that, after attempting to re-apply for a visa at the U.S. Embassy in London, he was told that he could not travel.

“In my interview the officer informed me that my authorization to travel had been revoked because the ‘algorithm’ had identified a security threat,” Weizman’s statement reads. “He said he did not know what had triggered the algorithm but suggested that it could be something I was involved in, people I am or was in contact with, places to which I had traveled (had I recently been in Syria, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, or Somalia or met their nationals?), hotels at which I stayed, or a certain pattern of relations among these things.”

A representative for the MDC Museum of Art and Design declined to comment, saying that the matter was “not an issue involving the college.” The exhibition is slated to run through September 27.

Forensic Architecture’s star has risen dramatically over the past couple years in the art world. Its work was surveyed at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London in 2018, and the group was later nominated for the Turner Prize that same year. Last year, the group appeared in the Whitney Biennial, where, with Laura Poitras’s Praxis Films production company, it crafted a work focused on the tear-gas canisters manufactured by Safariland, which is owned by former Whitney Museum vice chair Warren B. Kanders. Amid a larger outcry over Kanders, the group became one of eight artists to demand that the Whitney pull their work from the Biennial. (The work remained in the Biennial because Kanders ultimately resigned.)

In his statement on Wednesday, which was issued during the MDC Museum of Art and Design show’s public opening, Weizman said that the revocation of his visa to enter the United States is indicative of larger surveillance structures. “This much we know: we are being electronically monitored for a set of connections—the network of associations, people, places, calls, and transactions—that make up our lives,” he wrote, adding that the matter also points up larger issues about borders.

He continued, “I would like to thank our partner communities who continue to resist violent state and corporate practices and who are increasingly exposed to the regime of ‘security algorithms’—a form of governance that aims to map, monitor, and—all too often—police their movements and their struggles for safety and justice.”

South Korea Posts Surge in Coronavirus Cases Tied to Church

Yahoo - Art News - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 20:30

(Bloomberg) -- Confirmed coronavirus cases in South Korea have more than doubled within a day, with a surge tied to a fringe religious sect whose members may have contracted the virus from a single person.South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement Thursday that of the 31 new confirmed cases, 24 attended the “same Korean cult” with at least five of them having an “epidemiological link“ to a patient confirmed with the coronavirus earlier this week.The Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony, formerly known as Shincheonji Church of Jesus, said in a statement on its website that the patient identified as No. 31 by KCDC attended a worship service in one of its churches in Daegu. The pastor told local media that some 1,000 people attended the same service.The outbreak in Daegu, a city about 235 kilometers (150 miles) south of Seoul, has raised renewed concerns about the virus after a lull in reported cases last week. On Tuesday, President Moon Jae-in warned that the impact from the virus on the economy could be bigger and longer-lasting than the 2015 MERS epidemic that killed 38 people in South Korea.“We have closed down our Daegu church as of the 18th morning and are continuing to investigate, disinfect, and take preventive measures,” the group said in a statement. “We have also ordered our 12 regional branch churches and its assembly premises to block entrances, and to replace services and meetings to online or family services instead.”(Updates with latest number of confirmed cases)To contact the reporters on this story: Jihye Lee in Seoul at jlee2352@bloomberg.net;Peter Pae in Seoul at ppae1@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Peter Pae at ppae1@bloomberg.net, Kazunori TakadaFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.


'Like a zombie apocalypse': Residents on edge as coronavirus cases surge in South Korea

Yahoo - Art News - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 20:20

Residents of a South Korean city at the centre of a new coronavirus outbreak described empty streets, deserted shops, and a climate of fear as a surge in confirmed cases linked to a church raised the prospect of wider transmission. Malls, restaurants and streets in Daegu, the country's fourth largest city with a population of 2.5 million, were largely empty in scenes that residents and social media users likened to a disaster movie. Korea's Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) reported 53 new cases of the virus on Thursday, following 20 a day earlier, taking the total across the country to 104.


Former Mexico President Pena Nieto investigated in corruption probe: report

Yahoo - Art News - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 19:33

Mexican law enforcement authorities are investigating a former president, Enrique Pena Nieto, as part of an inquiry into corruption, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. Pena Nieto has become embroiled in the investigation of Emilio Lozoya, the former chief executive of Mexico's state oil firm Petróleos Mexicanos, or Pemex. Lozoya is accused of corruption related to a wide-ranging bribery and money-laundering case involving Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht SA. Lozoya, who was arrested in Spain last week, has denied wrongdoing.


