Ai Weiwei Closes Danish Show in Protest of New Refugee Law - Once again, Ai Weiwei is in the news. This time, he has closed his show in Copenhagen in protest of a new law that allows Danish authorities to search the homes of refugees. Under the new law, Danish authorities would be able to confiscate refugees’ belongings to pay for the expense of them staying in Denmark. The Faurschou Foundation gave a statement saying they backed his decision.
Facebook Censors Naked Artist - Brooklyn’s Christopher Stout Gallery found its Facebook account blocked after a photo of artist Lisa Levy sitting naked on the toilet was reported by users. Levy was only partially naked and her bottom half was completely obscured. This is not the first time facebook has removed art that they deem to be offensive.
Free Admission at Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center - Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center have announced that there will be no admission fee charged to visit their galleries. Free admission will start on February 13 and run for at least three years. Donations from the Johnson Foundation and “the 50″ allowed this change to take place. The Arts Center sees an annual footfall of 86,000 visitors.
Italy Censors Nude Statues to Protect Business Interests with Iran - Italian authorities covered a number of classical nude sculptures so as not to offend Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, who was visiting the country to finalize a number of business deals. They also took the decision not to serve alcohol at his honorary dinner. Several cultural figureheads were not happy with the move and felt that Italian culture was being hidden.
Rare Richard Diebenkorn Works on Display at Van Doren Waxter - Thirty never-before-seen works by Richard Diebenkorn have come on display at the Van Doren Waxter gallery in New York. The exhibition includes a number of watercolor and gouache works on paper. The quality of the color in the paintings is pristine because they have never before been in the light.