Our daily round-up of news from the art world
Arson Suspected as Public Artwork is Damaged by Fire | A sculpture at the University of Freiburg has been severely damaged in a suspected arson attack. Artist Reiner Maria Matysik has said he is unsure whether or not to repair Augenlose, which was installed on the university grounds in 2009.
Protest Posters By Banksy’s Dismaland Artists Appear Across London | Artists’ posters protesting the DSEI arms fair in London have appeared on public transport across the city, reports the London Evening Standard. The posters were designed by artists involved in Banksy’s dystopian ‘bemusement park’, Dismaland, in Weston-super-Mare. Their criticism of the fair, which is currently taking place at the ExCel centre, follow demonstrations by climate activists at Tate Modern and the British Museum over the weekend.
Ringo Starr Announces ‘Downsizing’ Sale | Former Beatle Ringo Starr is to auction off more than 800 items from two homes he is selling, reports The Independent. Starr, 75, has revealed that the sale will include several drum kits he played during the Beatles era, and that all proceeds are to go to his charity. The sale is to take place in Beverly Hills in December. A collection of Starr’s photographs is currently on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Lowry to Host Major Digital Arts Exhibition | Salford’s Lowry Gallery has announced that it is to hold a major new exhibition in November that brings together 16 artists working with new media. The show will present an intriguing look at so-called ‘Post Internet Art’ – and help to establish whether it is the defining style of our times, or merely a fad.
Damien Hirst Installed at Broad Museum Restaurant | A mural by Damien Hirst is to be installed on the exterior walls of Otium, the restaurant of Los Angeles’s new Broad Museum. The British artist is to open his new gallery in London in October; how it compares to the Broad remains to be seen.