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Noose found outside National Gallery of Art, Washington

Plus: John Glen now responsible for arts and heritage at DCMS | Kevin Jennings appointed president of Tenement Museum | Sotheby’s Europe appoints Jans Prasens as managing director | and recommended reading

19 June 2017

Our daily round-up of news from the art world

Noose found hanging near National Gallery of Art, Washington | A noose was found hanging from a lamp post on the National Mall outside the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C, on Saturday. This is the third such incident in the area in the past few weeks: nooses have also been found outside the Hirshhorn Museum and in a gallery at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

John Glen appointed parliamentary under secretary at DCMS | At the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Matt Hancock’s brief has been slimmed down to cover broadcasting and the digital sector. His responsibilities for the arts, heritage and tourism have been transferred to John Glen. Museums Association director Sharon Heal welcomed the government’s decision to implement a specific ministerial position for the arts.

Kevin Jennings appointed president of New York’s Tenement Museum | The Tenement Museum in New York has announced that Kevin Jennings, a former deputy secretary of education under the Obama administration, is to take over as its next president. The museum is set to unveil a new permanent exhibition this autumn, entitled ‘Under One Roof’.

Jan Prasens appointed managing director of Sotheby’s Europe | Sotheby’s has appointed Jan Prasens as its new managing director for Europe, including operations in the Middle East, Russia, India and Africa. Prasens has headed the auction house’s Financial Services division for the last decade, a position which saw him work with all of Sotheby’s specialist departments.

Recommended reading | In the Guardian, Jonathan Jones speaks to Tracey Emin about her admiration for the work of Egon Schiele. ‘I bought a book about expressionism. There was one tiny Schiele painting and suddenly my whole world opened,’ Emin says. Elsewhere, the New Yorker’s Peter Schjeldahl describes ‘Home—So Different, So Appealing’ at LACMA as a ‘tour de force’. And in tribute to Khadija Saye, who was among the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire in London, the Art Newspaper has put together an image gallery of her work.

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