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The Times details misconduct complaints leveled against Joshua Helmer, who previously worked at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and now directs the Erie Art Museum in Pennsylvania. [The New York Times]

The French culture ministry will establish a center for satirical cartoons. Georges Wolinski, who died in the 2015 Charlie Hebdo shooting, reportedly conceived the idea for such an institution. [The Art Newspaper]

Le Maximum, a new gallery in Venice, California, is “stepping into the storied lineage of food-and-art crossovers like Gordon Matta-Clark’s legendary SoHo restaurant FOOD.” [Los Angeles Times]

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Patrick Noon, who has served as a curator at the Minneapolis Institute of Art for 22 years, will retire later this month. [Star Tribune]

Exhibitions

“Abortion Is Normal,” a two-venue exhibition focusing on reproductive justice and featuring work by Nan Goldin, Lyle Ashton Harris, Cindy Sherman, and many other artists, opened in New York on Thursday. [ARTnews]

The British Museum has announced a new exhibition on the history of the Arctic and its peoples. Culture Unstained, a group committed to ending oil sponsorships in the arts, has said that the institution “cynically” excluded its longtime sponsor BP from this particular show. [The Guardian]

Collectors

Here’s a piece on Taiwanese art collector Leo Shih, whose holdings include works by Cai Guo-Qiang, Xu Bing, Chen Zhen, and others. [Financial Times]

Artists

“What Makes Pope.L’s Art Endure?”Martha Schwendener takes up this question on the occasion of the artist’s exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum in New York. [The New York Times]

T Magazine has a Q&A with South African artist Pieter Hugo. “I learned photography through visiting university libraries, which can be hard to access, and I’ve built a strong relationship with books,” the artist said. [T: The New York Times Style Magazine]

Lives

Akbar Padamsee, a pioneering Indian modernist whose practice spanned painting, photography, sculpture, and film, has died at age 91. [ARTnews]

Pete Dye, a prolific designer of artful golf courses, has died at age 94. [The New York Times]



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