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Iran

U.S. President Donald Trump has recanted his previous comments about striking Iranian cultural sites, which some said was illegal. [The Art Newspaper]

Earlier this week, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s president and director were among the top art officials who condemned Trump’s previous comments. [ARTnews]

Controversies

Artists have criticized the Palais de Tokyo in Paris for planning to mount a show organized by the Mathaf museum in Qatar. Some have alleged that, in connecting itself with a country that criminalizes homosexuality, the Palais de Tokyo is not as LGBTQ-friendly as it claims to be. [The Art Newspaper]

Art historian Claire Bishop and curator Nikki Columbus, who previously alleged that MoMA PS1 discriminated against her because she was pregnant, co-wrote a “speculative review” of the new Museum of Modern Art. [n+1]

Artists

“It is hard to think of another artist who was more beloved than John Baldessari, who died on Thursday at 88,” Deborah Solomon writes. [The New York Times]

Vivian Suter, the Guatemala-based artist who is known for her unstretched abstract canvases, gets the profile treatment. [The Guardian]

New Initiatives

The Joyce Foundation has named the winners of its $50,000 awards, which are given to socially engaged art being shown in Chicago, Cleveland, and the Twin Cities. Among this year’s winners are the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland and the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago. [Press Release]

The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Culture has launched a new residency program through which seven artists, writers, and curators can spend six weeks in Jeddah. [The National]

Art History

After an earthquake shook large portions of Puerto Rico, an historic church dating back to the 19th century in Guayanilla collapsed. [The Art Newspaper]

Could Elizabeth “Lizzie” Siddal, who sat for a number of Pre-Raphaelite…

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