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Art Outlook: 29 May

29 May 2014

Some of the stories, reviews and discussions we’ve spotted online this week:

Four killed in a shooting at the Jewish Museum in Brussels

A gunman opened fire on visitors at the Jewish Museum in Brussels on Saturday afternoon. Three people were killed at the scene, and a fourth died from their injuries on Monday.

World leaders pay homage to Jewish Museum victims

Martin Schulz (President of the European Parliament), Francois Hollande (French President), Matteo Renzi (Italian Prime Minister), and Elio Di Rupo (Belgian Prime Minister) met with Jewish leaders in front of the Jewish Museum on Tuesday in a show of solidarity. Other world leaders have publicly voiced their support for the Belgian and wider Jewish community in the aftermath of the attacks.

Fire at the Glasgow School of Art

The Grade A listed Charles Rennie Mackintosh building was seriously damaged by a fire last Friday which destroyed its unique historic library. Much of the rest of the building’s contents are believed to have survived, and the school has promised financial support to the worst-affected students.

(Not) Paying Artists in the UK…

Many UK artists feel forced to forego potentially significant exhibitions in public galleries because, in the majority of cases, they don’t receive a fee. Research conducted by the artists’ information company a-n highlights the extent of the problem.

…and artists paying fees in the USA

A group of professors, students and alumni have filed a suit against the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, with the aim of preventing the introduction of tuition fees next year.

Tracey Emin’s bed is up for auction

Charles Saatchi will sell Tracey Emin’s famous artwork, My Bed, at Christie’s London on 1 July. The controversially messy bed, exhibited at the Turner Prize in 1999, has an asking price of £800,000–£1,200,000.

Permission to do nothing

A high-profile group of art historians and art curators have voiced concern over performance artist Marina Abramović’s upcoming exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery. Abramović intends to do nothing, but it turns out that’s already been done before.

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