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    Massimiliano Gioni Named Curator of the 55th Venice Biennale

    NEW YORK—Massimiliano Gioni, associate director and curator at New York’s New Museum, has been chosen to curate the 55th Venice Biennale. The announcement was made today by the Biennale’s board of directors. The 37-year-old Gioni was promoted to associate director of the New Museum in 2010 after an organizing or helping to organize exhibitions such as the [...] Read more

    D’Amelio Terras Closes Doors

    NEW YORK—Dealers Christopher D’Amelio and Lucien Terras have announced that they plan to officially close their gallery, D’Amelio Terras. A press release issued by the gallery yesterday states: “After fifteen years of collaboration we have decided mutually that it was time to end our partnership and pursue careers independently. We have enjoyed a successful partnership [...] Read more

    New Museum Reduces Price of Admission

    NEW YORK—Randy Kennedy of the New York Times reports that the New Museum has lowered its admission fees. As reported here, this past December the museum raised admissions from twelve to sixteen dollars to “cover higher operating costs for the highly participatory show of the work of Carsten Höller.” Fees have now been set at fourteen dollars.
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    Art Institute becomes first U.S. museum to receive grant from Government of India

    CHICAGO, IL.- The Art Institute of Chicago announced that the Government of India has given a major grant to the Art Institute in support of a new professional exchange program between India and the museum. The Vivekananda Memorial Program for Museum Excellence –the first grant ever made by the Indian government to an American art [...] Read more
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    Italy Returns 2,000 Year-old Statue to Libya

    LIBYA—Italy has returned to Libya the head of a 2,000 year-old statue that was smuggled out of the country in the 1960s. Prime Minister Mario Monti gave the sculpted head of Domitilla Minor, the daughter of Roman emperor Vespasian, to Libyan authorities during his trip to Tripoli on Saturday. The sculpture was taken from Libya’s northwestern city of Sabratha in the [...] Read more

    Thieves Rappel into Olympia Gallery, Steal Two Large Artworks

    OLYMPIA, WA—Two large pieces of art were stolen from Matter Gallery in downtown Olympia late Friday, or early Saturday, by burglars, who rappelled into the gallery from a skylight they broke on the roof. Gallery owner Jo Gallaugher said she had turned off the main breaker because melting snow had been dripping through the ceiling [...] Read more

    Outsider Art Fair Celebrates 20th Anniversary

    NEW YORK—The Outsider Art Fair, one of the most high-profile annual exhibitions of folk and self-taught artists, will be celebrating its twentieth anniversary this weekend.  The fair has long been a hotbed for presenting interesting outsider art from around the world and trends within the field, and from the looks of the schedule, this year’s fair [...] Read more
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    Okwui Enwezor Plans to Transform Munich’s Haus Der Kunst Into a Collective Museum

    GERMANY—Since 2002, when the National Collection of Modern and Contemporary Arts moved from the Haus der Kunst to the Pinakothek der Moderne, the former has been in something of a state of flux. By no longer having a permanent collection, Haus der Kunst was not a museum in the traditional sense. And though it has housed many exhibitions [...] Read more

    Whitney Museum in Talks with Art Handlers to Avert Whitney Biennial Strike

    NYC—Art handlers at the Whitney Museum are in protracted contract negotiations with their employer. The discussions “have been cordial but difficult,” said Teamsters Local 966 manager James Anderson, who is negotiating on behalf of the art handlers. Unable to settle on a new contract, the museum has twice extended the old one, which expired in [...] Read more

    New Timetables for Abu Dhabi’s Guggenheim and Louvre

    UAE—The Associated Press reports that the developer behind the multibillion-dollar Saadiyat Island, a cultural district whose plans were unveiled five years ago, has outlined a new timetable for the project. The first attraction, an outpost of the Louvre, is now set to be ready for visitors in 2015, followed by a branch of the Guggenheim, now [...] Read more

    MoMA Refutes Alleged Confiscation of Occupy Museums Banner

    NEW YORK—During last week’s Occupy Museums protest at MoMA, a red and black banner was suspended by the crowd on the fifth floor landing into the museum’s atrium. Protestors claimed, to AFC, that the Director of MoMA Security quickly escorted the banner-danglers out of the building, asking several times for the banner, which was subsequently handed [...] Read more

    Students Occupy Former Cross Cultural Center at UC Davis

    DAVIS, CA—Students at UC Davis occupied the former Cross Cultural Center midday on Tuesday – the center having moved to a new $22 million building. They have declared their solidarity with UCR, Egypt, the hotel occupation in San Francisco and Occupy Oakland – especially with their upcoming moving day on January 28th. A link to their [...] Read more
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    Prado Museum Tries to Fight Budget Cuts

