A different take on the news: The week in art

Julia Stanyard 15 May 2015

Nepal

In light of the April 25th earthquake, which killed thousands of people and destroyed many cultural landmarks, concern has been raised over the salvage of the NAFA (Nepal Fine Arts Academy) collection, after the building housing the art has been deemed unsafe to enter. The permanent collection, with valuable works of art including many Thangka paintings, is stranded on the third floor of the building, with the academy currently worried at the prospect of losing such a significant proportion of the country’s existing art history.

 

Tate Modern Is 15

To celebrate Tate Modern’s 15th birthday, Time Out have comprised a list of 15 highlights. After experiencing Ai Weiwei’s ‘Sunflower Seeds’ of 2010, and Matisse’s Cut-Out’s in 2014, I would have to say that these two are my personal favourites from the list, but take a look for yourself and reflect on 15 years of art! I personally wish I could have been there for Louise Bourgeois’ ‘Maman’…

Ai Wei Wei – image credit: Tate Modern

 

TURNER PRIZE 2015

The nominations for the annual Turner Prize have been announced, including what has been considered a somewhat surprising appearance from the group of architecture graduates Assemble. There is a while to wait yet though, as the winner isn’t announced until 7th December 2015, but check out the nominees and consider your winner – past winners of the prize are Duncan Campbell, Laure Prouvost, Grayson Perry, Steve McQueen and Damien Hirst.

 

“My medium is public opinion, and the world is my canvas” – Dr. Kanye West.

Kanye West now has an additional title to add to his already world-famous name: Dr. This week he received an honorary doctorate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, giving an unusually humble address to the crowd: ‘I felt my nerves a bit, and I don’t feel that feeling a lot.’ In his speech, which you can see here, West highlights the importance of this honorary degree even anticipating a better reception from various sectors of the art world, now he can call himself ‘Dr. Kanye West’. In an additional lecture given to the Art Institute, which you can listen to in full here, West discusses what ‘being an artist’ means to him, revealing a few sound ideas in his own distinctive way, such as ‘why does the person who has the most genius idea or cultural understanding or can create the best art have to figure out how to become a businessman in order to become successful at expressing himself? I think it’s important for anyone that’s in power to empower.’ And in calling everything art, he reveals his thoughts on, ‘Fonts – see, I get emotional about fonts. Spacing. Proportion.’ Don’t worry Kanye – I know exactly how you feel.

Kanye looking intellectual

Selfish

It has been a big week for the Wests in the art world, as Dazed collaborated with IG sensation @artlexachung to create a series of comparisons between Dr. West’s equally famous wife Kim Kardashian and some of the most prominent art pieces across history. Whether these have happened through mere coincidence, or through the witty intentions of Kim and her publicity team, we’ll never know – in any case these portraits are uncanny, and looking through them is fantastic exam-term procrastination. Take a peek

An uncanny resemblance – image credit: Dazed