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    Heizer Boulder to Travel to LACMA

    CALIFORNIA—Adam Nagourney of the New York Times reports that after repeated delays, Michael Heizer’s 340-ton boulder, known as Levitated Mass, is set to travel through the Los Angeles metropolitan area, scheduled to arrive at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on March 10. Last year, Heizer carved the rock out of a quarry approximately sixty miles [...] Read more

    Art Spending by UK Businesses Declined over 2011

    UK—Companies based in the United Kingdom have cut arts spending by 7 percent over the past year, making for the fourth consecutive annual decline, reports Farah Nayeri of Bloomberg. According to a report issued by Arts and Business, a British organization that matches cultural institutions with donors, business investment dropped by $212.4 million in 2011. “These [...] Read more

    Sotheby’s caught in dispute over prized Cambodian Statue

    CAMBODIA—The United States government has been asked for help in recovering a thousand-year-old statue of a mythic warrior that sits in limbo at Sotheby’s in New York and that some experts believe was looted amid the convulsions of the Vietnam War and the killing fields of the Khmer Rouge. Sotheby’s catalog from March 24, 2011 [...] Read more
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    Wang Shu Wins Pritzker Prize

    CHINA—Chinese architect Wang Shu, forty-eight, has won the Pritzker Prize. Wang is based in Hangzhou, has never constructed a building outside of China, and runs his firm Amateur Architecture Studio with his wife, according to the Los Angeles Times. He was a visiting professor at Harvard University last year. The international jury was composed of United [...] Read more

    Rashid Johnson Awarded 2012 David C. Driskell Prize

    ATLANTA, GA—Rashid Johnson had been named winner of the 2012 David C. Driskell prize. Awarded by the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the twenty-five-thousand-dollar prize is annually presented to an artist who is “in the beginning or middle of his or her career whose work makes an original and important contribution to the field [...] Read more

    Kenneth Price Dies at 77

    NEW MEXICO—Artist Kenneth Price passed away on Friday at his home and studio in New Mexico, according to Christopher Knight in the Los Angeles Times. Knight writes that Price’s work “transformed traditional ceramics while also expanding orthodox definitions of American and European sculpture.” Price had just finished preparing for a fifty-year retrospective that will appear at LACMA [...] Read more

    Mellon Center Preserves A Photographic Archive Trashed by Tate

    UK—Dalya Alberge of the The Guardian reports that in 2008 the Tate had attempted to dispose of its photographic archive, which included photographs of artworks and “some items nearly a century old that were amassed by generations of curators, allowing them to trace changes of attribution, ownership, and condition. The images came from scholars, conservators, government [...] Read more
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    Whitney’s ‘Break with Corporate Sponsors’ Announcement a Hoax

    NEW YORK—The Web page, at whitney2012.org, looks official enough. The typeface matches the one used by the Whitney Museum of American Art, and it purports to offer the latest news about the museum’s upcoming Biennial exhibition. It even features links to exhibition listings and other information on the Whitney’s site, whitney.org. But the page is actually a [...] Read more

    Sarah Sze to Represent the United States at the 55th Venice Biennale

    VENICE—The Bronx Museum of the Arts will be featuring the work of Sarah Sze in the US Pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale. Sze’s installation, titled Triple Point, will be a series of “constructed environments” filling the building and extending into the courtyard beyond. The forty-three-year-old artist’s project will seek to respond to the Palladian-style architecture [...] Read more

    Occupy Wall Street’s Arts and Labor Group Calls for End to Whitney Biennial in 2014

    NEW YORK—The Occupy Wall Street’s Arts and Labor group has published a letter to the Whitney Museum of American Art calling for the end to the Whitney Biennial in 2014. The Arts and Labor group claims that the Whitney Biennial “upholds a system that benefits collectors, trustees, and corporations at the expense of art workers.” They [...] Read more

    Kickstarter Claims to Eclipse NEA in Funding Dollars

    NEW YORK—Carl Franzen for Talking Points Memo reports that Yancey Strickler, cofounder of Internet startup Kickstarter, has announced that the group’s platform will generate over 150 million dollars in funding for artistic projects in 2012—exceeding cultural funding by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) 2012 fiscal year budget by four million dollars. While Kickstarter allows [...] Read more
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    Ruscha, Weiner, Oursler and Others Transform Water Tanks into Works of Art

    NEW YORK—Word Above the Street, a New York-based non-profit organisation, plans to transform 300 rooftop water tanks across New York City into works of art to raise awareness on the global water supply. For 12 weeks during the spring and summer of 2013, the Water Tank Project will host works by artists including Ed Ruscha, [...] Read more

