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Chocolate Putin & Artist-Designed Condoms: Last Week in Art

Meanwhile, in Russia...


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:  

+ Blood spilled at Basel: “I had to watch her bleed,” said Siyuan Zhao, the young woman who stabbed Shin Seo Young with an X-Acto knife on Friday. [Page Six]

+ Jonathan Ferrara Gallery’s exhibition’s show at the Miami Project, Guns in the Hands of Artists couldn’t have been more tragically timely. [artnet]


+ Faena Art hosted a “pop-up roller disco” on the sands of Miami Beach. [W Magazine]

+ Go Beyond Basel Beach: Check out our coverage from last week’s events.


+ Together with The Andy Warhol Foundation, Barbie has rolled out an Andy doll and a whole treasure trove of Andy-themed accessories. [InStyle]

+ A life-sized chocolate Vladimir Putin sculpture (top of page) graced this week’s Chocolate Festival in St. Petersburg. [The Baltimore Sun]

+ Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, the first feature-length documentary on the artist, will release on HBO in April. [Flavorwire]

+ This calendar of Orthodox priests with their cats—Priest + cat by name—is the perfect holiday gift for all feline lovers, clergy lovers, etc. [Weird Russia]

+ On the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ last concert in Liverpool this Saturday, the city unveiled a bronze sculpture of the band by artist Andy Edwards. [NME]

+ Broadly’s splendid profile of Isabella Stewart Gardner: lifelong art collector and man- (mostly famous, mostly gay) magnet. [Broadly]

+ Activists tattooed statistics of CO2 concentrations in the year of their birth during an occupation of Tate Britain, prompted by the UN climate change talks in Paris. [Observer]

+ The winning designs for Budapest’s New National Gallery and Ludwig museum have been selected. [Arch Daily]

+ You can keep safe and accessorize at the same time with Made in Love’s new line of artist-designed condoms. [Hyperallergic]



+ U.N. human rights experts have declared that the execution for apostasy of poet Ashraf Fayadh would be unlawful and based on shaky evidence. [Reuters]

+ Pablo Picasso’s art school in Barcelona’s Gothic quarter may be converted into a Woody Allen museum, but not without a fight from local trade unions. [The Guardian]

+ DJ Detweiler tricked news outlets (including us) into believing that SoundCloud had taken down a "remix" of John Cage’s 4’33”, the famous composition of four-and-a-half minutes of silence, due to a copyright infringement. In fact, the real reason for removal was an unlicensed use of Justin Bieber's "What Do You Mean?" and the stunt was pulled to bring light to issues around copyrighting. [DJ Detweiler]

+ ’Tis the season for NYC’s most underground (ho ho ho) holiday attraction: MTA’s vintage trains and buses from the days of yore. [The Gothamist


+ A meta moment: The Van, Alex Bag’s 2001 art world satire depicting her own “breakthrough” onto the scene via a fictionalized Artforum cover, screened at Art Basel alongside the new sequel, The Van (Redux). [The New York Times]

+ First the Bill Murray art exhibition, then another Bill Murray art exhibition, then the Bill Murray Netflix exclusive, and now Bill Murray returns to the wonderful world of Wes Anderson, signing on for the filmmaker’s next project. [Consequence of Sound]

+ The Tianyu Museum of Nature is the biggest dinosaur museum on earth with the remains of over 1,100 dinos and 2,300 ancient birds. [The New York Times]


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


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