Week in Review: PAIN Activists Protest at Courthouse; Fires Threaten Greek Heritage Sites

Week in Review is a weekly collection of news, developments, and stirrings in the art world. Subscribe to receive these posts as a weekly newsletter.

Activism

Activists from advocacy groups PAIN Sackler and Truth Pharm transformed the greenery outside a bankruptcy court in White Plains, New York into a symbolic graveyard in protest of the most recent Purdue settlement.

Cultural Heritage

The Acropolis, along with other archaeological sites in Southern Europe, partially closed as a result of wildfires that raged across the region.

In Ethiopia’s Tigray region, rebels took control of a UNESCO heritage site.

The Smithsonian repatriated sacred items to the Siksika nation, and they will again be utilized in ceremonies.

Photo Essays

See the mesmerizing images shortlisted for the 2021 Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.

Take a tour of this artist-decorated neighborhood in Bangalore.

In Other News

A typhoon swept a Yayoi Kusama sculpture out to sea. The artwork had been installed on a pier on the shore of Naoshima in Japan.

It turns out that neanderthals beat Jackson Pollock to the punch. Pigment found on rocks in a Spanish cave was applied by humans 60,000 years ago using splattering and blowing techniques.

Dive into this underwater sculpture museum in Cyprus, located 32 feet below the surface.

Awards & Accolades

BlackStar announced the winners of its 10th annual film festival. | BlackStarRecess announced its 2021 Session artists: Dana Davenport, Zachary Fabri, Rowan Renee, Rashayla Marie Brown, Caroline Garcia, and Francheska Alcántara.

Transitions

Stefan Kalmár has stepped down as director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. | ARTnewsDavid E. Little was named executive director of the International Center of Photography.

In Memoriam

Nancy Frankel (1929–2021), abstract sculptor | Washington PostHung Liu (1948–2021), contemporary artist | KQEDGarry Neill Kennedy (1935–2021), conceptual artist | CBCReynold Ruffins (1930–2021), graphic designer and artist | New York TimesIlona Royce Smithkin (1920–2021), actor, singer, model, and artistic muse | New York TimesUna Stubbs (1937–2021), actor | Guardian

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