last week in art

150 Members of Congress, Including 11 Republicans, Announced Support for the NEA

Also last week: Kanye launched a jewelry line and Shia LaBeouf kicked off a performance in Finland.

by Nathaniel Ainley
Apr 17 2017, 4:53pm

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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:

+ Over 150 members of Congress, including 11 Republicans, signed a letter advocating for the continued funding of the National Endowment for the Arts. [Hyperallegric]

+ American artist Carolee Schneemann will be awarded the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 57th Venice Biennale. [ARTnews]

+ LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner kicked off their latest performance project last week in a wooden cabin somewhere in Lapland, Finland. The exhibition, #ALONETOGETHER, allows viewers to watch a livestream of Shia LaBeouf, Luke Turner, and Nastja Säde Rönkkö from inside a cabin where they will stay for a month. [Helsinki Times]

+ Two Iranian gallery owners in Tehran are set to go to trial next week on charges that include aiding and abetting spies through foreign embassies, serving alcohol, and attempting to overthrow the Islamic Republic of Iran. [Hyperallegric]

+ Sculptor Steve Tobin is suing Lower Manhattan's Trinity Church for $1.2 million because they removed his 9/11 memorial sculpture from their churchyard. [The New York Times]

+ Conservation and local heritage groups are up in arms over the decision to remove a rare Roman mosaic from the town of Uzes in France. [The Art Newspaper]

+ Google released an impressive new illustration app called AutoDraw that pairs machine learning with drawings created by professionals to help guess what you are drawing. Like an auto correct for illustration. [Creators]

+ The Knight Foundation invested $250,000 into the New Museum's incubator program, NEW INC. [Artforum]

+ The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council announced the recipients of its Creative Engagement and Creative Learning Manhattan Arts grants this year. A $650,000 rollout will fund 100 artist-in-residence programs and more than 140 days of free cultural events through New York City. [Artforum]

+ New York City mayor Bill de Blasio denied a request the remove the Fearless Girl sculpture from in front of the Charging Bull sculpture in the Financial District. [The Guardian]

+ The first two episodes of David Lynch's Twin Peaks reboot will screen at the Cannes Film Festival. [Consequence of Sound]

+ The American Museum of Natural History is bringing back its Adult Sleepover series, which allows grown-ups to spend an overnight at the institution. [Conde Nast Traveler]

+ Mario Batali's Italian food market chain, Eataly, announced its support for an innovative air-filtration system meant to conserve Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper. [ARTnews]

+ An anonymous artist has launched a nationwide art installation of uplifting billboard paintings that read 'Everybody' in bold cursive writing. [artnet News]

+ The centuries-old remains of five archbishops of Canterbury were found underneath The Garden Museum in London. [The Telegraph]

+ A number of galleries in Cape Town, South Africa have taken down works by Zwelethu Mthethwa after the artist was found guilty of killing a sex worker im 2013. [IOL]

+ Kanye West announced plans to release a new collection of jewelry inspired by 14th century Florentine art. [Vogue]

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