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Anish Kapoor reaches out-of-court settlement with the NRA

Plus: European Court of Human Rights rules that Russian government must pay compensation to Pussy Riot | Pieter Bruegel the Elder may have engraved earliest known Scottish landscape

6 December 2018

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Anish Kapoor reaches out-of-court settlement with the NRA | Anish Kapoor has settled his dispute with the National Rifle Association (NRA), following the organisation’s decision to feature Kapoor’s Cloud Gate (2004) in a promotional video.  The sculpture, which is in Chicago, appeared in ‘The Violence of Lies’, a video with a ‘vile message’, according to the artist, who sued the NRA for copyright infringement in the US District Court in Illinois. Kapoor, who suggested the US gun lobbyist donate $1m to victims of gun violence, considers the settlement a ‘victory’ and ‘a declaration that we stand with those who oppose gun violence’.

European Court rules that Russian government must pay compensation to Pussy Riot | The European Court of Human Rights has upheld a previous ruling that Russia must pay $55,000 in compensation to the punk rock group Pussy Riot for violating their human rights. The charge refers to the imprisonment of three members in 2012 for alleged hooliganism during an anti-Kremlin performance at Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. The original ruling and compensation award was made in July of this year. Russia’s Justice Ministry announced yesterday that the government has agreed to pay the activists.

New discovery suggests Pieter Bruegel the Elder engraved earliest Scottish landscape | The Fleming Collection has announced a new discovery made by the art historian Duncan Macmillan, who argues that the landscape in Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s The Fall of Icarus clearly resembles Bass Rock as seen from North Berwick in East Lothian. Macmillan considers it unlikely that Bruegel visited Scotland, but he may have worked from other sources according to The Art Newspaper. If Macmillan is correct, the 16th-century engraving would contain the earliest known image of a Scottish landscape.