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Hyperallergic acquired documents raising questions about the San Francisco Art Institute board and tax-exempt bond misuse at the school, which is being investigated by the California Attorney General.
The US State Department released a statement urging the release of art philanthropist Osman Kavala in Turkey and denouncing the “specious charges against Kavala, his ongoing detention, and the continuing delays in the conclusion of his trial.”
Sculptor and former special effects artist John Amanam is paving the way for prosthetics in darker skin tones. He began crafting impressive replicas of human body parts after his brother lost part of his hand, and has served nearly 200 customers in two years.
A new AR app allows you to insert monumental figures of under-recognized icons like Shirley Chisholm and Toussaint Louverture into public spaces.
The Asian American Art Initiative (AAAI) at Stanford’s Cantor Arts Center is committed to studying and exhibiting more Asian American art.
A bipartisan group of US Senators introduced a resolution in solidarity with Cuban artists and urging the release of Denis Solís, a rapper arbitrarily detained last year.
15th-century Venetian glass beads found in Alaska are some of the earliest European objects discovered in North America.
The remains of Khaled Al-Asaad, an archaeologist who was beheaded in 2015 after refusing to lead ISIS to ancient artifacts from Palmyra, were discovered.
Artists Melissa Vadakara and Marios Tzavellas have created classical snow sculptures in Astoria Park.
Unique works from the Works Progress Association sold at Swann Galleries.
Awards & Accolades
The Martha Graham Dance Company is the inaugural artist in residence at the Church in Sag Harbor, a new residency, exhibition space, and creative center.
Niamh O’Malley will represent Ireland at the 59th Venice Biennale.
The World Photography Organisation has announced the 2021 National Awards Winners for the annual Sony World Photography Awards. | WPO
Ali Banisadr is now represented by Victoria Miro Gallery.
Jordan Casteel is now represented by Massimo de Carlo Gallery. | CultureType
Neal Benezra will step down as director of SFMOMA. | Hyperallergic
Chick Corea (1941–2021), Grammy Award-winning composer and musician | Guardian
Maria Guarnaschelli (1941–2021), book editor known for her impact on culinary literature | New York Times
Charles McGee (1924–2021), artist and educator | Click On Detroit
Mary Wilson (1944–2021), founding member of the Supremes | New York Times
S. Clay Wilson (1941–2021), underground comix artist | Datebook
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