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Art World Roundup: reaching the community during COVID-19, Hong Kong petition signed by hundreds of artists, and P.A.I.N. continues to help opioid victims

In this week’s Art World Roundup, we take a look at more ways that artists, organizations, and even JK Rowling are reaching out to the community during COVID-19, the petition signed by hundreds of creatives in Hong Kong, a year of auctions featuring the collection of Ginny Williams at Sotheby’s, and P.A.I.N.’s continued support of those […]

British Museum staff back weekend protesters who used a Trojan Horse to call for BP ties to be cut

Over the weekend, demonstrators gathered inside and out of the British Museum (BM) to protest its connection to BP, a major oil company. Following those events, members of the BM’s staff have echoed the protesters’ sentiments also calling for the institution to cut ties with the oil conglomerate. While the BM is no stranger to […]

Miami protest adopts Art Basel’s banana to make point

The hype of Comedian, the banana duct taped to the wall at Art Basel Miami Beach by conceptual artist Maurizio Cattelan, has taken the art world by storm. Everyone is still talking about the prices paid, the artist that ate the art, and the purpose behind the banana. One group in Miami, though, took to […]

Painting of Emiliano Zapata in Mexico City exhibition sparks protests

Earlier this year, Mexico’s president Andrés Manuel López Obrador declared 2019 the ‘Year of Zapata,’ commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Emiliano Zapata’s death in 1919. Coinciding with the anniversary is an exhibition of works in Mexico City presenting alternative takes on the Mexican Revolution, including Zapata’s iconic mustachioed appearance. One artwork, by Fabián Cháirez, […]

Valentine’s Day protest seeks equality and diversity at DC’s National Gallery of Art

On February 14th, the international day of celebrating or bemoaning love, the activist group Radical Matriarchy set up at DC’s National Gallery of Art (NGA) asking for a little love for artists that don’t fall into the white male category. Headed by Michelle Sutherland, better known as Sister Leona, Radical Matriarchy made their way to […]

P.A.I.N. organizes against the Sackler family with demonstrations at the Guggenheim and Met

Protesters took to New York’s Fifth Avenue on the evening of February 9th on route from the Guggenheim Museum to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to speak out against the Sackler Family and their affiliation with the Met. Carrying red banners that read ‘TAKE DOWN THEIR NAME’ and ‘200 DEAD EACH DAY’, protesters chanted ‘Shame […]

McJesus sculpture at Haifa Museum of Art sparks violent protests

An artwork depicting Ronald McDonald as a crucified Jesus has sparked violence in Haifa and ironically united the country’s Christian minority, its populist culture minister and the pro-Palestinian artist, Jani Leinonen, against the Haifa Museum of Art.   McJesus, the name of the life-sized sculpture had been at the center of an exhibition at the […]