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Tesla is about to unveil its pickup truck — here's everything you need to know (TSLA)

Yahoo - Art News - Thu, 11/21/2019 - 10:25

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has made a number of bold claims about the pickup truck's capabilities, like saying it will be able to tow 300,000 pounds.

Trump impeachment: President tries to undermine claim that witness overheard call with bizarre tweet about phones

Yahoo - Art News - Thu, 11/21/2019 - 09:49

Donald Trump has tried to undermine claims that a US diplomat overheard him on the other end of a phone call to an ambassador – tweeting a bizarre message while the diplomat was giving evidence at the impeachment hearings.The president tweeted: "I have been watching people making phone calls my entire life. My hearing is, and has been, great. Never have I been watching a person making a call, which was not on speakerphone, and been able to hear or understand a conversation. I've even tried, but to no avail. Try it live!"

Eric Trump uses father's impeachment hearing to promote family's wine

Yahoo - Art News - Thu, 11/21/2019 - 09:31

Eric Trump reacted to damning testimony against his father at the impeachment hearings by promoting the family wine business.

Former Trump adviser blasts 'false narrative' of Ukraine election interference

Yahoo - Art News - Thu, 11/21/2019 - 08:54

Fiona Hill, a former top national security adviser to President Trump, told Republicans in the House impeachment inquiry Thursday morning to stop advancing a “fictional narrative” that Ukraine interfered in the 2016 U.S. elections rather than Russia.

The Hunt for Maurizio Cattelan’s Golden Toilet, Mickalene Thomas in Baltimore, and More: Morning Links from November 20, 2019

ArtNews News Feed - Thu, 11/21/2019 - 08:51

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The New York Times asks, “What Happened to the Stolen Gold Toilet?”
The New York Times

The Lyon Biennial has a new director: Yves Robert.
Le Quotidien d’Art

Anonymous Was a Woman has revealed the 10 artists receiving its annual award, which comes with $25,000 each.


For its “Overlooked” column, the New York Times writes about Pauline Boty, an early practitioner of Pop art in Britain who was also an actor and broadcast journalist.
The New York Times

Alan Wallwork, one of Britain’s most distinctive potters, has died at 88.
The Guardian

Two Artists and a Curator

Ted Loos previews Mickalene Thomas’s new solo show at the Baltimore Museum of Art, where she has invited other artists to participate.
The New York Times

Carolina A. Miranda looks at artist Oscar Tuazon’s “hippie outlaw architecture.”
Los Angeles Times

In “Ask a Curator,” Francesco Bonami answers the season’s most pressing question: “Is a curator boyfriend the hottest accessory for 2020?”

The Critics

The Istanbul Biennial “ignored the city’s specific social issues in favor of general ecological themes,” writes Kaya Genç.
Art in America

Here is Zadie Smith on the new memoir by painter Celia Paul, which Smith calls “a different animal altogether.”
The New York Review of Books

Sean O’Hagan reviews Dora Maar’s retrospective at Tate Modern, where the “beautifully curated” exhibition shows that the artist’s “creativity far outweighs her relationship with Picasso.”
The Guardian

DNC Drops Lackluster Fundraising Numbers During Dem Debate

Yahoo - Art News - Thu, 11/21/2019 - 08:48

The Democratic National Committee released its fundraising numbers during the presidential primary debate on Wednesday night, revealing that the committee lags far behind Republicans in funding for the 2020 elections.The DNC has $8.7 million in cash on hand, but it is $7 million in debt, according to its October Federal Election Commission filing. The Republican National Committee, meanwhile, had raised $156 million and had $61.4 million cash on hand as of the end of October.However, it was noted that the DNC is competing for donations with a wide field of presidential candidates, ten of which participated in Wednesday night's primary debate. At this point in 2011, when former president Barack Obama stood for reelection, the DNC had raised roughly $150 million.Bernie Sanders revealed he had personally raised $25.3 million over the past three months, leading Democratic presidential candidates in fundraising. Pete Buttigieg raised $19.1 million over the same period, followed by Kamala Harris with $11.6 million. Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren haven't yet released their fundraising numbers.The RNC has used the Democrats' impeachment inquiry against President Trump to great effect in its fundraising efforts, receiving record-breaking levels of donations in October and September with its "Stop the Madness" campaign."While Democrats are focused on their sham impeachment charade, Republicans had another record-breaking fundraising month in October — the best off-cycle October in our party’s history," RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel told the Washington Examiner. "In 2020, voters will choose results over the Democrats’ polarizing political rhetoric, and the RNC is in the strongest position possible to reelect President Trump and Republicans up-and-down the ballot."The RNC has been using some of its funds to help House Republicans seeking to topple Democrats in vulnerable districts.

