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First-ever woman to helm the Louvre appointed to the post


While we focus on Indian art, we can’t obviously function in a vacuum. It’s a small world and everything is connected, especially on the web. So, let’s train our spotlight across the world map to see what’s going on — from art trends to socio-political issues to everything that affects the great aesthetic global consciousness. Or, let’s just travel the world and have some fun!

Laurence des Cars to lead the Louvre


French president Emmanuel Macron has nominated the next president of the Musée d’Orsay, Laurence des Cars, to helm the Louvre. It is a major shake-up at the world-famous Paris institution and marks the first time a woman has been named for the top job at the Louvre. The 54-year-old expert on 19th and early 20th century art takes up her new position on September 1, beating out candidates like current president Jean-Luc Martinez, Picasso museum president Laurent Le Bon, and Guimet museum president Sophie Makariou. Artnet News has the scoop.

Vatican sued over street art stamp


A year after Rome street artist Alessia Babrow had glued a stylized image of Christ she made onto a bridge near the Vatican, she was shocked to learn that the latter had used a reproduction as its 2020 Easter postage stamp. It clearly featured her hallmark heart emblazoned across Christ’s chest. Now, Babrow has sued the Vatican City State’s telecommunications office in a Rome court last month, alleging wrongful profiting off her creativity and a violation of the original intent of her artwork. The lawsuit seeks nearly 130,000 euros in damages. The Indian Express tells you more.

Chadwick Boseman’s alma mater honours him artfully


The well-known Howard University in Washington DC, USA, has renamed its College of Fine Arts after one of its most acclaimed alums — actor Chadwick Boseman. The Black Panther star, who earned an Academy Award nomination for his role in last year’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, had graduated from Howard in 2000 with a bachelor of arts degree in directing, and died in August last year at the age of 43 from colon cancer. In the days following his death, Howard students circulated a petition to have the fine arts college renamed for Boseman to ensure that his legacy lives on. The Washington Post reports.

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