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Anish Kapoor Got His Hands on the "Pinkest Pink" Paint | Last Week in Art

And Pope Francis appointed the first female director of the Vatican museums.

by Nathaniel Ainley
Dec 26 2016, 5:40am

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A lot went down last 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:  

+ Anish Kapoor responded to his ban from buying the world's pinkest paint. Stuart Semple, the creator of the pigment (and the ban), told The Creators Project, "It's obviously very disapointing that Anish has illegally got his hands on the world's Pinkest paint. If anyone knows who is behind sharing it with him it would be good if they could come forward—Anish is still very much at large, not just with the blackest black but now the stolen pinkest pink. Luckily he's failed to get his hands on the world's most glittery glitter so we would urge purchasers to refrain from sharing any with him or his associates." [Instagram]

+ 17 paintings valued at about $17.7 million were returned to Italy from the Ukraine after being stolen from the Castelvecchio Museum in Verona last year. [Associated Press]

+ Renowned Danish furniture designer Jens Risom passed away at 100 this month. [The New York Times]

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+ Adam West is hosting a Batman-inspired art exhibit in Idaho. [Idaho Mountain Express]

+ Illustrious New York art dealer Nancy Wiener was charged with possession of stolen goods and conspiracy to traffic East Asian antiquities by Manhattan's district attorney. [The Wall Street Journal]

+ Pope Francis appointed art historian Barbara Jatta as the first female director of the Vatican Museums. [The Guardian]

+ A group of LGBTQ Art activists were attacked by Trump supporters as they were leaving the closing party of the 'Decolonize This Place' artist residency in TriBeCa. [Hyperallergic]

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+ A 22-year-old Turkish gunman shot and killed Russia's ambassador to Turkey at an Ankara art exhibit on Monday. [The New York Times]

+ The National Museum of African American History and Culture launched their web-based ticket system on Monday morning and sold out 880 free same-day passes in four minutes. [The Washington Post]

+ Israel's Culture Minister Miri Regev says she wants to cut off funding to an arts university in Jerusalem after a poster of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a noose went viral. [The Independent]

+ A mother in Australia has launched a line of dolls devoid of excessive make up called Tree Change Dolls. [UFunk]

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+ Felicity Jones, star of the new Star Wars film, Rogue One, is getting a photographic portrait in the National Portrait Gallery in London. [The Guardian]

+ Diana Widmaier Picasso, granddaughter of Pablo Picasso, revealed a family secret in a book entitled 100 Secrets of the Art World, about how the famed artist believed human shit was great for painting. [The Art Newspaper]

+ Greenwich Village's Da Silvano, a famed eatery and artist hangout, has closed after 41 years of business. [The New York Post]

+ The inaugural Honolulu biennial announced the full list of artist participating this year. [Art News]

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+ The Brooklyn Museum is selling bikes made by Ai Weiwei for $27,500 a pop. [Robb Report]

+ A soapstone seal previously used by 18th century Chinese Emperor Qianlong sold for almost $22 million at an auction in Paris. [The Art Newspaper]

+ The Democratic Party of Serbia denounced a proposal to erect a monument to Andy Warhol in the capital city of Belgrade. [B92]

+ Images of the artworks going up in New York City's second avenue subway station are now circulating on the internet. [Art F City]

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

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