last week in art

Arts Gave $729.6 Billion to the U.S. Economy, Latest NEA Report Reveals

Also last week, Egypt revealed a newly restored statue of Ramses II and Alec Baldwin is taking gallery owner Mary Boone to trial.

by Nathaniel Ainley
Apr 24 2017, 4:58pm

via Flickr User Aaaarrrrgggghhhh!

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:

+ In collaboration with the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis, the NEA released a report last Wednesday showing the impact of arts and culture on the economy and jobs market. The latest statistic to drop on its haters? "The arts and cultural sector contributed $729.6 billion or 4.2% to the U.S. economy [in 2014]." [National Endowment for the Arts]

+ Celebrated portrait artist Barkley L. Hendricks passed away on Tuesday in New London, CT. He was 72. [Artlyst]

+ The fourth annual Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon created new and more extensive Wikipedia pages for over 6,500 female artists. [The Ubyssey]

+ Despite not yet having a permanent location, the Institute of Arab and Islamic Art will be hosting their inaugural exhibition May 4th, featuring work by four contemporary female artists. [ Harpers Bazaar Arabia]

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+ A Manhattan Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that Alec Baldwin's lawsuit against gallery owner Mary Boone will go to trial. Baldwin claims that the $190,000 Ross Bleckner painting Boone sold him in 2010 was not the painting he was delivered. [New York Daily News]

+ Five residents of a luxury apartment building neighboring the Tate Modern are complaining that the Museum's viewing decks are an invasion of privacy as they peek directly into some of their homes. [The Guardian]

+ Six Brooklyn graffiti artists are suing McDonald's for using their work in a new Dutch ad campaign without their permission. [artnet News]

+ A 33-year-old man scribbled "Nazi Art" across a student painting on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's education center. His motive is still unclear, however when a security guard confronted the man about the incident he shouted, "Go back to your country!" [New York Daily News

+ Last Thursday via Instagram, Louis Vuitton's creative director Nicolas Ghesquière announced that the luxury brand will host its 2018 Cruise collection show at the Miho Museum outside Kyoto. [Instagram]

+ Following a historic victory in Sunday's referendum, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced plans to build a museum dedicated to the failed coup that killed at least 240 people last July. [The Art Newspaper]

+ Artist Chris Ofili, along with actor Mark Rylance and pop star turned designer, Victoria Beckham, were honored at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday. [The Guardian]

+ A newly restored 82-ton statue of Ramses II was unveiled at the Luxor Temple in Luxor, Egypt last week. [Times Live]

+ This year's NFL Draft will be hosted at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, an institution made famous by Sylvester Stallone in the first Rocky. [Sports Illustrated]

+ A flag made by American artist David Hammons could sell for $1 million at the Phillips Auction House's May evening sale in New York. [Phillips Auction House]

+ Amid public discontent, an auction house in Vienna plans to display a 17th century Old Master painting stolen by the Nazis in World War II. [The Guardian]

+ Missouri Congressman William Lacy Clay is appealing a judge's ruling in connection to a case that forced the removal of a 19-year-old's painting from the US Capitol. The image in question depicts a policeman as hog. [artnet News]

+ Last Tuesday, a disclosure report filed with the Federal Election Commission showed that a number of well-known art patrons like Steven Cohen and Henry Kravis gave money in support of Trump's inauguration. [The Art Newspaper ]


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Louis Vuitton
alec baldwin
david hammons
Tate Modern
Federal Election Commission
Chris Ofili
Barkley L. Hendricks
Ramses II
willam lacy clay
Institute of Arab and Islamic Art