A Racially Charged Painting Causes Controversy in Congress | Last Week in Art

George Lucas's $1 Billion museum finds it home at L.A's Exposition Park.

by Nathaniel Ainley
16 January 2017, 5:45am


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:

+ A student's painting hung in a hallway in the House of Representatives has started a racially divisive kerfuffle amongst certain members of Congress. The painting depicts a confrontation between students and police on the streets of St. Louis after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. The drama continues unsettled.  [The New York Times]

+ Richard Prince publically denounced one of his instagram portraits of Ivanka Trump as a fake and then claimed to receive $36k from the president elect’s daughter. [Twitter]

+ Jeffrey Deitch is teaming up with Uniqlo to build an accessible art store inside their global flagship store in Soho. [Business of Fashion]


+ The city of Rome may start charging an entry fee to the Pantheon in 2018 to help fund maintenance of the landmark. [The Art Newspaper]

+ The International Center of Photography announced the winners of its 33rd annual Infinity Awards honoring achievements in photography and visual arts. [International Center of Photography]


+ German baking products manufacturer, Dr. Oetker, says it will return a Nazi-looted painting by Hans Thoma in their company collection to the heirs of Jewish art collector Hedwig Ullmann. [The Art Newspaper]

+ The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced on Wednesday that they will be delaying their plans to open a new $600 million wing devoted to contemporary and Modern art. [The New York Times]

+ Frieze announced a list of more than 190 galleries from 30 countries participating in this year’s fair in New York City which will run for four days rather than its traditional five. [Frieze]

+ A Joseph Beuys felt installation at the Neue Galerie in Kasse was devoured by moths. [Artnet News]


+ International art dealing magnet Guy Wildenstein, along with seven other defendants, has been cleared of tax fraud. [BBC]

+ Glasgow-based artist Cathy Wilkes has been awarded the Maria Lassnig Prize, a biennial award created to honor the work of mid-career artist. [FAD Magazine]

+ In wake of the release of their third studio album, hip hop duo Run the Jewels announced the launch of their new augmented reality app, ‘ARTJ.’ [YouTube]

+ Independent auction house, Phillips, kicks off 2017 with a private sales exhibition of 11 works by Gerhard Richter worth a total of $95 million. [Bloomberg]

+ George Lucas finally settled on LA’s Exposition Park as the location for his $1 billion Museum of Narrative Art, which will include Norman Rockwell paintings, Mad Magazine covers, photography, children's art, and Hollywood props from Star Wars. [NPR]


+ According to a financial disclosure report released on Wednesday, Trump’s nominee for Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, owns a $14.7 million de Kooning painting. He has also backed movies Suicide Squad, American Sniper and Mad Max: Fury Road. Who knew? [The Los Angeles Times]

+ The New York High Line is expanding the area of the park with a new space to house temporary art installations. [The Guardian]

+ Installation and performance artist Tania Bruguera was detained in Cuba and allegedly interrogated for six hours for no apparent reason. [Hyperallergic]

+ A report released by the Association of Art Museum Directors shows that art museums are increasingly dependent on the money of private donors. [AAMD]

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


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