Greece Rejected Gucci’s Request to Throw a Fashion Show Inside the Parthenon | Last Week in Art

Also in the news last week: a Boston art heist and an Anish Kapoor is set to come to Brooklyn.

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Feb 19 2017, 5:35am

A lot went down last 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:

+ Anish Kapoor is installing a massive land-locked whirlpool in Brooklyn that was commissioned by the Public Art Fund. [Creators]

+ Greece's Central Archaeological Council unanimously rejected a request by Italian fashion house Gucci to hold a fashion show on the Acropolis Hill in Athens. [Ekathimerini]

+ The Whitwroth Art Gallery in Manchester is starting an Andy Warhol supper club, a three course meal inspired by the works of the artist. [Manchester Evening News]

+ Hundreds of artworks concealed by the son of a Nazi-era art dealer will go on display at two exhibitions in Switzerland and Germany. [The New York Times]

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+ Rare sketches by old masters like Leonardo da Vinci and Rembrandt are on view at The National Portrait Gallery in a new exhibition entitled The Encounter. [The Evening Standard]

+ An art history student discovered a mold infestation at the Picasso museum in Paris. [Artforum via Le Monde]

+ France's culture ministry gave the inaugural AWARE award for female contemporary artist to Laetitia Badaut Haussmann and Judit Reigl. [The Art Newspaper]

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+ A new exhibition at the National Museum of American History explores the stories of those imprisoned at Japanese internment camps. [The Washington Post]

+ Melania Trump and Sara Netyanahu visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture this week. [The Hill]

+ The English Art Fund is calling to reform the UK's art export laws after the National Gallery failed to prevent Pontormo's Portrait of a Young Man in a Red Cap (1530) from being taken overseas. [The Guardian]

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+ Amidst citywide Super Bowl celebrations, three students from Boston University stopped an alleged art thief who had taken a few paintings from a local gallery. [ABC News]

+ The Davis Museum at Wellesley College is protesting Trump's travel ban by covering or removing 120 artworks either created or donated by immigrants to the United States. [Hyperallergic]

+ Over 200 artists from around the world have joined an international art coalition called Hands Off Our Revolution. The organization's goal is to use art as a tool for resistance. [The Huffington Post]

+ Online auction house, Paddle8, announced widespread layoffs following news of the startup's split with Germany's online art trading site Auctionata. [ARTnews]

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+ A real estate developer in Toronto salvaged a Banksy painting that's now on display as a public art piece in Toronto's downtown pedestrian walkway. [CBC News]

+ Art Basel 2017 announced this year's list of participating galleries for its 48th edition in Basel, Switzerland. [Blouin Artinfo]

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

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