Powell’s Books pulls the plug on Amazon, MoMA reopens and more art stories from this week

Powell’s Books pulls the plug on Amazon, MoMA reopens and more art stories from this week

This week’s art stories, in short.

Aug. 27

  • The Museum of Modern Art reopened Aug. 27. Those who will be particularly delighted? Fans of French anarchist, art critic and collector Félix Fénéon. Writer Roberta Smith dives into the figure’s influence on French and Italian modernists through MoMA’s now-on-view exhibition “Félix Fénéon: The Anarchist and the Avant-Garde — From Signac to Matisse and Beyond.” [The New York Times
  • Portland’s famous Powell’s Books announced that it will no longer be selling titles via Amazon. The reveal comes right before this year’s Independent Bookstore Day, which takes place Aug. 29.

Emily Powell stated in a message:

For too long, we have watched the detrimental impact of Amazon’s business on our communities and the independent bookselling world. We understand that in many communities, Amazon — and big box retail chains — have become the only option. And yet when it comes to our local community and the community of independent bookstores around the U.S., we must take a stand. The vitality of our neighbors and neighborhoods depends on the ability of local businesses to thrive. We will not participate in undermining that vitality.

Powell went on to encourage readers to support independent bookstores, which have been struck hard by the pandemic. [LitHub]

  • Citing medical confidentiality issues related to HIPAA regulations, the union that represents workers at the Museum of Natural History filed a legal complaint against the institution’s use of ProtectWell, an app that tracks the health stats of employees. Compliance with the app is required by the museum for worker entry. [Artnet News]

Aug. 26

  • After a long and windy road, the sculpture of suffragists Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton arrived in Central Park Wednesday, making it the first historical statue of a nonfiction woman on the grounds. The monument commemorates the 1920 ratification of the 19th Amendment, which secured some women in the United States the right to vote. Hillary Clinton was on hand to announce the reveal. [Gothamist]
  • The 2020 International Booker Prize went to 29-year-old Dutch author Marieke Lucas Rijneveld for their debut novel, “The Discomfort of Evening.” The win makes them the youngest winner of the International Booker. [The Guardian]
  • And meanwhile … the Not the Booker Prize 2020 was narrowed down to six novels: “Hashim & Family” by Shahnaz Ahsan, “Underdogs: Tooth and Nail” by Chris Bonnello, “The Girl With the Louding Voice” by Abi Daré, “Akin” by Emma Donoghue, “Hamnet” by Maggie O’Farrell and “Hello Friend We Missed You” by Richard Owain Roberts. [The Guardian]
  • In Colorado, music venues are rethinking how to use their outdoor spaces to sustain the industry. [NPR

Aug. 25

  • The Whitney Museum scrapped an upcoming show that included artworks purchased from fundraisers benefiting the Black Lives Matter movement and COVID-19 relief. The move comes after swift criticism over the museum’s decision to acquire the works at discounted prices without permission or collaboration from some of the represented artists. [Hyperallergic]
  • Face masks, social distancing, bike valets and more: What to expect when the Metropolitan Museum of Art reopens to the public Aug. 29. [The New York Times]

And new on the ALL ARTS feed: Artist Cosmo Danchin-Hamard on the move from modeling to artRead a poem by Rafaela Remy Sanchez100 years of Charlie ParkerKutti Gang at the Tank uses comedy to form community • Robbie Fairchild and Bat-Sheva Guez find catharsis • A look at the groundbreaking work of Dorothea LangeWhat museums are reopening when

Top Image: Detail of Georges-Pierre Seurat study for “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte." Presented as part of the exhibition "Félix Fénéon: The Anarchist and the Avant-Garde — From Signac to Matisse and Beyond." Photo: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.