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How Brexit Could Affect Britain's Artists: Last Week in Art

Also, the Louvre Museum prepares for floods sweeping Paris and a gold-encrusted gold eagle is stolen.


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:

+ From Rankin to Antony Gormley, 15 artists give their thoughts on how Brexit could affect Britain. [artnet News]

+ And, even more artists are getting involved in the Remain Campaign on their own accords: Tomma Abts and  Shirazeh Houshiary among them. [The Art Newspaper]


+ With extreme floods hitting Paris, the Louvre Museum has had to take (or attempt to take) quick and drastic measures to save their precious collection. [WIRED]

+ In related news, these are the World Heritage sites that are under severe threat from climate change. [Gothamist]


+ Darja Bajagić, a New York-based artist that uses images of women sourced from pornography in her work, says that one of her pieces featuring a Swastika and Nazi references has been censored from an upcoming show in Romania. [ARTnews]

+ Plot twist: Pyotr Pavlensky has been nominated for the Russian Security Services' Prize for Literature and the Arts for the piece in which he lit the same agency's door on fire. [artnet News]

+ Scheduled to open in September of next year, the $38 million, 100,000-square-foot Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town. It will be the biggest museum to open in Africa in over a hundred years. [CNN]

+ A solid gold, diamond-encrusted eagle was stolen from "Ultimate Treasure Hunter" Ron Shore. [VICE News]


+ Despite rising prices and shrinking spaces, these New York developers are fighting for artists to remain in Manhattan. [The New York Times]

+ The tussle between Dmitry Rybolovlev and Yves Bouvier over the 2-billion-dollar has brought Sotheby's into the mix: the auction house may be forced to disclose the details of their transactions with Bouvier. [Financial Times]

There is a Dave Matthews Band retrospective on at the Morrison Hotel Gallery in New York. [DNA Info]


+ Housed in an abandoned church in Detroit, L.A.-based gallery Moran Bondaroff is launching a year-long residency with inaugural exhibition, War Games. [Forbes]


+ Megumi Igarishi, Japan's controversial "vagina artist," has published a manga memoir entitled, What is Obscenity The Story of a Good-for-Nothing Artist and Her Pussy. [Hyperallergic]

+ A Spanish court claims that one of the brothers accused of organizing a forgery scheme amounting to $80 million in masterworks sold through, notably, Knoedler & Company, should not be extradited to the U.S., due to neurological problems. [The New York Times]

+ The Rijksmuseum has a new director, and his name is Taco. Taco Dibbits. [Rijksmuseum]

+ In Spain, seven individuals have been arrested under suspicion of stealing a nearly $30 million Francis Bacon painting from the apartment of a close friend of the artist. [New York Daily News]

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


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