Art news / 26 – 31 January

Meanwhile, in the art world this week…

1. Just days after Banksy’s first interactive mural appeared opposite the French embassy it has been boarded up by property developers after attempted thefts and a botched removal. The mural is of the young girl from Les Miserables with tears streaming down her face as a cloud of tear gas billows towards her. It is in reaction to police raids using tear gas, concussion grenades and plastic bullets on the refugees in the Jungle camp in Calais. The mural has a QR code that links you to a seven minute video of the raid in the camp. Read more in our recent article.

2. The Tale of the Fake Mark Rothko. Domenico De Sole, the former head of Gucci America and chairman of the board of Sotheby’s is suing the Knoedler Gallery, its former president Ann Freedman, and the gallery’s holding company 8-31 for $25 million in damages having spent $8.3 million purchasing a fake Mark Rothko from them. (via Art News)

3. Fast becoming the master protest artist, Ai Weiwei has closed his exhibition in Denmark two months early. Ai Weiwei: Ruptures, was on at the Faurschou Foundation in Copenhagen and was due to run until April 15th. The closure is in reaction to a new law passed by Denmark that permits authorities to search and confiscate asylum seekers and refugees last belongings.  A statement on the Farschou foundation website says: “Jens Faurschou backs the artist’s decision and regrets that the Danish parliament chose…to be in the forefront of symbolic and inhuman politics of today’s biggest humanitarian crisis in Europe and the Middle East, instead of being in the forefront of a respectful European solution to solve the acute humanitarian crisis.” (via Art News)

4. One of Britain’s most famous rock musicians, Eric Clapton is being taken to court. A dispute over the artwork used on the cover of the collectors edition of his seminal album Laya in 2011 is at the crux of the feud. Clapton is being ordered to pay $16,400 by the family of French-Danish artist Emile Fransden, who died in 1969. Clapton is accused of using an altered, cardboard pop-up version of Frandsen’s painting La Jeune Fille au Bouquet (Young Girl with Bouquet) with out permission; the painting was given to Clapton by the painters son in 1970. (via Art Daily)

5. Opening on Monday is Andy Warhol: Works from the Hall Collection, at the Ashmolean museum in Oxford. It is the first time the public will see this private collection of works by Andy Warhol, and artist films are on loan from the Warhol Museum in Pittsburg. The exhibition spans his most iconic pieces from the 60’s – the most experimental work of his last decade, and includes Twenty Fuscia Maos (pictured). (via The Guardian)