Trump erupts over ‘human scum’ impeachment investigators in rambling series of false and misleading tweets

Yahoo - Art News - Thu, 11/21/2019 - 08:45

Donald Trump has erupted over the ongoing impeachment inquiry in a series of false and misleading tweets in which he accused investigators of being “human scum”.“Corrupt politician Adam Schiff’s lies are growing by the day,” the US president tweeted on Thursday morning.

Soldier who shot Lebanese protester dead charged with murder

Yahoo - Art News - Thu, 11/21/2019 - 08:23

A Lebanese soldier who shot and killed a protester in Beirut last week was charged Thursday by a military prosecutor with murder, state-run National News Agency said. Alaa Abu Fakhr, 38, was shot dead Nov. 12 by the soldier, who was trying to open a road closed by protesters in southern Beirut, marking the first death since widespread protests against Lebanon’s ruling elite began Oct. 17. Protesters demand all those politicians go, blaming them for decades of systematic corruption that has left the Mediterranean country on the brink of economic and financial disaster.

Border Patrol Agent Who Hit Migrant With Truck Is Sentenced to Probation

Yahoo - Art News - Thu, 11/21/2019 - 08:17

TUCSON, Ariz. -- A former Border Patrol agent who hit a fleeing Guatemalan migrant with his truck in 2017 -- and who, more than two weeks before the encounter, referred to immigrants in a text message as "subhuman" and "mindless murdering savages" -- was sentenced Wednesday to three years of probation.The agent, Matthew Bowen, 39, pleaded guilty in August to deprivation of rights under color of law, a misdemeanor. His case had intensified national scrutiny of the treatment of migrants during the Trump administration's crackdown on illegal immigration.Bowen had faced up to one year in prison and a $100,000 fine. But Judge Thomas Ferraro of U.S. District Court in Tucson imposed a sentence of 36 months of probation and 150 hours of community service and directed Bowen to repay the migrant's medical costs, which have yet to be determined.Ferraro said that the encounter had occurred during a period of "turmoil" on the border and that it was "only one incident" in Bowen's 11-year career with the Border Patrol. But the judge said that Bowen's conduct reinforced negative stereotypes of border officials."We have to hold these agents to the highest standard," Ferraro said. "By and large, they are dedicated and sincerely try to do their best."He told Bowen in court: "I want you to remember this case. We are going to be following you and we will be looking over your shoulder. If you screw up, you will be looking at a year in prison."Bowen, who wore a black suit and tie and white shirt, declined to comment after the sentencing.Bowen's lawyer, Sean Chapman, said Bowen had made "10,000 apprehensions" with the Border Patrol. But during the encounter in 2017, he "lost his composure for a few seconds," Chapman said. He said that Bowen had apologized."It was a horrible act, and he has paid a high price," Chapman said.Bowen was suspended by the Border Patrol in June 2018. He resigned Aug. 8, 2019.The episode took place Dec. 3, 2017. Court documents say that Bowen hit the migrant, Antolin Rolando Lopez-Aguilar, with his truck and nearly ran him over after Lopez-Aguilar appeared to be trying to cross into the United States illegally near Nogales, Arizona.Lopez-Aguilar had abrasions on his right hand and both knees after being struck, the documents say. The same day, Lopez-Aguilar was charged with unlawful entry into the United States and transported to a nearby hospital. It was not immediately clear what happened to him after that.Ferraro said Wednesday that lawyers had 90 days to determine Lopez-Aguilar's medical costs.Lopez-Aguilar was not present in court Wednesday.The case prompted widespread outrage after a series of racist and derogatory text messages exchanged between Bowen and other Border Patrol agents found by prosecutors on Bowen's cellphone were included in the court filing.Some of the messages reflected Bowen's perception of immigrants, his political beliefs and his job dissatisfaction, according to court documents.In a message sent to another Border Patrol agent more than two weeks before the episode, Bowen wrote, "PLEASE let us take the gloves off trump!" and referred to immigrants as "mindless murdering savages," "subhuman" and "unworthy of being kindling for a fire."This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2019 The New York Times Company

