Checklist: Cooper Union Settlement Reached, and More


Cooper Union Settlement Reached: The conflict that began when Cooper Union started charging tuition in 2014 may finally be coming to a close, as the school has reached a settlement with the Committee to Save Cooper Union — the group of alumni, students, and faculty that brought the case to the New York State Supreme Court. Among the conditions of the agreement is the creation of a “Free Education Committee,” comprised of both students and alumni, who are tasked with presenting a plan for free tuition to the school’s Board of Trustees by January 2018. That outcome is far from guaranteed, however; a statement from the school clarifies: “The agreement acknowledges that, in undertaking a good-faith effort to determine the viability of the full-scholarship model, it is uncertain if or when The Cooper Union could return to such a model.” New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman added: “It’s my job to promote and protect New York’s nonprofit sector, but we also have to step in to help institutions like Cooper Union when they face fiscal and governance problems. We’ll continue to monitor the school’s progress to make sure it’s on a path to long-term sustainability — and, I hope, free tuition.” [TAN, AP, NYT, ARTnews, NYO]

Singapore Art Fair Cancelled: The second edition of the Singapore Art Fair, which was slated to run November 14-15, has been cancelled, with talks of re-upping in 2016. “I am in discussions about the 2016 edition. We have disagreed about several issues which must be resolved before launching a new edition,” said co-founder Laure d’Hauteville (also a co-founder of the Beirut Art Fair). “We have very good relations with our partners in Singapore. We are all working together to a build a great new fair with new ideas. This is why we prefer to have the fair in 2016.” Jason Ng, director of the fair’s partner MP International, added: “There are more and more fairs in Singapore. We must devise a fair plan that meets the needs of the market [here].” [TAN]

Christie’s Leads with Modigliani Nude: The major selling point of Christie’s fall season looks to be Modigliani’s “Nu Couche (Reclining Nude),” 1917, which will go to auction for the first time at a sale titled “The Artist’s Muse,” on November 9. It is currently estimated at more than $100 million. Modigliani’s highest price at auction thus far was $70.7 million for a sculpture at Sotheby’s last November. [Bloomberg, Art Market Monitor, WSJ, NYT, ARTnews]

Shepard Fairey Case Headed to Trial: “One of the things we’re trying to do is communicate to all potential taggers that we do take this seriously,” said Douglas Baker, an attorney with the prosecution at the Tuesday hearing for Shepard Fairey’s Detroit graffiti case. Meanwhile, Fairey has been commissioned to paint a mural at Newark gallery Mana Contemporary, which will coincide with his show at New York’s Jacob Lewis Gallery titled “On Our Hands,” opening on September 17. [Artnet, ArtDaily]

New Head for France’s Leading Art School: Toulouse-born artist Jean-Marc Bustamante will lead the École Nationale supérieure des beaux-arts, following the controversial departure of former head Nicolas Bourriaud. [TAN]

Wasserman Plans Detroit Arts Space: Gary Wasserman is founding Wasserman Projects — what he describes as “a combination of a kunsthalle, gallery, concert hall, permanent installation, and so on” — in Detroit, with the first show set to open on September 25. “The bankruptcy created a lot of positive things, as well as negative things, not the least of which was this sense of possibility and optimism,” Wasserman said. [Curbed Detroit, ArtDaily]

Hugh Scott-Douglas has joined New York’s Casey Kaplan. [ARTnews]

— Check out these ornate, intricately crafted bus stops left over from Soviet rule, as documented in Christopher Herwig’s new photobook. [Guardian]

— A portrait of Bill Cosby crafted out of rapeseed (see what the artist did there?) was banned from the Minnesota State Fair. A Leonard Nimoy fashioned out of what appear to be kidney beans, however, was left untouched. [UpRoxx]

— Anneliese Cooper (@DawnDavenport)

(Photo: Drew Dries via Flickr)