A Play About Warhol and Basquiat Will Become a Feature Film, and Other News

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Jeremy Pope plays Jean-Michel Basquiat and Paul Bettany plays Andy Warhol in “The Collaboration.&rdquo Photography by Manuel Harlan

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A play about Warhol and Basquiat’s tricky relationship will be turned into a feature film.

“A play about the complex relationship between Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat that received glowing reviews during its tenure in London at the Young Vic will be adapted into a $20m feature film. Shooting on the The Collaboration will begin next month, and the play will also later make its Broadway debut, with both the film and the live shows to be directed by the artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah. Reprising their roles as the artists who bookended an era are Paul Bettany and Jeremy Pope, who one critic described as ‘simply made for each other.’ The play is centered on an aging Warhol, once the darling of the New York art scene, and his relationship with Basquiat, the graffiti artist who was then primed to become the art world’s next big thing.” [H/T The Art Newspaper]

New research suggests that psilocybin is effective at treating alcohol use disorder. 

“In one of the biggest studies ever run to examine the relationship between psychedelics and mental health therapy, researchers from NYU have found that psilocybin—more commonly known as magic mushrooms—is incredibly effective at treating alcohol use disorder. The study recruited 93 participants with alcohol dependence. The volunteers who received two doses of psilocybin combined with psychotherapy saw an 83 percent reduction in heavy drinking days within eight months of treatment. Meanwhile, those who received an antihistamine placebo paired with psychotherapy only saw a 51 percent reduction. Most encouragingly, 48 percent of volunteers who received the magic mushroom treatment stopped drinking entirely after eight months.” [H/T The Daily Beast]

Telfar x Eastpak. Image courtesy of Eastpak

Telfar and Eastpak reunite for a black-and-yellow bag emblazoned with both logos.

“Say ‘yellow there’ to Telfar and Eastpak’s new bag collection. Telfar and Eastpak reunite for the second time this year, re-issuing their collaborative bag collection in a new bumble-tastic colorway of yellow and black. Like the partnership’s last offering, Telfar’s famed shopping bags once again exhibit canvas exteriors, this time dressed in a new cheery color scheme. And yes, the collaborative medium and large shoppers still tote shoulder straps, pleasing Telfar heads, backpackers, and those in between.” [H/T Highsnobiety]

NBBJ will transform Boston’s brutalist Hurley Building into a mixed-use development. 

“Massachusetts has announced that Boston’s iconic concrete Government Center, the Hurley Building, will be getting a complete renovation by architecture firm NBBJ. Originally designed by Paul Rudolph, the brutalist building and its site were listed for sale in 2019. The new mixed-use development will ‘catalyze substantial economic development on the underutilized and uninviting site with a new life-sciences building, renovated state offices, ground-floor retail, improved public open space, and 200 units of mixed-income housing as part of a dynamic mixed-use development which will enliven and reactivate 5 acres in Downtown Boston.’” [H/T ArchDaily]

Ancient glass vessels damaged in the Beirut explosion land at the British Museum.

“Restored ancient glass vessels that were damaged in the Beirut port explosion two years ago have gone on display at the British Museum. The eight objects, from the Roman, Byzantine and Islamic periods, have been pieced back together by museum conservation experts and are being showcased at the London venue until October before being returned to Lebanon. The artifacts are among the precious items to have been saved in an emergency recovery campaign that was launched after the American University in Beirut Museum was heavily damaged in the disaster. The vessels were among 74 items from the Roman, Byzantine and Islamic periods in a case at the AUB that fell over after being hit by the shockwave of the explosion, which occurred 2 miles away.” [H/T The Guardian]

“The Cubes” by LOT-EK at Socrates Sculpture Park. Image courtesy of Socrates Sculpture Park

Ground breaks on LOT-EK’s shipping container structure for Socrates Sculpture Park.

“Architecture studio LOT-EK has announced the ground-breaking of ‘The Cubes,’ the new home for Long Island City‘s Socrates Sculpture Park—a space which exhibits contemporary public art and aims to foster community. With 2,640 square feet of interior space, the two-story building will take shape as an assemblage of eighteen reused shipping containers to celebrate the industrial roots of the New York City neighborhood. The architecture will also express the park’s founding principles of creative reclamation and adaptable re-use. Once completed, it will become the first permanent structure in the park’s 30-year history. The project is expected to reach completion in early 2024.” [H/T Designboom]

Austin Maynard Architects designs “ethical housing” apartments in inner Melbourne. 

“Austin Maynard Architects has completed Terrace House, a self-funded apartment building in Melbourne that’s low-cost, eco-conscious and has enough room for young families. Located on a narrow infill site in Brunswick, Terrace House is a six storey ‘ethical housing’ building containing 16 apartments and three ground-level shop units. Austin Maynard Architects—led by architects Andrew Maynard and Mark Austin—wanted to create an alternative option for those who traditionally would move to the suburbs to gain more space. The homes are designed to offer qualities that typically wouldn’t be affordable in inner-city apartments, such as high ceilings, large windows, and access to outdoor space.” [H/T Dezeen]

Doritos illuminated VIA 57 West by Bjarke Ingels Group in New York. Image courtesy of Frito-Lay North America

Today’s attractive distractions:

The anti-capitalist Café Euphoria is pursuing a vision of radical equality.

Doritos is turning three triangle-shaped buildings into bright orange chips.

The ashes of Star Trek star Nichelle Nichols will be launched into space.

A synaesthetic artist paints a speech by climate activist Greta Thunberg.


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