Chinese state media deny torture of ex-UK consulate staff

Yahoo - Art News - Thu, 11/21/2019 - 07:22

China’s ruling Communist Party’s newspaper published surveillance videos Thursday which it said prove the guilt and voluntary confession of a former British Consulate employee in Hong Kong who was detained for 15 days on a charge of soliciting prostitution. The People’s Daily report follows a detailed online account Wednesday from the staffer, Simon Cheng, who says he was tortured, questioned about pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong and forced to confess during his detention in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen.

A mother who claims Hunter Biden fathered her child went public with a DNA test because he stopped paying child support, lawyers say

Yahoo - Art News - Thu, 11/21/2019 - 06:55

A court filing in Arkansas on Tuesday stated that Hunter Biden had "with scientific certainty" fathered a child with Lunden Alexis Roberts.

Anger in China as it demands Trump veto Hong Kong bills

Yahoo - Art News - Thu, 11/21/2019 - 06:49

China on Thursday demanded President Trump veto legislation aimed at supporting human rights in Hong Kong and renewed a threat to take “strong countermeasures” if the bills become law.

Gore kicking off 24 hours of climate talks around the world

Yahoo - Art News - Thu, 11/21/2019 - 06:46

Former Vice President Al Gore said that even though President Donald Trump wants to back out of the Paris Climate Agreement, the U.S. cannot legally pull out until the day after next year’s presidential election. “If there’s a new president -- pardon me for a minute,” Gore said to laughs and then loud applause, as he stretched out his arms and looked up. Gore’s spirited speech Wednesday night kicked off a series of climate presentations that continued around the globe on Thursday.

'The Entire System Is Designed to Suppress Us.' What the Chinese Surveillance State Means for the Rest of the World

Yahoo - Art News - Thu, 11/21/2019 - 06:39

China—projected to have one CCTV camera for every two people by 2022—is a harbinger of what society looks like with surveillance unchecked.

'Don't let them in': Arrests made as hundreds protest Ann Coulter speech at UC Berkeley

Yahoo - Art News - Thu, 11/21/2019 - 06:34

Coulter was invited to the California university by the Berkeley College Republicans for a speech about immigration called 'Adios, America.'

Biden, in Democratic debate, says you have to 'keep punching' to address domestic violence

Yahoo - Art News - Thu, 11/21/2019 - 06:31

Biden was one of 10 Democratic candidates to take the stage in Atlanta to debate a range of topics that included, health care, violence, impeachment and defeating President Trump.

Yes, America Is Using Stealth Drones to Spy on Iran

Yahoo - Art News - Thu, 11/21/2019 - 06:30

It is very likely.

LA Auto Show 2019: The futuristic concept models

Yahoo - Art News - Thu, 11/21/2019 - 06:26

Automobile manufacturers like Volkswagen, Karma, and BMW all gave us a peek at their futures by using this year's LA Auto Show to show off concept models that represent their sleek and high-tech visions. Over the years, the LA Auto Show has provided automobile manufacturers with an opportunity to show off vehicle concepts that not only reflect that brand and its current mission, but also represent the company's design and technological future; 2019 has proved no different. Over the week, companies like Karma, Lexus, and Hyundai have debuted some of their more futuristic models to date.

UPDATE 1-China says Taiwan courting 'disaster' after pre-election comment on independence

Yahoo - Art News - Thu, 11/21/2019 - 06:09

The Chinese government warned self-ruled Taiwan on Thursday that it was courting "disaster", after the running mate for President Tsai Ing-wen in January elections said he was working toward the island's independence, a red line for Beijing. Tsai chose former premier William Lai as her vice-presidential candidate on Sunday, the same day China sailed an aircraft carrier group through the sensitive Taiwan Strait, a move Taipei denounced as attempted intimidation.


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