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The Menil Collection receives one of the largest donations in its history and the first trade union for artists is officially recognized in England

  • Artists’ Union England (AUE) has been certified as the first trade union representing visual artists in England. The union was founded in 2014, but obtaining the certificate of independence began a year prior to that.
     
  • Israeli artist Dani Karavan has asked that his sculptural relief be removed from the wall of Israel’s Knesset Plenum Hall, where it acts as a backdrop for those addressing parliament. The request has been lodged in protest of culture minister Miri Regev’s decision to cut 33 percent of government funding to cultural institutions that won’t hold performances in the West Bank, Negev and Galilee.
     
  • The Museum of Modern Art in New York has fired assistant film curator Sally Berger after 30 years at the institution. In February of this year, Berger drew criticism for her decision to pull Under the Sun, a documentary about North Korea, from MoMA’s 2016 Doc Fortnight festival.
     
  • Sara Cwynar and Mary Reid Kelley have been awarded the 2016 Baloise Art Prize. In addition to the USD$31,000 prize money, a selection of each artist’s work will be donated to Frankfurt’s Museum für Moderne Kunst and the MUDAM museum in Luxembourg.
     
  • The Menil Collection in Houston has received a gift of 110 drawings by 41 modern and contemporary artists. The donation, which includes works by Jasper Johns, Eva Hesse, Agnes Martin, Claes Oldenburg and Ellsworth Kelly, will be presented in its new centre, the Menil Drawing Institute, which is slated to open in 2017.

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