Threatened Walsall gallery saved by Arts Council grant The New Art Gallery Walsall, which has been under threat of deep public funding cuts, has been saved by a four-year £3.5m grant from Arts Council England. The gallery is also considering a partnership with the University of Wolverhampton to secure its long-term future.

Antony Gormley asks for ‘vandalised’ beach sculptures to be cleaned Sculptor’s life-sized iron men in Crosby have been brightly decorated with a polka-dot bikini and other embellishments. Gormley, best known for his Angel of the North sculpture that stands outside Gateshead, has complained to the council and many locals and visitors have condemned the act as vandalism.

Former Paris stock exchange to be reborn as major new art museum François Pinault, the billionaire luxury brand owner, will convert the 19th century Bourse de commerce into an art museum with architect Tadao Ando. His €1.25bn art collection of more than 3,500 works includes pieces by Mark Rothko and Damien Hirst.

Austrian court rules in favour of Franz West’s family in legal battle over estate Viennese court concludes that a new foundation established days before Austrian sculptor’s death to manage his rights and assets was created without a proper contract.

Russian artist arrested for wearing VR headset in Moscow Artist and activist Ekaterina Nenasheva was arrested by authorities earlier this month for refusing to take off a virtual reality headset, which she was using to capture images of the city for her ongoing performance project Between Here and There.

Judge orders exhumation of Salvador Dalí’s body for paternity suit Judge in Madrid has ordered the exhumation of the body of Surrealist painter Salvador Dalí after a woman, who claims to be the artist’s daughter, filed a lawsuit in 2015 against the Spanish state and the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation.

Julia Peyton-Jones joins Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac as senior global director Former director of the Serpentine Galleries will be based in London, where the gallery opened a new space, in Mayfair, earlier this year. She will assume her responsibilities, which will include the creative development of the gallery, on 1 September.

Chelsea Manning to show exhibit of self-portraits constructed from DNA The former US soldier, who in 2013 was imprisoned in violation of the Espionage Act, will premiere a collaborative series of 3D portraits in New York. The exhibition will take place at Fridman Gallery in collaboration with the artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg.

Historic Mexico City swim club gets a second life as art gallery Before Club Condesa is torn down by developers, the former women’s-only pool has been turned into a pop-up exhibition space. The show, ‘Thresholds of Time’, includes the work of nearly 50 local and international artists.

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