Briefing

British artists rally against Brexit and Ken Loach claims his second Palme d’Or 

  • Douglas Chrismas, the founder of Los Angeles’s Ace Gallery, has had to relinquish control of business operations after failing to make a USD$17.5 million court-ordered payment in a long running bankruptcy case. Chrismas is currently facing claims brought against him by a number of artists, including De Wain Valentine and Mary Corse, who wanted certain consigned works returned and payment for other works sold.
     
  • The British director Ken Loach has won the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival for his film I, Daniel Blake ­– a film about a middle aged widower and his struggles with the UK health care and benefits systems. This is the second time that Loach has won the award following The Wind That Shakes the Barley in 2006.
     
  • Thousands of artists, musicians, filmmakers, actors and members of wider cultural organizations have united in Brazil to protest interim President Michel Temer’s decision to dissolve the country’s Ministry of Culture. Culture has now been subsumed into the Ministry of Education while the Ministry of Women, Racial Equality, and Human Rights has been subsumed into the Ministry of Justice and Citizenship. (Spanish)
     
  • Following photographer Wolfgang Tillmans’s recent poster campaign urging against Brexit, 282 British artists, writers and actors have signed a letter of support to keep Britain in the European Union. Notable signatories include artists Jeremy Deller, Tracey Emin, Anish Kapoor, Martin Parr, Cornelia Parker and Elizabeth Price, as well as Chris Dercon, the Director of Tate Modern. The referendum will take place on June 23.
     
  • The entire board of De Appel Arts Center in Amsterdam has resigned following their controversial firing of the institution's director, Lorenzo Benedetti last September. The board had been under increasing pressure from the institution's teaching faculty – including Charles Esche, Elena Filipovic, Chus Martinez, and Beatrix Ruf – who had demanded their resignation and many respected artists asking the board to reconsider.

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