News Recap: July 20, 2018

A weekly update of art world news.

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Timothée Chalamet Photoshopped into Historical Paintings
An Instagram account has risen to the front of pop culture for photoshopping Timothée Chalamet’s face into historical works of art. The account, @chalametinart, notes that “Timothée Chalamet has been an inspiration to artists as far back as da Vinci.” Currently resting at 27 posts and 37k followers, the works have only become more convincing.
Read the full story (Artnet News)

Art Institutes Face Closure
Nearly 20 Art Institute campuses across the United States will close by the end of 2018. Acquired by Dream Center Education Holdings in 2017, the Art Institute system has faced declining enrollment and bankruptcy in recent years. Students affected by the closing schools, including the Art Institute of Illinois in Chicago, have several options: they can graduate if they have enough credits, transfer to one of the remaining Art Institute campuses, or discontinue their education with Dream Center offering loan forgiveness. The recent change from a for-profit to a non-profit institution has also left some of the schools unaccredited, resulting in students looking to transfer credits unable to do so.
Read the full story (Artnet News)

Artist Zehra Dogan Sends Letter to Banksy from Turkish Prison
Zehra Dogan, a Turkish-Kurdish artist and journalist, was imprisoned in March of 2017 for posting a photo her painting that depicted the destruction of a Kurdish town by Turkish security forces. She is being held without communication privileges, including letters. However, Dogan managed to illegally send Banksy a thank you letter for bringing attention to her cause through the mural he created with Borf, another street artist. In March of 2018, Banksy and Borf collaborated on a 70ft mural in New York City, illustrating a tally of the days Dogan had spent in jail, as well as a portrait of the artist behind bars. Dogan’s painting was also projected above the mural for several days. In Dogan’s letter, among details of her prison stay, she writes, “With your support, my painting has now accomplished its mission of showing the atrocities… I can’t thank you and Borf enough. I couldn’t imagine that my painting would be projected in a city like New York. I spend 12 hours a day imagining and this is even beyond my imagination.”
Read the full story (The Art Newspaper)

You can Now Access New York Cultural Institutions with a Library Card
As a part of the campaign to include more New Yorkers in cultural events, over 30 museums have agreed to grant free admission once a year to anyone with a New York Public Library card. Participating museums include The Brooklyn Museum, The Frick Collection, SculptureCenter, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among others. Card holders are required to book their tickets in advance, up to four per visit, as a part of the new CulturePass NYC initiative. The program is funded for the next three years and is expected to continue into the foreseeable future.
Read the full story (Hyperallergic)