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With a Room of Her Own, Emily Mason’s Ethereal Abstractions Bloomed

Good morning. ⛅ Today, concern in San Francisco as a beloved Diego Rivera mural might be sold, an Ohi
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Good morning. ⛅ Today, concern in San Francisco as a beloved Diego Rivera mural might be sold, an Ohio Arts Council board member resigns after her anti-government social media comments are scrutinized, and a review of Emily Mason’s new exhibition.
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Planned Diego Rivera Sale Draws Backlash
Diego Rivera, “Making a Fresco” (1931) at SFAI’s Diego Rivera Gallery (via Joaquín Martínez/Flickr)
Diego Rivera, “Making a Fresco” (1931) at SFAI’s Diego Rivera Gallery (via Joaquín Martínez/Flickr)
A union of adjunct faculty at the San Francisco Art Institute are decrying board members’ consideration of selling the 1931 Diego Rivera mural “The Making of a Fresco, Showing the Building of a City”.
Rivera once described his paintings as “true and complete pictures of the life of the toiling masses.”
“The whole point for him,” Latin American art scholar James Oles said in an interview, “was they’re not commodities.” 
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  • Ohio Arts Council board member Susan Allan Block has resigned following social media comments in which she referred to incoming vice president Kamala Harris as a “whore” and called for “no peace” during the recent Capitol attack.
  • The UK has rejected EU regulations that require import licenses for art, antiques, books, and other artifacts that are more than 250 years old before they can enter any EU country.
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