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by Felix Petty
29 March 2017, 10:27pm

Bad Art News of the Week Part One: Painter arrested in Turkey for painting destruction caused by Turkey's crackdown on Kurdish nationalists
Unfortunately, yes, there is more than one piece of Bad Art News this week. And actually none of them are the continuing controversy around Dana Schutz's Whitney Biennial painting of Emmett Till. First up, Zehra Dogan, a Turkish artist, has been sentenced to just under three years in prison for painting an image of the destruction wreaked upon a Kurdish town by the Turkish military. The Turkish authorities claim that Dogan's painting shows she's connected to the PKK, who campaign and fight for Kurdish independence, and who the Turkish government claim are a terrorist organisation. 

As Promised, Some More Bad Art News: LaBeouf, Rönkkö and Turner's #HEWILLNOTDIVIDEUS last's one day at FACT Liverpool before being targeted by fascists
After stints in New York, Albuquerque and a secret location were all targeted by racists, nazis, trolls, fascists, the alt-right and all manner of bad dudes, LaBeouf, Ronkoo and Turner's #HEWILLNOTDIVIDEUS project was installed at FACT Liverpool. "Events have shown that America is simply not safe enough for this artwork to exist." LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner said in a statement, as their flag was unveiled. It lasted one day at new location in Liverpool. If a city as wonderfully left-wing as Liverpool can't protect us from racists, nazis, trolls, fascists, and the alt-right, then well, who can?

Oh Wait There's More Art News! This One Is Quite Nice Though Because Patti Smith Bought Rimbaud's Childhood Home
Rimbaud - that's Arthur Rimbaud, beautiful little twink of the French symbolist poetry scene, who is definitely not to be confused with John Rambo, macho hunk scourge of the Viet Cong - has sold his childhood home to NYC post-punker and sometime poet Patti Smith. Or rather, his estate have, because Rimbaud died in Marseille in 1891 at the tender age of 37. It's also not actually his real house, but a replica of the home in Ardennes where, aged just 19, he wrote A Season in Hell, possibly one of the most important pieces of 19th century poetry.

Unexpected Combination of Your Favourite Things News: Star Wars director JJ Abrams is developing a TV series about RuPaul
"Luke, I am your drag mother", or "The shade is strong in this one", or "May the fierce be with you" and that's enough of that. But this is actually happening. The director of Star Wars/Star Trek/and that weird Godzilla film that wasn't actually a Godzilla film is making a TV series about everyone's fave drag superstar. The as yet untitled project will focus on a fictionalised young RuPaul, coming-of-age on Tatooine and discovering that his father is the ruler of an evil galactic empire.

Unexpected Music Drop of the Week: Forest Swords is teasing his comeback on WhatsApp
Unsure if this a protest against Amber Rudd's desire to pry through your WhatsApp, but whatever, Forest Swords is back. Our fave Scouse soundscaper will send you a track TODAY ONLY if you message him on +447731668201. Limited to one per person for some reason that isn't made clear.

Music Charity Gig News of the Week: Beach Baby at The Montague Arms
Beach Baby are playing a gig at New Cross' The Montague Arms in support of Youth Music. So you can go see Beach Baby play live in a nice little pub venue on a Thursday night, and also support a good cause. Which is perfect.

Music Arrest News of the Week: Birmingham woman locked up for listening to Ed Sheeran's The Shape of You over and over and over and over and over again 
She only got eight weeks apparently, which makes us think that the country is going to hell in a handcart. The judge said - as she rattled gavel around the Kafka-esque surroundings of a Wallsall courtroom - "You must learn that you should behave as a reasonable and responsible adult and not make life for your neighbours the misery that you have."

Oh I suppose there's room for one more piece of music news this week because Larry B has released an EP
Best ever DJ Larry B has gone all left-field on us and dropped an EP of sad songs, called 5 Sad Songs. It's rather beautiful, and a little sad, and very delicate, and a little bit, in his own words, "self-helpy", which is nice. Give it a listen.


Text Felix Petty

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