1. This week news came that Banksy graced the playground walls of Bridge Hill Primary School, Bristol, with a mural of a school girl rolling a flaming tyre. The mural was to thank the children who had contacted Banksy before Easter, informing him that, along with Blackbeard, Brunel and John Cabot, the school had chosen Banksy as the name of one of it’s 4 houses. In characteristic mischievous style, Banksy also left a note addressed to the ‘care taker, reading: “Dear Bridge Farm, thanks for your letter and naming a house after me. Please have a picture. If you don’t like it, feel free to add stuff – I’m sure the teachers wont mind. Remember – it’s always easier to get forgiveness than permission. Much love, Banksy.” Click here to read more.
2. This week the 248th Royal Academy Summer Exhibition opened in London to the public. The exhibition, which is the largest open submission exhibtition in the world, displays artists from all walks of life, all mediums, and all levels of success on a level playing field. Highlights this year from contemporary art’s notorious sect include illustrations from Jake and Dinos Chapman and Grayson Perry. Click here to read more.
3. In celebration of the UEFA European Championship a number of French museums have football-themed exhibitions running for any football fans hankering for a little extra culture. The Louvre-Lens (an outpost of Paris’ Louvre, in Calais) has opened an exhibition celebrating it’s local football club RC Lens RC Louvre: Memories of Blood and Gold. Bruno Cappelle, a press officer at the Louvre-Lens has asked, hopefully: “We should be able to welcome the crowds, but will supporters make the effort to come to the museum before the matches?”
In Lyon, Heavenly Football at Musées Gadagne; Democracy through Football at Part-Dieu city library; and Sport in wartime at Centre d’Histoire de la Résistance et de la Déportation (22 June to 29 January 2017). Lyon’s deputy mayor Georges Kénépékian said of the season: “We want this to not only be a popular sporting event but to give it a cultural dimension too.” (via The Art Newspaper)
4. The late, great art critic, Brian Sewell’s art collection is going up for sale. The collection, which includes many 17th century old masters, such as Matthias Stomer’s, Blowing Hot, Blowing Cold (estimate: £400,000-£600,000) and some more obscure choices in modern art, such as Portrait of Lucian Freud, 1946 (estimate: £50,000-£80,000), by John Craxton, will go on sale at Christie’s in September. Ironically, Sewell’s collection now has other art critics critiquing it. (via The Guardian)
5. The New York Times has compiled a list of must see exhibitions in New York before they close. The exhibitions include Andy Warhol: Little Electric Chairs at Venus Over Manhattan and Words Are All We Have: Paintings by Jean-Michel Basquiat at Nahmad Contemporary (running until June 18th), a retrospective compiled of 24 paintings from 1982 to 1988, demonstrating his main achievement, which is in turning words into images and creating images that embody a pictorial stream-of-consciousness. (via The New York Times)
Image: Fans in the Bollaert-Delelis stadium © Racing Club de Lens. Courtesy Louvre-Lens