Airports warn of chaos with looming Real ID license deadline

Yahoo - Art News - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 19:17

Without a special Real ID driver's license or card, airline passengers will be required to present a passport, military ID or Global Entry card to pass through security, even for domestic flights, starting in October.


New U.S. Navy Virginia-Class Attack Submarines Will Carry Hypersonic Missiles

Yahoo - Art News - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 18:58

The U.S. Navy has confirmed that the Block V version of its Virginia-class attack submarines will be the first vessels in the fleet to carry a new hypersonic missile the service is developing.


Trump attacks Bloomberg and mocks his height as Democratic candidate surges in polls

Yahoo - Art News - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 18:58

Donald Trump attacked Mike Bloomberg at a rural water policy event in California, saying the former New York City mayor and Democratic presidential candidate "hates the farmer."The president's attack on Mr Bloomberg, who is surging in the polls as he makes his Democratic debate stage debut later on Wednesday night, was merely his latest on a possible general election foe he derisively calls "Mini-Mike," a dig at Mr Bloomberg's height.


2 socialites have reportedly died after their Mercedes fell off a ferry leaving the most expensive ZIP code in the United States

Yahoo - Art News - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 18:54

The only way to get to Miami's exclusive Fisher Island is by a seven minute ferry, and two women inexplicably fell off it and died last night.


Tom Steyer pits his billions against Bloomberg's in TV ad slamming 'racist' policies

Yahoo - Art News - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 18:39

Democratic presidential candidates may have turned on Michael Bloomberg, but only Tom Steyer is putting money on the sentiment.In his latest TV ad, Steyer — who's a billionaire like Bloomberg, albeit about 50 times less rich — gives a megaphone to what some other Democrats have been saying. He pulls out controversial clips of Bloomberg defending the stop and frisk program he furthered "as the Republican mayor of New York City," and then slams Bloomberg's entire past agenda as "racist" in the seven-figure ad buy, The Associated Press reports.Steyer's ad is full of Bloomberg's own words, including clips of him blaming the 2008 financial crisis on redlining, which denied loans to people in low-income and minority neighborhoods. "Those policies were racist, and Mike Bloomberg was wrong to support them," a voiceover says before promising Steyer "will be a president for all of America."Bloomberg will make his Democratic debate debut on Wednesday night after meeting the polling threshold needed to qualify. Steyer won't be at the debate, but other Democrats will surely take up his attacks on Bloomberg.More stories from theweek.com Trump ridicules South Korea's Parasite after Oscars victory, asks for 'Gone with the Wind back' The growing crisis in cosmology Mike Bloomberg is not the lesser of two evils


Death row inmate scheduled to die by electric chair loses last attempt at life in prison

Yahoo - Art News - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 18:31

The Tennessee governor has denied clemency to a murderer on death row following a last-ditch effort to get him life in prison made by multiple people, including a former guard who says the man saved his life.Nicholas Sutton, 58, is scheduled to die by electric chair on Thursday evening for the 1985 murder of inmate Carl Estep.


Mormon-owned BYU eases rules on 'homosexual behavior'

Yahoo - Art News - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 18:18

Brigham Young University in Utah has revised its strict code of conduct to strip a rule that banned any behavior that reflected “homosexual feelings," which LGBTQ students and their allies felt created an unfair double standard not imposed on heterosexual couples. The university is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which teaches its members that being gay isn't a sin, but engaging in same-sex intimacy is. BYU's revisions to what the college calls its honor code don't change the faith's opposition to same-sex relationships or gay marriage.


Pace, Gagosian, Acquavella Beat Out Auction Houses to Sell Donald Marron’s Storied Collection

ArtNews News Feed - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 17:55

In a move led by Pace’s Marc Glimcher, three galleries have beat out the auction houses to sell works from the collection of Donald B. Marron, the prominent collector and financier who died in December. Ahead of the sale of the collection, the galleries—Pace, Gagosian, and Acquavella, all of which had close ties with Marron—will organize private selling exhibitions that will put the Marron collection on view in late April, just ahead of May auctions in New York.

