Art news / 23 – 29 May

The art world stories that grabbed our attention this week, in one handy place for you.

1. One of the most exciting pieces of contemporary art this week proved to be a pair of glasses planted on the floor of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, in an attempt to see whether visitors would try to ‘artistically interpret’ anything, they did. Many crowded round the glasses, ensuring the kept a ‘safe distance’ from the spectacles and others took pictures… (via The Independent)

2. French Street Artist JR has launched his most prestigious exhibition with an optical illusion. Using ‘anamorphic images’ he has made the glass pyramid of the Louvre virtually disappear. He’s come a long way from fly-posting the back streets of Paris. (via The Guardian)

3. Van Gogh in Provence: Modernizing Tradition is a new exhibition that has opened in Arles, Frances. Arles is where Van Gogh spent on of the most creative and formative periods of his career, and received (slightly distressing) visits from Gaugin. The exhibition has brought together 31 paintings – of which 29 have never before been shown in Arles – from the collections of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo. (via Art Daily)

4. War Capitalism & Liberty opened on Tuesday in Rome this week, an unprecedented exhibition of Banksy’s work, and also an unauthorized. The exhibition included over 100 artworks by Banksy (as well as 68 CD and Record sleeves.) A note accompanying the exhibition, “Please note, the artist known as Banksy is not associated or involved in this museum show.” (via New York Times)

5. The long-running dispute over Picasso’s Bust of a Woman (a bust of Marie-Therese Walter) between the Qatari Royal family and Larry Gagosian has finally come to a resolution – though who actually now owns the statue remains a secret. The two parties had been in dispute over who Marie Widmaier-Picasso (the daughter of Picasso and Marie-Therese) actually sold the piece to… (via New York Times)