    Grand Egyptian Museum to be Built in Giza

    EGYPT—The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities has announced the construction of a new Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza. The project, which will cost around $810 million, was won by Irish architects Heneghan Peng after a competition held in 2003. The museum will be built between the modern city of Cairo and the iconic pyramids of Giza. [...] Read more

    Christo’s Colorado Installation Delayed until 2015

    COLORADO—The artist Christo’s project Over the River, an art installation which will comprise eight suspended-panel segments totaling 5.9 miles along a forty-two-mile stretch of the Arkansas River about three hours southwest of Denver, has been pushed back to August 2015––one year past its previous deadline. After numerous federal environmental impact studies and public hearings, uncertainties involving [...] Read more
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    Battle Over $65-Million Rauschenberg Eagle May Hinge on Animal Trafficking Laws

    NEW YORK—A legal battle is brewing between the estate of legendary dealer Ileana Sonnabend and the International Revenue Service over  Robert Rauschenberg’s famous assemblage “Canyon.” The 1959 artwork, which features an eagle with its wings spread wide hanging off the front, was valued at exactly zero dollars in the late dealer’s estate tax return. But the IRS thinks [...] Read more

    Barney Rosset, Anti-Censorship Pioneer, Dies at 89

    NEW YORK—Barney Rosset, the flamboyant, provocative publisher who helped change the course of publishing in the United States, bringing masters like Samuel Beckett to Americans’ attention under his Grove Press imprint and winning celebrated First Amendment slugfests against censorship, died on Tuesday in Manhattan. He was 89. His son Peter said he died after a double-heart-valve [...] Read more

    Police Raid Gang of Forgers

    GREECE—The Art Newspaper’s Tina Lepri and Ermanno Rivetti report that police have raided the homes of a gang that allegedly forged thousands of Greek and Etruscan artifacts. The ringleader, Edoardo David—a renowned archaeologist who often worked as a consultant for a regional ministry of culture in Italy—is awaiting trial, along with his two main associates. Four [...] Read more
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    Berkeley’s Artwork Loss Is a Museum’s Gain

    BERKELEY, CA—Everybody misplaces something sometime. But it is not easy for the University of California, Berkeley, to explain how it lost a 22-foot-long carved panel by a celebrated African-American sculptor, or how, three years ago, it mistakenly sold this work, valued at more than a million dollars, for $150 plus tax. The university’s embarrassing loss eventually [...] Read more

    Azerbaijan Hosts First National Art Fair

    AZERBAIJAN—Julia Michalska of the Art Newspaper reports that Azerbaijan is set to host its first national art fair. The exhibition, which opens February 24, includes twenty local artists who have collaborated with historians and archaeologists to create site-specific installations within the ancient city of Baku. The projects will be unveiled every Friday until September of 2012. [...] Read more
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    Damien Hirst to Develop 500 “Eco-Homes”

    UK—Damien Hirst is branching out into environmentally sustainable real estate, according to the Los Angeles Times’ Jamie Wetherbe. Hirst is investing in the development of five hundred new ecologically sustainable houses near North Devon, UK, where he resides. Wetherbe notes that the buildings will feature “hidden rooftop wind turbines, photovoltaic solar panels, and state-of-the-art insulation” among [...] Read more

    Dealer Marc Jancou Files Suit Against Cady Noland and Sotheby’s

    NYC—Dealer Marc Jancou has filed a lawsuit against Cady Noland and Sotheby’s, claiming that the artist disrupted his sale of her work Cowboys Milking, 1990, causing the auction house to reject the consignment the day before it was to be sold. R. Corbett of Artnet reports that the previous day a Noland piece fetched $6.6 million, well [...] Read more
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    Thieves Loot Greek Museums as Economy Worsens

    ATHENS—While the unemployment rate of Greece rises past 21 percent, the crime rate is increasing as well, putting the museums of antiquity in many historic cities at great risk. On Friday morning, two masked gunmen stormed a small museum in Olympia in southern Greece and made off with dozens of objects up to 3,200 years [...] Read more

    Bloomberg’s plan to close 33 schools

    NYC—More than 2,000 teachers, parents, students and community members faced off against New York Mayor Bloomberg’s Panel for Education Policy (PEP) February 9 in a heated protest against Bloomberg’s plan to close 33 schools for supposed poor performance. The protest, held at Brooklyn Technical High School, was led by Occupy the DOE, a coalition of [...] Read more
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    Marina Abramovic Turns to Rem Koolhaas to Design New Performance Art Center

    NEW YORK—The artist Marina Abramovic has selected the architect Rem Koolhaas’s firm, OMA, to design her new performance art center in upstate New York. The deal, reported by Vulture.com on Wednesday, calls for the firm to transform a former tennis center in Hudson, N.Y., into the Center for the Preservation of Performance Art, a space [...] Read more
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    Exhibition at National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy Shut Down

