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Simone Leigh, a sculptor known for her work focusing on black women and their history, has been selected to represent the United States at the Venice Biennale. [ARTnews]

The Nordic pavilion at the Venice Biennale will be renamed the Sámi Pavilion for the 2022 edition of the exhibition, offering another sign that indigenous art is gaining prominence at the art festival. [ARTnews]

A museum in Nantes, France, claimed that the Chinese Communist Party attempted to fake a planned exhibit on Genghis Khan – and postponed the exhibit because of it. [The Art Newspaper]

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After cutting its budget by more than $ 3 million, the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio laid off 39 employees. [Columbus Business First]

Alicja Knast will be the next director of the National Museum in Prague, which closed again this week after the rise in the number of coronaviruses in the Czech Republic. [Monopol]

Controversies

Two curators from the Baltimore Museum of Art addressed the institution’s controversial $ 65 million art divestiture plan to diversify its collection, writing, “This assignment is not a judgment on individual works of art, but an assessment of the context. ” [The Art Newspaper]

Jerry Saltz comments on the recently unveiled #MeToo Medusa sculpture in New York City, writing that it is “typical of the kind of misguided bureaucracies and good managerial intentions that often result in such mediocrity.” [Curbed]

Art and artists

With the upcoming election in mind, artist Kara Hamilton has created a series of pins that test our understanding of modes of communication. They are on sale now, thanks to the Salon 94 gallery in New York City. [Art in America]

Christie’s will sell a newly rediscovered Anthony van Dyck painting of a nobleman at an Old Masters sale this week in New York City. The painting is sold for the first time in almost a century. [Art Market Monitor]

After being stranded in Peru for seven months because of the lockdown, a Japanese tourist was allowed to take a trip to Machu Picchu, which he had all to himself. [CNN]

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