Speed Read: The Top 10 Art News Stories for September 1-5

From our fall art picks to Hank Willis Thomas's Burning Man odyssey.

Ryan Trecartin, still from Center Jenny (2013)

1. 60 Fall Gallery Shows You Can’t Miss
As the fall art season hurtled towards us, artnet News picked 60 gallery shows from across the country that we were looking forward to, from Doug Aitken at Regen Projects in LA to Eugene Jamse Martin at Maus Contemporary in Birmingham, Alabama.

2. The UK’s Top 25 Must-See Fall Exhibitions
Meanwhile, over in London, Coline Milliard also did fall preview duty, saying what she was looking forward to, from the Folkestone Triennial to Glenn Ligon at Camden Art Center.

3. “Art-Flipper” Bert Kreuk Sues Artist Danh Vo for $1.2 Million
Alexander Forbes reported that controversial art collector Bert Kreuk is suing artist Danh Vo for failing to deliver an artwork for an exhibition of Kreuk’s collection last year at the Hague’s Gemeentemuseum. The artwork in question cost $350,000, though he is seeking substantially more money in court due to “damage to his reputation” that resulted from the incident.

4. Columbia Student’s Striking Mattress Performance
A Columbia University visual arts major has made waves for her senior thesis piece, Mattress Performance: Carry That Weight, in which she will carry a twin mattress with her on campus everyday until her alleged rapist agrees to leave the school, wrote Ben Davis.

5. Louvre Gets Most Ambitious Facelift in 30 Years
Coline Milliard reported on The Louvre’s recently launched refurbishing initiative, spearheaded by the institution’s new director, Jean-Luc Martinez. Martinez wants to shift the focus towards collections and permanent displays, but admits the museum’s restoration could take decades to complete.

6. As Rents Rise In Berlin Can Artists Still Afford A Place To Work? 
Alexander Forbes posed that question on the heels of several artist studio closures. Berlin is often thought of as the last great hope for artists, but how much longer will it be able to deliver on that flattering stereotype?

7. Hank Willis Thomas’s Burning Man Adventures Burn Up Instagram
Christie Chu took us on a visual journey through the Burning Man adventures of photographer Hank Willis Thomas, who documented his time in Black Rock Desert on both his Instagram feed and that of his gallery, Jack Shainman.

8. Summer Heat Helps Unlock the Mysteries of Stonehenge
According to Sarah Cascone, researchers have had some unexpected help coming one step closer to solving the prehistoric mysteries of Stonehenge.

9. Paying Tribute to the Lost Generations of Black Photographers
Ben Sutton discussed Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People, a new documentary from Allen Harris that explores the historical use of photography as a tool for self-representation in the African American community.

10. A Brief History of Animated GIF Art, Part Three
Columnist Paddy Johnson drops some more knowledge about GIF art, this time focusing on the significance of blogging platform Tumblr on the growth and dissemination of the medium.


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