From DiCaprio Playing da Vinci to Kara Walker’s Artful Statement: The Best and Worst of the Art World This Week

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The two Leonardos.
The two Leonardos, Da Vinci (Image: Public domain) and DiCaprio (Photo: Mike Windle/Getty Images).

BEST

A masterpiece in the making: Leonardo DiCaprio is taking on the role of the OG Leonardo—da Vinci, that is—for an upcoming biopic.

The tongue-in-cheek press release for Kara Walker’s upcoming show at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. is itself a work of art.

Live vicariously through the travels of Alfredo Jaar, JiaJia Fei, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and other art stars who answer our question: “what’s the best work of art you’ve seen this summer?

Our story on painter Cy Gavin’s colossal canvases, includes tips on how to sneak into the Carnegie Museum of Art.

Chuck Close, Kal Penn, and 14 more members of the Committee on the Arts and Humanities resigned en masse, sending a letter to the President decrying his support for “hate groups and terrorists.”

Oh and another thing about that letter: It contains a secret message.

Chiara Fumai, still from Chiara Fumai Reads Valerie Solanas (2012-13). Courtesy Waterside Contemporary.

Chiara Fumai, still from Chiara Fumai Reads Valerie Solanas (2012-13). Courtesy Waterside Contemporary.

WORST

Museums across the world are doing their best to weather the storm in the face of extreme climate change.

Flowing violent protests, cities are taking swift action to unseat Confederate monuments across the country. artnet News’s resident critic Ben Davis weighed in on the monumental myths behind the landmarks.

Due to indefinite employee strikes, eight contemporary art museums in Barcelona were shut down at the height of tourist season.

Artist Chiara Fumai died unexpectedly at age 39; she earned international acclaim at documenta for her radical feminist lecture-performances.

The residents of the UK city of Hull are being asked to “send nudes” and other questionable requests, because the a high-tech art installation cannot decipher Yorkshire accents.

CH-CH-CH-CHANGES 

Curator James Meyer is returning to DC’s National Gallery after a brief foray at New York’s Dia Art Foundation.

47 Canal Gallery is moving back to… 47 Canal Street.

A stalwart of London’s non-profit art scene, the David Roberts Art Foundation is moving from Camden to open a sculpture park in Somerset.

Kickstarter tapped Patton Hindle as the new director of arts—Hindle, formerly of Artspace, is also a partner of the LES gallery yours mine & ours.


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