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Among the top visual arts headlines today: Post Paris protests, the Louvre decides to remove Sackler name from its museum wing; the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts announces recipients of Spring 2019 grant for$3.81 million; Tate Directors declare climate emergency in a bid to reduce carbon footprints; The Toronto-based art dealer Katharine Mulherin dies at 54, art world mourns her passing.

The Louvre Removes Sackler Family Name from Museum Wing

Paris’ Musee du Louvre has removed the Sackler family name from its museum wing dedicated to eastern or near-eastern antiquities. Known as the Sackler Wing of Oriental Antiques, the museum decided to remove the family name linked to the US opioid crisis following a protest held by Prescription Addiction Intervention Now or PAIN led by the US photographer and activist Nan Goldin. According to The Guardian report, Louvre’s reason for taking down the Sackler name was that the legal period of donors’ name rights was over. The Sackler family, owners of Purdue Pharma, a drug manufacturing company that produces the highly addictive OxyContin, has come under fire for its role in fuelling the US opioid crisis. The pharmaceutical company is facing dozens of lawsuits in the US. The name was taken down on Wednesday and the Louvre confirmed through a written statement, following other institutions such as UK’s Tate museums and the Guggenheim museum in New York.

Tate Directors Declare Climate Emergency

On Wednesday, Tate Directors declared a climate emergency and pledged to respond with actions across all four Tate galleries. Tate has committed to reducing its carbon footprint by at least 10 percent by 2023. It also announced that the institution is switching to a green electricity tariff, which will be implemented across all four galleries. With international green museum principles in mind, Tate also sustainably sources food for their restaurants and bars. To reduce carbon emission, the institute is auditing their travel and adopting a train-first policy. Last week Danish-Icelandic artist OLAFUR ELIASSON‘s exhibition, “In Real Life” opened at Tate Modern on July 11. With relation to the show, Tate offered a platform for discussion on environmental issues in partnership with artists, campaigners, artistic communities, and cultural organizations at the Turbine Hall. The institution added that they would make their long-term commitment ambitious in scope. “We will interrogate our systems, values and our programs, and look for ways to become more adaptive and responsible,” Tate commented.

The Andy Warhol Foundation Announces $3.81 Million Grants

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has announced recipients for its 2019 Spring 2019 grant. Forty-one arts organizations have been chosen based on scholarly exhibitions, publications, and visual arts programming. $3.81 million will be awarded to these organizations. Artist-centered organizations that focus on experimental, under-recognized, or challenging practices are supported by the foundation. Projects from 12 US states, the District of Columbia, and Canada will be funded by the current grants. Female artists-led monographic exhibitions are a focus and five out of six of them will be by women artists. To support key research into the impact of the polarized political environment on cultural production, the foundation has made a grant to Columbia University’s Committee on Global Thought. As a highly competitive program, this year’s recipients were selected from an applicant pool of 249 non-profit arts organizations.

Canadian Art Dealer Katharine Mulherin Passes Away at 54

Canadian art dealer Katharine Mulherin, 54, died on Sunday, July 14. Mulherin was known for juggling multiple projects and was one of the first to establish an art space at Queen Street West in Toronto. The founder of Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects, which once showcased Toronto’s indie art scene was the location for Toronto art lovers who gathered on Tuesday night with flowers to pay their respects, The Globe and Mail reports. Mulherin was known for her business model of renting cheap store-fronts and that provided exhibition space and studios for emerging artists. She closed down her New York gallery in 2017 and shifted her headquarters to Dupont Street and Lansdowne Avenue. As the project at Emerson Avenue failed to take off, Mulherin battled depression. She is survived by her husband and two sons.

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