Havana Biennial Controversy Edition -ARTnews


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As a form of protest against the oppressive conditions of the Cuban art scene, a group of activists will stage an alternative edition of the Havana Biennial. [The Art Newspaper]

With a decline in attendance figures and various behind-the-scenes happenings suggesting changes afoot at the Saatchi Gallery, the New York Times checks in on one of Britain’s most famous private museums. [The New York Times]


Julian Schnabel: “Why can’t a white person tell the story of a black person? I made a film about Jean-Michel Basquiat. Was I exploiting him by making that movie about him?” [The Guardian]

Read a review of artist Rashid Johnson’s directorial debut Native Son, which airs on HBO in America on Saturday. [ARTnews]


Polina Berlin has been named director of Ortuzar Projects gallery in New York. [ARTnews]

Marc Sands, who previously served as chief marketing officer at Christie’s, is headed to Bonhams. [Artnet News]


The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has named the 2019 winners of its SECA Art Award, which is given to Bay Area artists: Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle, Sahar Khoury, and Marlon Mullen. [San Francisco Chronicle]

The Critics

Holland Cotter on a survey of art and the Vietnam War at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.: “Of the ’60s shows I’ve seen in the past few years, this one is the best, evocative of its time, and in sync with the present.” [The New York Times]

On occasion of that Smithsonian exhibition, ARTnews looked back at coverage of artists and the Vietnam war in our pages over the years. [ARTnews]

Art historian Yve-Alain Bois memorializes the late artist Robert Ryman, writing, “Ryman did not have to speak in order to make a statement. Eloquent silence.” [Artforum]

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