Fourteen female artists will have work at Sotheby’s Masters week, a typically less diverse category. Among them is Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun, a portraitist of Marie Antoinette, presenting a painting estimated between $80,000-$120,000. [The Art Newspaper]
Steven Varble, the performance artist from New York’s downtown scene in the 1970’s, is getting a retrospective at Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in Manhattan.
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In collaboration with Kanopy, the New York Public Library’s video streaming service, SFMoMA will host Turn It On: China on Film, 2000-2017 exhibition, a film series dedicated to modern Chinese documentaries. [Press Release]
Employees at New York’s New Museum are taking steps towards unionizing. [ARTnews]
Jason Farago reviews the Hirshhorn Museum’s Charline von Heyl exhibit, which is currently closed because of the government shutdown—and only runs through January 27. This is the only American stop on the exhibition’s tour, and Farago writes that though it’s still worth it to look at the paintings online, “Being denied the chance to see Ms. von Heyl’s paintings in person can, if nothing else, clarify the bifocal strategies art like this demands of us and the ways painting can bridge the gallery and the screen.” [New York Times]
Nigerian architect Olajumoke Adenowo pens an essay on the need for more institutions in Africa to accommodate the return of artifacts. “In few places on earth have the history and culture of so many people been plundered so systematically,” he writes. “The return of these articles will represent an opportunity for the young people of Africa to discover and connect with their history and their identity. On a continent where more than 60 percent of the population is under the age of 25, this is vitally important.” [Artnet News]
An interview with Chelsea Neman, the founder of art marketing site Tappan, which aims to energize young people to start collecting emerging artists through an online interface.
A digital imaging program has revealed ancient rock art on boulders in San Diego. [San Diego Union Tribune]
Tosh Berman, the son of avant-garde artistWallace Berman has written a book on his childhood during the 1950’s and 1960’s, titled Tosh: Growing Up in Wallace Berman’s World. [Hyperallergic]
A new book couples photos by Matthew Genitempo and poetry by Frank Stanford as they interpret life in the Ozark Mountains. [Burnaway]