September 24, 2014: Ai Weiwei Invades Alcatraz, James Turrell Unveils Permanent Installation in Beijing, Antoine-Louis Barye’s Birthday

Daily Digest: Top Art News
Sep 24, 2014 8:17PM

Today’s Notable News

Controversial performance installation, “Exhibit B,” created by South African director Brett Bailey, was closed today due to protests. The exhibition, which opened at London’s Barbican Theater, sought to recreate the troubling “human zoos” that were popular in 19th century; the Barbican was plagued by protesters as well as an online petition, which ultimately drove them to close the show down. (via The New York Times)

Ai Weiwei’s sprawling installation in notorious U.S. prison Alcatraz opens this week. (via The Guardian)

The prolific (sometimes tragic) life of Vincent van Gogh is set to be immortalized in song with the production of a musical entitled Vincent, scheduled to open in Amsterdam next year in honor of the 125th anniversary of the artist’s untimely death. (via The Telegraph)

James Turrell has created a permanent light installation in the Temple Hotel in Beijing. “Gathered Sky” fills an entire interior room of the hotel with softly technicolor light, evoking the meditative atmosphere of a Buddhist temple. (via Nowness)

This evening, noted portraitist Kehinde Wiley will be giving a lecture at the New York Academy of Art in Wilkinson Hall at 6:30 p.m.

Best of Instagram

Via @publicartfund: “Installation underway for #JohnGerrard #SolarNYC @lincolncenter! Completed work opens Oct 3. Check out PublicArtFund.org for more info on the project, which recreates a Nevada solar thermal plant and its desert landscape on a frameless LED wall. #publicart #nyc @micah_bozeman

Good Reads

A new book,Inventions That Didn’t Change the World, presents a catalogue of whimsical—if not largely useless—Victorian-era inventions. (via The Guardian)

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the band Blondie with a collection of black-and-white photos by the punk group’s co-founder Chris Stein. (via T: The New York Times Style Magazine)

Artist of the Day 

Antoine-Louis Barye, a French sculptor most notable for his work as an animalier, was born on this day in 1796. Barye studied at L’École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and created a large body of work comprised mainly of bronze sculptures and statues depicting animals.

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