    SPAIN—The Prado Museum in Madrid has taken steps to mitigate budget shortages due to government cutbacks. By opening seven days a week and lengthening the duration of its highly visited exhibitions, the museum hopes to counteract the $7.5 million drop in its funds, reports Reuters. Director Miguel Zugaza, referring to the record number of visitors to [...] Read more

    Two Art Fans Have Completed the Circuit of Hirst Spot Shows

    LONDON/NEW YORK—A blogger and a magazine editor are the first two adventurers to complete Damien Hirst’s wacky spot challenge. Before the much publicized retrospective of the British artist’s spot paintings opened at all of Larry Gagosian’s 11 galleries around the world — two in London, three in New York, one each in Paris, Rome, Hong Kong, [...] Read more

    Abu Dhabi Greenlights Its Mega-Museum Project

    UAE—The executive council of Abu Dhabi announced through its website on Monday that it had approved construction plans for its multi-billion-dollar vision for a cultural tourist center to be constructed on an island just off the coast of the city, a hub that will include branches of the Guggenheim and the Louvre museums. While plans were [...] Read more
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    Filmmaker Robert Nelson Dies at 81

    CALIFORNIA—Experimental filmmaker Robert Nelson, whose “films brought spontaneity, teasing, and wit to the often deadly serious arena of avant-garde moviemaking,” passed away at eighty-one years old, reports Bruce Weber of the New York Times. Nelson was originally trained as a painter, studying at the San Francisco Art Institute and Mills College. He was active in the [...] Read more
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    Getty Images fights copyright infringement ruling in French court

    FRANCE—Getty Images is appealing a French court decision that could set a precedent affecting stock photographers across the world, BJP has learnt.The case was launched by Pernette Martin-Barsac and Jacqueline Jeanneret Gris, who are the respective holders of the hereditary and moral rights over the works of furniture designers Charlotte Perriand and Pierre Jeanneret. Both [...] Read more

    Students set up camp and occupy UMass Boston

    BOSTON—Borrowing a page from the nationwide Occupy Wall Street movement, about 20 students on Monday occupied the campus center at University of Massachusetts Boston to protest cuts in public education spending and hikes in tuition. “Public universities were built for the 99-percent and we intend on maintaining that,” said Amanda Achin, a 22-year-old student of [...] Read more
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    Gagosian Sued for over $14m

    NEW YORK—Larry Gagosian is being sued for more than $14 million for selling two works of art it’s claimed he had no right to sell. Gagosian has paid British collector Robert Wylde a $4.4 million settlement for selling him Mark Tansey’s $2.5 million “The Innocent Eye Test” in 2009, which Wylde later discovered was owned by Jan Cowles [...] Read more

    Christie’s and Sotheby’s Say Artists’ Suit Over Resale Royalties Is “Unconstitutional”

    NEW YORK—When a group of artists, including Chuck Close and Laddie John Dill, filed a class action lawsuit against Christie’s and Sotheby’s for violating the California Resale Royalty Act, they probably knew they’d be in for a lengthy legal battle. But now the auction houses are looking to end the fight early. On Thursday, Christie’s and Sotheby’s [...] Read more
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    Glasgow School of Art Receives $180,000 “Glasgow Miracle” Research Grant

    SCOTLAND—The BBC reports that Britain’s Arts and Humanities Research Counci has awarded the Glasgow School of Art a grant of over $180,000 to investigate why its home city has arguably produced so many successful contemporary artists, a phenomenon once dubbed the “Glasgow miracle” by curator Hans Ulrich Obrist. Partnering with Glasgow’s Center for Contemporary Arts, the [...] Read more

    France Honors Gary Tinterow with the Order of Arts and Letters

    FRANCE—Dallas Art News reports that Antonin Baudry, cultural counselor of the French embassy, will be honoring museum director Gary Tinterow with the insignia of Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters. Tinterow recently began his position as director at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Prior to that, he served as the chairman of [...] Read more

    LA MoCA Launches New Video Channel

    LOS ANGELES—The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles has announced that it will being its own online video channel where it will feature news and talk-show programs along with other arts-related programming. This endeavor is being launched in tandem with YouTube’s plan to compete aggressively with network and cable television by creating specialized programming [...] Read more
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    Boris Mikhailov Wins Spectrum Photo Prize

