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Nan Goldin and P.A.I.N. activists stage protest at V&A

Plus: Wallace Collection announces first ever loan | Monnaie de Paris cancels its contemporary art programme | and Terry O’Neill (1938–2019)

18 November 2019

Our daily round-up of news from the art world

Nan Goldin and P.A.I.N. activists stage protest at V&A | The American artist Nan Goldin joined other activists from the P.A.I.N. protest group at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London on Saturday (16 November) to protest against the museum’s use of the Sackler name for one of its courtyard entrances. The action is the latest in a series of demonstrations urging museums to end their association with those members of the Sackler family who have links to the company Purdue Pharma, manufacturers of the opioid Oxycontin.

Wallace Collection announces first ever loan | The Wallace Collection in London has announced that it will lend Titian’s Perseus and Andromeda (1554–56) to the National Gallery – the first loan in the museum’s 119-year history, made possible after the museum recently lifted a restriction on loaning works. The painting, which will be included in the National Gallery’s exhibition on Titian opening in March 2020, is one of the artist’s six poesie – large-scale mythological paintings, conceived as a series for Philip II of Spain. The exhibition will mark the first occasion that all six of these paintings have been displayed together since the late 16th century. In return, the National Gallery will lend A View of Het Steen in the Early Morning (c. 1636) by Peter Paul Rubens to the Wallace Collection, where it will hang alongside the artist’s Landscape with Rainbow (c. 1636) – probably painted as a companion-piece – for the first time since the early 19th century.

Monnaie de Paris cancels its contemporary art programme | The Monnaie de Paris (Paris Mint) has announced that it will cancel its contemporary art programme, citing low visitor numbers as the reason behind the decision. An exhibition of works by the American artist Kiki Smith, which ends on 9 February 2020, will be the last contemporary show to run at the museum. The institution will continue to host other kinds of exhibitions, events and educational outreach projects.

Terry O’Neill (1938–2019) | The British photographer Terry O’Neill, known for his portraits of musicians and celebrities during the 1960s, has died at the age of 81. Born in London, O’Neill originally aspired to become a jazz drummer, but focused on photography after working in the photographic unit at Heathrow Airport. He went on to photograph actors and musicians including The Beatles, Sean Connery, Brigitte Bardot, the Rolling Stones, David Bowie and Frank Sinatra. Last month O’Neill was awarded a CBE for services to photography.

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