New commission from Jeremy Deller for Sgt Pepper celebrations The Turner Prize-winning artist presents an artwork dedicated to Brian Epstein, the Beatles’ manager. The new commission is titled With a Little Help from My Friends and will comprise a series of posters that will appear in sites across Liverpool.
Museums across Europe targeted by oil protestors Protestors in London, Paris and Amsterdam have targeted museums in response to continuing big oil sponsorship of cultural institutions.
Basquiat painting sells for $110m at New York auction The sale of the untitled skull painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat, who died in 1988 aged 27, sets a new high for a work by a US artist and is the first work of art created since 1980 to sell for more than $100m.
Victoria Wood statue to be built by creator of Eric Morecambe memorial Graham Ibbeson, whose work the late comedian is said to have admired, will sculpt a life-size bronze for her home town of Bury. Wood was 62 when she died in April last year from cancer.
Artists give warm welcome to new French culture minister The appointment of indie publisher Françoise Nyssen has enthused the French cultural world. She enters politics after a 30-year career with the Actes Sud publishing house, founded by her father, in Arles in the south of France. In 2008 she was made a Commander in the order of Arts and Letters, France’s highest cultural honour.
One year after her release from prison, Iranian artist says she will not stop making political work Activist Atena Farghadani, who was given a 12-year sentence for her satirical cartoons, also reveals the harrowing details of her incarceration.
Moscow’s Constructivist architecture under threat by government demolition plan A proposal to raise Soviet-era housing and relocate 1.6 million residents results in thousands turning out to protest. Among the buildings considered most at risk are Constructivist complexes built in the early Soviet years and still used as residential housing.
Czech police searching for elusive dissident artist who fled Russia Oleg Vorotnikov is a member of the group known as Voina who famously painted a phallus on a drawbridge facing Russia’s secret service headquarters in Saint Petersburg, and also overturned police cars. In turn, Russia brought charges against him and Leonid Nikolayev, another artist in the group.
Samdani Art Foundation to open permanent home in Bangladesh The private arts fund founded by Nadia and Rajeeb Samdani and known for running the Dhaka Art Summit has announced it will be opening its first permanent public venue in Sylhet, a rural area in Northern Bangladesh, about 150 miles from Dhaka.
Light projections saying ‘Pay Trump Bribes Here’ appear on president’s DC hotel Artist and activist Robin Bell lit up the façade of Trump International Hotel with references to ‘the emoluments clause’. It appeared just a few hours after the Washington Post revealed that President Trump had disclosed highly classified intelligence to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador.
1. Jeremy Deller, With a Little Help from My Friends. Courtesy: Metal