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September 16, 2018

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Walmart Gives $2 Million to Crystal Bridges Contemporary – The Momentary, a vast contemporary art space under construction by the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, has gotten a $2 million boost from Walmart. The museum founded by the Walmart heiress, Alice Walton, plans to turn a former Kraft Foods factory in Bentonville, Arkansas, into a multidisciplinary art space by 2020. (Northwest Arkansas Democrat)

Jan Fabre Is Accused of Sexual Harassment – The Belgian artist and choreographer has been accused of sexual harassment in an open letter. About 20 employees and interns who have worked with Fabre’s at his Troubleyn Theatre Company have complained about his behavior, which they say includes humiliating and trying to obtain sexual favors from dancers. Fabre and the company have denied the allegations. “I regret that this media storm is taking down an entire company and is standing in the way of a fair trial,” the artist said in a statement. (Brussels Times)


Trump’s Immigration Crackdown Targets Artists – The US government is making it harder for artists to get work permits or visas as part of its crackdown on immigration. As of this week, officials can deny applications they decide are “frivolous or meritless,” and they do not need to say why. Critics fear decisions will be arbitrary and testimonial letters will be ignored “no matter who they are from, how specific or how well documented.” (Observer)


Artist Pyotr Pavlensky Released from Detention – The Russian political performance artist who recently set fire to the Bank of France has been released by authorities from pre-trial d