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Five Artists in the News: Remembering Faith Ringgold, Yayoi Kusama’s Late Infinity Room and Manet's 1874 Show Stopper

3 min read  ·  15 Apr 2024

Faith Ringgold at her home in Englewood, N.J., in 2020. Credit Meron Tekie Menghistab for The New York Times

New York: Faith Ringgold, who has died aged 93, was a champion of Black artists who worked in an array of media. The artist’s “story quilts”, her best known works, portray the joys and rigors of Black lives — and of Black women’s lives in particular, writes The Times.

Melbourne: Yayoi Kusama is due to unveil a new infinity room in December when the National Gallery of Victoria opens a sprawling survey of the veteran Japanese artist’s work.

Venice: Pierre Huyghe’s transformation of the Punta della Dogana and Julie Mehretu’s show at Palazzo Grassi among the ten must-see shows beyond the Biennale pavilions. Cultured magazine.

Market: Robert Indiana’s estate will now be represented by Pace internationally as a big exhibition of the Pop artist’s works goes on show in Venice to coincide with the Biennale.

And in other news

New York: Thomas Heatherwick’s Vessel is due to reopen after a number of suicides. The climbable sculpture will have added safety features, including steel mesh.

"‘How dare you tell artists what they can do?’ That’s the beginning of some really bad funk—bad, bad, bad.’ Faith Ringgold’s reaction to being cuffed by the NYPD in 1970 when she and two fellow artists were arrested at a show protesting the Vietnam War at the Judson Memorial Church, Greenwich Village."

- ARTnews

On this Day

On April 15 in 1874 Edouard Manet’s Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe, originally titled Le Bain, went on show in Paris. The painting was a highlight of the group show that as gone down in history as the "First Impressionist Exhibition".