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Schejdahl's July 4 celebration. ARTNEWS

Schejdahl’s July 4 celebration.



Until this year, New Yorker art critic Peter Schjeldahl has been hosting a July 4 fireworks celebration at his estate in Bovina, in upstate New York. Because of social media, too many people found out about it, and it was revealed this weekend that last year’s celebration was be the final one. [The New York Times]

In response, Schejdahl lamented the loss of his pyrotechnics tradition, and moved on, writing, “The fireworks were a part that symbolized the whole: turning something into nothing, spectacularly.” [The New Yorker]


Iranian artist Parviz Tanavoli has been banned from traveling to London. Authorities in Tehran confiscated his passport for reasons that have yet to be explained, causing the artist to cancel a lecture he was supposed to give at the British Museum on July 3. [The Art Newspaper]

Meanwhile, in its annual review, the British Museum said that 2015–16 was the institution’s most successful year ever. A total of 6.9 million people visited the museum in that time. [Artforum]

Adrian Searle reviews London’s first Art Night, the all-nighter art event that included live performances by Laure Prouvost and Joan Jonas. [The Guardian]


Because of a mix of gentrification, competition, and other economic factors, a number of temporary do-it-yourself galleries are popping up across New York. (The New York Times also seems to run this story every few years.) [The New York Times]

Here’s a brief history of the Art Students League, the 140-year-old art school that has taught the likes of Mark Rothko, Ai Weiwei, and many others. [Gothamist]


The Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow is making a greater effort to be accessible for handicapped visitors. The museum will now start a series of projects called “Co-thinkers,” in which artists are paired with four collaborators with disabilities. [The Art Newspaper]

Jeff Wall at Studio for Propositional Cinema in Düsseldorf, Germany. [Contemporary Art Daily]

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