The stories that caught our eye this week, tell us in the comments the stories you spied!
1. Banksy’s real identity may well have been settled once and for all due to a recent study carried out using the ‘geoprofiling’ technique. Scientists have “tagged” Banksy by using publicly available information to identify a pattern between the locations where his artworks most regularly appear and an address closely affiliated with Robin Gunningham – the man Banksy is supposed to be. Read more on this story here.
2. Jeff Koons has collaborated with young artists from the New York based public arts organization, Groundswell. Koons mentored the young artists as a bespoke mural was created for the SoHo hotel depicting the area’s rich cultural heritage. Koons said of the project: “It’s my pleasure to work with the youth group from Groundswell on the Howard Street mural. This is a very creative team of young artists, and it’s rare to see a group with such a unified vision. I’ve enjoyed working with the artists during the conception of their idea.” (via Art News)
3. This year the Tate Modern will be hosting a rare, comprehensive retrospective for Georgia O’Keeffe with over 100 works on show, showing the great trajectory of her career. It is her first show in the UK for 20 years, and will be running from 6 June to 30 October. (via Artnet)
4. Dmitry Piterman, a businessmen and collector of Salvador Dalí (he owns over 543 works) is due to transform the Museum of Monterey in California to a Salvador Dalí museum, called Dali 17 (a nod to a hotel near by on 17 Mile Drive where Dalí often stayed in the 1930s and ‘40s.) The museum will house lithographs, sculptures, etchings, mix-media and tapestries by, the famous Spanish surrealist. (via KQED)
5. On Monday the statue of David, housed in the Galleria dell’Accademia (where it has been since 1873), got a free clean. The cleaning of Michelangelo’s masterpiece was undertaken by a group of experts, took 24hrs was financed by a US non-profit group who have spent around €500,000 over the years preserving masterpieces like this. (via Economic Times)