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Trump Foundation sued for improper spending, including $10k on a portrait

Plus: Seventh-century window ledge found at Tintagel Castle in Cornwall | Banksy print worth $45k stolen in Toronto | and Elvira Dyangani Ose named the new director of The Showroom

15 June 2018

Trump Foundation sued with lawsuit accusing charity of spending $10,000 on portrait of Trump | The New York attorney general has filed a lawsuit against the Donald J. Trump Foundation on Thursday, accusing the charity of illegal coordination with Trump’s presidential campaign, violating campaign finance laws and self-dealing. The lawsuit, which is the result of a two-year investigation into Trump’s charity, claims that there had been ‘at least five self-dealing transactions’ with one being the purchase of a $10,000 portrait of Trump that was hung at one of his golf clubs, the New York Times reports.

Seventh-century window ledge found at Tintagel Castle in Cornwall | A seventh-century slate window ledge has been found at Tintagel Castle in north Cornwall, the Guardian reports. The ledge is 60cm long and inscribed with symbols, names and a mix of Latin, Greek and Celtic words. It is thought to be the work of a practising scribe who appears familiar with both the informal style of writing and the formal script found in illuminated gospels of the period. The discovery is evidence that the coastal site may have once been home to a multicultural, literate port community ‘with strong connections from Atlantic Europe to the Mediterranean’, according to Win Scutt, a curator at English Heritage.

Banksy print worth $45k stolen in Toronto  | Surveillance footage released on Thursday shows a man stealing Trolley Hunters, a $45k print by Banksy, from an unsanctioned exhibition of the street artist in Toronto that has been curated by his former agent Steve Lazarides. The theft took place early on Sunday morning.

Elvira Dyangani Ose has been named the new director of The Showroom | Elvira Dyangani Ose will join The Showroom as director in September 2018. She was previously senior curator at the New York-based non-profit arts organisation Creative Time. Dyangani is currently a lecturer in visual cultures at Goldsmiths, a member of the Thought Council at the Fondazione Prada and an independent curator. She recently joined Tate Modern’s Advisory Council.

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