Cheat Sheet: Emma Sulkowicz, Dale Chihuly, and Glenn Lowry’s $2.1 Million Payout
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EMMA SULKOWICZ’S NEWEST ART PROJECT IS A SEX TAPE
Emma Sulkowicz, the Columbia grad who rose to prominence after enacting a performance art project in which she vowed to carry a mattress with her around campus until her alleged rapist was expelled, released a new project this week. Ceci N’est Pas Un Viol (This is not a Rape) is a video directed by fellow artist Ted Lawson, and shows Sulkowicz and an anonymous male engaging in sexual activity meant to call into question the grey areas of consent. artnet News broke the story: Emma Sulkowicz Breaks New Ground With Troubling Video Performance, and also spoke to Sulkowicz in an exclusive interview: Emma Sulkowicz Speaks Out About Her New Video Performance.
HAPPY 100TH BIRTHDAY, CARMEN HERRERA!
Carmen Herrera, a New York-based artist who had her first sale at the age of 89, was initiated into the the centenarian club last weekend. She currently has a painting on view at the new Whitney Museum of American Art’s debut exhibition, titled, “America is Hard to See.” What better way to celebrate a birthday than that? Read more about Herrera’s life and incredible rise to art stardom: Carmen Herrera, Who Sold Her First Painting Aged 89, Turns 100 Years Old.
GLENN LOWRY RECEIVES $2.1 MILLION IN THE MIDST OF BENEFIT CUTS FOR MoMA STAFFERS
This week’s protests by MoMA staffers over massive benefit cuts (see MoMA Curators and Workers Protest Healthcare Cuts During Glitzy Garden Party) have shined a spotlight on the museum’s finances, and while administrators, curators, and other staff are up in arms over the proposed contract, director Glenn Lowry is reportedly receiving a $2.1 million payout—one of the largest of any museum executive in the nation. See the full story here: Museum of Modern Art Reveals Glenn Lowry’s Whopping $2.1 Million Pay Amid Staff Protest Over Benefit Cuts.
DRUG-ADDICTED EMPLOYEE ROBS DALE CHIHULY OF $3 MILLION WORTH OF ART
A former employee of glass sculptor Dale Chihuly has been accused of making off with over $3 million worth of art over the course of a three-year period in order to support his drug habit. Strangely, neither Chihuly nor any of the other employees noticed the works were missing until September 2014, when one of the employee’s unwitting buyers asked Chihuly’s company for authentication. See: Dale Chihuly Robbed of $3 Million in Art by Drug-Addicted Employee.
ARTISTS MOCK FIFA AND WORLD CUP SPONSORS
Artists fed up with FIFA in the wake of revelations that migrant workers building the infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar have been dying on the job have taken to the Internet to express themselves through clever graphic artworks. The designs also take aim at several multinational corporations that support the games, including Adidas, Coca-Cola, and Budweiser. Check out the illustrations here: Disgusted Artists Flood Internet with Imagery Mocking FIFA and World Cup Sponsors.
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