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David Bowie Is Getting His Own Postage Stamps

Also in the news this week: the Whitney Biennial, and a $60 million pink star diamond ring.

A lot went down this week in the weird and wild world of Art. Some things were more scandalous than others, some were just plain wacky—but all of them are worth knowing about. Without further ado:

+ The Royal Mail is honoring David Bowie by making stamps featuring the late singer's face for a series called The Stamps That Fell to Earth[Design Week]

+ A building designed by Oscar Niemeyer in a sketch made shortly before his death will open in Leipzig next year. [MDR, via artnet News]


+ President Trump's new federal budget plans calls for the defunding of four agencies: the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. [Creators]

+ A student at the University of Louisville was shot and killed by off-duty police officers working security at a Kentucky art gallery on Saturday during a rap concert. [Louisville Courier-Journal]

+ California artist Karen Fiorito is receiving death for installing an anti-Trump billboard in Phoenix, Arizona. [The Hill]

+ Comic Con is getting its own museum in Balboa Park, San Diego. [The San Diego Union-Tribune]

+ Elle Magazine compiled a list of all the things, made possible by the NEA, that Ivanka Trump has enjoyed. [Elle]

+ South African artist Zwelethu Mthethwa was found guilty of murdering a 23-year-old sex worker named Nokuphila Kumalo. [ArtThrob]

+ The Whitney Museum of American Art hosted its first Biennial in its new home in the meatpacking district this week. Creators put together a list of of 9 artist from the show you should give a f*ck about. [Creators]

+ This $60 million pink star diamond ring may set a world record for Sotheby's. [artnet News]

+ Christie's in Dubai pulled a painting from its modern and contemporary art sale in response to questions about previously ownership and allegations that the piece had been smuggled out of Iraq. [Gulf News]


+ Photographer Franck Allais apologized for his 'Jew crossing' street sign that sparked outrage throughout the UK, claiming it was "art." [The Telegraph]

+ Approaching a deficit of $40 million that has forced layoffs of some 90 employees in recent months, the Metropolitan Museum of Art appears to have dished out heavy pay and bonuses to its top administrators. [New York Post]

+ The Iraqi city of Mosul has been reclaimed from ISIS but the Mosul Museum was destroyed in the process. [Art Daily]

+ The art community is already responding to Trump's new budget proposal. 230,000s individuals, including Barbra Kruger, Marina Abramovic, Cindy Sherman, James Turrell and Richard Serra, have signed a petition by PEN America opposing the plan to defund the NEA and NEH. [The New Yorker]

+ The LD50 Gallery in East London has reportedly been shut down by a grassroots opposition campaign launched after the art space exhibited neo-Nazi artwork and hosted alt-right speakers. [The Independent]

+ A 63-year-old man was detained after attacking a 18th century oil painting by Thomas Gainsborough with a sharp object at the National Gallery in London. [BBC]

+ An animal rights group is protesting Damien Hirst's slated Venice exhibition by dumping some 90 pounds of animal poop at the doors of one of the exhibition's venues. [iNews]

Did we miss any pressing art world stories? Let us know in the comments below!


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