This weeks headlines in art (outside America, as it were) include a go-ahead on Europe’s tallest tower, befuddlement in French Parliament following the arrest of Roman Polanski, and a good long look at—and by—Dennis Hopper.
RMJM’s proposed OKHTA TOWER.
Scottish architects RMJM were authorized by the Russian government to build Europe’s tallest tower, the 1,299-foot Okhta Tower (a headquarters for energy giant Gazprom) in St. Petersburg. Projected to cost two billion dollars, the commission was given in 2006, but met reistance because the city’s building restriciton is a mere 328 feet. Here’s the full article, from the BBC.
Dennis Hopper is best known as the rebellious actor of the 1960s—and the rebellious terrorist of the 1990s. But unlike other actor-artist-collectors, his reputation in the former doesn’t entirely dwarf the latter categories. A survey at Tony Shafrazi Gallery, on view through October 24, and a new Taschen monograph state the case in volumes. Here’s a slideshow of his portraiture, compiled on Art Beast.
Striking employees at the World’s Fair of art Events, the Venice Biennale, describe “Dickensian” conditions.
Members of the French government struggle to speak politically about the arrest of Roman Polanski, as reported by the New York Times.