    UKRAINE—On February 10, 2012, the president of NaUKMA (National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy) Serhiy Kvit banned “ The Ukrainian Body,” an exhibition that explores the problematics of corporality in Ukrainian society, only three days after its opening. The entrance to the gallery [of the Visual Culture Research Center] was locked. Serhiy Kvit explained his action [...] Read more

    Le Corbusier’s Radiant City damaged by fire

    MARSEILLE—One of France’s most important landmarks of modernist architecture, La Cité Radieuse housing estate in Marseille, built by the architect Le Corbusier, has been damaged by fire. Fire services fought for over 12 hours to put out a blaze that began on Thursday afternoon in a first floor flat in the nine-storey concrete complex which is [...] Read more
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    WikiLeaks banned from UNESCO conference on WikiLeaks

    PARIS—WikiLeaks denounced UNESCO for banning WikiLeaks from tomorrow’s international conference about WikiLeaks. The large two-day conference, which has 37 speakers listed, is to be held UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. US organizers have stacked the conference with WikiLeaks opponents and blocked all speakers from WikiLeaks, stating that the decision to censor WikiLeaks representation was an exercise [...] Read more

    McNay Art Museum Receives $5 Million Bequest

    SAN ANTONIO, TX—The McNay Art Museum has received a bequest of five million dollars from museum trustee Nancy Blackburn Hamon, who passed away last year, reports Steve Bennett of the San Antonio Express News. Museum director William J. Chiego states that the endowment is intended for the Jane & Arthur Stieren Center for Exhibitions. Said Chiego [...] Read more

    Lillian Bassman, Fashion and Fine-Art Photographer, Dies at 94

    NEW YORK—Lillian Bassman, a magazine art director and fashion photographer who achieved renown in the 1940s and ’50s with high-contrast, dreamy portraits of sylphlike models, then re-emerged in the ’90s as a fine-art photographer after a cache of lost negatives resurfaced, died on Monday at her home in Manhattan. She was 94. Her son, Eric [...] Read more
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    Gerhard Richter Mobbed by Paparazzi as Retrospective Opens in Berlin

    BERLIN—One day after his 80th birthday, the German painter Gerhard Richter on Friday unveiled a major retrospective at Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie. A planned walk by the artist through the exhibition space had to be canceled after he was mobbed by dozens of photographers more typically associated with the movie stars up the block at the Berlinale film festival, [...] Read more

    Dance Awards Announced for Mikhail Baryshnikov, Michel Kouakou, and William Forsythe

    NEW YORK—Mikhail Baryshnikov has been named winner of the Vilcek Prize for the Arts, which honors the contributions of foreign-born artists and scientists in the United States and includes a cash prize of one hundred thousand dollars, reports Julie Bloom of the New York Times. The Vilcek Foundation notes in a statement that Baryshnikov is being [...] Read more

    Finnish Museum Employees March to Parliament

    FINLAND—Employees of the National Board of Antiquities in Finland, a organization which oversees the country’s museums, have staged a demonstration in Helsinki to protest proposed job cuts as well as the closure of the museums, reports YLE. The staff marched from the Finnish National Museum to parliament with a petition to request more resources as opposed [...] Read more
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    UC Berkeley cop cleared in federal jury civil rights ruling

    CALIFORNIA—A federal jury has ruled in favor of a UC Berkeley police officer who was accused of violating a student’s rights during a 2009 protest.The San Francisco jury decided late Friday afternoon after deliberating less than five hours that Officer Brendan Tinney did not violate Zhivka Valiavicharska’s civil rights during the November 2009 demonstration near [...] Read more

    Hungary’s government tightens grip on arts

    HUNGARY—The national conservative government, led by Viktor Orban, stands accused of systematically replacing key figures in cultural institutions, staging pro-government exhibitions, rethinking permanent museum displays and replacing historic statues to fit its political agenda. There have been other government-instigated changes in personnel at leading institutions. Laszlo Simon, a Fidesz party MP and chairman of the [...] Read more
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    Egyptian University students maintain place at vanguard of revolution

    EGYPT—Cairo University students weren’t the only ones to bring the ongoing revolution into their campus. By late March, students across the country found themselves in direct confrontation with authorities. Students at Nile University, the only university in Egypt dedicated to research, joined the student movement when the state commandeered the university’s premises and forbade faculty and [...] Read more
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    Robert E. Hecht Jr. (1920–2012)

