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'America' Is a Solid Gold Toilet | Last Week in Art

In other news: Photojournalist Justin Guariglia teamed up with NASA; and Alec Baldwin's pissed.

by Nathaniel Ainley
19 September 2016, 7:10pm

America, by artist Maurizio Cattelan, is a solid gold toilet, via

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:

+ Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan's solid gold toilet sculpture, America, is now on display at the Guggenheim in New York.  [The Guardian]

+ Game of Thrones picked up its 38th Emmy last night making it the most decorated program in the award show’s history. [BBC]

+ Pulitzer prize-winning playwright, Edward Albee, best known for writing Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and A Delicate Balance, passed away on Friday. [The New York Times]

An 8,000 year old stone figurine found in Turkey, via

+ Archaeologists on a dig in Turkey’s Konya province uncovered an 8,000-year-old stone figurine of a female. [Yahoo]

+ Once considered the godfather of the Gulf’s conceptual art scene, Hassan Sharif, known for his constructivist drawing and desert performance pieces, died at the age of 65. [The Art Newspaper]

+ Renowned Spanish Pop artist, Antonio de Felipe, is getting sued by one of his former studio hands, Fumiko Negishi. The plaintiff claims to have painted 221 canvases that were eventually signed by de Felipe. [El Espanol]

Darroudi breaking ground at the site of her new museum, via

+ Contemporary Iranian painter, Iran Darroudi, is opening a new contemporary art museum in the Yousefabad neighborhood of Tehran. [The Art Newspaper]

+ Cooper Union gets it first ever female president, Laura Sparks, a former executive director of the William Penn foundation in Philadelphia. [Cooper]

One of Justin Guariglia’s three-dimensional prints of Greenland’s Glacial Ice, via

+ NASA will be collaborating with photojournalist Justin Guariglia on a new series of three-dimensional photographic prints aimed at showing the effects of global climate change. [The New York Times]

+ Norwegian artist Solveig Settemsdal won the Jerwood Drawing Prize with a nine-minute video she made of white ink dollops swirling around in gelatin. [BBC]

+ The MoMA released an online archive of over 30,000 exhibition images taken from 1929 to today. [The New York Times]

Bleckner’s Sea and Mirror painting, above, is at the heart of the Baldwin v. Boone suit, via

+ Alec Baldwin is suing New York art dealer Mary Boone, claiming her gallery scammed him into spending nearly $200K on a different Ross Bleckner painting than the one he'd intended. [The New York Times]

+ 14 contemporary art galleries in Istanbul have banned together to start ‘Gallery Weekend,’ an effort to reinvigorate the city’s art scene in the wake of the failed military coup. [The Art Newspaper]

Design concept for Helsinki Guggenheim museum proposal, via

+ During the country's coalition budget talks, Finland’s Finns party said they would not raise the conversation about using state money to fund a Guggenheim museum in Helsinki. [The Guardian]  

+ The NY Art Book Fair took over the MOMA PS-1 this weekend. [ARTnews]

+ Whoopi Goldberg is going to curate a Marilyn Monroe-themed exhibition at the Mana Contemporary gallery. [artnet News]

The dress Monroe wore when she sang ‘Happy Birthday Mr. President’ to JFK at a democratic fundraiser in 1962, via

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

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