Koons-Themed Kiddy Art Class, Tim Burton's Artist Biopic, and More

Koons-Themed Kiddy Art Class, Tim Burton's Artist Biopic, and More
Jeff Koons
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— Koons-Themed Kiddy Art Class: For $35, kids in Sunnyside, Queens can now recreate Jeff Koons’s “Play-Doh” and balloon animals — a far more reasonable price tag, at least, than those pieces’ record-breaking $58 million. “A lot of [Koons’s] work is on kid-friendly items,” said Choi Fairbanks, who founded the afterschool art program. (It’s possible that this is because balloon animals and Play-Doh have always been meant for children.) [NY Daily News]

— Tim Burton’s Artist Biopic: Having barreled through the worlds of musical theater, children’s literature, and vampire soap operas, Tim Burton has decided to leap into art history with “Big Eyes.” Starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz, the film tells the story of Margaret Keane, a woman who made paintings of large-eyed children, which her husband then marketed — and tried to claim as his own. Johnny Depp, meanwhile, is absent from the proceedings, as he was too busy doing important character work as an art collector, who is also quirky, in “Mortdecai.” [Artnet]

— Plenty of Coverage of Art from the NYC Climate March: Hyperallergic was on the ground to report on the handmade puppets and parachute banners at the People’s Climate March yesterday. Meanwhile, Ben Davis covered the march’s arty posters and Newsweek had a piece about artist marchers prepping their materials in — where else? — a Bushwick warehouse. [HyperallergicArtnetNewsweek]

— New Louvre Director Promises Big Changes: Jean-Luc Martinez has pledged to end the museum’s expansionary policies and remodel its pyramid entrance, among other things. [TAN]

— Vandals Strike at MAXXI: Gaetano Pesce’s 21-foot-tall sculpture, supposedly about “the shackles that keep women subjugated,” has been vandalized at Rome’s MAXXI museum. [Artnet]

— More on the Mattress Project: Columbia University student Emma Sulkowicz, creator of anti-sexual assault project “Carry That Weight,” is on the cover of New York Magazine this week and the subject of a Roberta Smith piece. [NY MagNYT]

— Today in gallery representation news: Blum & Poe has signed Alma Allen, while Casey Kaplan has signed Sarah Crowner. [Art Media Agency, ArtNews]

— Computer game phenomenon Minecraft is digitally recreating the British Museum. [BBC]

— Eighty-year-old Rose Wylie won the John Moores painting prize. [The Guardian]


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