Sunday Art Brunch: From the economic commitment of the UNESCO director to restore Ukraine's damaged cultural field to a photographer's defense of Yanomami autonomy


Welcome to Sunday Art Brunch, a weekly column featuring the latest news from the art world, including updates on art market trends, exhibitions worth visiting, and interesting stories about artists. Whether you're a seasoned art enthusiast or simply curious about the latest happenings in the industry, Sunday Art Brunch is the perfect way to stay up-to-date with everything going on in the art world. So grab a cup of coffee and join us as we delve into this exciting and ever-evolving world!

UNESCO Chief commits $10 Million for restoring Ukraine's damaged culture field
UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay at the ceremony that commemorates the inscription of the historic center of Odesa in Ukraine on UNESCO's World Heritage List | Nina Liashonok | Ukrinform/Future publishing via Getty Images

UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay has pledged more than $10m to the reconstruction of Ukraine's cultural sector during a tour of the country. As Artnet telling, a recent report from UNESCO stated that the cost of rehabilitating the country's arts landscape would be $6.9bn. Azoulay spent two days visiting Kyiv, Chernihiv and Odesa in a show of support for the population and the country's cultural sector. UNESCO's recovery plan will be used to assess the damage and documentation of Ukraine's cultural heritage, provide emergency measures for cultural properties, develop protocols and guidelines for protecting and recovering cultural heritage and create a digital archive to manage cultural property.

The Week in Art: a podcast about art updates by The Art Newspaper
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Artists Kapwani Kiwanga, Martine Syms, Pamela Council, and others win the 2023 Guggenheim Fellowships
Installation view of "Behind the Cloud: Interrogating Digital Technologies," 2023, curated by Marissa Del Toro & Alex Santana, at the Latinx Project at NYU | Courtesy of the Latinx Project at NYU

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has awarded its 2023 Guggenheim Fellowships to 171 scholars and artists from 48 disciplines. Winners of note in the fine arts category include Pamela Council, Jamal Cyrus, Kapwani Kiwanga, Diane Severin Nguyen, Tammy Nguyen, Samantha Nye, Evita Tezeno, and Lavar Munroe, with Robert De Niro underwriting Munroe’s fellowship. Scholars awarded fellowships in fine arts research include Arlene Dávila, an anthropology professor at New York University and founder of the Latinx Project at NYU.

Former Microsoft Executive and wife donate $10m and 48 Calder artworks to Seattle Art Museum
Calder with Gamma (1947) and Sword Plant (1947), Alexander Calder at Buchholz Gallery/Curt Valentin, New York, 1947 | Courtesy of Calder Foundation, New York | Art Resource, New York | © 2023 Calder Foundation, New York | Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

The Seattle Art Museum has received a donation of 48 works by the American Modernist sculptor Alexander Calder from former Microsoft president Jon Shirley and his wife Kim. The Art Newspaper reports that the donation includes sculptures, ranging from tabletop stabiles to monumental hanging mobiles, and spans most of Calder's career, from 1927 to 1973. The Shirleys are also gifting the SAM their 85-book Calder library, a $10m endowment and between $250,000 and $500,000 annually to support Calder-centric programming and research. The donation includes $1m to fund an exhibition featuring all 48 works from the Shirleys' gift, which will open in November.

A Photographer's Advocacy for Yanomami Autonomy
Collective house near the Catholic mission on the Catrimani River, Roraima state (1976) | Mineral pigment print (from infrared film) | Artwork ©Claudia Andujar, collection of the artist

Illegal mining in the Amazon rainforests of Brazil and Venezuela is a dangerous threat to the Indigenous communities and the fragile ecosystem. For the Yanomami people, the largest group in the Amazon, the struggle is more urgent than ever. Claudia Andujar, an activist and photographer, has worked with the Yanomami for over five decades to defend their rights and sovereignty. Andujar’s encounter with the Yanomami people in 1971 transformed her artistic practice into a life of activism. The Yanomami Struggle at The Shed is an exhibition that showcases Andujar's collaboration and friendship with the Yanomami people through over 200 photographs, paintings, and drawings from a new generation of Yanomami artists. The exhibition also features video works by contemporary Yanomami filmmakers Aida Harika, Edmar Tokorino, Morzaniel Ɨramari, and Roseane Yariana. This exhibition highlights the importance of protecting the Yanomami people, their land, and their culture. Enjoy the interview to Claudia Andujar and anthropologist Bruce Albert, co-author of The Falling Sky: Words of a Yanomami Shaman (with Davi Kopenawa), that discusse their experience and struggle in support of the Yanomami people and the Amazon rainforest.

Written by
Giulia Manca