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Art Fair Asses and New Radiohead: Last Week in Art

What with Frieze New York, NYCxDesign, NADA New York, and the Met Gala, it was another week in NYC.

by Sami Emory
May 9 2016, 1:40pm

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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:

+ Radiohead released a new album, A Moon Shaped Pool, last night. Our on-the-fly review: We'd have been happy with an album comprised entirely of Jonny Greenwood sound effects. [A Moon Shaped Pool]

+ This week heralded another big week in New York art fairs—from Randall's Island for the fifth edition of Frieze New York, to Industry City for NYCxDesign, and into Manhattan for NADA New York. Stay tuned for more coverage of all three art events on The Creators Project this week. 

+ In the meantime, at Frieze, Maurizio Cattelan pissed off animal activists yet again with his live donkey "installation." [ARTNews]

+ At NADA, artists allegedly released poisonous wolf spiders into the fair as a fundraising stunt: $100 for every spider spotted would go to cancer research. [ArtFCity]

+ Artist David Horvitz hired a pickpocket to roam Frieze and sneak editioned sculptures into people's bags. [Observer]

+ And, artists divulged their true feelings towards art fairs. [Hyperallergic]

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+ Photographs inspired by Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup Cans are currently on show at the Springfield Art Museum, taking the place of the original prints which were stolen from the museum's collection earlier this year. [Springfield News-Leader]

+ White, Southern Utah University undergrad Samantha Niemann is suing the Getty Foundation for a "discriminating" Multicultural Internship that only accepts students of African-American, Asian, Latino, Native American, and Pacific Island descent. [The Daily Beast]

+ Last week's Met Gala commemorated the opening of this year's exhibit at the museum's Costume Institute, "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology." While some felt that the technology side of the fashion fell painfully short, we couldn't help ogling Claire Danes' glow-in-the-dark dress or Emma Watson's recycled plastic bottle gown. [Engadget, CNet; The Creators Project, Tech Insider]

+ As for the show itself, critics seem to think it's well worth seeing. [New York Magazine, WWD]

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+ Ai Weiwei will release a feature film about the refugee crisis. [The Guardian]

+ The Chinese artist is also planning his first trip back to the US since being re-granted his passport from his government. [The Art Newspaper]

+ Venezuelan-American sculptor Marisol passed away last Saturday. [artnet News]

+ Super 8 motels are giving away their old art as part of their current rebranding campaign. Amy Sedaris signed on to the project, naming each of the works and hosting a giveaway exhibition at Openhouse gallery on Wednesday night, When the Art Comes Down: Works from the Super 8 Collection[The New York Times]

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+ "OFAs (old French artists) are the new YBAs." Stroke your chin to that. [The Art Newspaper]

+ After a 13-year allegiance, Julian Schnabel has left the Gagosian Gallery and is now, once again, represented by Pace. [Page Six]

+ $34 million worth of art was lost in a fire at artist Rosemarie Trockel's home in Cologne. [Artnet News]

ARTGun, a piece by artist Alton DuLaney, was removed from the University of Houston's Blaffer Art Museum—a true irony, given that the school will allow individuals to carry a concealed weapon on campus starting in August of this year[Houston Press]

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+ Jennifer Dalton and William Powhida are tackling the NYC affordable housing crisis with their new project, MONTH2MONTH, where participants are invited to experience the real estate divide by staying in both affordable and luxury New York apartments. [Arch Paper]

+ In pursuing a lead on the still unsolved Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist, the FBI searched mobster Robert Gentile's Connecticut home. [The Boston Globe]

+ The Iranian satirical cartoonist Atena Farghadani, who was sentenced to 12 years in prison last year, was let free. [The Washington Post]

+ And finally, bask in the internet's found art and poetry with VICE's new column, "Accidental Internet." [VICE]

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

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