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Shia LaBeouf Wants You to Pick Him Up: Last Week in Art

LaBeouf, Rönkkö, & Turner are touring the US with strangers for their new project #TAKEMEANYWHERE.


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:

+ For 30 days, LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner are hitchhiking across the United States for their new project,  #TAKEMEANYWHERE. The trio is posting their GPS coordinates to their Twitter accounts and whoever picks them up first is their ride to their next set of coordinates. Follow their journey on their very own VICE URL. [VICE]


+ A prankster left glasses on the floor of the new SFMOMA and people thought it was art. Twitter and (modern art skeptics) went wild. [SF Gate]

+ Children destroyed a piece of art at the Shanghai Museum of Glass while two adults stood peaceably by, filming them on their smartphones. [Huffington Post]

+ The oldest known cave art, dating back to over 39,900 years ago, was found in Indonesia. [CNN]


+ Guccifer, the computer hacker assumedly behind the leaks of George W. Bush's secret painting career and Hillary Clinton's email, pled guilty Wednesday in a U.S. District Court to identity theft. When sentenced later this year, he will be imprisoned for two to seven years. [AP]

+ The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian held an emergency meeting, with NGO officials, tribal leaders, and government representatives, to cancel an auction of human remains and sacred indigenous objects in Paris. [Hyperallergic]

+ Google's Magenta project, due to launch at the end of 2015, is investigating AI systems' capacities to create original artwork, music, and videos. [Quartz]

+ A subversive light display in Hong Kong was canceled after accusations of "disrespect." The artists behind the show, Sampson Wong and Jason Lam, had been using the lights in a financial skyscraper to project a countdown to June 1, 2047—the date when Hong Kong's exceptional relationship with mainland China expires. [The Guardian]



+ A Zaha Hadid penthouse in New York is now on the market for a mere $50 million. [artnet News]

+ Rome's historic sites are in danger of becoming ruins due to Italy's financial crises. [The Guardian]

+ SFMOMA allegedly appropriated this pastry chef's Modern Art Desserts. [San Francisco Chronicle]

+ These are the most expensive female artists of all time, according to artnet News. [artnet News]


+ The love locks on Paris' Pont des Arts bridge, removed a year ago Tuesday, are being replaced by rotating art exhibitions. First up: Daniel Hourdé's enchanting La Passerelle Enchanté[Newsweek]

+ After last week's protests, Brazil has reinstated its culture ministry. [Art Forum]

+ Finally, the battle between Larry Gagosian and Qatar regarding a multimillion dollar Picasso sculpture is over, but the public has been left in the dark: no definitive details about the settlement have been released. [Financial Times]

+ Beyoncé fit right in at the William N. Copley retrospective at the Menil Collection in Houston. [ARTnews]

A photo posted by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on May 24, 2016 at 10:41am PDT

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