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Visual ArtsSun, 24 May 2015 17:00
Cuba’s Open – For A Cultural Feeding Frenzy At The Havana Biennial

“The artists there are very excited and they’re going all out. They’re looking at cultivating a better connection to the art world.”Source: Los Angeles Times

Visual ArtsSun, 24 May 2015 16:00
These Are Ruins That Even ISIS Can’t Destroy

“Decay and loss is the point. If ISIS knocks down the columns, or dynamites the carved lion’s head I found lying around that day, the disaster will be survivable. … I’ll take some consolation knowing the site has been explored and recorded by waves of archaeologists for more than a century. We know Palmyra’s secrets, […]Source: The New York Times

Visual ArtsSat, 23 May 2015 18:35
Illumination Artists Sue NYPD Over Arrests In Museum Protest

“They were charged with unlawful posting of advertisements for projecting images critical of Koch and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Even someone who’s not a lawyer can tell that there are two problems with that charge. The statute defines ‘posting’ as sticking to something. Images and projections don’t stick, and no advertisements were involved.”Source: Artnet

Visual ArtsFri, 22 May 2015 21:55
Palmyra’s Antiquities Have Been In Danger Long Before ISIS Showed Up

UNESCO warnings about Palmyra go back as far as 2013, predating the rise of ISIS. Historian Eleanor Robson said that throughout the four-year Syrian civil war, the city’s antiquities have been imperiled by “members of the Assad regime, rebels, criminals, and opportunists.” She added, “It’s been chaos for years.”Source: The Atlantic

Visual ArtsFri, 22 May 2015 18:34
Perhaps The Most Audacious (And Ridiculous) Art Heist Ever (And How It Shook The British Government)

“The resulting image shows the young Irish art student, the belt of his tweed overcoat flapping as he moves at speed, grappling with the heavy gilt frame containing Berthe Morisot’s Jour d’Eté and two large pieces of card attempting to cover the image of two French ladies on a boating lake. After jumping into a […]Source: The Independent (UK)

Visual ArtsFri, 22 May 2015 17:45
What We Look At: Big Data Suggests That Applying Filters To Pictures Increases Our Interest In Them

“Overall, controlling for things like a user’s follower count and the popularity of the larger stream in which a given photo sits, “filtered photos are 21% more likely to be viewed and 45% more likely to be commented on” than unfiltered ones. As for which filters have which effects, the authors examined five.”Source: New York Magazine

Visual ArtsFri, 22 May 2015 16:52
Police Shut Down Controversial Venice Biennale Project

“The provocative project, created inside a long-unused Catholic church, serves as Iceland’s national pavilion for the 56th Venice Biennale and was intended in part to highlight the absence of a mosque in the historic heart of Venice, a city whose art and architecture were deeply influenced by Islamic trade and culture.”Source: The New York Times

Visual ArtsFri, 22 May 2015 15:02
Who Owns What? Artist Takes Instagram Pix, Hangs Them In Gallery And Sells Them For A Fortune

Right now, at the Gagosian Gallery in New York, you can purchase someone’s Instagram photo for around $100,000. The money won’t go to the photographer, however, it will go to “artist” Richard Prince, who has blown up and made prints of other people’s Instagram photos for his exhibit, “New Portraits.”Source: Gothamist

Visual ArtsFri, 22 May 2015 13:59
Why UNESCO Is Freaking Out About The Safety Of Palmyra Treasures As ISIS Invades

The city contains the ruins of what, according to UNESCO, “was one of the most important cultural centers of the ancient world” — an important Silk Road hub where East met West more 2,000 years ago. A World Heritage Site, Palmyra is heralded by experts as having some of the finest Roman-era ruins in existence.Source: Los Angeles Times

Visual ArtsThu, 21 May 2015 14:16
UNESCO Warns That Antiquities In Palmyra World Heritage Site Are Threatened By ISIS

