The Polish sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz has died aged 86. Famous for using textiles as a sculptural material, Abakanowicz created large, three-dimensional woven fibre sculptures called Abakans in the late 1960s, and sewed objects with sacking, stockings, rags and rope in the following decade. She described her work as ‘a cry from behind the Iron Curtain’.
Saudi Arabia is to prevent expats from taking jobs in the country’s shopping malls in an effort to boost employment opportunities for its citizens. The decision, announced on 19 April by Ministry of Labour spokesman Khaled Aba Al Khail, is part of the country's long-term economic overhaul. It is unknown when the new measure will be implemented.
YouTube is to host fake news workshops for teenagers in cities around the UK. The workshops are part of a campaign to tackle internet safety and issues around fake news. YouTube has been criticised in the past for how it tackles hate speech. In March, the UK government removed its adverts from YouTube amid concerns they were appearing next to "inappropriate" material.
The expanded pedestrianisation of New York's Times Square has officially opened to the public, following completion in 2016. Overseen by Norwegian architectural practice Snøhetta, the renovation doubles the amount of public space with 110,000sqft of added pedestrianised areas. Mayor Bloomberg closed Times Square to car traffic in 2009.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Google is planning to launch its own ad-blocking software for mobile and desktop versions of its browser Chrome. The blocker would comply with standards set out by the Coalition for Better Ads, an industry group which released a list of ad standards last month.
The Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has announced plans to build a new museum in Ankara dedicated to the failed coup that occurred in Turkey in July 2016. The museum, titled the Museum of the 15 July: Martyrs and Democracy, will be dedicated to the “martyrs and warriors” of the coup. Work is scheduled to begin in June.
RIBA's president Jane Duncan has led the UK architecture industry's reactions to Theresa May's announcement of a snap general election in June. "It will be important to hear that the next government will seek to obtain the best deal from the Brexit negotiations," said Duncan, who added that RIBA was looking for a new government to support the architecture profession moving forward.
Westminster Council has approved the architect Diébédo Francis Kéré's plan for this year’s Serpentine Pavilion. Kéré was selected for the commission following a contest that was judged by, among others, Richard Rogers and David Adjaye. It is the first time that the Serpentine has invited architects to compete for the commission.
Google has launched a new version of its Earth app and website following two years of development. The updated version offers new functions including Voyager, a selection of interactive guided tours, and a “I’m feeling lucky” function that will take visitors to one of 20,000 places of interest around the world.
Biometric Exit, a project using facial matching systems to identify visa holders as they leave the USA, is now expected to be implemented in every international airport in America over the course of the coming months. The project was originally planned for 2018, but has been expedited by the Trump administration.
Residents in the tower of luxury flats Neo Bankside – designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and completed in 2012 – have sued their neighbours Tate Modern over the "nosy tourists peering into windows from [the] balcony" of the museum's new extension, Switch House. The five claimants argue that the extension has rendered them “a public exhibit”.
The UK Prime Minister Theresa May has called a snap general election for 8 June. May stated that an election was only way to "guarantee certainty and stability for the years ahead", given political opposition to the UK government's Brexit plans.
François Pinault, the founder of luxury conglomerate Kering, has been granted France's highest civilian distinction. Pinault was elected to the Dignity of the Great Cross in the Legion of Honour on Easter Sunday. Pinault had previously been made a Grand Officer of the Legion of Honour in 2012.
Uber has announced the exit of Sherif Marakby, its vice president of global vehicle programs and one of the leaders of its self-driving vehicle initiative. Marakby joined Uber last April from Ford. The announcement follows Uber's recent losses of its vice president of product and growth, its head of communications, and head of AI labs.
The Aliens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing has announced the departure of its CEO May Xue. The departure comes following an announcement last June that the institute's founders Guy and Myriam Ullens were planning to sell the museum, with a number of curatorial and communications staff having already departed.
Following the surprise departure of Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz last week, Vogue Arabia has appointed the Portugese-born journalist and editor Manuel Arnaut as its new editor-in-chief. Arnaut previously edited Architectural Digest Middle East and GQ Portugal, and has written for Vogue's Portugese and Brazilian editions.
AIGA has announced the seven recipients of its 2017 medal, an award that recognises "exceptional achievements, services or other contributions to the field of design and visual communication." The 2017 winners are Art Chantry, Emmett McBain, Rebeca Méndez, Mark Randall, Nancy Skolos, Tom Wedell and Lance Wyman.
Twitter has sued the US federal government in a dispute over an anonymous Twitter account. The account claims to have ties to a governmental agency, and has posted critical messages about the Trump administration. The lawsuit marks a further deepening of the tensions that have been growing between the technology industry and the new administration.
Several sources report Saudi princess Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz to have exited her editorship of Vogue Arabia, the latest international edition of Condé Nast's Vogue franchise. Abdulaziz was tasked with preparing Vogue's move into the Middle Eastern market in July 2016 – Vogue Arabia's print edition launched in March 2017.
A museum dedicated to the Swedish spiritualist and early pioneer of abstract painting Hilma af Klint has been put on hold following disputes between a group of anthroposophists and the artist's family. The Art Newspaper reports that Klint's family argue the museum's board are distorting the artist's connection to the anthroposophical movement, which was founded by Rudolf Steiner in the early 20th century.