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In an attempt to promote “togetherness and solidarity,” the curators of the national pavilions at the 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale have issued a joint statement. “We, a growing group of national curators, have come together for the first time to initiate open dialogue,” they write. [E-Flux]
Turner Prize–winning artist Tai Shani speaks out on why she refuses to remain politically neutral in an op-ed, writing, “The bewildering ethical paradoxes of the artworld have become as much part of the artworld as art itself.” [ArtReview]
The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis has initiated a “realignment” in its staff intended to prioritize “what matters to people.” In doing so, five positions are going to be cut. [Minneapolis Star Tribune]
Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, whose racist statements about the Black community have previously landed him in trouble, has removed a painting of three Afro-Brazilian deities from a governmental building in his country. [The Art Newspaper]
Although museums across the U.K. are open again, people are not flocking to them. Many major ones still have lots of tickets available. [The Art Newspaper]
The art scene in Boston, like ones in major cities across the world, is struggling because of the pandemic. Here’s how it can be saved. [Boston Magazine]
Art and Artists
Artist Chloë Bass’s latest is an outdoor exhibition that asks its viewer difficult questions—literally—about themselves and their role in the urban landscape. [The New York Times]
Christopher Knight reviews Amy Sherald’s portrait of Breonna Taylor that covers Vanity Fair this month, writing, “The result is powerful—Breonna Taylor rendered as a Nike, a fierce icon of victory.” [Los Angeles Times]
Although the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam said it wasn’t really by the Dutch Post-Impressionist, a painting that was billed as a rare early van Gogh sold at auction in Germany for €550,000 ($652,000). [Monopol]