Dana Schutz painting causes controversy at the Whitney Biennial
At the opening of Whitney Biennial 2017, a small protest gathered at Dana Schutz’s painting ‘Open Casket’, which reimagines the iconic photograph of a 14-year-old lynching victim. And over 25 black artists signed an open letter asking that the painting be removed from the Biennial for its co-opting of black pain. The Museum temporarily removed the painting from its wall two weeks later due to a water leak.
Guggenheim Canceled its Middle East Show in Shanghai
The Guggenheim Foundation's UBS MAP exhibition "But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise: Contemporary Art of the Middle East and North Africa," which was scheduled to open on 15 April 2017 at the Rockbund Museum in Shanghai, has been cancelled due to unspecified unforeseen circumstances, but sensitivities ran high in China after the turmoil of the Arab Spring uprisings.
Artists challenge the audience to consider how racial tensions, economic inequities and polarizing politics affect our senses of self and community in this year’s Whitney Biennial.
Artists and writers from 40 countries take part in Hands Off Our Revolution
More than 200 artists, writers, musicians, and arts professionals from 40 countries including Laurie Anderson, William Kentridge, Yto Barrada, Sophie Calle, Olafur Eliasson, Okwui Enwezor, Douglas Gordon, John Akomfrah, Anish Kapoor, Steve McQueen, Ed Ruscha, and Wolfgang Tillmans, take part in Hands Off Our Revolution, a global art project to confront the rise of right-wing populism in the US, Europe and elsewhere.
Public asked to photograph private collections of outstanding beauty or historical interest
Funded by the Open Data Institute (ODI) Showcase, Open Inheritance Art project invites the public to discover and visit private collections with the aims to make the assets of outstanding beauty or historical interest in the UK available to the public.
2017 Venice Biennale, opening on May 13, releases list of participating artists
The 57th Venice Biennale has revealed the list of 120 artists participating in the international exhibition “Viva Arte Viva” curated by Christine Macel.