News Recap: July 19, 2019

A weekly update of art world news. 

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33 Dead and 36 Injured in Kyoto Animation Studio Fire Set by Arsonist
A 41-year-old arsonist shouted “You die!” while setting fire to Kyoto Animation, one of Japan’s most notable anime studio, killing 33 and injuring another 36 people. Residents living nearby called the police after hearing an explosion and seeing smoke from the building. The attacker walked through the building’s front door and sprayed an unidentified liquid accerlant. The man is custody and has no connection to the studio. The police have not yet provided information on his motive.
Read the full story (Hyperallergic)

Alaska State Arts Council Closed After Funding Loss
The Alaska State Council on the Arts closed on Monday. Governor Mike Dunleavy eliminated a line-item budget veto to eliminate the council’s $2.8 million funding. Last week, Alaska lawmakers failed to override the vetoes. Dunleavy’s veto also covered $700,000 in funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and $1.5 million in private foundation funds that could not be accepted. Alaska is now the only state without an arts council.
Read the full story (The Seattle Times)

Austrian Billionaire to Open Museum in Vienna
Heidi Goëss-Horten, an Austrian billionaire, is considered among the world’s top art collectors. She began collecting art in the 1970s with her first husband, becoming more dedicated in the 1990s. Her collection includes over 500 works including paintings, sculptures, and works on paper by noted artists including Gustav Klimt, Pablo Picaso, Francis Bacon, and Andy Warhol. She recently purchased a historic 22,000 square foot mansion with two floors and an interior courtyard in Vienna’s city center to house the collection. Built 155 years ago as an annex to the Albrecht Palais in Vienna, it has since housed other cultural institutions including the Austrian State Opera Museum. Goëss-Horten will unveil her museum of Expressionism and Pop art in early 2022.
Read the full story (ArtNet News)