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THE TATTOO ARTIST HISTORY SPIDER WEB, who fought the laws that restricted his medium while pushing him into the realm of great art, died aged 78, Neil Genzlinger reports in the New York Times. In 1976, Spider (as he was commonly known) got a tattoo in front of the modern Art Museum so that he would be arrested and could test a city restriction on the practice. He lost the legal battle, but New York officially overturned the ban in 1997. Spider created intricate designs but also got into concept projects like one that involved tattooing a small X on 1,000 people and 1 000 X on one person. “The tattoo was only part of what he did”, sex therapist and artist Annie Sprinkle Told the Time. “He did sculpture, painting, drawing, performance, comics, video. His life was art.
JOBS. The Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles hired amanda sroka be its chief curatorthe Los Angeles Times reports. Sroka is currently Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Artand will replace Jamillah Jameswas typed last year become chief curator at Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art. During this time, the Baltimore Museum of Artthe board of directors elected James D. Thornton be her chair. Thornton, who served as chief executive of Thorwood Realty Group LLC and Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at MBNA Bank, has served as a BMA director since 2004 and will be the first person of color to hold the position. And Eileen Jeng Lynch was named the Bronx Museum of Artit’s new director of conservation programs. She was previously Senior Curator of Visual Arts at wave hill.
matt wolfwho co-founded the artistic collective meow wolfwho created immersive and interactive exhibits around the American West, has died at 37. No cause has been disclosed. [The Associated Press]
Three men, including a rare book dealer from New York Glenn Horowitzwere charged with trying to sell tickets that prosecutors say they knew were stolen Eagles leader Don Henley. All three have denied the allegations.[Rolling Stone” href=”https://click.email.artnews.com/?qs=0de6c4a0f9c5c710d7c26934378979047d9b25c5e4f115e3cb8b8949cf37383d2c8e8b24f479403c80539978e285c8ddd4462add7e945b03″ data-linkto=”https://”>[Rolling Stone,
Nasa released an abundance of dazzling images of the universe taken by the James Webb Space Telescopeshowing distant galaxies, star clusters and more. [CNN]
Discussing the harsh crackdown on recent protests by the Cuban government, the artist and writer Coco Fusco argues that “a clearly perceptible reluctance to criticize Cuba’s internal affairs persists in the arts, academia, and progressive media”. [e-flux]
Artist Cecilia Vicuna met with the recently inaugurated 36-year-old president of her native Chile, Gabriel Boric. [@ceciliavicuna/Instagram]
RENAISSANCE MAN. An album released this week, Earl’s Closet: The Lost Archives of Earl McGrath, 1970-1980collects rare recordings—by Hall & Oats, David Johansen, Warhol “Super star” ultra violetand others – who were found in the apartment of the eponymous record label boss, art dealer and prankster after his death in 2016. New York Times has a richly reported article on the obscure but influential McGrath, with stories of Mick Jagger, Ed Ruschaand Lili Anolikthe author’s biographer Eve Babitz. In the early 1970s, Anolik recounts, Babitz was focused on creating visual art, but when McGrath casually questioned a color she had used, she was jolted and “focused on writing.” , she said. “So we the culture owe a lot to Earl in a way.” [NYT]