    GERMANY—Artinfo reports that the seventy-three-year-old Ukranian-born photographer Boris Mikhailov has received the eighth Spectrum Photo Prize by an international jury in Hanover. The award, given every three years and sponsored by the Foundation of Lower Saxony, carries with it a prize of $19,000, as well as an exhibition at the Sprengel Museum. Previous winners of [...] Read more

    Sackler’s Widow Gives Smithsonian Galleries $5 Million Endowment

    WASHINGTON D.C.—Many philanthropists donate money to found an institution and then leave it up to officials to worry about the operating costs. Not Dame Jillian Sackler. On Tuesday, officials at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and the Freer Gallery of Art in Washington announced that Ms. Sackler had donated $5 million to establish an endowment [...] Read more

    Met Museum Reopens American Wing After 10 Years of Renovation

    NEW YORK—Following 10 years of renovation and remodelling of the one of the most popular parts of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the newly designed American wing has finally opened its doors for art connoisseurs across the globe. The elegant wing now showcases popular American painting and sculpture arranged in a thematic and chronological manner. [...] Read more
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    Chinese Artist Zhang Daqian Replaces Picasso as Top Auction Earner

    CHINA—Katya Kazakina of Bloomberg reports that Chinese artist Zhang Daqian has overtaken Picasso as top earner in international auction markets. According to a report by Artprice, which tracks a group of more than 450,000 artists, Zhang’s work fetched a total of $506.7 million in auction revenue in 2011. In comparison, Picasso generated $311.6 million. Kazakina writes, “The [...] Read more

    Cyprien Gaillard Wins People’s Choice Award at Berlin’s Nationalgalerie

    BERLIN—Artist Cyprien Gaillard has won the 2011 Publikumspreis (People’s Choice Prize) for his work Artefact, 2011, on view in the Nationalgalerie’s Young Art Prize exhibition. In September, Gaillard also received the museum’s juried prize, which was accompanied by a cash award of $63,000; runners-up included Klara Lidén, Andro Wekua, and Kitty Kraus. The museum’s director, Udo Kittelmann, [...] Read more

    Professors, Artists, Workers, and Activists Rally Inside MoMA

    NEW YORK—On Friday night, Occupy Museums — in conjunction with Arts and Labor, 16 Beaver, and Occupy Sotheby’s – conducted an exceptionally clear and efficient GA under Sanja Iveković’s controversial feminist monument Lady Rosa of Luxembourg, while a small group from Arts and Labor demonstrated with OWS banners and a flugelhorn outside the museum. Though “this isn’t Wall [...] Read more
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    Met Sees Attendance Surge as MoMA’s Visitor Numbers Drop

    NEW YORK—Attendance at the Metropolitan Museum of Art has risen to a record 5.6 million. The Museum of Modern Art’s attendance, on the other hand, has fallen 11 percent in the last season to 2.8 million reports Bloomberg. This drop is thought to have occurred because of the popularity of MoMA shows from the previous year [...] Read more

    Denver Art Museum Gets $3 Million Gift to Expand Textile Gallery

    DENVER, CO—A $3 million gift from Lakewood’s Avenir Foundation means that more than 7,000 square feet at the Denver Art Museum can be reclaimed to showcase its textile art gallery. Currently, that space is used for storage. When the reclaimed 7,000 square feet open for exhibit in summer 2013, long-hidden textiles will go on display [...] Read more

    New Wave of Student Protests in Sri Lanka

    SRI LANKA—Buddhist student monks have joined thousands of other university students in a new wave of protests to hit Sri Lanka in recent weeks, forcing the temporary closure of at least two major universities this week and widespread disruption of classes. Student monks at the seminary Buddha Shrawaka Bhikku University in North Central province staged [...] Read more

    Creative Capital Announces Recipients of 2012 Film/Video and Visual Art Grants

    NEW YORK—Creative Capital has announced the recipients of its 2012 grants for film/video and visual art. The organization will provide this year’s awardees with up to $50,000 in direct project funding, plus advisory services valued at more than $40,000. Grantees are as follows: Film/Video Cam Archer Robert Bahar and Almudena Carracedo Amy Belk and Matt [...] Read more
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    NADA Will Hold a Fair in New York City in May 2012

    NEW YORK—The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA), the organization of galleries that holds its own art fair in Miami Beach each year during Art Basel, will be doing a fair in New York in May 2012, according to an e-mail sent out to its members. This is the latest in a series of expansions for [...] Read more

