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Museums Are Collecting Signs from the Ongoing Protests in Real Time and More: Morning Links from June 11, 2020

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News

Curators from three Smithsonian museums have begun collecting signs from the ongoing protests against George Floyd’s killing by police, as part of an initiative to collect historical artifacts in real time. [The New York Times]

The French government has announced an open call to create a memorial to the victims of slavery that will be installed near the Louvre in Paris. An advocacy group said that “the artist chosen must be of African descent.” [The Art Newspaper]

The Philadelphia Museum of Art has been accused of union-busting by its workers who are looking to organize the staff. [Artforum]

The Art Market

Art historian Chika Okeke-Agulu has called out Christie’s for its planned sale of a pair of Igbo sculptures that were taken from Nigeria during the height of its civil war. [ARTnews]

A bronze sculpture by Richmond Barthé, which was modeled in 1935 and cast in 1986, sold for $629,000, or 15 times its low estimate. [Art Market Monitor]

Artsy has compiled a list of Black-owned galleries across the United States that collectors can support. [Artsy]

Collecting

British Airways has hired Sotheby’s to assess its collection of mostly British contemporary art, which it hopes to sell to help the airline company survive the coronavirus pandemic. [Evening Standard]

Ronald Ollie, who was a major collector of African American abstract art and gifted 81 of them to the St. Louis Art Museum, has died.  [Culture Type]

Art & Artists

The Guardian Print Shop is offering a print by Turner prize–winning artist Lubaina Himid, which reads “You Say the Magic Words: Black Lives Matter.” [The Guardian]

Josa Lukman checked in with ruangrupa, the art collective that will organize Documenta 15 set to open in 2022, about how the pandemic has affected their curatorial process. [The Jakarta Post]

Here’s a round-up of the best online exhibitions focusing on the work of LGBTQ+ artists, timed to Pride Month. [The Guardian]

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