Sotheby’s, Christie’s, and Phillips received word late on Tuesday, February 18, that the three galleries would handle the sale of the Marron collection privately. In January, it was widely reported that the Marron collection would head to auction, making up a major component of the May sales and carrying a valuation with a whisper number in the range of $450 million.

All three auction houses had offered guarantees of just over $300 million for the 300-work collection. The tripartite deal between the galleries would have to have been for a bigger number. How much higher the galleries were willing to bid and how they divided the overall guarantee is closely held information. Market participants will see how the works were divided when the exhibitions start on Friday, April 24.

Among the works in the collection are Pablo Picasso’s 1937 Femme au béret et la collerette (Woman with Beret and Collar) and his 1962 Femme assise (Jacqueline), Mark Rothko’s 1957 Number 22 (reds), Cy Twombly’s 2011 Untitled (Camino Real), and several pieces by Brice Marden, including his Complements (2004–07), as well as paintings by Willem de Kooning, Gerhard Richter, Mark Bradford, Mark Grotjahn, and Laura Owens.

The move is undoubtedly a blow to the auction houses whose sales volume in the current market depends far more on securing sufficient supply than in generating demand from collectors. But it is not without risk for the galleries in a market where pricing is well established and the lack of competition may blunt margins.

The announcement also intensifies the competition for the collection of Harry and Linda Macklowe, which the auction houses are said to be pitching this week. The size and importance of the Macklowe collection—valued at $700 million and made up of the couple’s most valuable 65 works that they were ordered to sell by a judge as part of their divorce proceedings—may also have played a role in the guarantee level all three houses were able to offer. The auction houses would have been cautious about over-committing in advance of the Macklowe deal.

The loss of the Marron works also makes Sotheby’s acquisition of the estate of Colorado collector Virginia Williams—with works by Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois for around $100 million in a deal brokered by Bank of America’s Dana Prussian—seem all the more prescient.

Oracle Employee Speaks Out Against Her Boss Raising Money for Trump

Yahoo - Art News - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 17:53

Larry Ellison, co-founder of Oracle, one of the largest software companies in the world, hosted a fundraiser for Donald Trump’s re-election on Wednesday at the tech titan’s Southern California estate. The event was expected to bring in some $7 million for the incumbent president. Some of Ellison’s employees were less than pleased about that, signing a protest petition and, according to Recode, planning to walk out on Thursday to demand Ellison and Oracle donate an equivalent amount to humanitarian causes and denounce what they see as the Trump administration’s failings.Kristine Lessard, an Oracle sales account manager based in Massachusetts, signed the first petition with a personal appeal. “As an Oracle employee and mom of a transgender young adult,” she wrote, “I have appreciated the health benefits and HR Diversity and Inclusion support I've received for 8 years working here. I object to [Ellison] enabling this President who has specifically targeted Transgender youth to take away their rights by rescinding Executive Orders covering them.”Lessard’s son is a trans man in his 20s, she explained to the Daily Beast in an interview around the time the fundraiser took place Wednesday. She believes the Trump administration has mounted a broad onslaught against LGBTQ civil rights (she cited a Washington Post editorial titled “Trump has a Devastating Record on LGBT rights.” in a message), and that even if she might not have a history in tech activism—and even if her company is not known for its restive workforce—she had to speak out.The Silicon Valley Giant Bankrolling Devin Nunes“Oracle funds some advocacy and fundraisers on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community,” Lessard said, adding that she herself has participated in LGBTQ affinity groups at Oracle as an ally. “But in one fell swoop, this fundraiser could raise multiple millions that would work against those goals and hard earned gains,” she said.Oracle declined to comment to the Daily Beast, but Recode noted that employees who complained to the company had received a statement saying they could participate in politics on a personal level even as the company itself was not endorsing a candidate. “I’m disoriented. [Ellison] supporting the potential enabling of the president to get reelected doesn’t match up with our corporate values of social responsibility, especially two of the top ones: equality and environmental protection,” Lessard said. Lessard was surprised and disappointed Ellison spoke in favor of Trump now, given that he didn’t appear to support the president in the 2016 election. The co-founder is a registered Democrat, but donated $250,000 to Marco Rubio’s campaign in 2016, according to federal election records. He and other executives also have a history of backing Republican Rep. Devin Nunes. Lessard has discussed her opposition to Ellison’s decision with coworkers, she said, but she did not indicate whether she intended to walk out of work Thursday. “I’m expressing my opinion as an employee about what the company represents,” she said. The discussion within Oracle is not monolithic, she added—some employees feel they can only throw up their hands at Ellison’s behavior, some feel compelled to speak out, and some have said little. Others may support the president.> Do you work at Oracle or another tech company? Do you agree or disagree with Larry Ellison's decision to host a fundraiser for President Trump? Contact this reporter securely at blake.montgomery@protonmail.com.Lessard said she would be watching the Democratic candidates debate onstage in Nevada in the hours after the fundraiser Wednesday, though she said she doesn’t have a favorite candidate. Federal election records show no donations under her name. Oracle’s workforce has not engaged in much public activism. By contrast, Google employees seem to have been in a state of constant revolt for the past three years, advocating for the search giant to drop a contract with the Pentagon, and questioning the ouster of union organizers and an employee protesting the company’s work with immigration officials, among other disputes. Google has told its employees to stop talking about politics at work.The size and scope of a potential walkout remained to be seen late Wednesday. But if Lessard was any indication, some employees were increasingly willing to spar with a boss some feel has gone rogue.“When you have this amount of people signing a petition, it really means it did strike a nerve,” she said.Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


