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PRESIDENT BIDEN APPOINTED FOUR PEOPLE at Fine Arts Commission, who provides advice on the design of federal buildings in Washington, DC, NPR reports. The decision, which will diversify its membership, comes a day after the president expelled four members appointed by President Trump. Trump’s appointments had made the seven-member board of directors all white and all male. The new members proposed are architects Peter Cook, Hazel Ruth Edwards, and Billie Tsien, and the designer and town planner Justin garrett moore. The president ousted from the commission, Justin shubow, Told Artnet news, “Nothing like this has ever happened in the 110-year history of the Fine Arts Commission.” Artnet notes that Shubow is involved in the National Society of Civic Art, who helped draft a Trump executive order to promote neoclassical buildings. (This has since been revoked.) Shubow called Biden’s actions “an attack on classical architecture.”
A SURVEY OF 10 GREAT MUSEUMS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA speak Los Angeles Times found that only 19.5% of their board members are not white, a stark contrast to the nearly 74% in LA County who are not white. Of the 334 board seats covered by the report, 18 were occupied by blacks. That’s 5.4%, while the county’s population is 9% black. Meanwhile, the Art journal has a look at how American museums have attempted to improve the diversity of their staff, audiences, and programming as part of the racial calculation that followed the murder of George floyd. One glaring statistic cites the report: Association of Art Museum Directors estimates that about 85% of the directors of its 227 members are white.
Architect and historic curator Charles Cassell, who was a vocal advocate for Washington state, has died at the age of 96. A World War II veteran, he opposed the design of the World War II Memorial in the city, saying it would “desecrate the National Mall.” ” [The Washington Post]
Artist Jackie Matisse, who has created freewheeling kite works and collaborated with such figures as composer David Tudor and filmmaker Molly Davies, has died at age 90. mother, Alexina “Teeny” Duchamp, after her divorce from the art dealer Pierre Matisse. [Tilton Gallery/Art Daily]
Newfields, home of the Indianapolis Art Museum, has listed the residence he provided to its director. The asking price is $ 2.2 million. The broker responsible for the listing said the institution was in talks to sell even before its boss, Charles Venable, resigned in February amid controversy. [Indianapolis Business Journal]
Luxury giant (and ARTnews Top 200 Collector) François Pinault spoke about his last private museum, the Bourse de Commerce in Paris, and his life with the Time. “Humility has to be worked on every day with a pumice stone,” he said. “Ego is something that grows if you don’t apply a weedkiller.” Pinault also detailed his long-standing friendship with artist David Hammons. [The New York Times]
Speaking of Hammons, Alex Greenberger has a new overview of his work, which “longs for unknowability,” he writes. [Art in America]
The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston has appointed Allison Glenn as its next senior curator and director of public art. Glenn is from the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, where is Associate Curator of Contemporary Art. She also hosted the show honoring the life of Breonna Taylor at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky. The position of Senior Curator of CAMH was last filled by Valerie Cassel Oliver, who left in 2017 to become Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. [Houston Chronicle]
Art fairs are slowly coming back, and now so are fashion shows. While many presentations at Milan Fashion Week in June will be digital affairs only, Giorgio Armani, Dolce & Gabbana and Etro are planning to host live events with an in-person audience. [Associated Press]
IN AUSTRALIA, TWO VETERAN ART DEALERS ARE DOWN their businesses. For a living and moving story in the Financial analysisjournalist Gabriella Coslovich speak with Nevin Hurst, 87 and Denis savill, 80, while selling their inventory and doing other closing duties. “It’s going to be sad, extremely sad, because it’s your life, and honestly, sincerely, it means more to me than money”, says Hurst, based in Hobart. Saville, who works in Sydney, has some sort of retirement bonus waiting for him, having wisely bought his three-story gallery in 1985, just 11 days before a capital gains law went into effect. He spent A $ 250,000 on it and advertised it for A $ 4.8 million (approximately US $ 3.74 million). “I don’t have to pay tax on it,” he said. [FR]
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