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Science Gives Jesus a New Face: Last Week in Art

And all the other must-read news you missed while waiting in line for 'The Force Awakens'...

by Sami Emory
21 December 2015, 4:00pm

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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:  

+ Jesus Christ has dark skin, a broad nose, and dark hair in the image retired British medical artist Richard Neave reconstructed from the data of three ancient skulls he found at an archeological site in Israel. [The Daily What

+ For the month of December, Open Source Gallery hosts a nightly soup kitchen with an artistic twist — songs, plays, pop-up exhibits, and decorations are all fair game to accompany the collaborative one-pot meal potluck. [Open Source]

+ Force Block is a chrome extension that prevents entry to any sites hosting potential spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, for all those [read: not us] who have yet to get to theaters to see the new film. [Engadget]

+ Martha Wilson’s show at P.P.O.W. includes new works from the second-wave feminist, such as her splendid Mona/Marcel/Marge, from which the exhibition gets it's name. [The New York Times]

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+ Paris Photo will reimburse 20% of the exhibitors’ expenses for this year’s canceled fair due to the terrorist attacks. [Artforum

+ The Harry Potter “prequel,” Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, is staged in New York in the early 20th century. [The Verge]

+ A work stolen by the Nazis from Parisian Jews has been found at The Museum of Art in northern Israel. [Times of Israel]

+ The artistic director of Also Known As Africa art festival, Timothée Chaillou, has resigned after the cancelation of the festival's inaugural opening in Paris. [The Art Newspaper]

+ The University of Texas at Austin is planning a digital re-creation of the late 18th/early 19th century Shakespeare Gallery for the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death next year. [The New York Times]

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+ Jeff Koons is being sued for using photographer Mitchel Gray’s 1980s photo for his painting I Could Go For Something Gordon’s. [The Telegraph]

+ The bodies of artist Hema Upadhyay and her lawyer Harish Bhambhani were found in Mumbai last week; no arrests have been made. [CNN]

+ Pussy Riot will open the New Balkan Women’s Museum in Montenegro featuring only female artists and only employing female curators and administrators. [The Independent]

+ The new world record for sales on Indian art was set this week by Vasudeo S. Gaitonde’s 1995 untitled work, which sold for $4.4 million (293 million rupees). [BBC]

+ Francis Alÿs's latest project aims to help refugees through art therapy programs, Creativity for Survival: Art Workshops in Refugee Camps in Iraq. [Artnet]

+ England’s public post-war art is disappearing from willful destruction, accidental loss, theft or sale. [The Guardian]

+ We encourage you to watch the new Twin Peaks trailer. [The Creators Project]

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

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