Bernie Sanders 'got so close to running against Obama in 2012 top senator had to intervene'

Yahoo - Art News - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 17:12

Bernie Sanders once contemplated a primary challenge to Barack Obama in 2012, before a top Democratic senator intervened and pleaded with him not to do so, according to a new report.The Vermont senator is now seeking the 2020 Democratic nomination, but he apparently once considered making his first presidential run a longshot bid to take on the most recent Democrat to occupy the Oval Office — and one who remains one of the most popular figures in that same party.


Why ABC News Icon Sam Donaldson Is Backing Bloomberg to Beat ‘Sick’ Trump

Yahoo - Art News - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 17:11

“I’m not just lolling around here!” Sam Donaldson told The Daily Beast this week in that booming broadcaster’s voice with which he delighted in irritating at least four American presidents—from Jimmy Carter to Bill Clinton—when he was a network White House correspondent.The retired ABC News anchor, who turns 86 in March, was at home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, studying his talking points as he prepared to go on the road for Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg and tell campaign audiences in Denver this Sunday and St. Louis on Monday why the Wall Street mega-billionaire, who was elected mayor of New York City as a Republican two decades ago, is the Democratic Party’s last best hope to vanquish Donald Trump—in Donaldson’s opinion a “dangerous” and “sick” man whose mental faculties are rapidly eroding.“Is this just something to do? Or I can’t stand that there’s no limelight? No. I want to get in because every election I’ve covered as a working reporter, people said that ‘this is the most important election of my lifetime.’ And I never thought that was true,” said Donaldson, who—before he shed his cloak of journalistic neutrality to send money to Hillary Clinton in 2016—covered every presidential race since he rode on Barry Goldwater’s campaign press bus in 1964.“I didn’t think the country was going down the drain,” he continued. “I think that now. This is the most important election in this country to maintain not only our values, but also our competitive place in the world.” Addressing Trump’s anti-immigrant, high-tariff, multilateral-treaty-loathing “America First” policies, Donaldson added, “If we think we can keep the rest of the world at bay, it’s suicide for our grandchildren. It’s nuts.”Donaldson has known Trump since 1990, when he grilled the flashy real-estate mogul about his highly leveraged casinos and eponymous airline, and other failing businesses, and Trump pronounced him “rude,” “ignorant,” and “out to get him.”“In those days he could present just fine without wandering off into some delirium,” Donaldson recalled. “He had his dialectic down. And he looked pretty good, too, compared to what you see today. I gave him my treatment, and he was blowing smoke, lying, all of that stuff… a bunch of bullshit.”These days, however, “I think he’s very dangerous,” Donaldson said. “I think, frankly, he’s sick. I’m not a medical man, but I believe that from the time I interviewed him way back then to over the years, something has happened to his mind… He’s a sick, ignorant man—corrupt and mean. I find very few redeeming qualities.”And Bloomberg?“He’s not a blushing violet,” Donaldson said, noting that he first got to know his favorite presidential candidate two decades ago when he sat next to Bloomberg at Washington’s white-tie-and-tails Gridiron Dinner. “He’s not a guy who says, ‘Well, I have some qualities, but I’m a pretty humble guy.’ Wrong! Some people say—I’m not saying it—that Bloomberg shows his touch of arrogance, or something like that. But if you’re up against Donald J. Trump, by God you better be confident in yourself. When he dishes it out to you, you better just give it back.”Still, Donaldson stressed that “even if I thought he’d be a tough guy who could take on Trump,” he wouldn’t be supporting the diminutive billionaire “if I didn’t think he’d be a reasonably good president.”Predictably, Donaldson’s metamorphosis from journalist to political activist has provoked its share of second-guessing. His former ABC News colleague Brit Hume (who left ABC in 1996 to work for Roger Ailes’ Fox News) tweeted “Never thought I’d see this,” over a Bloomberg campaign commercial featuring Donaldson talking straight to camera.The Poynter Report’s senior media writer Tom Jones, meanwhile, lamented that Donaldson “might have been crossing a line,” adding that “it’s misguided to think someone who worked in journalism for more than 50 years—someone whose name is associated with tough but fair reporting—can now express a political opinion and not have it do serious damage to the credibility of those currently working in the media. Much of the public already believes the media is biased and Donaldson’s endorsement of Mike Bloomberg for president feeds into that belief. It especially lends credence to those who believe much of the media is out to get President Donald Trump.”Donaldson responded: “I figured I would [get criticized]. I’m disappointed that some of my people I know the best over the years have taken issue with it. But they have a right to do that.”After he departed Washington, D.C., and