Week in Short: Sculptor Simone Leigh will represent the US at the Venice Biennale and more art news

Week in Short: Sculptor Simone Leigh will represent the US at the Venice Biennale and more art news

Here are this week’s art stories, in short.

  • Sculptor Simone Leigh will represent the United States at the next Venice Biennale, marking the first time a Black woman will hold the honor. The exhibition is currently set for April 2022.

“I feel like I’m a part of a larger group of artists and thinkers who have reached critical mass,” Leigh told The New York Times. “And despite the really horrific climate that we’ve reached, it still doesn’t distract me from the fact of how amazing it is to be a Black artist right now.” [The New York Times]

Simone Leigh at Stratton Sculpture Studios in Philadelphia, 2020 © Simone Leigh. Photo: Shaniqwa Jarvis.
Simone Leigh at Stratton Sculpture Studios in Philadelphia, 2020 © Simone Leigh. Photo: Shaniqwa Jarvis.
  • The Brooklyn Museum is selling off works by Monet, Dubuffet, Degas, Miró and Matisse in an effort to raise funds for the institution. The deaccessioning campaign continues after an Old Masters auction at Christie’s brought in a total of $6.6 million for the museum. [The Art Newspaper]
  • The Tony Awards nominees were announced Thursday. “Jagged Little Pill” took the most nods for a musical, with “Slave Play” picking up the most nominations for a play. [ALL ARTS]
  • San Francisco will pay up to 130 artists and cultural workers a $1,000 monthly stipend as part of a pilot universal basic income program. The first payment will arrive in early 2021 and will continue for at least six months. [Artforum]
  • A statue of Medusa went up across 100 Centre St. in Manhattan, the location of the courthouse that tried Harvey Weinstein. The move is meant to honor the #MeToo movement, but critics have taken aim at the execution of the gesture. [Dazed]

  • The Ford Foundation and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation launched “Disability Futures,” awarding 20 disabled artists and creative practitioners across the United States $50,000 each to pursue their work over an 18-month period. Among the cross-genre recipients are Rodney Evans, Jerron Herman, Alice Sheppard, Christine Sun Kim, Tourmaline and Alice Wong. [Hyperallergic]
  • The Bard set a record. On Wednesday, Shakespeare’s first printed collection of plays sold for nearly $10 million. [NPR]
  • Broadway will be closed until at least June 2021, the Broadway League announced. The news arrives as performing arts venues across the city implore Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to allow presentations. [ALL ARTS]
  • A clip of Dance Theatre of Harlem’s “Dancing Through Harlem” video went viral on Twitter, bringing renewed attention to the company’s Harlem Week feature just in time for their virtual gala Oct. 19. [Twitter]

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Top Image: Simone Leigh at Stratton Sculpture Studios in Philadelphia, 2020 © Simone Leigh. Photo: Shaniqwa Jarvis.