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Royal College of Art students launch virtual gallery of works that were ‘lost or damaged’ during lockdown

Twenty-six students who say their work went missing or was damaged at the Royal College of Art (RCA) in London during lockdown are showing their “lost art” online. The Royal College of Lost Art interactive website allows visitors to browse a virtual gallery; a disclaimer at the beginning says that the “art in this exhibition [by former graduate students] no longer exists”.

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Art Preserve: first museum devoted to America’s homegrown ‘art environments’ opens in Wisconsin

After a ten-month delay resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic, the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, is opening the Art Preserve, the world’s first museum dedicated to long-neglected art environments, on 26 June. The 56,000 sq. ft facility will exhibit and store more than 25,000 objects from the Kohler Arts Center’s art environment collection as well as serving as a hub for research on, and displays of, artists’ genre-defying creations.

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The Met will return three African art objects to Nigeria

Joining recent moves by European museums to return African art treasures to Nigeria, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York announced today that is sending three objects back to the country. Two of the works, a pair of 16th-century Benin Court brass plaques of a Warrior Chief and Junior Court Official, were donated to the museum in 1991 by…

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New York culture department announces three new projects as part of City Artist Corps programme

New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs announced the details today for the City Artist Corps, a programme that will invest $25m to put local artists back to work and offset their financial difficulties in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Mayor Bill de Blasio and city cultural officials first announced the initiative’s launch in May, but…

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Shine bright: American Museum of Natural History unveils a years-long revamp of its prized gems and minerals hall

The American Museum of Natural History in New York unveils a dramatic renovation of its beloved gems and minerals galleries next week. The hall was “showing its wear and tear” after opening more than four decades ago, according to the curator George Harlow, a trained geologist who specialises in mineralogy and crystallography. It has been…

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Minneapolis Institute of Art announces over $19m in gifts, including funds for a diversity officer, Latin American curator and deputy director

Amid a continuing financial squeeze, the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) announced today that it had secured more than $19m in gifts for its endowment and operations, including $5m to create the position of a new chief diversity and inclusion officer who will advance a drive for equity at the museum. The gifts will also…

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Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, landscape architect known as the ‘Queen of Green’, has died, aged 99

The Canadian doyenne of landscape architecture, 99-year-old, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, was remembered on Monday in a ceremony at the Temple Sholom in Vancouver, amid a grove of cedars in a garden sanctuary of her own design. Affectionately known as the “Queen of Green,” Oberlander died on 22 May, just a month short of her centenary…

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Plywood boards used to shutter New York shops are transformed into canvases for local artists

When Black Lives Matter protests swept across New York City in June last year, businesses across the city shuttered their storefronts with plywood to brace for the civil unrest. The city “felt apocalyptic”, says Neil Hamamoto, the founder of Worthless Studios, a non-profit arts organisation that is repurposing the leftover plywood into art installations that…

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Black artist detained by police in his gallery residency in South Carolina

John Sims, a Black artist and activist whose work explores the symbols of white supremacy, became an allegory unto himself this week when he was detained and questioned by police officers in his apartment at the 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, South Carolina, where he is the artist in residence. His current multidisciplinary…

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Artist Khaled Jarrar is selling handfuls of soil from Palestinian farmland—and has turned them into NFTs

Earlier this month, as protests erupted over the forced expulsion of Palestinian families from the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah, the artist Khaled Jarrar walked from his house in the Palestinian city of Ramallah to the nearby village of Kaubar to grab a handful of dry dirt. He then walked back home, placed the dirt…

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