james turrell2 The Wolfsburg Project by James Turell. Source: Triangulation Blog

This week’s round up of the best arts and culture stories is a celebration of great art, green spaces, and funky outdoors activities so stay tuned!


We are happy to announce that Brooklyn will be getting a new green public space! Curbed reports that the Bush Terminal Pier Park, located on a former brownfield site in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, will open this October. (The article includes photos by Untapped contributor Will Ellis of Abandoned NYC.)

But before that happens, there are still plenty of great green spaces to enjoy summertime in the city and the Gothamist has some fantastic suggestions on how to make use of them. Their piece on The Three Best Lawn Games for Summer in NYC is absolutely priceless. 

Perhaps if you’re not into lawn games but still want to get some fresh air. You could stop by 101 Spring Street where the artist Donald Judd lived and worked off and on for 25 years. The gorgeous five-story 19th-century cast-iron building in SoHo opens for small public tours on Monday as the New York Times reports.


Three museums across the U.S. are collaborating on a retrospective of California artist James Turrell. The main exhibition at Los Angeles County Museum of Art opened on May 26th and two smaller exhibitions will take place concurrently at the Guggenheim in New York (June 21st–Sept 25th) and at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (April 7th–August 18th). More in Architizer.

This week is also the kick off LA PRIDE celebration! The three-day event (June 7th-9th) will feature Ciara on the main stage Saturday night, with Chiddy Bang as the opener. On Friday the main act will be an indie rock band Uh Huh Her and electro-pop singer Luciana. More on that in the Huffington Post.


Invisible Paris spots a building that looks as if it’s been transformed into a giant paint pot on the Quai d’Austerlitz and some graffiti by Brazilian artists nearby.

According to Le Monde, Keith Haring’s tower-staircase at the Necker Hospital has been saved and will be transformed into a 27 meter tall totem sculpture in the hospital’s complex. Haring painted the tower to make the sick children in the hospital smile.


Here’s what you need to know about the 55th Venice Biennale.  According to ArtInfo, actress and model Milla Jovovich spent eight hours in a small glass house in Venice as a performance piece. Her only means of communication with the outside world were a computer, a smartphone, and a tablet device. Tilda Swinton’s public napping at MoMA seems to have set a trend. Any ideas on who might be the next celebrity to do a beauty-in-a-glass-box piece?


“FUTURE/PERFECT” by Milla Jovovich, Source: Celebrity Red Carpet

If you’re curious what other amazing contemporary art biennales there are in the world (in case you’re planning an around-the-globe trip) take a look at this list published this week by Parisian magazine Le Figaro. But dear art lover, if you’re leaving today, try to avoid London where workers at a number of major museums, galleries and heritage sites went on strike this weekend.

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