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The week in art news includes a cyber-attack on US museums.

Arts and EntertainmentThe week in art news includes a cyber-attack on US museums.

The Rubin Museum of Art, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and the MFA Boston have all been affected by the cyber- attack. Gallery Systems told their clients that they had suffered a security breech and that several of their crucial computers were unable to be used. The Met and the Whitney are some of the major customers of Gallery Systems. The cyber-breach has yet to be claimed by an individual or collective. Stable Diffusion and Open Artificial Intelligence's DALL-E are two examples of art-inclined tools. The work by Van Gogh, Monet, Matisse and Francis Bacon are just a few of the artists that the developers have worked on. Several artists tried to bring a case against Midjourney and Stability AI, but a California court dismissed it. The county council is planning to withdraw its funding for the arts from 2025. The council is hoping to save £65 million this year, but the cut of £500,000 per year and the extension of Covid-19 recovery money is small compared to that. Gainsborough's House in Sudbury, the largest gallery in Suffolk and the Long Shop Museum in Leiston rely on grant funding from the council. The Scrutiny Committee will meet this Thursday to discuss the county's financial plans and it is likely that painful decisions will be made. The arts budget could be axed completely byNottingham City Council at the end of a month-long consultation process. The first-choice submission for the Venice Biennale has been withdrawn by Poland's culture ministry. The planned exhibition by Ignacy Czwartos, who has been accused of expressing nationalist sentiments in his art, will no longer be on show at the Polish pavilion. The Open Group will have an exhibition in Poland. Czwartos wanted to include a painting depicting Germans and Russians connected by a swastika, as part of an exhibition called "Polish Practice in Tragedy: Between Germany and Russia". Ian Wardropper, who has been the director of the museum for 14 years, will retire next year. He was noted for his role in leading the museum through a period of growth prior to the Pandemic and for overseeing digital outreach initiatives during it. He hopes that the deputy director and chief curator will be one of the candidates. He attended the November opening of his exhibition at the South London Gallery. He is famous for eating pages of the Wall Street Journal, sitting naked on a precariously balanced toilet for hours at a time, and attaching himself to the door of a Manhattan bank. His work commented on the state of Black people in the United States.

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