Scotland Buys Botticelli To Keep It In Scotland. Only It’s Not There.

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“Like an ageing rock star, it’s on tour, put to work to raise money. The first performance was at the Frick Collection in New York. It’s now on display at the de Young Museum in San Francisco until May, when it will travel to the Kimbell Art Museum. Texas will hang the Botticelli after all. Visitors in Edinburgh will come face to face with a blank space on the wall.”

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Do Art And Science Really Have Anything To Say To One Another?

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“Art and science, we feel, should have something to say to each other. But perhaps they speak different languages after all. I don’t speak the language of science too well, either, but I do know one thing: it is concerned with the wonder of nature. There is a depressing lack of wonder in this technically sophisticated but intellectually and emotionally empty art.”

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Tate Modern Director Steps Down

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“It will be announced in Germany on Friday afternoon that Dercon, who is Belgian, has been lured to take over from Frank Castorf in 2017, another coup for the country’s culture ministry which also persuaded the British Museum’s Neil MacGregor to move the city to take charge of the committee overseeing the new Humboldt-Forum cultural centre.”

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Kenyan Government Denounces Its Own Venice Biennale Pavilion

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“Outrage had been growing within Kenya’s artistic community ever since it was announced that only one Kenyan had been selected to represent the country at this year’s international exhibition, along with six Chinese artists (none of whom live or work in Kenya) and one Italian artist.”

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Big Win: Board Extends Landmark Status To Interior Of Corcoran Museum

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“At last month’s hearing, university representatives sought to limit the designation, saying they need flexibility to use the space for educational purposes. But in its nomination, the nonprofit DC Preservation League requested that historic status extend to most of the building, including the auditorium and basement studio space.”

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Former Jasper Johns Aid Gets 18 Months In Prison For Art Theft

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James Meyer “worked as an assistant to Johns for 25 years, and stole the works over the course of a six-year period, from 2006 to 2012. He admitted to stealing 22 works from Johns, all of which were unfinished pieces that the artist had not authorized for sale. Meyer sold them for a total of $6.5 million, and pocketed half of the proceeds.” (And now that he’s being sentences, he’s very, very sorry.)

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How Well Are Museums Moving Into The Digital Future? Here Are 41 Good Examples

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“The best recent innovations have been gathered in a new report, Next Practices in Digital and Technology, that the Association of Art Museum Directors is set to release on Friday. The report describes 41 museum projects that use digital technology to engage visitors, make collections more accessible and understandable or improve museum operations like ticketing and collections management.”

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Post-Apocalyptic Art – It WAS Fantasy (Now Prediction?)

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“There is, of course, one great difference between earlier artistic impressions of the end of civilisation and these contemporary cataclysms. Today, the end of the world as we know is not a romantic fantasy, but a potential reality. Overwhelming scientific evidence minutely charts human-caused climate change. Sombre analyses carefully map the likely consequences of melting ice caps and rising sea levels on a precise timeline. We can’t look at these surreal images as playful acts of imagination; they are reasonable predictions.”

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Christo’s Next Project Will Let Us Walk On Water (Sort Of)

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His first major work to be realized since The Gates in 2005 – and the first since the death of his wife and partner, Jeanne-Claude – The Floating Piers will be “three kilometres of shimmering yellow walkways on Lake Iseo in Italy that will link two of its islands to the mainland for the first time.”

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How Did San Francisco’s Fine Arts Museums Lose Their Director After Just Two Years? And What Do They Do Now?

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“The departure of Colin Bailey, director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco since June 2013, to become director of the Morgan Library and Museum in Manhattan. throws FAMSF back into a quandary, if not a crisis, of leadership. … Most museum directors who change jobs in less than two years’ time leave under a cloud of dissension or discontent, but Bailey told The Chronicle by phone that he had not been looking for a job elsewhere.”

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Prada Foundation Opens Contemporary Art Museum in Milan

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“For more than 20 years, the Prada Foundation has been staging contemporary art exhibitions in abandoned warehouses and disused churches” in Milan. “Recently, however, the Prada Foundation has set its sights on establishing permanent homes to present exhibitions and to show its vast holdings of art, mostly works from the 1950s to the present.”

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How The New Whitney Could Be The Next Great Contemporary Art Museum

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The museum used to be a storehouse for the art of the past, the display of supposed masterpieces, the insightful exploration of the present in the context of the long or compressed histories that preceded it. Now — especially as embodied by the Tate Modern, Guggenheim Bilbao, and our beloved MoMA — the museum is a revved-up showcase of the new, the now, the next, an always-activated market of events and experiences, many of which lack any reason to exist other than to occupy the museum industry — an industry that critic Matthew Collings has called “bloated and foolish, corporatist, ghastly and death-ridden.”

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Online Art Buying Increased Dramatically In 2014

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“The majority of online transactions — 84 percent — were below $15,000, the report stated. It also found that social media were influential in the online market, with 24 percent of respondents saying that posts by museums, galleries and artist studios had a direct influence on their art-buying decisions.”

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Claim: There Are No Arguments That Aren’t Lame For Keeping Stolen Artifacts

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“In many ways, the whole question of what role the British Museum had in preserving the Elgin Marbles is beside the point — as it is with the Indigenous Australian artifacts, many of which it did undoubtedly preserve for posterity. That museums have saved cultural artifacts is no reason for them to retain ownership of those objects obtained through questionable means from countries now more than capable of housing them — especially at a time in history when the malicious legacies of colonialism have become painfully obvious.”

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What The New Yorker’s Comics Editor Looks For In Great Work

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“Often, we separate intellectual discourse from emotional reaction. But I take such genuine pleasure in things that are intellectually well architected. It’s definitely an integrated experience for me. Much more than any kind of cheap, emotional pulls that you get in popular culture, when I read a sentence and it’s beautifully written, it can bring me to tears.”

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The Dangers of Returning Artifacts

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“For those of us who have worried about how to frame the loss of artifacts when multitudes are being raped, murdered or displaced, it is a message that is paradoxically comforting – or at least useful. The fate of living humans and the fate of ancient stones turn out to be intimately linked.”

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The New Whitney Museum ‘Might Just Solve The Impossible Problem Of Contemporary Art,’ Says Jerry Saltz

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“Believe it or not, I am in love with what this building represents – and with its perfectly titled inaugural show, ‘America Is Hard to See.’ The show includes 600 works by around 400 artists, drawn entirely from the museum’s collection of over 21,000 works by 3,000 artists, and it makes me think this museum might just point to one way through the current morass.”

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First-Ever Chicago Architecture Biennial Takes Shape

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The 63 participants in the upstart exhibition … come from more than 30 countries on six continents. … They include architects whose designs range from a luxury Mexican house made up of pentagon-shaped pavilions to the painting of abandoned houses in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood in such colors as ‘Currency Exchange Yellow’. Some, like Chicago’s Jeanne Gang and the Danish firm BIG, already are well-known. Others have built little but have big ideas.”

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10 Fun Facts About The Whitney Museum

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“The Whitney likes to treat their artists right. If you have a piece in the collection, you’ll never pay a dime to access the museum for the rest of your life.”

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