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    Art Basel Prepares For Possible Occupation

    MIAMI—The art world has been one of the major targets of offshoots of the Occupy Wall Street movement such as Occupy Museums!, the Wall Street Occupennialand the occupation of Sotheby’s. Though each occupier is encouraged to make her own manifesto, a common concern amongst them is the “absolute equation of art with capital,” as expressed by Occupy [...] Read more
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    Damien Hirst and claims of plagiarism

    LONDON– It has been claimed that no fewer than 15 works produced over the years by Damien Hirst have been allegedly “inspired” by others. While Hirst has previously faced accusations that works including his diamond skull came from the imagination of other artists, the new allegations include his “crucified sheep”, medicine cabinets, spin paintings, spot [...] Read more

    Berkeley Faculty: No Confidence in Chancellor Over Campus Police Violence

    BERKELEY– Today, the Berkeley Academic Senate will vote on a resolution expressing “no confidence” in their chancellor, Robert Birgeneau, because of police violence against Occupy Cal campus activists there on November 9. The chancellor’s defense of police conduct was particularly outrageous: “It is unfortunate that some protesters chose to obstruct the police by linking arms,” [...] Read more
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    100 CUNY Students Attacked by NYPD at the Public Board of Trustee Hearing at Baruch

    NYC—On Nov 22nd Students, Faculty, and peacefully entered the Baruch lobby to attend the public meeting of the Board of Trustees and were immediately met by a line of police carrying large wooden truncheons and blocking access to the building. Students who were on the official roster of speakers were also denied access. At no time [...] Read more
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    Ai Weiwei investigated on porn charges

    BEIJING– Chinese police are investigating Ai Weiwei on pornography charges, the artist said Friday, in the latest move against the outspoken government critic following his detention and a massive tax bill. The latest accusations center on old pictures posted online of the activist — who spent 81 days in secret police detention earlier this year and [...] Read more

    Bank Lobby Plans Attack on Occupy Movement

    NEW YORK– A financial services lobbying firm has floated a $850,000 plan to undermine Occupy Wall Street Movement. They have a new message for the Occupy movement: don’t mess with our money. A well-known financial services lobbying firm based in Washington has come up with a plan that would funnel close to $1 million in [...] Read more

    The Story Behind Occupy Wall Street’s “Bat Signal”

    NEW YORK– Yesterday’s N17 Day of Action, for the second month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, took the city by storm with demonstrators by the thousands crowding Union Square, Foley Square and flooding the Brooklyn Bridge. In probably one of the most awe-inspiring things to come out of this movement yet, OWS projected a “bat [...] Read more
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    Guerrilla Librarians in Our Midst

    NYC—One of many segments of the Occupy Wall Street movement has been thinking about the cold months ahead, and even beyond that. They are the “guerrilla librarians” — the people organizing and distributing books and periodicals to keep the demonstrators informed and entertained. A library was established in Zuccotti Park at the very start of the Occupy [...] Read more
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    Occupy Wall Street evicted, now occupies a new corner

    NYC—On the heels of November 17th planned day of mass action, including a student strike, Zuccotti is evicted. Hundreds of supporters of Occupy Wall Street vowed Tuesday to keep up their protests, convening  at a busy corner for a meeting to discuss their next move; the city, meanwhile, appeared headed for a legal showdown over its eviction of [...] Read more

    Arts’ bright broadband future

    AUSTRALIA– On Monday night in Melbourne, the Australian Business Arts Foundation (AbaF) brought together a panel of speakers working in virtual spaces to challenge the thinking of those still firmly in the physical, and explore what opportunities faster broadband speeds may bring to the arts. Brad Howarth, freelance journalist and co-author of A Faster Future [...] Read more

    NY Catholic Group Wants Brooklyn Museum to Cut Wojnarowicz Video from Show

    BROOKLYN- Here we go again. Almost a year after the controversy at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, Catholic groups in New York have started to raise alarm over David Wojnarowicz’s unfinished film ”A Fire In My Belly“ (1986-7) in the exhibition Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture at the Brooklyn Museum. Like before, the groups are offended [...] Read more

    Reporting from the Front Lines at Wednesday’s Sotheby’s Protest

    NYC- At the huge protest by the Local 814 art handlers in front of Sotheby’s this Wednesday, the divide between the 1% and the 99% in the art world could not have been clearer. While protesters chanted, whistled and booed from the heavily barricaded picket lines, wealthy auction attendees were rushed into the building by [...] Read more
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    Colombian Students clog capital to protest education reforms

    BOGOTA– Tens of thousands of students skipped class to chant, march and dance down the streets of the capital Thursday, paralyzing the city amid an ongoing struggle over the future of higher education. The protests, which also brought out labor unions, professors and high school students, emerged as one of the most stubborn problems in [...] Read more

    City wide student strike November 17

    NEW YORK– As part of the Week of Action in Defense of Education and in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street and Organized Labor events planned for the same day, the NYC Student Assembly has called for a city-wide Student Strike on Thursday, November 17th.