    Danish Culture Minister Declines to Visit Ai Weiwei on China Trip

    DENMARK—On a recent trip to China to promote dialogue between the Danish and Chinese governments and to lay the groundwork for a program of cultural exchange, Danish culture minister Uffe Elbaek met several major Chinese artists, but left out one notable exception: Ai Weiwei. Now the minister is coming under fire in Denmark for his omission, [...] Read more

    Queens Museum of Art Announces Participants for Biannual Exhibition

    QUEENS, NY—The Queens Museum of Art has announced the participants for the fifth edition of its biannual show, set to open February 4. Andrew Russeth of the New York Observer reports that the exhibition, “Three Points Make a Triangle,” possesses “the unique requirement that all of its participants must live or work in the borough.” Participating [...] Read more
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    Smithsonian Museum Receives $5 Million for Asian Art

    WASHINGTON D.C.—New York philanthropist Dame Jillian Sackler is donating $5 million to the Smithsonian’s Asian art museum that bears her late husband’s name. The gift announced Tuesday to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery creates an endowment to support the director’s position at the Sackler and Freer galleries of art. The gift marks the museum’s 25th anniversary. [...] Read more

    Sheena Wagstaff Hired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art

    NEW YORK—Carol Vogel reports for the New York Times that the Metropolitan Museum of Art has recruited Sheena Wagstaff to head its new department of twentieth- and twenty-first-century art. Vogel notes that Wagstaff’s appointment accompanies the Met’s plans to move its modern and contemporary holdings into the Whitney Museum’s Marcel Breuer building on Madison Avenue in [...] Read more

    American Photographer Jan Groover Dies at 68

    FRANCE—Jan Groover, an American photographer known for pictures that bear “more of a kinship with the work of Cézanne, Morandi, and Corot than with anything emerging from the darkrooms of her contemporaries,” died in France over New Year’s weekend, reports Richard B. Woodward of the Wall Street Journal. The artist, represented by Janet Borden in [...] Read more
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    Dara Greenwald, Artist and Activist, Dies at 40

    NEW YORK—The artist and activist Dara Greenwald has died at the age of 40 from cancer. She was a member of the Just Seeds artist collective and the co-editor of the book “Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures, 1960s to Now.”  Greenwald a media artist and Ph.D. Candidate in the Electronic Art Department at Rensselaer [...] Read more

    City of Helsinki Reviews Plans to Build a Guggenheim Museum

    FINLAND—A yearlong feasibility study commissioned by the city of Helsinki to examine whether building a Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in Finland would boost the city’s efforts to become a “cultural capital,” has yielded favorable results, reports Carol Vogel of the New York Times. The report was conducted by the Guggenheim and includes the following recommendations: [...] Read more

    John McWhinnie Dies at Forty-Three

    BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS—John McWhinnie, rare book and art dealer, has died in a snorkeling accident while vacationing in the British Virgin Islands on Friday. He was forty-three. McWhinnie was the manager of Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, a gallery space and bookstore with sites in both Manhattan and East Hampton, for eight years before starting his eponymous [...] Read more
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    Chinese Government to Review Ai Weiwei Tax Case

    CHINA—Chinese authorities have agreed to review the $2.4 million penalty issued to Ai Weiwei for alleged tax fraud, reports the AFP. As reported here, shortly after his release from police custody this past June, the artist was charged with tax evasion linked to his company Fake Cultural Development Ltd., which is registered to the artist’s wife. [...] Read more

    Picasso, Mondrian Paintings Stolen in Greece

    Thieves carried out a well-organised, predawn heist at Greece’s biggest state art museum on Monday, taking two oil paintings by 20th century masters Pablo Picasso and Piet Mondrian, police said. A police statement said the burglars who entered through a balcony door also took a pen and ink drawing of a religious scene by Italian [...] Read more

    Marc Jacobs Recruits Yayoi Kusama for Latest Louis Vuitton Collaboration

    JAPAN—Louis Vuitton creative director Marc Jacobs has tapped the legendary Japanese polka-dot painter Yayoi Kusama as the company’s latest artist collaborator, most likely with an eye toward the Japanese market, one of the world’s largest for luxury goods. Kusama worked with Jacobs (who visited her studio in Japan in 2006) on a line of Louis Vuitton products, including leather [...] Read more
  • 09

    Artists propose new plans for the future of Long Island City

    NEW YORK—Imagine the striking red and white smoke stacks rising from the Trans Canada power plant in Long Island City (LIC), Queens, transformed into something that could help monitor the city’s move to green energy.  Noguchi Museum in LIC tasked four teams of artists with designing the booming area’s future look. They envision illuminated words [...] Read more

