The painter Sam Giliam died at the age of 88. Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, Gilliam studied fine arts at the University of Louisville; he moved to Washington, D.C. in 1962 after marrying Dorothy Butler, the first black female journalist in the Washington Post. In the American capital, he was influenced by the work of Color Field artists such as Morris Louis and Kenneth Noland. Around 1965, he made his first draped works, hanging lengths of brightly colored unstretched canvas from the walls and ceilings; his breakthrough came a few years later, with a widely acclaimed solo exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 1969. Gilliam’s explorations of the sculptural possibilities of painting took many other forms during his long career – working on canvas, metal and wood of all shapes and sizes, and in recent years with CGI modeling – and he has continued to experiment with ways to apply color, whether dyeing or dipping canvases in pigment or pour it freely on it. Major public commissions include a five-panel work 28 feet wide, Yet I marvelfor the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in 2016. In recent years Gilliam has received even more acclaim, with an exhibition of his work at the Venice Biennale in 2017 and solo exhibitions at the Kunstmuseum Basel (2018) and Dia :Beacon (2019).
Daniel Weiss, CEO and President of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, announced that he was retiring in June 2023, having served as head of the institution since 2015. Weiss was praised for a tenure in which the museum carried out major capital projects including the redevelopment of the UK Galleries and fostered a more inclusive for its staff. Since 2018, he has led the institution alongside Max Hollein, who as director oversaw the museum’s programming while Weiss handled finance and operations. It is not yet known if a replacement for Weiss will be found to continue this two-pronged leadership structure, or if Hollein will assume his responsibilities.
On Tuesday, June 28, four men – one armed with a mace, the other with a gun – committed an armed robbery at the TEFAF fair in Maastricht. The glass of two showcases of the stand of the London jewelery retailer Symbolic & Chase was broken. Dutch font have confirmed that jewelry has been stolen; the fair has not yet confirmed the value of the items. Two Belgian men, arrested shortly after the incident, were released without charge on Thursday.
Aaron De Groft, CEO and Director of the Orlando Museum of Art, was dismissed from his post by administrators after FBI agents raided the museum last week. Officers from the office’s Art Crime team seized 25 paintings with contested attributions to Jean-Michel Basquiat, which were featured in the “Heroes & Monsters: Jean-Michel Basquiat” exhibit; according to the search warrant, the paintings had been under investigation since their discovery in 2012.