Campbell's Soups Up Cans With Warhol, Yoko Ono Founds Anti-Fracking Group, and More Must-Read Art News

Campbell's Soups Up Cans With Warhol, Yoko Ono Founds Anti-Fracking Group, and More Must-Read Art News
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– Campbell's Releases Warol-Inspired Cans: The master of appropriation is being appropriated. Campbell's Soup plans to introduce special-edition cans of its condensed tomato soup bearing labels reminiscent of Andy Warhol's famous paintings at Target stores. Each of the 1.2 million cans will cost 75 cents. The company has come a long way: When the Pop artist first premiered his Campbell canvases in 1960s, Campbell's contemplated legal action. [AP]

 Yoko Ono and Son Launch "Artists Against Fracking": Yoko Ono and her son, musician Sean Lennon, have joined forces with more than 180 artists to form "Artists Against Fracking," a coalition that aims to convince Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo not to allow hydraulic natural gas drilling in New York State. The coalition includes producer and art collector David Geffen and musicians Lady Gaga and Paul McCartney. The group sent a letter to the governor on Wednesday requesting a meeting. [NYT]

 Broad Finally Makes Payment to L.A. MOCA: After a controversial delay, the Broad Foundation made a $1.5-million payment to L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art, making good on Eli Broad's pledge to provide $3 million a year for the museum's exhibitions through 2013. Earlier this month, the foundation said it had withheld its planned payment because the $2.1 million previously given under the agreement had not been spent. The declaration raised eyebrows because L.A. MOCA had recently delayed its long-planned exhibition, "Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974," due to lack of funds.  [LAT]

– German Art Shipper Released From Chinese Custody: German art shipper Nils Jennrich, who had been in Chinese custody since March 30 on charges of "trafficking," was released earlier this month following pressure from the German government. His arrest, ostensibly for underreporting the value of artworks he was bringing into China, was seen more widely as a political strategy to curb tax evasion in the art market. A handful of other art shippers remain in detention. [Artforum]

– David Shrigley Does Lift Tickets: For the eighth year in a row, the Aspen Art Museum has commissioned an artist to create limited-edition lift tickets. This year, British artist David Shrigley will do the honors. The wry draughtsman created six different drawings, including one that depicts a stick figure walking up a steep mountain bearing the phrase, "You're Doing O.K." Another subverts the purpose of a lift ticket, reading, "Don't show this to anyone." [AiA]

– Akron Gets a Crowd-Sourced Prize: Crowd sourcing is having a moment. On the heels of the Brooklyn Museum's planned "GO" exhibition and the Hammer's "American Idol"-style Mohn Prize (on which the L.A. Weekly goes long here), the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation has launched the first Akron Art Prize. The competition, kicking off at the Ohio city's annual artwalk, pits more than 135 artists against one another for a $5,000 prize. [Akron News]

Photographer Creating Documentary on Albatrosses on Midway Atoll: After his images of garbage-filled albatross bellies gained some exposure, Seattle photographer Chris Jordan has begun work on a documentary about the albatrosses of Midway Atoll in the Pacific and how their precarious state reflects larger pollution problems facing the entire ocean. [Wired

John Moores Painting Prize Shortlist Announced: Five artists have been shortlisted for the John Moores Painting Prize, which goes to one artist included in the Liverpool Biennial and carries a purse of £25,000, the same as the prestigious Turner Prize. The nominees are Biggs & Collings, Ian Law, Narbi Price, Sarah Pickstone, and Stephen Nicholas. Previous winners of the UK's largest painting prize include David Hockney, Richard Hamilton, and Peter Doig. [BBC]

Google Earth Pyramids May Instead Be Unknown Ruins: Pyramids in Egypt that were "discovered" by Google Earth may actually be natural mounds, tombs, watch towers, or dug wells, researchers say. The Soknopaiou Nesos Project — titled after the area's name during the Greco-Roman period when it bordered a now-diminished lake — is now taking on a new research expedition to determine the formations' mysterious origins.  [NBC News

– Erotic Art Museum Threatened by Russian Activists: A group of conservative Christian activists have carried out a string of attacks on Moscow's Erotic Art Museum. The most recent action came late Tuesday night, when the protesters allegedly threatened a museum employee with a brick. The stunt's organizer, Dmitry Enteo, said the brick was a reference to the capstone for a better life mentioned in the Bible, but denied making any threats. [NYDN]

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