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The New Smithsonian Looks Like a Fortress: Last Week in Art

Also, Jared Leto is producing and starring in an Andy Warhol biopic, written by Terence Winter.

by Nathaniel Ainley
26 September 2016, 8:30pm

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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:

+ Obama gave a speech at the dedication ceremony of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. [CNN]

+ A scaled down replica of Palmyra’s Arch of Triumph, one of the ancient artifacts destroyed by ISIS during its campaign in Syria, is on a tour around the world and recently made its NYC debut. [Hyperallergic]

+ Jared Leto is slated to star in and produce a new Andy Warhol biopic written by Terence Winter. [Indiewire]

+ Spectacles are Snapchat’s answer to the Google Glass. This week the newly rebranded Snap Inc. announced a line of camera-mounted eyeglasses that are directly synced to your Snapchat account. [Wall Street Journal]

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+ Antique dealers in possession of an estimated $4.5 million worth of ivory were arrested in New York this week. [The New York Times]

+ The Mallawi Museum is opening its doors for the first time since it was ransacked by looters during the summer of 2013. After a $98,000 in renovations, the majority of the museum’s 1,000-piece collection has been restored. [The Art Newspaper]

+ China’s annual Nanjing International Arts Fair announced its ‘HISTORICODE’ theme and list of participating artists. [Artforum]

+ In Sweden, firefighters worked through the night to contain a fire at Stockholm’s Royal Institute of Art. The blaze broke out on the fourth floor when a pile a of cardboard boxes and garbage started burning. [The Telegraph]

+ People are boycotting St. Louis' Contemporary Art Museum over a new show of works by artist Kelley Walker that reportedly makes use of appropriated images of black men and women. [Hyperallergic]

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+ A Dutch court is forcing Marina Abramović to pay more than $280,000 to her former collaborator and partner Ulay, a.k.a., Frank Uwe Laysiepen. [The Guardian]

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+ The Tate London just purchased Portrait of an Unknown Lady by Joan Carlile, now the oldest painting by a female artist to enter the national collection. [The Guardian]

+ Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie filed for divorce, putting the couple’s $25 million art collection at risk. [Artnet News]

+ According to one source, actress Tara Subkoff is seeking a $10 million divorce settlement from her husband, the artist Urs Fischer, though Subkoff's friends say otherwise. [Page Six]

+ The Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo, New York received a record breaking $42.5 million donation from investor and art collector, Jeffrey Gundlach. In return for this generous offering, the gallery will be redubbed the Buffalo Albright-Knox-Gundlach Art Museum. [Art News]

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+ An old soviet garage in Lithuania was transformed into a cascading waterfall for the Vilnius street art festival. [Juxtapoz]

+ Museum officials and archaeologists signed a petition protesting the North Dakota oil pipeline. [The New York Times]

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

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