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The Art News You Missed While Ordering One Too Many Cocktails
Ai WeiWei directs an opera and Alicia Keys opens an art center
Art Stuff 18 Aug 2019

Hey gallery girl, have you been enjoying the summer break at the bar, dancing the night away and kicking back by the pool? Are you using more brainpower to decide on whether to have a mojito or perhaps a cosmopolitan next as opposed to remembering to keep in touch with your artists? Don’t sweat it, while you’ve been busy flirting up a storm with that cute bartender over there, we’ve kept up-to-date with all the goings-on in the art world this week so you don’t have too. So, without further ado, here’s everything you missed!
 
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Ai WeiWei Directs Opera

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#BuonFerragosto #operaroma

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Having starred as an extra in a Puccini opera at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House in 1987, Ai WeiWei is now directing a new version of Puccini’s Turandot at the Rome Opera House. The protests in Hong Kong will be the focus of the production, and will also be the focus of a documentary the artist is making.
 
Sojourner Truth To Get Monument In Central Park


Following criticism after it was announced that New York’s Central Park will be creating monuments to white suffragettes only, plans have been altered to also include African-American activist Sojourner Truth, and quite rightly so.
 
Pace Supports Artists In Tech

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#teamLab is currently hosting a slew of digital installations as part of its annual “A Forest Where Gods Live, Ruins and Heritage” exhibition, including a series of large-scale digital structures presented inside a dilapidated establishment, pictured here. Entitled "Megaliths in the Bath House Ruins," the installation is located within the sprawling Mifuneyama Rakuen Park on the Japanese island of Kyushu. – One of the art collective's most captivating installments, "Megaliths in the Bath House Ruins" encourages visitors to walk through the towering three-dimensional displays that transform in real-time by a computer program. Motifs of seasonal flowers and waterfalls portrayed on the structures, creating an otherworldly atmosphere. – Images: Installation view, "teamLab: Megaliths in the Bath House Ruins," 2019, Interactive Digital Installation, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi ©️ teamLab @teamlab

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As the art world sees the rise of artists using AR and VR in their work, mega-gallery Pace has announced the launch of a new platform PaceX, which will support artists working with tech.
 
You Can Stay In An Edward Hopper Hotel Room


That’s right, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is offering visitors the opportunity to stay overnight at the museum in a recreation of Hopper’s painting Western Motel. More info about the “hotel room” is set to be released before the coinciding exhibition opens in October, we can’t wait!
 
Tate Modern In Trouble Over Accessibility

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Olafur Eliasson’s work makes us aware of our senses, the people and the space that surrounds us. Some artworks introduce natural phenomena while others use reflections and shadows to play with the way we perceive and interact with the world. Much of his work is a result of research into complex geometry, motion patterns, and his interest in colour theory. Before the artist's major exhibition launches at Tate Modern next month, we've teamed up with WePresent and Tate curator Mark Godfrey to explore how Eliasson uses art to create a new world view. Link in bio for full read. @studioolafureliasson, Cold wind sphere 2012 Centre Pompidou, Paris © #OlafurEliasson, on display from 11 July at Tate Modern.

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An art lover who uses a wheelchair slammed London’s Tate Modern this week for inaccessibility. Specifically commenting on an Olafur Eliasson exhibition, the visitor called into question the issue of accessibility in museums and art institutions.
 
Andy Warhol’s Lenin Goes On Display In London


Apparently right before his death Andy Warhol made a departure from Hollywood celebrities to make a series of portraits of Lenin. The images will be on display at London’s Phillips auction house in collaboration with Galerie Kluser this September.
 
FASHION
Naomi Campbell and Bella Hadid Star in New #MYCALVINS Campaign


Following a line-up that includes Justin Bieber and the Kardashians, Calvin Klein adds a new list of celebs for its latest #MYCALVINS campaign, which is set for release next month. You can watch a teaser video here, with the stars flaunting their stuff in front of webcams in their bedrooms – very 2019!
 
LOEWE Releases Marilyn Monroe Shirt

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Ur just as good if not better.

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LOEWE pays homage to an icon with a shirt covered in Marilyn Monroe’s face, which has already been spotted on Drake.
 
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Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz Open an Art and Music Center

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Musical couple Swizz Beats and Alicia Keys have announced the opening of Dean Collection Music & Art Campus in upstate New York. The center will showcase their art collection and teach others about the business side of the industry.
 
MARKET
Museum of Ice Cream Worth $200 Million


Having raised $40 million in venture capital, the Museum of Ice Cream has just been valued at $200 Million. It’s hoped that the money raised will go into branded clothing, food and even a theme park, as well as opening more museums across the US and Asia.
 
Words Lizzy Vartanian
Images @chattobooks, @pacegallery, @museumoficecream, @opera_roma, @dailyart_official, @tate, @champagnepapi, @hypebeastart, @aliciakeys

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