100 Naked Women, 'White Elevators,' Stephen Colbert at the RNC: Last Week in Art

Plus, a Central Saint Martins student wants to grow Alexander McQueen's skin for leather products and Brooke Shields goes dumpster diving.

by Sami Emory
19 July 2016, 5:00pm


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:

+ Spencer Tunick’s latest installation was staged yesterday morning at, of all places, the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Everything She Says Means Everything involved 100 naked women grasping circular mirrors and a scandalised conservative America. [New York Magazine]

+ Meanwhile, Stephen Colbert, dressed in imitation of the feared Caesar Flickman of The Hunger Games, seized the stage from Trump and Pence at what he deemed “the 2016 Republican National Hungry for Power Games.”  Colbert was reported to say “Look, I know I’m not supposed to be up here,” as he was dragged off stage by Trump’s security guards, “but to be honest, neither is Donald Trump.” [Jezebel]

+ Also, an unknown individual placed “White Elevators” signs around the convention with a Jim Crow-sense of irony. [New York Daily News]


Fox News thinks that Dread Scott’s anti-police violence flag flying over Jack Shainman Gallery, which reads “A Man was Lynched by Police Yesterday,” is “the wrong sign to hang” after recent police officer deaths. No surprises here. [Fox News via ARTnews]

+ The curious case between Peter Doig and an art owner who claims—falsely, says Doig—to be in possession of one of the artist’s landscape paintings is headed to trial next month. [The New York Times]

+ David Bowie’s private art collection of close to 300 works (think: Hirsts, Duchamps, Moores, and more!) will be auctioned at Sotheby’s in November. [The Creators Project]

+ A newly discovered letter and accompanying painting may reveal fresh evidence of Vincent Van Gogh's unstable mental state in the years before his death; both went on display for the Van Gogh Museum's current show on the artist, On the Verge of Insanity, last Friday. [The New York Times]


+ The Lowline, the one-acre underground park planned in New York’s Lower East Side, got a big (official) “Hell Yes” last week from City Hall. [New York Magazine]

+ The UNESCO committee meeting in Istanbul last week, cut short by the attempted military coup, will continue in Paris later this year. The committee nonetheless was able to name several new sites worthy of protection, including a center for Buddhism in India, an archipelago in Mexico, and the Persian Qanat channels in Iran. [Deutsche Welle]

+ A student at Central Saint Martins wants to make leather jackets and bags out of Alexander McQueen’s skin. She plans to use the DNA from a sample of the beloved designer’s hair that he incorporated in his 1992 Jack the Ripper Stalks His Victims collection. [Quartz]


+ A 91-year-old visitor to the Neues Museum Nürnberg scandalized museum employees when she whipped out a ball point pen and filled in the blanks of the Fluxus artist Arthur Köpcke’s crossword-style work, Reading-Work-Piece, in what can only be described as the perfect accidental performance of a Fluxus event. [Artnet News]

+ Nevermind, turns out Damien Hirst’s formaldehyde-filled sculptures are not toxic. [The Art Newspaper]

+ A piece resembling a trash can at Brooke Shields’ co-curated Hampton’s art show, Call of the Wild, was thrown in the trash by unwitting janitors before the show’s VIP preview. Shields allegedly salvaged the work herself. [Page Six]


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


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