Some 150 protesters gathered in front of the Tate after walking across London’s Millennium Bridge to chants of “Oi Tate, we’ve got a vendetta—where the fuck is Ana Mendieta?” and “I was pushed—I did not fall.” The slogan is a reference to the suspicious circumstances surrounding the final moments of artist
, who died after plummeting 34 stories from the window of the bedroom she shared with Andre. Following a three-year trial, Andre—who was married to Mendieta for eight months—was acquitted of murder, a verdict that was met with fury by many. The Tate’s new extension will feature work by Andre but not Mendieta, a curatorial decision seen by protest organizers as a glorification of “a violent white man over a dead woman of color.”
08 A long-lost still life by Paul Gauguin has been identified after 30 years hanging in the home of a retired Manhattan antiques dealer.
The retired dealer had no inkling that the work, depicting a vase of vivid red and purple flowers, was part of the 19th-century French artist’s oeuvre. It wasn’t until the painting had been consigned to Litchfield County Auctions that their specialist noticed a Sotheby’s label on the frame. At first, the auction house believed it was the work of
, but a “PG” monogram soon led them to
. The painting matches a black-and-white photograph of Fleurs D'Ete Dans Une Goblet
(1885), pictured in the 2002 Wildenstein catalogue raisonné. It is due to be sold on June 29th, with an estimate of $800,000 to $1.2 million. This follows news in April that a missing
had been discovered in the attic of a French home—although that work has proved more contentious, with experts divided on its authenticity.
09 Two Moscow museums—the state-run Rosizo and the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA)—are set to merge.
The newly integrated institution will be helmed by Sergei Perov, who is currently the general director of Rosizo. He has expressed an inclination for Soviet art, even launching a campaign in April to spread reproduced works of Soviet Socialist realism across Russia. The culture minister justified the merger, saying that “two similar government agencies, even if they have a high-level of cooperation, are not able to reach their goals as effectively as one big organisation.” However, many have speculated that the decision was motivated by the controversy following performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky’s recent nomination for Russia’s most prestigious art prize. The NCCA’s director announced in February that Pavlensky would be withdrawn from the list of nominees, a decision that resulted in the resignation of several judges and, eventually, the cancellation of the 2016 award.
10 Beijing artist Sun Ping was expelled from the government-led China Artists Association due to his performance work in which a woman paints calligraphy with her vagina.
Sun Ping’s expulsion, which the China Artists Association announced via WeChat on June 7th, was sparked by the artist’s ongoing promotion of the work in question, in China and abroad. Featuring a female performer who employs specially designed brushes to create traditional Chinese calligraphy, the video is the latest iteration of this performance, which the artist has been staging since 2006. Shanghai-based online publication Sixth Tone reported that the organization deemed the work “vulgar,” dubbed it “sexual calligraphy,” and expressed concerns over the “adverse effect” it posed to society and its own reputation. Sun Ping told Sixth Tone, “The vagina is too often considered vulgar. But it’s where we all come from,” and explained that he had distanced himself from the organization since 1985, when he joined as a young artist in search of more exposure. This isn’t the first time that the work has ruffled feathers in China: In 2010, Sun Ping’s performance was removed from the “Reshaping History” exhibition at the China National Convention Center in Beijing.