Commissioned by Boris Johnson as the Eiffel Tower of London, Anish Kapoor’s ‘Orbit’ Is Now More Than $15 Million in Debt

In a failed attempt to draw visitors, the work was re-designed by Carsten Höller to make it the world’s longest slide.

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Author Alice Walker Decries Efforts to Censor San Francisco’s George Washington Murals as ‘Ignorant and Backwards’

Walker’s words were quoted by the San Francisco School Board head to justify destroying the murals in the first place.

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See Why One Feminist Artist’s Protest of Old Master Depictions of Women at the Prado Museum Went Instantly Viral

Anastasia Bengoechea held up signs to protest sexual stereotyping at the Madrid museum.

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Venice Has Fined the Architect Santiago Calatrava $86,000 for Building a Bridge That—Oops—Can’t Handle Tourists

The world-renowned architect argued that tourists dragging wheeled luggage was “incorrect use” of his glass-and-steel bridge over the Grand Canal.

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Jenny Holzer, Sanford Biggers, and Others Are Vying to Design a Pulse Nightclub Memorial Museum. But a New Group Is Opposing It

A group of survivors, families of victims, and queer activists say the museum is an effort to “monetize the tragedy.”

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A Sculpture That Was Censored From Japan’s Aichi Triennale Will Become a Centerpiece of a New Museum for Banned Art

The Spanish collector Taxto Benet plans to install the work in his forthcoming Freedom Museum.

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30 Years Ago, Ai Weiwei Was an Extra in a Puccini Opera. Now He’s Directing One—to Address the Hong Kong Protests

As always, Ai is taking inspiration from contemporary political events.

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In a Reversal, the San Francisco School Board Has Voted to Cover, Not Destroy, a Series of Controversial High School Murals

The move comes after intensifying political pressure on the board, and statements from leaders of the local NAACP and actor Danny Glover.

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Trump Official Rephrases Emma Lazarus’s Plaque on the Statue of Liberty to Justify a New Immigration Policy

The Trump administration’s new immigration regulations seem to contradict the message of Emma Lazarus’s “The New Colossus.” So an official rewrote it.

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Tania Bruguera and Others Are Demanding Their Works Be Removed From the Aichi Triennale After a Censorship Controversy

The artists released a letter in a solidarity with the creators of a controversial sculpture of a “comfort woman.”

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