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Playboy Quits Nudes, Vanity Fair Finds "Ermahgerd" Girl: Last Week in Art

Not to mention, Ai Weiwei has a memoir in the works, and Patti Smith got emotional.

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 any further adieu:  

+ This is the story of the Ermahgerd Girl. [Vanity Fair]

+ A commissioned work by Cornelia Parker is coming to The Met’s Iris and Gerald B. Cantor Roof Garden next year. [The New York Times]

+ The prostitution exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay is bringing in the crowds, but is it that all it's doing? French critics weigh in. [The Independent]


+ Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich won the 2015 Novel Prize in Literature. [The Guardian]

+ And Jamaican writer Marlon James has been awarded the Booker Prize. [The Guardian]


+ By painting the border fence between Mexico and San Diego sky-blue, Ana Teresa Fernández is taking a stand against the place “where we lament the lives who have not been able to cross it." [Yahoo News]

Playboy announced that it will no longer feature nude pictures in reaction to, well, the Internet. Taylor Swift is *rumored* for the first non-nude cover. [BBCHollywood Life]

+ Ai Weiwei is going to publish a memoir in Spring 2017. [The New York Times]

+ The 2016 Met Gala’s theme is all about the intersections of technology and fashion and will be co-chaired by Idris Elba, Jonathan Ive, Taylor Swift, and Anna Wintour. [Art Forum]

+ As a complement, the Costume Institute’s spring 2016 exhibition manus x machina: fashion in an age of technology will explore the effects of new tech on the fashion industry. [The New York Times]

+ The Smithsonian has commissioned Mark Bradford to make his biggest painting yet for their Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. [ARTnews]


+ Lutz Bacher’s PS1 sculpture Magic Mountain looks strikingly similar to Daniel Arsham’s set for Future Relic. [ARTnews]

+ The Getty now has the first photos of the Roman triumphal arch in Syria which was recently destroyed by ISIS. [Los Angeles Times]

+ Russia’s cultural war with the U.S. (and the rest of Europe, for that matter) is heating up. [The Art Newspaper]


+ Put down your well-worn, wind-worn, dirt-worn copy of Walden—Henry David Thoreau was a bad baaad man. [The New Yorker]

+ A close look at the history of one-work exhibitions (hint: they’re still in). [ARTnews]

+ Frieze Art Fair was this week – check out some of the highlights, courtesy of Beckett Mufson[The Creators Project

+ At Patti Smith’s reading for her new memoir at a college in Illinois a fan returned to her the some of the items from Smith’s stolen 1979 tour van including a sheer top which she wore on the cover of the below Rolling Stone cover from July 1978. [The Guardian]


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


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