    FRANCE—American art dealer Robert E. Hecht Jr. passed away died as his home in Paris on Wednesday. He was ninety-two. Hecht has been involved with classical antiquity trading for several decades and was most recently the subject of a criminal trial in Rome on the charges of trafficking looted artifacts. The case against him focuses [...] Read more
  • 08

    Sarkozy Asks Louvre to Turn France’s Naval Headquarters Into a New National Museum

    FRANCE—The Hôtel de la Marine was built by Louis XV on Paris’s Place de la Concorde in the 18th century and later became the headquarters of the French navy. Now that France’s naval offices plan to move to the still-under-construction “French Pentagon” in 2014, the building needs a new purpose. President Nicolas Sarkozy has decided that the historic [...] Read more

    Antoni Tàpies (1923–2012)

    SPAIN—Painter, sculptor, and art theorist Antoni Tàpies passed away on February 6th, according to AFP. His works ranged from abstract compositions on canvas to a ten-foot-high model of a sock with a hole in its heel. In 1948, Tàpies helped found the Spanish movement Dau al Set, closely affiliated with Surrealist and Dadaist movements. Over a decade [...] Read more

    MoMA Acquires Works by Feminist Artists

    NEW YORK—This week the Museum of Modern Art said it had acquired important groups of work from the 1960s and ‘70s in a variety of mediums by Martha Rosler and Valie Export. Included are all Ms. Rosler’s original photo montages as well as a complete set of 20 color prints of her landmark series “Bringing [...] Read more
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    Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei to Create 2012 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion

    UK—Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei are set to create the 2012 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion. In a press release issued today, Serpentine notes that the pavilion will lead visitors to the space beneath the gallery’s lawn, allowing them to “explore the hidden history of its previous pavilions.” The work will include eleven columns characterizing [...] Read more

    Guggenheim to Close Berlin Outpost

    GERMANY—Carol Vogel reports for the New York Times that the Deutsche Guggenheim will be closing at the end of 2012. Though neither Deutsche Bank nor the Guggenheim enumerated any concrete reasons behind the decision, the director of the Guggenheim Foundation, Richard Armstrong, stated: “Berlin today is a very different city from what it was when we [...] Read more

    Design Selected for AIDS Memorial Park in Manhattan

    NEW YORK—“Infinite Forest,” a design proposed by a team of architects at Studio a+i, has won a competition for an AIDS memorial park in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, reports the Associated Press in an article published on the Washington Post. The park was previously part of the former St. Vincent’s Hospital; after the institution’s bankruptcy, Rudin Management [...] Read more
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    Students continue to speak out against budget issue

    CALIFORNIA—It’s been two months since student protesters rallied in the quad at Cal State Fullerton to protest a soon-to-be-enacted nine percent tuition increase for the California State University system. The protesters then followed that up by “occupying” an area behind the Pollak Library for three days and nights. The nine percent tuition increase passed and [...] Read more
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    Artist and poet Dorothea Tanning dies at age 101

    NYC— Artist and poet Dorothea Tanning, died peacefully in her home in New York City on January 31.  She was 101 years old.  For 34 years, she shared a loving partnership with her husband, Max Ernst, first in the United States and later in France.  After his death in 1976, she returned to New York and [...] Read more

    Guards at London’s National Gallery on Strike to Protest Staff Cuts

    UK—The Leonardo exhibition at the National Gallery in London faces disruption by strikes action from this week. Security guards say cuts leave works vulnerable to damage or theft. They are planning two-hour stoppages on 19 and 28 January and 2 and 4 February, with other possible dates to follow. The strike follows the gallery’s instruction to the guards [...] Read more

    Artist Mike Kelly reportedly dies at age 58

    NYC—Mike Kelley, one of the most critically acclaimed artists of his generation, has reportedly died at the age of 58.  The Observer has reported that according to several sources close to the artist died, a cause of death has not been confirmed. The artist had recently been selected for the 2012 Whitney Biennial, an exhibition [...] Read more

    US State Department and RISD Work Together on ART in Embassies

    PROVIDENCE, RI—ART in Embassies (AIE), the US State Department, has began its inaugural art program in partnership with the Rhode Island School of Design. ART in Embassies: Morocco, which will be a winter-session studio art course, is being taught by artist Jim Drain as well as other RISD students and will culminate in a student-made [...] Read more

    Hauser & Wirth Announces Opening of Second New York Gallery

    NEW YORK—Hauser & Wirth has announced the opening of a second location in New York City, a twenty-three-thousand-square-foot exhibition and project space located at 511 West Eighteenth Street. Set to open to in fall of 2012, the new location will serve “as a counterpoint to the intimacy of the gallery’s Upper East Side townhouse,” stated [...] Read more