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THE WAR IN UKRAINE. Even as the fighting continues, the Lviv National Art Gallery possesses reopened some of its 18 branches in western Ukraine, the New York Times reports. “Putin now aims to turn Ukrainians into people, into nothing”, its director, Taras Vozniak , said, explaining that the gesture was “to show that we are alive”. Many works remain hidden away in secure locations, but Voznyak said he could return the institution’s main space to service in June. Meanwhile, Oleksandra Kovalchukthe Odessa Museum of Fine Artsacting director, fled to Boston and was help coordinate efforts to back up collections at home, the boston globe reports. “We are a young country that only now realizes who we are and what we want,” she said. “It kills me that right now we’re standing on this edge of existence.”
DISCUSSION OF ARTISTS. Sculptor Lauren Halseywho has the inaugural show at the LA dealership David Kordanskyit is new new york galleryis in the New York Times. Linked to an exhibition of his quick-witted collages at San Jose Art Museum in California, John Conner is in the San Francisco Chronicle, who asks, “How could an extraordinary artist working alongside a famous San Francisco art group go unnoticed for six decades? And Jonny Banger chatted in the Guardian with Pulp leader Jarvis Cocker and fellow artist Jeremy Dellerwho proposed that being an artist means “trying to make sense of the things around you that don’t appeal to you or that confuse you”.
Young Chinese collectors are becoming increasingly powerful players in the art and collectibles market, experts say. “They have only seen a bull market, so they are not afraid of anything”, according to the collector Marc Cho38 years old, who lives between Hong Kong, London and New York. [The Wall Street Journal]
Ping Linwho resigned as director of the Taipei Fine Arts Museum early 2021, was appointed director of the Taiwan Fine Arts Foundationwhich promotes the country’s artists and runs a program that rents out works of art to various entities. [ArtAsiaPacific]
After 16 years at the head of Mingei International Museum in San Diego, Rob Sidner to retire. Jessica Hanson YorkAssistant Principal and Director of Institutional Advancement, will take his place. [The San Diego Union-Tribune]
the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, has just inaugurated a fair that marks the centennial of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, with artwork and multimedia exhibits that involve his statue of the president. Sculptor of this work, Daniel Chester Frenchworked in Stockbridge. [Associated Press]
The formidable New York gallery Canadathe list of which includes Matt Connors and Xylor Janeopens a branch in East Hampton in the same building as Jack Hanley‘s space there. He is also adding a gallery across from his current Tribeca home. [Vanity Fair]
A Maud Lewis a painting that an artist once traded for meals at a restaurant in London, Ont., is expected to fetch around $27,000 this month. [The Guardian]
ON THE BLOCK. In the Los Angeles Timesart critic Christopher Knight slammed the Toledo Art Museumplans to sell three works—by Cezanne, Renoirand Matisse-to Sotheby’s this month to increase its acquisition endowment and diversify its holdings. “The museum is turning its celebrated art collection into a market-timed piggy bank to pay for essential structural changes,” Knight writes. The Renoir had been in the museum since 1955; others longer. The reviewer happens to be a fellow at the TMA in the 1970s. “At the time,” he wrote, “it never occurred to me that the word ‘permanent’ in the Stellar Permanent Collection from the museum apparently meant 67, maximum.” [LAT]