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R.I.P. Prince. Also, da Vinci's living relatives found and a fully functional solid gold toilet is coming to a museum near you.


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:  

+ Prince passed away last Thursday and the whole world mourned. Here in New York, the city paid tribute to the icon with a public memorial at the Prince Street subway station, while artists across the globe paid homage with Prince-inspired works. [Hyperallergic, The Creators Project]


+ Leonardo da Vinci's living relatives, a total of 35 individuals residing in Tuscany, have been tracked down by Italian researchers. [Discovery News]

+ No shit: A fully-functional, 18-karat solid gold toilet, created by Maurizio Cattelan, will be installed in a publicly accessible bathroom at the Guggenheim in May. [The New York Times]


+ Harmful levels of formaldehyde fumes leaked from Damien Hirst's preserved animal carcasses at his 2012 Tate Modern Exhibition, scientists say. [The Standard]

+ Meanwhile, Hirst will once again be represented by Gagosian Gallery after a four-year hiatus. [The New York Times]

+ Several of Pablo Picasso's famous bull lithographs were stolen from a German Bank. [Spiegel]

+ Google's Virtual Art Sessions project invited six artists to make art in virtual reality and any and all (with Google Chrome) to watch. [The Next Web]


+ Palmyra's Arch of Triumph, destroyed by ISIS last year, was recreated in Trafalgar Square by the Institute of Digital Archeology. You can read more about how art dealers and archaeologists are teaming up to fight ISIS here[BBC]

+ Also: New details from experts about the destruction at the sacred site. [CBS News]

+ In related news, the U.S. Senate passed a bill to end art and artifacts imported from Syria as a stand against ISIS' destructive looting enterprise. [The Art Newspaper]

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+ Six multicolored nooses, hung from a tree on a college campus in Tennessee—allegedly for a class art project—incited outrage and offense. The full story behind the nooses has yet to be revealed, though it has been speculated it was meant as a symbol for the rising suicide rate among the state's LGBTQ community. [Newsweek]


+ Jerry Saltz talked to James Franco. [Vulture]

+ Mark Bradford will represent the U.S. at next year's Venice Biennale.  [The Washington Post]

+ Apple has designed a specially-made iPad Pro to raise money for the Design Museum in London. [The Verge]

+ L.A. art dealer Perry Rubenstein was arrested on three counts of grand theft by embezzlement. His alleged dark dealings include scamming art world giants including Eli Broad. [LAist]


+ The world's first Charlie Chaplin museum opened in Switzerland. [ABC News]

+ Avant-garde painter and printer Richard Smith died in New York on Monday. [BBC]

+ The Met is facing a $10 million deficit. [Wall Street Journal]

+ The Guggenheim has cut ties with the group (the Gulf Labor Coalition) pushing for improved living and working conditions at the museum's developing site in Abu Dhabi. [Hyperallergic]

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


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