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Daily digest: Katerra employees sue over abrupt layoffs, Christo’s Arc de Triomphe wrap gets a date, and more

L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped

L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped (Project for Paris) Place de l'Etoile – Charles de Gaulle - 2019 drawing in two parts (André Grossmann/Christo)

Welcome back to another Monday and the start of another week of work. As temperatures and vaccination rates climb, so too have the number of opening (or reopening) art shows worth checking out.

Here’s what you need to know today:

Christo’s Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped finally gets a debut date

First announced in April of 2019 and delayed a year-and-a-half because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the wrapping of Paris’s Arc de Triomphe in silvery polypropylene is a go for this fall. Wrapping the landmark and reducing it to pure form had been a career-long dream for the Bulgarian-born artist Christo, but he sadly passed away last June before the piece could be realized. Now, L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped will finally make its debut and remain on display September 18 through October 3—nearly 60 years after Christo and Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon first drew up the idea in 1962.

H/t to The Art Newspaper

Former Katerra workers sue over the company’s closure

Prefab construction company Katerra may have announced its insolvency on June 1, but it seems that its troubles are just beginning. Three former employees have banded together to sue the startup, alleging they weren’t given enough notice prior to their termination as mass layoffs were implemented only three days after the company filed for bankruptcy, despite Katerra’s troubled financial history. If successful, the lawsuit would cover approximately 700 former employees as a single class.

H/t to The Real Deal

Dorothea Rockburne sues a former Twitter CEO for millions after her work is damaged

Painter Dorothea Rockburne has been living in the same SoHo loft for 41 years, but as times change, so too do the neighbors—and in her case, that meant former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo moving into the unit above hers. On January 25 of this year, water began raining down from the ceiling of Rockburne’s Manhattan unit, reportedly damaging 176 of the artist’s pieces. After meeting with a modern art conservator, Rockburne is suing Costolo for damages—$1.3 million for the works that have been destroyed, and another $576,000 to restore what can be salvaged.

H/t to the New York Times

Stainless-steel fencing gets its day in the sun at The Shed

Stainless-steel fencing is everywhere in Flushing, Queens, often used to bound the homes of Chinese immigrants and that stand in stark contrast to the historic wrought iron found around most similar houses. Now, at The Shed in Hudson Yards, Flushing-based artist Anne Wu has repurposed scrap fencing into their own standalone structures for A Patterned Universe, part of the institution’s Open Call program. Removed from their everyday context, the fences are given the chance to shine on their own as design objects.

H/t to Curbed

A months-long strike at the Museum of Modern Art reaches its climax

Strike MoMA has been picketing the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan for 10 weeks now over everything for Leon Black’s involvement on the board in light of his reported Jeffrey Epstein connections to working conditions at the museum, and the protests have occasionally turned bloody. On Friday, June 11, the protests came to a head, as activists snuck inside the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden and hung a Strike MoMA banner, and messages of resistance were projected across the building’s facade as hundreds of marchers massed in front of the museum. The museum, for its part, has remained relatively mum.

H/t to Hyperallergic

Foster + Partners’ $2 billion hotel-condo hybrid project approved in Beverly Hills

The Beverly Hills City Council has reportedly given the green light for One Beverly Hills to proceed, a $2 billion development that will feature 303 condo units, a hotel with 42 rooms and 37 permanent residences, and 35,000 square feet set aside for restaurants and retail. Foster + Partners is designing the project, which will consist of a pair of undulating towers—one 32 stories and the other 28 stories—linked by a curvilinear base, with Gensler as executive architect and L.A. favorite RIOS handling the landscaping portions. Construction could begin as early as this year and finish by 2026.

H/t to Urbanize Los Angeles