    Saudi artist targeted over Jerusalem show

    JERUSALEM– The Saudi artist Ahmed Mater has become the subject of an online campaign in Saudi Arabia calling for his immediate censure by the Saudi government, following the inclusion of his work Evolution of Man, 2010, in an exhibition in Israel. The show, “West End”, opened this summer at Jerusalem’s Museum on the Seam, a [...] Read more
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    Yvonne Rainer Denounces Marina Abramovic’s Planned MOCA Gala Performance

    L.A.—The Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art’s annual gala is one of the most highly anticipated events of the fall art season — previous editions have included such headliners as Lady Gaga and guests like Brangelina — and this year it may also be among the most controversial. The November 12 party, which boasts performance artist Marina Abromavic [...] Read more

    McGill students violently forced off campus

    MONTREAL—Over 100 riot police stormed McGill campus this evening, forcefully dispersing student demonstrators that had gathered in front of the James Administration building. Pepper spray, tear gas, and physical force were used by police against demonstrators who were protesting the detainment and violence used by McGill Security against 13 McGill students, who had occupied Principal [...] Read more
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    Eleven arrested after shutting down traffic near UCLA

    L.A.—Eleven people were arrested Wednesday during a protest in Westwood that shut down traffic in multiple directions, police say. The protesters started at UCLA, and most were UCLA students. Los Angeles police and organizers say about 200 people demonstrated Wednesday afternoon at Wilshire and Westwood boulevards, disrupting traffic in the busy intersection. Demonstrators first marched from [...] Read more

    Thousands of Quebec students march over tuition fees

    QUÉBEC—As many as 200,000 students are expected on the streets across Quebec Thursday to protest a proposed tuition fee increase.University and CEGEP students boycotted classes Thursday and students from Dawson College in Montreal had blocked the entrance to a metro station. The demonstrations are expected to peak around 2 p.m. when thousands of students and their [...] Read more

    Cornell College $100M Gift for WCMC Came From Former Enron Director

    NEW YORK—Former Enron director Robert Belfer was revealed on Wednesday to be the anonymous benefactor behind a $100 million donation to help finance a state-of-the-art research building at Weill Cornell Medical College. The project was first approved by the Board of Trustees in January 2010. The newly-named “Belfer Research Building,” scheduled to open in 2014, will [...] Read more

    Day of Action sweeps across Universities in California

    CALIFORNIA—Along with the Nov. 9 Day of Action on the UC Berkeley campus, 10 other demonstrations took place Wednesday at college campuses throughout the state. The statewide protests were intended to mark the beginning of a week of protests leading up to the meetings of the CSU Board of Trustees and UC Board of Regents Nov. [...] Read more
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    Occupy Oakland: Streets taken over in general strike

    OAKLAND- The streets of Oakland, California, echoed with the voices of tens of thousands of people determined to take a stand on November 2. Workers, students, activists and people from all walks of life responded to the call for a general strike by Occupy Oakland. The last general strike in the United States was in 1946 [...] Read more
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    Reports point to Arts Funding supporting a elite audiences

    WASHINGTON — Billions of dollars in arts funding is serving a mostly wealthy, white audience that is shrinking while only a small chunk of money goes to emerging art groups that serve poorer communities that are more ethnically diverse, according to a report being released Monday. The report from the Washington-based National Committee for Responsive [...] Read more
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    Kenyan workers given yellow balloons to cheer up

    NAIROBI– An artist has given thousands of yellow balloons to Kenyan commuters to take to work and counter their Monday-morning blues. Yazmany Arboleda, the US artist behind the stunt, told the BBC Monday mornings were usually a heavy moment for people. He said he wanted to give away 10,000 balloons to change this perception. “The big [...] Read more

    Occupy Miami protests the Miami Art Institute

    MIAMI- A small but boisterous crowd of Occupy Miami activists stood in front of an open house at the Miami International Art Institute Saturday to protest what they called unfair student loan and recruitment practices by the school’s parent company, the Education Management Corp., which is partly owned by the financial firm Goldman Sachs. “We’re [...] Read more

    Malaysia bans Islamic sex guide

    MALAYSIA– Malaysia has banned an Islamic sex guide published by a controversial group that urges Muslim men in polygamous marriages to have group sex with their wives. Anyone found in possession of the guide, published by a group called the Obedient Wives Club, can face fines of $16,000 and anyone caught copying it can face [...] Read more

