As spring approaches, the weather is great. Everyone is going outside (to protest), as new exhibitions–and public art projects–have been announced, featuring hot dogs? Here are some peaks of drama in the art world this week, from protests to billboards and the tossing of an artwork inspired by McDonald’s.
Not So McHappy: The Art Basel Hong Kong art fair was a blast for some, a disaster for others. The cleaning crew at the fair threw out artist Carol May’s Unhappy Meal sculpture, which was on view at the Harbour Art Fair. The artist told Hyperallergic that that “Unhappy Meal” isn’t entirely lost: “Fortunately, the work consists of an edition of 30 pieces,” she said.
Vegans beware: The Public Art Fund’s summer season kicks off with a number of new projects, one which will include a piece by Austrian artist Erwin Wurm called “Curry Bus.” In a city like New York, this hot dog bus is sure to cause some controversy for the organic, vegan crowds when it launches on June 9 at Brooklyn Bridge Park. It’s almost German – it’s even a Volkswagen.
Museum protest: The grassroots activist group Decolonize This Place staged a protest in front of the Brooklyn Museum asking the museum to remove all real estate developers from their board. It comes after the museum hired a white woman, Kristen Windmuller-Luna, to curate the African art collection at the museum. As some members of the black community have expressed their anger when they said: “People from the African Diaspora are frustrated with white people being gatekeepers of our narrative.”
Public art backlash: Pittsburgh artist Alisha Wormsley created a piece for the ongoing public art series, The Last Billboard project in Pittsburgh, where she spelled out a phrase: “There are black people in the future.” That was unsettling to the building’s landlord, who asked the piece be removed. It’s offensive, but the artist says “Art has caused friction.”
Text by Nadja Sayej
Photos via Hyperallergic, NY Times, Art in America and artnet news