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Jeff Koons's Porn Issues, Ai Weiwei and China, India's Booming Market, and the Week's Other Top Stories - ARTINFO.com

Jeff Koons's Porn Issues, Ai Weiwei and China, India's Booming Market, and the Week's Other Top Stories

By ARTINFO

Published: January 21, 2011
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Jeff Koons, Parul Vadehra, and Ai Weiwei

Dear reader, for your weekend enjoyment, here are some of ARTINFO's most-talked-about stories of the week (plus a few we just liked):

– Just ahead of the end of its run at Luxembourg & Dayan, Ben Davis took a peek at Jeff Koons's "Made in Heaven" show — and A.L. Steiner & A.K. Burns' equally graphic "Community Action Center" — pondering the meanings of artistic uses of pornography.

– Speaking of Koons, Emma Allen sat down to read the text of a new lawsuit gallery Park Life filed against the artist — who had tried to stop the San Francisco space from selling a balloon-dog-themed bookend — and deemed it hilarious.

– As Chinese president Hu Jintao touched down in the United States, Asia Society director Melissa Chiu called attention to the plight of artist Ai Weiwei, and what it said about freedom of expression in China.

– A Russian judge in St. Petersburg rejected Banksy's attempt to post bail for artists in the Voina art collective. Why? Because nobody can be sure who Banksy is.

– Meanwhile, over in Moscow, thieves looted $50 million in art, valuables, and cash from the home of Russian Gold mogul Alexander Tarantsev and his supermodel wife Yulia Vizgalina.

– As New Dehli's India Art Summit fair kicked open its doors, gallerist Parul Vadehra made the case that the India was laying the groundwork for a world-class art scene.

– New York's Armory Show week of events got yet another new fair: the thoughtful-sounding Moving Image, dedicated to solving the problem of showing video art at a fair.

– The Museum of Sex's "Comics Stripped" plumbs the history of erotic comics. We have pictures.

– A crew of suitably "glitzy oddballs" made the opening of Mike Kelley's new show at Gagosian Los Angeles, while Gagosian Hong Kong debuted with a diamond-covered baby skull by Damien Hirst, and a party that brought out Takashi Murakami, Hirst, and other art celebs.

– Finally, from our IN THE AIR blog: A brash art heist was thwarted in Greenpoint...

– And, last but not least, a note about names: It's ARTINFO, dammit!

Jeff Koons's Porn Issues, Ai Weiwei and China, India's Booming Market, and the Week's Other Top Stories - ARTINFO.com