Anish Kapoor's House Occupied by Activists, Brad Pitt Invests in Bambi, and More Must-Read Art News

Anish Kapoor's House Occupied by Activists, Brad Pitt Invests in Bambi, and More Must-Read Art News
"A Bit Like Marmite" graffiti by Bambi in London
(Courtesy Katy Lindemann via Flickr)

– Occupy Kapoor: The British artist whose "ArcelorMittal Orbit" is a centerpiece of London's Olympic Park has been targeted by a group of artist-activists calling themselves Bread and Circuses, who are currently occupying a house on picturesque Lincoln Inn's Fields that has been empty since Anish Kapoor  bought it in 2009. Beginning today, the five-story Georgian home will host a series of exhibitions, talks, and screenings, followed by live music in the evenings — no word yet on whether or not the unwitting host will put in an appearance. [Guardian]

Brad Pitt Buys Into Bambi Craze: The movie star, who recently took a private jet to Documenta, is getting serious about building up his at collection. Pitt bought three paintings by Brit graffiti artist Bambi — canvases of Prince William and Kate, the Queen, and Amy Winehouse — after spotting examples in Time magazine. Apparently, Pitt hopes to fill his home in England with work by British artists, and since he's already got a Banksy-14779">Banksy, creepy British celebrity street art by an artist collected by the likes of Adele and Banksy-14779">Banksy" target="_blank">Robbie Williams were the logical next step. [The Sun]

 

– Notorious Nazi Looter's Art Collection Goes Online: The German Historical Museum is teaming up with three governmental archives to put the vast art collection of Nazi leader Hermann Göring — remembered as one of the greatest art thieves in history — online. Among the 4,263 items posted are works by Rembrandt and Botticelli. Drop the German Museum a line if anything looks familiar. [Salon

– Autry Museum President Steps Down: Daniel Finley, president and CEO of Los Angeles's Autry National Museum since 2010, left his post abruptly yesterday, with museum board member Marshall McKay noting that the institution needed a leader with more Native American expertise. W. Richard West — a founding director of Washington, D.C.'s National Museum of the American Indian and a descendent of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes — will replace Finley beginning in the fall. [LAT]

– Design Museum's Louboutin Show Sets Records: A retrospective of Christian Louboutin's vertiginous footwear at London's Design Museum is stomping on previous daily attendance records set by the museum's 2003 Manolo Blahnik and 2009 Hussein Chalayan exhibitions. Since opening last month the show has been seen by some 38,000 shoe fetishists, with an average daily attendance of 910. [ModaMob]

– Givenchy Recreating Lost Louvre Gallery at Christie's: During September's Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris, the French designer Hubert de Givenchy will reconstruct a gallery that the 18th-century sculptor François Girardon designed, though never built, for the Louvre at Christie's. "We won't attempt to recreate a period atmosphere," said Givenchy, "but rather give the design a breath of fresh air with some Delaunay, Arp, and Giacometti." [Figaro]

– UNESCO Exhibits Stolen Artifacts: On Wednesday UNESCO, the UN organization dedicated to preserving cultural heritage, opened "Recovered Treasures," an exhibition of 31 stolen or illegally exported artifacts, at its Paris headquarters. "All of the objects were kidnapped at some point," said curator Iñigo Martinez Möller of the works, which include two Bernardino Fungai panel paintings, a 1493 translation of a Christopher Columbus letter, and the 7th century BCE Greco-Roman vase "The Rape of Europe." [NYT]

– Is London the Fastest-Growing Art Market?: Though New York has long been considered the auction capital of the world, London has drawn the lion's share of buyers from the emerging class of collectors in Russia, the Middle East, and China. Sotheby's calculated that London sold 33 percent more of its lots to buyers from these new markets than it did last year, while New York sold only six percent more. [Reuters]

Lee Kit to Rep Hong Kong in Venice: The Hong Kong-born artist — who works in a variety of media including painting, video, sculpture, and installation, but always with the same pastel color palette — will represent his home state at the 2013 Venice Biennale. His work has previously been included in the New Museum's "The Ungovernables" and the Tate Modern's exhibition "No Soul for Sale." [Press Release]

– A Bacon's Checkered Past: Remember that Francis Bacon portrait Christie's breathlessly determined featured a combination of the artist's face and the body of Lucian Freud? Turns out it's got a provenance about as complicated as its composition. The painting, estimated to sell for around $31.3 million, was the subject of a lawsuit in 2008 and maybe actually be the property of Christie's itself. [NYT]

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