Links List: Artists harming animals in Berlin, a nude statue gets a dollar bill bikini in Arizona, and Occupy Cooper

  • The Berlin administrative court has stopped a German artist who planned to strangle two puppies on stage as part of a performance, “Death as Metamorphosis,” in the Spandau district of Berlin. Thank goodness animal rights prevail here. [The Local]
  • That’s not the only animal v. artist battle in Germany right now. Berlin University of Arts students Iman Rezai and Rouven Materne plan to guillotine a live lamb if the results of an online vote tell them to. Sounds cruel AND derivative. Does anyone else remember a project like this involving a bunny from 2004-2005? [Gawker]
  • Tempe Arizona artist Bill Tonneson caused a stir when he erected a nude statue, inspired by “The Venus of Willendorf,” across from a church and preschool. His solution: using hot glue and dollar bills, he’s created a bikini for her. []
  • Earlier this week, Cooper Union announced via the NY Times that it would begin charging tuition to its graduate students, as part of an effort to generate income to cover operating deficits. The next day, hundreds of students and alumni gathered in Cooper Square in protest, before marching to a larger student movement in Union Square. [Gallerist]

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