PILOT GIVES $60 MILLION to Smithsonian for new annex for
the Air and Space Museum. New annex will be four times the size
of current A&S building on the National Mall.
Washington Post 9/30/99
Politics of Restoration: The Vatican's St. Peter's gets a facelift,
restoring some original color to the facade. Critics decry the
job as a post-modern tilt, "the desire to transform
everything into a movie set." New
York Times 9/30/99
BROOKLYN SALVOS: New York mayor accuses Brooklyn Museum
of conspiring with auction house to raise the value of works
in controversial show. And your point is...
New York Times 9/30/99
analysis of Brooklyn brouhaha.
WIDE SHUT: An ambitious plan to build a Lincoln Center-size
cultural center for Boston's opera, ballet and Wang Center fizzles
when a developer pulls the plug.
Boston Globe 9/29/99
SURVEY: Rather than putting a century of American art in
some sort of revealing context, the Whitney Museum's enormous
project "The American Century: Art and Culture 1900-2000,"
is superficial - nothing less than "the culmination
of a century of suspender-snapping cultural nationalism"
writes New York Magazine. New
York Magazine 10/4/99
proposes 45-story $850 million Frank Gehry building for a West
Side pier. The new museum would contain large exhibition wings,
a theater, a skating rink and other public amenities.
New York Times 9/28/99[moved
to paid archive]
make it to St. Petersburg to see the Hermitage? IBM has spent
two years and $2 million putting the museum online in high resolution.
Now you can see 3000 of the museum's artworks with just a few
clicks. Hartford Courant
TO BE OUTDONE: Chicago looks to regain the "tallest
building in the world" title. City council meets to consider
the $500 million, 112-story building proposal designed by Skidmore,
Owings & Merrill. It looks "like a pencil you could
snap in two." Chicago
who put graffiti on walls are usually shunned - even put in
jail if caught. But a group of Philadelphia graffiti artists
are touring the country to explain their artform.
San Antonio Express
ART: With a tenth anniversary show
of the work of "Lion Kinger" Julie Taymor, Columbus'
Wexner Center wonders if the gulf between art and entertainment
exists at all.
Cleveland Plain Dealer 9/26/99
CURATORS, hiring an architect to expand without any public
discussion. Boston Museum of Fine Arts director Malcolm Rogers
is remaking one of America's top cultural institutions. Many
are asking - just what is he making it into? Boston
MFA's School doesn't escape controversy either.
Boston Globe 9/26/99
The real thing: The authenticity
of some of Van Gogh's paintings have been in doubt for years.
This week Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum announced a project to
clear up any questions. AP
CLOSE TO THE THRONE: The
closest thing to a papal election in the British art world is
deciding who will be the new president of the venerable Royal
Academy. The job has grown in recent years - but so have the
RA's fortunes and the intrigues behind getting the job. Financial
South African art was largely
invisible outside its home country during the years of apartheid.
A new New York show puts together artists' work since apartheid
ended - and demonstrates a nation struggling with its identity.
New York Times 9/24/99
OFFICIAL: San Francisco Airport is accredited by the American
Association of Museums for its art scattered throughout the terminals,
making it the only airport museum so honored.
San Francisco Chronicle
TO THE LAB: Frank Gehry designs his first major laboratory as
University of Cincinnati dedicates architect's $46 million Vontz
Center for Molecular Studies. "We drank some wine while we
worked on it," kidded Gehry.
Chicago Tribune 9/23/99
Local reaction. Cincinnati
MONET? A Painting bought in a Nebraska junk shop for $225 and
said to be a Monet is put up for auction on the internet. CBC
Extended stay: One of two Egon
Schiele paintings looted by the Nazis and ordered returned to Austria
earlier this week has been seized by supoena for US Customs. New
York Times 9/23/99
to Lender: Two paintings by Egon Schiele, looted by the Nazis, kept
in the US after they arrived in the United States from Austria two
years ago for a show at the Museum of Modern Art, must be returned
to Austria while their ownership is investigated. So says New York's
New York Times 9/22/99[moved
to paid archives]
York art dealer to stand trial in France for buying painting looted
by Nazis CBC 9/22/99
SHOW OR FOR SHOCK: Critics debate work at Canada's National
Gallery. CBC 9/23/99
(Young British Artists) show opens in San Francisco
SF Examiner 9/23/99
PERFECT: An 80-year-old London artist, once described as "the
best kept secret in British art" has won England's most prestigious
art prize. Prunella Clough tells the BBC that she has never won
a prize before but believes in them in principle.
ASIANS ARE BACK reports the Art Newspaper. The latest round
of auctions found a lot of Asian buyers.
OF THE ART IN THE BIG NEW AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL SHOW at San
Francisco's Legion of Honor SF
IN THE DOTS: Are entrepreneurs making money off the art of Australian
indigenous people without their consent?
Sydney Morning Herald 9/21/99
Indian signs: As the world's
biggest democracy heads for the polls, party symbols - bicycles,
flowers, trees - provide crucial guide to India's 374 political
National Post (Canada)
NEUROTIC REALISM: Contemporary
art finally has a label. Charles Saatchi's second show on the subject
confirms his tag on the new generation of Brits. Financial
OF ART: At the end of the 20th Century we've made the word meaningless
complains Roger Kimball, editor of The
A conversation with Jasper
Johns as his first big show since the 1996 MOMA retrospective opens
in San Francisco.
San Francisco Chronicle 9/19/99
HE DIED, PHILADELPHIA DEVELOPER JOHN MERRIAM left a Tiffany
mosaic installed at the Curtis Center as part of his $119 million
estate. No one will pay what the estate is demanding, so his estate
wants to remove and sell it, setting off the biggest Philadelphia
preservation crisis in years.
CHOOSES ART: Two star curators sit down with FEED Magazine to
talk about the life of the peripatetic international curator and
how the profession is changing. Feed
CLASH: Berlin's Reischstag as remodelled by Sir Norman Foster,
is more Blues Brothers than Beethoven. For Germany's political workers,
moving the government from Bonn to Berlin means a change of style.
Financial Times 9/15/99
MOTHER'S HOME: Workers digging a new road near the Vatican have
discovered a frescoed wall that experts believe might be part of
the emperor's mother's house.
ART NEWSPAPER wonders how much the dollar-value (English pound-value?)
of a work of art affects the way we look at it. There's a little
test at the end of the story.
The ARTNewspaper.com 9/12/99