settled in his home state of New Mexico, where for years he has owned and operated a sheep ranch, “I felt free now to express myself in political ways,” Donaldson said, noting that he donated to Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jeff Apodaca’s unsuccessful 2018 primary race. “I’m no longer working in the business. I’m a private citizen, and I have that right as a citizen who is not holding forth in the news business to an audience or readers as someone who is just reporting the news as it occurs and the facts as I see them.”Donaldson, a longtime registered independent who claims to have voted pretty much equally for presidential candidates of both major parties since he cast his first ballot as an active-duty Army artillery officer in 1956, lost his political-activism virginity at least four years ago, when he started writing checks to the Hillary Clinton campaign, the Democratic Party, and a variety of other Democratic candidates and incumbents in House and Senate races.Among the beneficiaries of Donaldson’s largesse (totaling around $30,000, according to Federal Election Commission records) are former 2016 Republican presidential candidate John Kasich, former 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro, New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, and—to the tune of $2,000—current Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.“I’ve known Biden a long time, a lifetime, and everyone says the same thing. I like him. He’s a decent human being and all that, but he doesn't have the fire in the belly. Remember he tried twice before, and he finally said this time, ‘Well, all right, I’m gonna run,’ as if to save us. ‘It’s my duty to run and beat Trump.’ Well, don’t do us any favors, Joe! If you don’t have a passion to be president, as in ‘This is what I’m going to do for the country’—never mind.”By late January, Donaldson had forsaken Biden and decided to support Bloomberg in the nomination race. At the time, he was a featured speaker at a writers’ conference in San Miguel de Allende—a Mexican cultural mecca favored by expats from the north of the border—and he and his fourth wife, Sandy, happened to be sitting across a dinner table from Toby Usnik, a public relations executive who, it turned out, was an unpaid volunteer in the Bloomberg campaign.As Donaldson tells it, when he shared his desire to volunteer for Bloomberg, Usnik (who, through a campaign spokesperson, declined an interview request) offered to hook Donaldson up with the campaign hierarchy and soon he and Sandy were in Manhattan visiting with campaign manager Kevin Sheeky and others at Bloomberg for President headquarters.In his business life, of course, Bloomberg’s main source of wealth is the leasing of computer terminals that provide valuable and microscopically detailed financial information to Wall Street firms and other businesses. Yet he also owns one of the largest journalistic organizations on the planet—Bloomberg News—with a staff of around 2,700 who now find themselves in the painfully awkward position of being limited, by company policy, on how deep their reporting can be concerning a major presidential candidate who happens to be their boss.“I think maybe if I were working for Bloomberg—and he’s a candidate and there are other candidates, and our job is to assess the field—I would feel not just left out, but I’d question the policy,” Donaldson said.“On the other hand, I think it would be very difficult, if I were Mike Bloomberg, to say ‘Have at me, boys! Get in there! Be the first to publish about the women! Get in there! Don’t let me get away with stop-and-frisk and all that!’ You’re asking Bloomberg to be a saint from the standpoint of not lifting a finger” to restrain his employees’ campaign reporting.As a result, the Trump campaign typically excludes Bloomberg News reporters from its rallies, press conferences and other events, and the campaigns of Bloomberg’s Democratic rivals are sympathetic if wary.Still, Donaldson added, “I would trust that they [Bloomberg News journalists] know the ethics of the business, that they not only would not pull their punches, but they would not seek favor with the boss. But it would be very difficult to work for this guy, who’s got a shot at being president of the United States, and cover him as you would any other candidate. I’m not sure how you do that.”Donaldson predicted that in contrast to the president, “I think we’ll see Bloomberg’s tax returns, and I think he would do it right, at least far as other presidents have done it, as far as divestiture is concerned. I don’t think we would be jumping out of the frying pan into the fire from Donald J. Trump to Michael Bloomberg.”Indeed, Bloomberg committed this week to releasing his tax returns, and, should he be elected, placing his privately held company, of which he’s the majority shareholder, into a blind trust before ultimately selling it.Donaldson, meanwhile, said he’s expecting no billionaire-style perks as he heads onto the campaign trail.“They’re paying for a coach seat for me on the airplanes and a hotel room. It’s a basic one, I’m sure,” he said, sounding very much like the dream surrogate. “You can think of some other costs that might come up—if I have to rent a car or something. But I’m paying all the incidentals myself.” Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


