A weekly update of art world news.
Central Parks Receives First Statue of Women
Adding to the list of only five existing historical statues in New York City featuring named women (there are 145 of men), Central Park will install its first statue depicting real women. The sculpture will be installed in 2020 on the Literary Walk on the Mall in the Park and will feature Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony. The two women were activists for women’s rights and played crucial roles in the women’s suffrage movement. Ninety designs were submitted to the call for entries and sculptor Meredith Bergmann delivered the winning design. Women who currently have statues in New York City are Joan of Arc, Golda Meir, Gertrude Stein, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Harriet Tubman.
Read the full story (Gothamist)
Bangladeshi Photographer Shahidul Alam Arrested
Hours after 63-year-old Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam gave an interview with Al Jazeera, 20 plainclothes police officers arrested and charged him for making “provactive comments.” In the interview, he had implied that he supported the student protests that in Dhaka. The protests, now in their second week, began after two students were killed by speeding buses. The protests have since evolved into a movement against the ruling Awami League. Twenty-three journalists, including Alam, were attacked while reporting on the protests.
Read the full story (TIME)
No More NADA New York
The New Art Dealers Alliance announced that it has ceased its annual spring fair in New York. With more small and mid-size galleries declining to participate in art fairs due to financial pressures and low attendance, the non-profit organization voted to cancel the fair. Instead of the 2019 fair, organizers say they will dedicate their resources to gallery programming with the goal of increasing foot traffic and gallery visibility during Armory Arts Week.
Read the full story (ArtNet News)