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Daniel Hopfer, Death and the Devil Surprising Two Women, ca. 1500-1510, etching.

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In an open letter, a group of artists and arts professionals urged the New Museum in New York to allow its staff to form a union. Fred Moten, Nayland Blake, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, and Andrea Fraser are among the signees. [ARTnews]

The Bulawayo Biennial in Zimbabwe has been postponed from October 2019 to October 2020 due to economic upheaval and ongoing protests in the country. [The Art Newspaper]

The French region of Normandy is getting a museum dedicated to twentieth-century artists Fernand Léger and André Mare. Slated to open in June, the institution will be situated in Léger’s childhood home. [Artforum]

Lives

Walter Chandoha, a photographer whose works frequently focused on cats, has died at age 98. He once said, “You’d never get the same expressions with dogs. Cats are just naturally expressive. They get in such a variety of situations.” [The New York Times]

Exhibitions

Titian’s “Portrait of a Lady in White” will be on view at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California through March 25. Art critic Christopher Knight calls the painting “unforgettable.” [Los Angeles Times]

An upcoming show at Gracie Mansion—the residence of the mayor of New York City—is titled “She Persists: A Century of Women Artists in New York,” and the show features works by 44 artists and collectives, including Kara Walker, Jordan Casteel, and Carmen Herrera. [The New York Times]

A 110-foot-tall inflatable sculpture by the street artist KAWS will remain in Taipei’s Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall through January 27. [Artnet News]

Miscellaneous

A bronze statue of the devil taking a selfie—created by the artist José Antonio Abella—is the subject of controversy among the Catholic community of Segovia, Spain, where it is meant to go on display next week. [The New York Times]

Here’s a look at Élan Cadiz’s new series of collages titled “An American Family Album,” in which she represents her family members as pieces of furniture. [Vogue]

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