Anish Kapoor Does "Gangnam Style," Kid Rock Rebuilds Detroit Museum, and More

Anish Kapoor Does "Gangnam Style," Kid Rock Rebuilds Detroit Museum, and More
Anish Kapoor
(Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

 Anish Kapoor Goes "Gangnam Style": The British sculptor, who was a leading figure in the global campaign to end Ai Weiwei's detainment last year, is working on another homage to the Chinese artist and activist: a version of Korean rapper PSY's "Gangnam Style" music video. The video in support of the Chinese artist and activist — whose own parody of the video became a viral hit and was then censored in his home country — features contributions from other artists and performers. "It's extraordinary, the support we've had," Kapoor said. "Even people who can't be here are sending footage of themselves doing the dance." [Telegraph]

Kid Rock Pitches in at Detroit Museum: The Detroit Historical Museum will reopen Friday following a $20-million renovation that included the revamping of old exhibits — like the "Streets of Old Detroit" installation, an indoor recreation of the Motor City's 19th century streetscape — and several new ones, including the interactive "Kid Rock Music Lab," funded by the hometown rock-rap legend's own Kid Rock Foundation. [AmericaJR]


Art Worlders Step Up to Aid Ailing Chelsea Galleries: The Art Dealers Association of America's relief fund, which is providing members and non-members alike with emergency grants and loans in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, has nearly doubled in size thanks to donations from David Zwirner, Mitchell-Inness and Nash, and Art Basel. Each institution donated $50,000, adding substantially to the ADAA's initial fund of $250,000. "Art Basel is the first of the art fairs to recognize how decimated the gallery scene in Chelsea is," said ADAA's president Lucy Mitchell-Innes. "Their donation shows that there is now global awareness of what has happened." [NYT]

Dogs Discover Stolen Paintings in South Africa: Four of the five paintings that were lifted from the Pretoria Art Museum in an armed heist on Sunday morning were recovered after a canine unit discovered them on a cemetery bench in Port Elizabeth, some 700 miles from the museum. "Police forensic and crime scene experts are still combing the area as we speak," said brigadier Marinda Mills. "Verification of the art must still be done, but from a layman's view it appears to be the same pieces that were taken in Pretoria." The unrecovered artwork, Gerald Sekoto's "Street Scene" (1939), is said to be worth about $793,000. [Mail & Guardian]

– Thomas Schütte Builds Modernist Terrorist Bunker: The German artist has constructed a full-scale, functioning house based on his 2006-07 architectural model "Holiday Home for Terrorists" on the Austrian property of Cologne-based dealer Rafael Jablonka, who commissioned the inhabitable artwork but does not plan to live inside it. "It’s a work of art, and we already have a holiday home," Jablonka said. [TAN]

Original "Sgt. Pepper" Art Fails to Hit High Estimate: The original 1967 collage for the insert to the Beatles' album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" fetched $87,720 at Sotheby's on Tuesday. The five-figure sum wasn't nearly as much as auction house had hoped: The piece was estimated to fetch between £50,000 ($79,340) and £80,000 ($126,945). It was sold from the collection of architect Colin St. John Wilson to an anonymous bidder (who is presumably a very serious Beatles fan) in London. [AP]

Footless Cambodian Statue Continues to Dog Sotheby's: The publicly-traded auction house may have had its best sale ever last night, but it's having a tougher time in the courtroom. Federal prosecutors trying to seize a multimillion-dollar 10th-century Cambodian statue have accused the auctioneers of colluding with the item's owner to hide information that it was stolen from a temple in 1972. According to court papers, Sotheby's requested the owner submit an inaccurate affidavit to American customs officials. The house denies the allegations. [NYT]

MCA Chicago Gets $2 Million: The Midwestern contemporary art museum has received $2 million from collectors and board members Marilyn and Larry Fields to endow a curator position. The newly financed post is currently held by Naomi Beckwith, who joined the institution in 2011. This is MCA Chicago's second major gift in as many months. In October, Helen and Sam Zell donated $10 million to the museum. [Art Daily

– Busted Art Thief Lands Docent Job: Former archivist Daniel Lorello, who was arrested in 2008 and charged with stealing hundreds of artifacts and documents from the New York State Archives that he then sold on eBay or traded with collectors, is now running the Saratoga Military Museum's bookstore. Though his hiring — after an early release in 2010 from the Marcy Correctional Facility — may restore some modicum of faith in New York's penitentiary system for some, skeptics need not worry: Lorello's new job only involves the handling of memorabilia and souvenirs, while museum artifacts remain far from reach. [Times Union]

– RIP Visionary Painter Will Barnet: The printmaker and painter, best known for his stylized portraits of family and friends and classically composed visions of women waiting, died on Tuesday at the National Arts Club, where he had lived since 1982. He was 101. Barnet's life charts an often-overlooked period of art production in New York. He started out as the official printer of the Art Students League and went on to work for the Works Progress Administration Federal Art Project. He had his first solo show in 1935. [NYT]


A recent interview with Will Barnett, in which he talks about teaching printmaking to Mark Rothko


Sotheby's Scores Its Biggest Night Ever With a Smashing $375-Million Auction

New Buyers, Low Prices Powered Christie's $17-Million Warhol Foundation Blowout

Amid Newsnight Fiasco, BBC Celebrates 90th Year With Donation to National Media Museum

Collector Nicolas Laugero Lasserre Bets on the Democratic Cachet of Urban Art

Turin's Artissima 2012 Logs Notable Sales, Despite Italy's Economic Woes

David Lynch's Club Silencio Migrates to Miami for the Art Fairs

For more breaking art news throughout the day,
check ARTINFO's In the Air blog.