Delve into a week of the top art stories featuring Australian street artist Lush’s Trump murals and Ai Weiwei’s first feature film. For all the latest art news follow After Nyne on Twitter @afternynemag
1. Artworks by leading UK artists to be shown in Saudi Arabia for the first time via The Art Newspaper
It has been announced that works by leading UK artists including Rachel Whiteread and Cornelia Parker will be displayed in Saudi Arabia’s Athr Gallery in Jeddah. The exhibition, entitled We Are Not Alone, was curated by six Saudi women, selected as part of a British Council study programme Contemporary Collective.
2. Actor Gregory Rush plays sculpture master Alberto Giacometti in new film via The Guardian
Regarded as a defining artist of the 20th century, Alberto Giacometti’s elongated figures are known as masterpieces. In a new film, Final Portrait, Oscar winning actor Geoffrey Rush plays the tortured genius. The film was made with the support of the Giacometti Foundation in Paris, with filmmakers recreating Giacometti’s pieces with astonishing precision. The film is due to be released on 18th August 2017.
3. Australian street artist Lush named as creator of Israel’s Trump murals via Artnet
After speculation from news outlets that the two new murals, which appeared in Israel’s West Bank featuring US President Trump, were the work of Banksy. However, the works were instead by Australian graffiti artist Lush, an artist known for artworks tackling political themes.
4. Ai Weiwei’s first feature film to be streamed by Amazon via The Art Newspaper
Acclaimed artist Ai Weiwei’s first feature film Human Flow about the global refugee crisis, which premieres at the Venice International Film Festival later this month, has been acquired by Amazon Studios. The film features interviews and footage from refugee camps in 23 countries and will soon be available to stream from Amazon’s online platform.
5. Dana Schutz continues to cause controversy with new survey at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art via The Guardian
After causing controversy when Dana Shutz exhibited Open Casket sparking negative responses from activists, Shutz again hits the headlines as she becomes the focus of a new survey show at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art. Activists have written an open letter to the museum calling for the new show to be cancelled.
6. Photographer Cindy Sherman makes her Instagram public for the first time via Artnet
Cindy Sherman is renowned for photos that play with ideas of the self-portrait by turning the lens on her own face. In a surprising move the photographer took to Instagram to share images of her work. The account switching from private to public, features a mix of personal images alongside Sherman’s infamous manipulated images of herself. Follow Cindy Sherman @_cindysherman_
7. Banksy’s ‘Balloon Girl’ named Britain’s favourite artwork via Independent
In a recent poll infamous Graffiti artist Banksy’s Balloon Girl was named top of a list of Britain’s favourite artworks, beating the likes of Turner and Constable. The poll also featured acclaimed artists such as Anish Kapoor, Thomas Gainsborough and Henry Moore.
8. Two German museums confront Hitler’s ‘Degenerate Art’ dark legacy via Artnet
Two German galleries will address the dark legacy of Hitler’s campaign to purge the country of what he described as ‘degenerate art’ with a series of special exhibitions. To mark the 80th anniversary of Hitler’s showcase of the stolen and unwanted works, Berlin will open a new Museum of 20th Century Art that will feature a permanent exhibition of the lost artworks.
9. National Gallery and National Portrait gallery in dispute over extension via The Telegraph
Two of London’s most iconic galleries the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery are reportedly in dispute over the National Gallery’s long awaited expansion. The National Portrait Gallery has submitted a compliant that states the view from the Gallery’s Portrait Restaurant will be ‘harmed’ if the expansion goes ahead.
Words: Jessica Rayner