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Shia LaBeouf's Phone Number & The 'Independence Day' Sequel: Last Week in Art

Also, animals projected across the ancient walls of the Vatican, Banksy's 'The Drinker' is redubbed "The Stinker," and Marina Abramovic is at the Park Avenue Armory.

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:  

+ Last week, the LaBeouf, Ronkko, & Turner collective answered calls in Liverpool’s Fact gallery for performance, #TOUCHMYSOUL[BBC]

+ The trailer for Independence Day: Resurgence is out, and Jeff Goldblum's face has never looked more drawn. [YouTube]


+ Last Tuesday, various humanitarian groups banded together to project beautiful images of animals onto the walls of the Vatican in honor of the Paris Climate Talks and Pope Francis progressive environmental protection agenda. [National Geographic]

+ Barbie released and sold out of a Ava DuVernay doll, with proceeds going to nonprofits Color of Change and Witness. [Facebook]

+ The Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists attempted to sell two Dutch Masters paintings for 50 million euros back to the Westfries Museum in Hoorn, from which they were stolen back in 2005. [The Creators Project]

+ ISIS has prefabricated the toy photography of Brain McCarty into recruitment posters. [The Washington Post]


+ This gallerist in Seattle wants to send art to the moon, a goal he is pursuing with his open-application competition Giant Steps. [The Seattle Times]

+ Assemble, the London-based collective of “sort of architects,” become the first non-artists to win the UK’s Turner Prize. [The Guardian]

+ Specialists in the effects of domestic violence, substance abuse, suicide prevention on women will discuss these topics in conjunction with the opening of Mickalene Thomas’s exhibition at the Aspen Art Museum this spring. [ARTnews]

+ For Marina Abramovic’s new show at the Park Avenue Armory, pianist Igor Levi tirelessly performs 30 variations of J.S. Bach’s 86-minute Goldberg Variations on a slowly revolving motorized stage. [The New York Times]


+ Amnesty International’s pop-up art event last week, Art for Rights, aimed to bring attention to global human rights issues; Usher spoke and several other artists were asked to create a murals representing a specific human rights case. [Amnesty International]

+ The Metropolitan Museum is being sued for allegedly whitewashing baby Jesus as blonde in several works by Sebastian Ricci, Perugino, Tintoretto, and Francesco Granacci. [New York Post]

+ Meanwhile, the Rijksmuseum in the Netherlands is taking pains to remove any potentially offensive terms from the titles of their 220,000 digital archived works. [The New York Times]

+ Ten years after its theft, “Arto-politkal activists” Art Kieda have returned Banksy’s The Drinker sculpture to its original location—but with certain modifications, including a new name: The Stinker[Bristol Post]

+ Vito Schnabel is opening his finally opening his first permanent gallery space… In the Alps. [Wall Street Journal]

+ The Center for Persecuted Art opened last week in Germany to an inaugural show featuring works considered “degenerate” during Nazi rule. [Art Forum]

+ Calling all nature photographers: the U.S. National Parks Service posted a job listing seeking, essentially, the 21st century Ansel Adams. Apply today! [ARTnews]

+ Janis Joplin’s Porsche sold for $1.76 million at Sotheby’s on Thursday. [CNN Money]


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