'We don't have a history of murdering our citizens': A Saudi official says reports that the Saudi Crown Prince is connected to the death of Jamal Khashoggi are 'ridiculous'

Yahoo - Art News - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 17:04

Saudi Arabia has made "great progress in terms of human rights," Adel al-Jubeir said, urging outsiders to educate themselves better on its state of affairs.


A millionaire fashion designer is accused of sex trafficking and raping women and girls during 'pamper parties' at his exclusive Bahamas estate

Yahoo - Art News - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 16:58

Several women have come forward since the lawsuit was filed alleging they had been sexually abused by other men and women at the direction of Nygard, a lawyer for the plaintiffs told Insider.


Bernie Sanders is surging in the polls. Here's how his 'Medicare for All' plan would affect every part of the $3.6 trillion US healthcare system.

Yahoo - Art News - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 16:38

Medicare for All would radically change the structure of American healthcare. Here's what it would mean for patients, hospitals, and employers.


Library of Congress Acquires Work and Archive of Pioneering Harlem Photographer Shawn Walker

ArtNews News Feed - Wed, 02/19/2020 - 16:31

A cache of work and archival materials related to American photographer Shawn Walker, a founding member of the influential Harlem-based black photography collective the Kamoinge Workshop, has been acquired by the Library of Congress. Some 100,000 photographs, negatives, and transparencies documenting life in Harlem from the early 1960s through the present is only the eighth complete archive by a single photographer to be purchased by the Library for its collections, and will be the only body of work by an African-American photographer accessible to the public (the archives of Robert H. McNeill are restricted from public display until October 2022).

The library’s acquisition, made in partnership with the Photography Collections Preservation Project, was supplemented by Walker with more than 2,000 prints, audio recordings, and memorabilia produced by early members of the Kamoinge group, including Anthony Barboza, Louis Draper, and others.

A Harlem native, Walker began taking photos as a teenager, eventually working as a photographer for a black newspaper. His images, which he refers to as “found objects,” evolved into a visual diary of forgotten inhabitants and iconic leaders of his neighborhood, including portraits of such figures as Jesse Jackson and Toni Morrison. His images of mundane or fleeting subjects—a trumpeter in his ongoing series “Parade,” the turret of a Harlem building, a woman asleep on a tenement stoop—are rendered in his rich aesthetic of deep shadows and stark illumination.

“I have tried to document the world around me, particularly the African-American community, especially in Harlem, from an honest perspective so that our history is not lost,” Walker said in a statement.

A surrealist at heart, the artist recently turned to capturing reflections and abstract textures—a shattered window or a turgid pool of water on the sidewalk. Today, Walker’s works are held in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Studio Museum in Harlem, among others. This summer, photographs by Walker and other early members of the Kamoinge collective will be on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York in the exhibition “Working Together: The Photographers of the Kamoinge Workshop,” on view from July into October.

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