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An ISIS Amusement Park and "Migrant Chic": Last Week In Art

Also, some protestors still think Renoir is the *worst.*

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:  

+ Protestors in Mexico used masks, marches, and installations to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the as-of-yet unsolved case of the 43 missing students from Ayotzinapa. [LA Times]

+ The Academy has sued OscART, a biannual Austrian art award, over the similarity of their name to the renowned film award. They are now “viennaARTaward”—more pragmatic, less catchy. [artnet News]


+ “Migrant Chic” is the widley criticized aesthetic behind Hungarian fashion photographer Norbert Baska’s immigrant crisis themed shoot, featuring bedraggled, half-dressed young women and barbed wire. [The New York Times]

+ The first in over 300 years, Versailles' new fountain by Jean-Michel Othoniel is duly decadent and crafted from 2,000 gleaming glass orbs. [artnet News]

+ Rihanna chose a painting by Roy Nachum as the cover art for her newest album, Anti. [ARTnews]

+ New York residents have been given free admission to MoMA PS1 for a full year. [ARTnews]

+ Sent to jail without trial for his “Raul” and “Fidel” paintings, completed on the sides of two pigs, Cuban graffiti artist Danilo Maldonado may be released soon. [Telegraph]

+ Extra screenings of Chantal Akerman’s films were added to the New York Film Festival after the fabled filmmaker passed away last week. [Art Forum]


+ ISIS launched dual amusement parks for children called “Ride City” outside of Fallujah in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria. [India Times]

+ Chicago's The 606, the city’s new system of parks, gets its a three-ton recycled tire sculpture, its first major installation. [DNA Info]

+ Leo Villareal's San Francisco Bay Bridge light sculpture, The Bay Lights, will be reinstalled after months of maintenance. Watch our documentary on the mega-artwork here[Kron 4]

+ New York’s Neue Galerie will release a limited edition lipstick alongside the opening of their new exhibition Berlin Metropolis: 1918-1933[New York Observer]


+ Follow-up from last week’s post: the controversial Mapplethorpe photograph “Man in Polyester Suit” sold at Sotheby’s for $478,000. [The New York Times]

+ The "Renoir Sucks At Painting," thing continues, debatably, to be a thing. Here’s their 220-post-deep Instagram. [Dazed Digital]

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+ For those that missed it: the fall homecoming of the Museum of Appalachia in photographs. [Knox News]

+ The head of Chicago’s Art Institute Douglas Druick is stepping down. [Chicago Tribune]

+ Beirut’s Sursock Museum, destroyed during the country’s 15-year civil war, is back on its feet after a $15 million restoration. [The Guardian]

+ 27 self-portraits from the Dutch Golden Age constitute the new (teleological) “Selfie” show at the Mauritshuis museum in The Hague. [ABC News]

+ For the first time, the Metropolitan Police’s Crime Museum, previously used as a training tool for officers, is open to the public eye. [Telegraph]


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


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