    St.Mark’s Bookshop gets Rent Reduction from University Landlord

    NYC—A deal has been reached to reduce the rent for St. Mark’s Bookshop, an East Village institution whose problems over the past year prompted an outpouring of support from neighbors and literary figures. The deal came after months in which the store’s owners said they would be forced to close unless their landlord, the Cooper Union, cut [...] Read more
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    Warhol Foundation Asks Appeals Court to Overturn Prince Copyright Infringement Finding

    NYC—The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts announced that it has filed an amicus brief in New York urging a federal appeals court to overturn a lower court ruling that found that artist Richard Prince’s “Canal Zone” series of appropriated photographs infringed upon the copyright protection of the original photographer, Patrick Cariou. The brief alleges that the [...] Read more
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    Havard Students Walk Out of Ec 10 in Solidarity with ‘Occupy’

    BOSTON—On Nov 2nd,  70 Harvard student protesters walked out of Economics 10 on Wednesday afternoon, expressing dissatisfaction with what they perceive to be an overly conservative bias in the course. The walkout was meant to be a show of support for the “Occupy” movement’s principal criticism that conservative economic policies have increased income inequality in the [...] Read more
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    Scholar in row over Gaddafi ties is to leave LSE

    An academic involved in the scandal over links between the Gaddafi regime and the London School of Economics is to leave the institution ahead of a report into the affair. David Held, often described as an “informal academic adviser” to Saif Gaddafi, son of the fallen Libyan leader Mu’ammer Gaddafi, during his time at the [...] Read more

    Cal Arts Racist Graffiti Continues: Black Student Targeted With Swastikas and Hate Messages (VIDEO)

    CALIFORNIA- Coming home from a Halloween party Friday night, California Institute of the Arts student Daine Carter was greeted by red swastikas and devil images painted on his art studio walls. “They stole some stuff, and they used my paint brushes,” Carter told CBS. While this was a first for Carter, it follows several other racist [...] Read more

    Occupy the universities

    U.S.- At the beginning of the month, college students took part in the Occupy Wall Street protest. According to a report from Marketplace (American Public Media), it was about forgiving student loan debt. Gregory Warner of Marketplace says “students are taking on more of the riskiest kind of debt — these unregulated private student loans [...] Read more

    Study Says Artists Have Higher Salaries

    Artists in America constitute a tiny portion of the nation’s work force, but they tend to be more entrepreneurial, better educated and, with a median salary of $43,230, better paid than the average worker by nearly $4,000, according to a survey released Friday by the National Endowment for the Arts. Nearly 2.1 million Americans — [...] Read more

    Seattle Protestors ‘Occupy’ Halloween

    SEATTLE- Occupy Seattle protesters, now in their fourth week of demonstrations, haven’t given up the ghost yet — far from it. They had fun with the Halloween-themed weekend to focus attention on their cause, staging a mock funeral service for the death of Corporate America, complete with a brass band; a Sufi priest; mourners in [...] Read more

    Royal Alberta Museum on hold after Ottawa pulls funding

    EDMONTON- The new Royal Alberta Museum in downtown Edmonton was put on hold indefinitely Wednesday after the province announced that Ottawa has pulled $92 million in funding. “We’re surprised and disappointed with this news but obviously it’s not appropriate for me to move forward through the contracting phase,” Infrastructure Minister Jeff Johnson said in a [...] Read more

    The 20 Most Powerless People in the Art World: 2011 Edition

    1 — Sotheby’s Art Handlers — What does an auction house that’s had a great year catering to the 1% do? Cut out some of the 99%, of course. And that’s what Sotheby’s did in early August when they locked out unionized art handlers and brought in scabs. Keep it classy, Sotheby’s. 2 — Artists Making Work on an [...] Read more
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    Occupy London moves from St Paul’s site to Tate Modern

    LONDON- A number of OLSX protesters have set up a small camp on the green in front of Tate Modern, on the South Bank. The splinter site was set up at 3:00 am this morning and consists of around eleven protesters. One arrest has been made. The protesters have stated that they have the legal [...] Read more

    China Sends Outspoken Artist $2.4 Million Tax Bill

    BEIJING — Outspoken artist Ai Weiwei said Tuesday that Chinese authorities are demanding he pay $2.4 million in back taxes and fines in a new show of government pressure on the dissident detained for nearly three months earlier this year. The Beijing Local Taxation Bureau gave the artist notice Tuesday that he owed more than [...] Read more

    Art in Prisons

    SYDNEY– The review, ‘Art in Prisons’ A literature review of the philosophies and impacts of visual arts programs for correctional populations by Alexandra Djurichkovic, was commissioned by Arts Access Australia, to examine evidence for the value of visual arts programs in Australian prisons and their impact on adult inmates. It considers current philosophies behind art programs, [...] Read more