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  • Artforum - 19 April 2024, 7:11 pm

    Eddie Martinez at San Marino pavilion: Micro-nation enthusiasts, unite! Because if there has to be such a thing as countries, then they should be as tiny as possible. Though there’s nothing diminutive about the paintings and sculptures of American artist Eddie Martinez, who was chosen to represent this cute little Italy-enclosed splotch. Martinez’s own splotches, loaded with chromatic…Read More

  • Artforum - 18 April 2024, 8:13 pm

    “I WANT TO TURN THE VIEWERS INTO FOREIGNERS,” Tesfaye Urgessa says to me. We’re in one of the baroque rooms in Venice’s Palazzo Bollani near San Marco, where, this week, the Addis Ababa–based painter is the first to represent Ethiopia in its debut official Venice pavilion. I tell Urgessa that his new oil paintings—scenes of…Read More

  • Artforum - 18 April 2024, 7:54 pm

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, has repatriated to Iraq a Sumerian copper alloy statue dating to the third millennium BCE. Museum officials returned it to Iraqi authorities in a ceremony in Washington, DC, with Iraqi prime minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani in attendance. The ancient artifact, measuring over fourteen inches high and depicting a…Read More

  • Artforum - 18 April 2024, 7:01 pm

    Trevor Yeung at the Hong Kong pavilion: The only artist I’m aware of whose chief medium has been horticulture. Yet for his Venice show he has shifted to water, appropriately enough, in a new series of installations, including Cave of Avoidance (Not Yours), 2024—a roomful of pink-lit fish tanks containing various ceramic objects sculpted out of terra-cotta soil—whose…Read More

  • Artforum - 18 April 2024, 4:50 pm

    A Pro-Palestinian protest greeted visitors to the Sixtieth Venice Biennale’s inaugural preview day, held Wednesday, April 17. The demonstrators—reportedly numbering upward of a hundred—made their initial stand outside the Israeli and US pavilions, which are proximate, where they scattered and handed out red fliers reading “No Death in Venice—No to the Genocide Pavilion.” Some demonstrators entered…Read More

  • Artforum - 17 April 2024, 10:03 pm

    Staff, emergency workers, and shocked bystanders braved the towering flames that consumed Copenhagen’s iconic seventeenth-century former stock exchange on April 16 to carry historic paintings to safety. The fire, which was reported at about 7:30 a.m. local time, according to The Guardian, broke out as the 1625 building was undergoing restoration. The scaffolding surrounding the bourse…Read More

  • Artforum - 17 April 2024, 6:49 pm

    “THIS SHOW IS CHANGING PEOPLE’S LIVES,” an artist said to me on the windy evening following the Sixtieth Venice Biennale’s Tuesday pre-opening. She wasn’t kidding. Deftly telling a story about artistic self-invention by marginalized groups, curator Adriano Pedrosa’s “Foreigners Everywhere” is the rare mega-show that renders a deep picture with a deceptively light curatorial hand.…Read More

  • Artforum - 17 April 2024, 6:49 pm

    ALWAYS START YOUR DAY with something you know you’re gonna like. For me, that usually entails a book and a quadruple espresso: a luxury I can’t afford when I’ve been tasked with seeing as much of the Venice Biennale—“Foreigners Everywhere,” curated by Adriano Pedrosa—and its multitudinous collateral exhibitions and events as possible within three days.…Read More

  • Artforum - 16 April 2024, 9:44 pm

    Ruth Patir, the artist representing Israel at the forthcoming Venice Biennale, and curators Mira Lapidot and Tamar Margalit, who are organizing her exhibition, have said the country’s pavilion will not open to the public until Israel and Hamas reach “a cease-fire and hostage release agreement.” The trio’s announcement comes as the death toll in Gaza owing to Israel’s continued assault…Read More

  • Artforum - 16 April 2024, 8:34 pm

    Austria has named Swedish curator Fatima Hellberg, since 2019 the director of the Bonner Kunstverein in Bonn, Germany, as the next general director of Vienna’s Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien (MUMOK). Hellberg will take up her new role in October 2025, succeeding Karola Kraus, who has helmed the institution for fifteen years. MUMOK is known for…Read More

  • Artforum - 16 April 2024, 2:56 pm

    Art Basel returns to a Hong Kong in flux Email Facebook Pinterest Twitter Reddit LinkedIn WhatsAppRead More

  • Artforum - 15 April 2024, 10:40 pm

    Trailblazing artist, activist, illustrator, and author Faith Ringgold, who was widely renowned for her elaborate pictorial quilts documenting Black life, died April 13 at her home in Englewood, New Jersey. She was ninety-three. Ringgold explored issues including race, class, gender, and community through a variety of media including doll-making, mask-making, sculpture, performance art, and paint,…Read More