Blackout Tuesday Instagram Initiative Polarizes Art World, Raphael Blockbuster Reopens, and More: Morning Links from June 3, 2020

Blackout Tuesday Instagram Initiative Polarizes Art World, Raphael Blockbuster Reopens, and More: Morning Links from June 3, 2020

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Many museums and galleries participated in the Blackout Tuesday initiative, through which accounts posted only a black square over the course of a day, as a show of support for the Black Lives Matter movement. But many were split on its meaning. [The Art Newspaper]

After U.S. museums released statements in support of the George Floyd protests, many alleged that institutions weren’t being direct enough in their support for Black Lives Matter. [ARTnews]

Viral digital art has helped bring the killing of George Floyd to the attention of the general public. [Los Angeles Times]

Christo

Artist Lynn Hershman Leeson, who served as an associate project director for Running Fence, remembers Christo. [ARTnews]

Critic Calvin Tomkins appraises the legacy of Christo, writing, “What he and Jeanne-Claude, his wife and collaborator, achieved was so different from the work of anyone else.” [The New Yorker]

Criticism

The organization Critical Minded has launched a new relief fund intended to support critics of color. [Artforum]

Art on the Move

A Raphael blockbuster in Italy that was forced to close by the pandemic has officially reopened. [El País]

Uffizi Galleries director Eike Schmidt has called on Italian museums and stores to consider returning their religious art to churches. [The Art Newspaper]

Archaeologists have discovered rock art in Australia that may have been made using beeswax. [Ars Technica]

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