The Reading List: Robert Indiana’s Legacy, the Jewish Museum Receives $10M Gift, and More Stories

The Reading List: Robert Indiana’s Legacy, the Jewish Museum Receives $10M Gift, and More Stories

Every Thursday, ALL ARTS publishes “The Reading List,” a collection of newsworthy items and notable essays from the week. Here is our latest installment:

Legacy and Lawsuit: The complex story of the late artist Robert Indiana and his caretaker, Jamie Thomas, who has been named in a lawsuit that says he isolated the artist in his final years and helped produce and sell forgeries of his work, is the subject of an in-depth article in the New York Times. Thomas, who denies the allegations, was named in Indiana’s will as executive director of a foundation established to preserve the artist’s legacy. New York Times

Philanthropy: The Jewish Museum announced this week that it received a gift of $10 million plus a large collection of work by notable artists from the foundation of postwar artist Barnett Newman and his wife, Annalee Newman. The funds will be used, in part, to endow the museum’s contemporary art curator position. Works by such artists as Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Camille Pissarro, Mark Bradford, Kerry James Marshall and Sarah Sze are included in the donation. Artsy

Funding: President Donald Trump’s calls to gut funding to the National Endowment of the Arts and the National Endowment of the Humanities fell flat with Congress earlier this week. In a 92-6 vote on Wednesday, the Senate passed a bill that would see a $2 million increase in funding  for the agencies — a roughly 1.42 percent bump. That modest increase, however, is not enough to cover the cost of annual inflation, which hovers around 2 percent. Artnet

Film News: The Toronto International Film Festival announced its full Canadian lineup yesterday, adding an additional 19 films directed by Canadian filmmakers to its already impressive 2018 program. Notably, the new titles include nine from female directors and three that feature Indigenous talent. In a separate announcement, TIFF revealed that the much-anticipated English-language debut by Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan, “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan,” would make its world premiere as part of the festival’s Special Presentations program. Global News

Calling All Developers: New York City issued a request for proposals to develop a massive production facility at the waterfront in Sunset Park. Under the plan, a 200,000-square-foot space at Bush Terminal would be used for media production, sound recording and other film and television needs. The goal, according to the NYC Economic Development Corporation, is to attract and keep high-paying production jobs in the city and to boost local hiring. Gothamist

Bouquet Books: A challenge: Walk into your local bookstore and see if you spot any book design trends. Chances are, you’ll notice an array of floral-covered book jackets adorning the shelves and tables like carefully placed vases. Why is this? Writer Kenzie Bryant looks into the roots of this book trend. Vanity Fair

The Music Biz: “Ears. Ears are very important. If you don’t have them, you better hire someone who does.” Words of wisdom from Seymour Stein, the legendary record executive who signed the likes of Madonna and the Talking Heads, among many others. Stein is the subject of a profile pegged to his new autobiography, “Siren Song: My Life in Music,” released in June by St. Martin’s Press. Guardian