In Queens, a Storied Mural is Saved From (Not by) Spider-Man

“Queens is the Future” mural after restoration in 2022 (photo by Eve Biddle; all courtesy Eve Biddle and Joshua Frankel) For a modest mural in a schoolyard handball court in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens, “Queens is the Future” is storied. Artists and native New Yorkers Eve Biddle and Joshua Frankel painted the mural … Read more

Derek Fordjour’s LA MOCA Mural Is an “Invitation” to the Museum

Installation view of Derek Fordjour’s “Sonic Boom” (2022) (photo by Elon Schoenholz; courtesy the artist and the Museum of Contemporary Art) Last Thursday, April 28, just before 11am, a group of museum-goers lined up along Grand Avenue outside of Los Angeles’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), waiting for it to open. Behind them on the … Read more

Diego Rivera Mural in San Francisco, Once Slated for Sale, Gets $200K Grant

In a reversal of fortune for advocates opposed to the sale of a Diego Rivera mural at the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) and all those concerned with the preservation of public art, the school has received a $200,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation in support of the beloved painting. It is an occasion to … Read more

Tate Britain Will Commission Artist to “Critically Engage” With Racist Mural

In the latest controversy involving Rex Whistler’s 1927 mural “The Expedition in Pursuit of Rare Meats,” installed at the former restaurant of the Tate Britain in London, the museum is seeking an artist to “critically engage” with the painting’s racist content. Last week, the institution announced plans to commission a contemporary artist to create a … Read more