    Changes in Copyright Laws for Artists

    WASHINGTON— While the Stop Online Piracy Act (also known as SOPA) now pending in Congress has members of the technology and art world up in arms, a more subtle remedy for small copyright claims is also quietly being developed by the United States Copyright Office. At the end of October, Congress asked the office — a subset [...] Read more
  • 06

    Director of Museum of Fine Arts Speaks Out as City of Boston Requests $250,000

    BOSTON, MASS—The Art Newspaper’s Erica Cooke reports that the city of Boston is requesting a $250,000 from the Museum of Fine Arts as part of a payment that nonprofits have to pay “in lieu of taxes.” Even more distressingly to the museum, the city plans to quadruple the bill, to more than one million dollars, by [...] Read more

    Joan Mitchell Foundation Announces Grantees for 2011

    The Joan Mitchell Foundation has announced the twenty-five recipients of its 2011 grant program for painters and sculptors. Each winner, chosen by artists, curators, and arts educators via a jury review, will receive $25,000. This year’s awardees are listed below: Diana Al-Hadid, Brooklyn, NY Nicole Awai, Brooklyn, NY Keith Benjamin, Cleves, OH William Cordova, Miami, [...] Read more
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    Couple Donates Collection of African-American Works to Georgia Museum of Art

    GEORGIA, USA—Part-time Atlantans Larry and Brenda Thompson, who have amassed one of the country’s major private collections of African-American art, are donating 100 works to the Georgia Museum of Art, with the promise of more in the future, and they also will fund a new curatorial position at the Athens museum. A large touring exhibit [...] Read more

    Iranian House of Cinema Disbanded by Iranian Government

    IRAN—The Iranian government’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance took steps to disband the Iranian House of Cinema (IHC) on Tuesday evening. The decision was announced by a letter sent to Farhad Tohidi, chairman of the IHC board of directors, who spoke with the Tehran Times. The ministry accused IHC officials of establishing the guild without [...] Read more

    The Louvre Displays the New Islamic Art Gallery in Paris

    FRANCE—Founded in 2003 (compare to the museum’s 1793 opening date), Islamic Arts is the Louvre’s newest department, boasting a collection of 18,000 objects from the 7th to the 19th century, ranging in provenance from Spain to India. The department is set to open this summer, but its innovative, jewel-like roof (seen above) has just been [...] Read more
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    Russian Art Group Voina Claims Responsibility for Burning Police Vehicle

    RUSSIA—A spokesman for the radical art collective Voina on Monday announced that its members had broken into a St. Petersburg police station on New Year’s Eve and used gasoline bombs to incinerate a police vehicle used to transport prisoners as “a gift to all political prisoners of Russia.” Amateur video posted online showed a figure [...] Read more

    World Trade Center Performing Arts Space Announces Board

    NEW YORK—A performing arts center planned for the World Trade Center site has taken a step forward with the naming of a board by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum foundation. On the list are the developers Larry Silverstein and John E. Zuccotti; Christy Ferer, founder and chief executive of the Vidicom video company; [...] Read more
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    David Hockney receives Order of Merit from the Queen of England

    UK—He was the 1960s radical who turned British painting on its head, but on Sunday the Queen sealed David Hockney’s transformation into national treasure by appointing him to the Order of Merit. Buckingham Palace announced that the 74-year-old Bradford-born painter and photographer would join the select group of individuals who have achieved distinction in the [...] Read more

    Louvre Conservation Experts Resign Over Botched Restoration of da Vinci Painting

    FRANCE — Can an aging work of art ever be too clean? After a thorough restoration carried out at the Louvre, Leonard da Vinci’s “The Virgin and Child With Saint Anne” looks positively glowing, with luminous fabrics and bright skin highlights (particularly on those shiny cheekbones). But some specialists are arguing that the painting is now too bright [...] Read more

    68 Occupiers arrested in NYC on New Year’s Eve

    NEW YORK — Authorities said dozens of Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested as they tore down the barricades surrounding New York City’s Zuccotti Park just before midnight on New Year’s Eve. Police said 68 people were arrested during the scuffle. At least one person was accused of assaulting a police officer, who suffered cuts on [...] Read more

    DeLand museum names new CEO

    DELAND—George Bolge recently became the new Chief Executive Officer of the Museum of Florida Art here at 600 N. Woodland Blvd.  Bolge is recently retired after 16 years as executive director of the Boca Raton Museum of Arts. Prior to that, he served 18 years as executive director for the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art [...] Read more