“Palmyra is home to a UNESCO world heritage site and is famous for its 2,000-year-old ruins, including a Roman aqueduct and necropolises. Syria’s antiquities chief said on Saturday that the militants would destroy the ancient ruins if they took control of the city.”Source: NBC News

Visual ArtsThu, 21 May 2015 01:10
Eccentric Frank Gehry Guesthouse Once Valued At $4.5M Sells At Auction For $750K

“Once valued at $4.5 million, the house had been estimated to sell for up to $1.5 million. But after less than five minutes of lackluster bidding, auctioneer Richard Wright declared it “Sold” to a telephone bidder for $750,000, plus auction house fees.”Source: The Star-Tribune (Mpls)

Visual ArtsWed, 20 May 2015 16:29
Landmarks Commission Rules Against Altering Modernist NYC Classic

“The interior of the Four Seasons restaurant, a vision of Modernist elegance with its French walnut paneling and white marble pool of bubbling water, should not be changed, New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission decided on Tuesday.”Source: The New York Times

Visual ArtsTue, 19 May 2015 22:19
Brooklyn Museum Appoints Anne Pasternak As New Director

“The choice of Ms. Pasternak is unusual because she has never held a job in a museum. After a brief period working for a commercial art gallery, her career has unfolded entirely within the nonprofit world of up-by-your-bootstraps alternative spaces and nomadic arts groups. But at Creative Time, where she assumed the directorship in 1994, […]Source: The New York Times

Visual ArtsTue, 19 May 2015 21:13
Surprise: Whitney Museum Announces A New Chief Curator

“At a meeting with the board of trustees on May 19, director Adam Weinberg announced that Scott Rothkopf, 38, is getting a promotion to chief curator. Currently the Nancy and Steve Crown family curator and associate director of programs, his new title will be deputy director for programs and Nancy and Steve Crown family chief […]Source: Vulture

Visual ArtsTue, 19 May 2015 19:07
A First: Artist To Be Depicted On English Currency (And Public Will Vote On Who)

“Speaking at the Victoria and Albert museum here on Tuesday, Mark Carney, the governor of the bank, said that artists, sculptors, ceramicists, craftsmen, designers, architects and filmmakers are eligible as long as they are not alive or fictional.”Source: The New York Times

Visual ArtsTue, 19 May 2015 18:05
Detroit Rebound Being Led By Art?

“For many observers the new wave of public murals represents another example of the way art and culture are playing a key role in reviving the city, attracting visitors and injecting bursts of optimism, energy and creativity into the city that run parallel to commercial development.”Source: Detroit Free Press

Visual ArtsMon, 18 May 2015 18:00
Just Why *Did* USC’s Entire First-Year MFA Student Cohort Quit?

“I had a dreamy first semester — it had a tone of rigor. But we’ve lost that this semester.”Source: Los Angeles Times

Visual ArtsMon, 18 May 2015 17:00
Canada Finds A Woman Guilty Of Harassment For Instagramming Street Art

Jennifer Pawluck “was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and 18 months probation. Her community service must be completed within a year. The 22-year-old college student has also been forbidden from posting any public messages on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, and must restrict her use of the social media platforms to private communications for […]Source: Hyperallergic

Visual ArtsMon, 18 May 2015 16:45
The New Republic Seriously Loves The New Whitney

“In an age when museums have overtaken churches as the apex of architectural aspiration, Piano is our Brunelleschi.”Source: The New Republic

Visual ArtsMon, 18 May 2015 16:15
Who Should Be In Control Of Peggy Guggenheim’s Legacy?

“On Tuesday, one of Guggenheim’s grandsons will launch a court appeal to have the Italian collection restored to its original state, claiming it has been ‘diluted’ by art from other sources. Sandro Rumney, who was born in Venice but lives in France, his half brother Nicolas Hélion and their five children, also want ‘protection’ in […]Source: The Guardian (UK)


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