Cheat Sheet: Björk, Andrew Getty, Monet Madness and 15 Brooklyn Galleries to Know
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MATTHEW BARNEY SUES BJÖRK FOR CUSTODY
It’s been a rough few weeks for Björk—first, her solo show at MoMA was universally panned (see Ladies and Gentlemen, the Björk Show at MoMA Is Bad, Really Bad, The 6 Best Takedowns of MoMA’s Appalling Björk Show), and now her ex-partner Matthew Barney is suing her for custody of their 12-year-old daughter Isadora. Barney reportedly accuses the singer-songwriter of “effectively sacrificing Doa’s [Isadora’s] emotional well-being in favor of her own selfish desires.” Read the rest of Barney’s claims: Matthew Barney Sues Björk for Custody of Daughter.
OIL FORTUNE HEIR ANDREW GETTY FOUND DEAD IN HOLLYWOOD HOME
J. Paul Getty’s grandson Andrew Getty was found dead in his Hollywood Hills home earlier this week. Getty was discovered by his ex-girlfriend, against whom he had recently filed a restraining order. According to police, no foul play is suspected. Getty reportedly suffered from a “grave” medical condition that doctors claimed could cause him to face “substantial and irreparable injury or death” if his blood pressure rose above a certain level. See the full story: Oil and Art Fortune Heir Andrew Getty Found Dead in Home, Age 47, Details Emerge About Andrew Getty’s “Grave” Medical Condition, Tumultuous Personal Life.
HOMELESS GET PRIVATE TOUR OF THE SISTINE CHAPEL
Pope Francis treated homeless Romans to a private viewing of the Sistine Chapel, closing the doors to tourists for a full 90 minutes while he greeted each of the dispossessed men and women individually. Photographers were prohibited, and at the end of the tour, the group was treated to a meal in the restaurant of the Vatican Museums. It’s easy to see why Pope Francis has been nicknamed “The People’s Pope”: Sistine Chapel Closes for Tourists, Opens for the Homeless.
NEW MONET HAYSTACK PAINTING DISCOVERED
Researchers in France discovered Claude Monet’s signature buried beneath a layer of paint on the 1891 painting A Haystack in the Evening Sun, which was long suspected, but never confirmed, to have been produced by the master artist. The canvas is part of the Impressionist master’s iconic “Haystack” series. How did the mystery of the missing signature come to a close? Read about it here: Researchers Discover New Claude Monet Haystack Painting. Monet is also having a moment on the market, with an upcoming Sotheby’s sale boasting no less than six works: Sotheby’s Unveils Blockbuster Monet Consignments That Could Fetch $78 Million.
15 BROOKLYN GALLERIES TO DELIGHT YOUR INNER HIPSTER
If you’re looking to see some good art this weekend, don’t head to Chelsea or the Lower East Side. Hop across the river (or stay right where you are) and explore 15 of our favorite galleries, including the Journal Gallery, Cleopatra’s, and 247365. No kale, smoothies, or plaid shirts required. Check out the rest of the list: Forget Chelsea—The 15 Brooklyn Art Galleries You Need to Know Now.
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