Ai Weiwei’s proposed “security fence” for Washington Square Park.

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Really Big Shows

There’s still more than a month before Ai Weiwei unveils his New York City–wide Public Art Fund project, “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors,” but already his work is facing pushback from some Manhattanites. A group based in the West Village is taking issue with a freestanding fence that is to appear below the Washington Square Park arch. [Washington Square Park Blog]

Several institutions in Beijing will stage an expansive 17-artist survey of recent German art. [Deutsche Welle]

Have a Laugh

Andrew Goldstein talks to Emma Allen, who was formerly an art journalist for Artinfo, about her new position as the New Yorker’s cartoon editor. [Artnet News]

In Astoria, Queens, Molly Crabapple has begun work on a mural that depicts the president of the United States as a “Trumpbeast,” as she puts it. [The New Yorker]

Coming Attractions

Carolina Herrera will debut her Spring 2018 fashion line at the Museum of Modern Art in September, making her the first designer to have a runway show at the New York institution. [WWD]

Have a sneak peek at LAXART’s forthcoming “Video Art in Latin America” show with a clip from a work by Glenda Léon. [L.A. Weekly]

What Takashi Murakami Did This Week

As he has for some of his past museum shows, Takashi Murakami has been closely involved with the making of items for the gift shop at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, where he currently has a retrospective. The objects he helped design are a hit with customers! [The Art Newspaper]

Miscellaneous

After receiving a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation, the Newark Museum in New Jersey will expand its American art galleries. William L. Coleman will also now be the museum’s associate curator of American art. [Artforum]

A look around Adrian Piper’s exhibition at the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin. [Contemporary Art Daily]

Gordon Parks may be best known as a photographer, but, as an exhibition in Amsterdam makes clear, he was also a talented filmmaker. [Lens]