NEW DELHI — On October 27 the Indian news site Scroll published a letter signed by over 300 artists that expresses support for the more than 40 writers who have returned their state awards over the past month as a form of protest against the increasingly intolerant environment in India for minorities and cultural producers.
Anish Kapoor’s Versailles Sculpture Vandalized With Anti-Semitic Slurs
Anish Kapoor’s “Dirty Corner” (2011–15) sculpture in the gardens of Palace of Versailles has been vandalized again but this time with offensive words, including anti-Semitic slurs.
Chicago Mayor Flattered, Kapoor Even Madder, as “Cloud Gate”-Gate Continues
Officials in Karamay, China, have not announced plans to remove a blatant copy of Anish Kapoor’s “Cloud Gate” that opens to the public this month, which means “Cloud Gate”–gate is far from over.
Anish Kapoor Threatens to Sue Over Chinese “Cloud Gate” Copy
Yesterday we noticed that a copy of Anish Kapoor’s “Cloud Gate” in Chicago is in the works in Karamay, China, promoted as a giant, stainless steel drop of oil.
A Poor Man’s Kapoor: China Unveils Knockoff of Chicago’s Bean
An immense sculpture in China is nearing completion, and it bears a striking resemblance to Chicago’s most famous work of public art.
Carsten Höller Wraps World’s Longest Slide Around Anish Kapoor’s London Tower
This week, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London announced that “the world’s longest and tallest tunnel slide” will wrap around Anish Kapoor’s “ArcelorMittal Orbit.”
Vandals Douse Anish Kapoor’s Versailles ‘Vagina’ with Paint
Between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning vandals sprayed yellow paint on Anish Kapoor’s sculpture “Dirty Corner” (2011–15), the centerpiece of his current exhibition at Versailles and a work the artist recently likened to “the vagina of the queen.”
The Queen’s Vagina Sparks Controversy at Versailles
PARIS — Feminism has happily challenged the given of the privileged male in relationship to the female model and forced a re-evaluation of a visual culture that viewed the world from a white heterosexual male perspective.
This week in art news: Anish Kapoor storms Versailles, PJ Harvey turns her music into public art, and the Broad Museum’s façade is revealed to be very disappointing.
I See Pretty Things at Design Miami
MIAMI BEACH — It was refreshing to wander around a Miami fair that doesn’t appear to have a fear of pretty things. In the design world, unlike the art world, beauty isn’t considered a dirty word, so, wandering through the aisles of the 2013 Design Miami fair, I could see an obvious affection for beauty in a way that oozes status and wealth.
Castello di Ama: Contemporary Masters in the Tuscan Countryside
SIENA, Italy — At the bottom of a small grotto that could easily pass for something from the medieval era there stands a small, shadowy, and delicate Carrera marble fountain that kneels in a shallow pool of water.
Is the World’s Largest Permanent Sculpture a Monument to Our Times?
LONDON — What will the future think of the world when they look back on the marks we have left? Will it be with the same reverence with which we gaze on the Acropolis hill and the Parthenon that sits upon it as a symbol of civilization and democracy or something less forthcoming?