“In a statement to the museum, Facebook explained the painting was taken down for ‘containing excessive amounts of skin or suggestive content.’ On Friday, the museum uploaded the colorful image – which features a woman suggestively licking an ice cream cone — to its Facebook page with the following message … “
“The problem with collecting masterworks of great artists is that the act of ownership is in itself a kind of theft, stealing from the public commons of genius.”
“The Philadelphia Museum of Art’s International Pop exhibition starts on February 24th. To promote it, an Art Museum staffer posted the image above – Belgian artist Evelyne Axell’s 1964 painting Ice Cream – on Facebook. … Per the Art Museum, it was removed from the site for ‘containing excessive amounts of skin or suggestive content.'”
“The Grand Palais in Paris will have to close for at least two years to undergo major renovations, … raising fears about the fate of key culture events held at the site such as major exhibitions, the Monumenta contemporary art commission and Fiac Modern and contemporary art fair.”
This brought an anticlimactic end to a trial in Federal District Court in Lower Manhattan that has lasted nearly three weeks and included dramatic testimony from a string of art experts, former Knoedler employees, and the De Soles themselves.
The university “has hired curator Marta Kuzma, the vice chancellor and rector of the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm, Sweden, as the next dean of its School of Art. Kuzma will be the first woman to serve in the position in the school’s 147-year history. Kuzma takes the place of curator Robert Storr, who took the reins in 2006 after four years as a professor at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.”
“Visitors will experience an immersive journey back to Van Gogh’s Yellow House, which is located outside of the museum’s campus in Chicago’s neighborhood of River North. The bedroom runs for just $10 a night and is part of a larger apartment. Dates will be released through the posting monthly and fill up quickly.”
“Starbucks has started selling art from a new coffee bar in Chelsea, amid some of the biggest galleries in New York. The Fortune 500 company opened a branch in the neighbourhood in late November with an exhibition of paintings and drawings by the young US artist Robert Otto Epstein, each of which was on sale for between $1,000 and $3,000.”
“The rock-carved underground church is located within a castle in the center of Nevşehir … It is reported that some of the frescoes here are unique. There are exciting depictions like fish falling from the hand of Jesus Christ, him rising up into the sky, and the bad souls being killed.”
“As alleged, Eric Spoutz created an entire world of fiction to make a profit—from the fraudulent paintings he was selling, to the phony letters and receipts for provenance,” said FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Diego Rodriguez.
“Al-Jazari … worked as the chief engineer at Artuklu Palace, headquarters of the Artuqid dynasty that ruled over parts of Turkey, Syria and Iraq in the 11th and 12th centuries. During his time there, he invented a large number of devices that revolutionized mechanical engineering … Perhaps Al-Jazari’s most wondrous inventions were his clocks, because they were about so much more than just telling the time.”
“The Warhol screen print of a man’s genitalia was bought by accident after a clueless seller sold a couch through the site and threw in a box of junk that happened to contain the artwork. A New Jersey woman was the lucky buyer who decided to pick up the box while collecting the couch, all for $200, on the Lower East Side.”
“A public protest on the scale of the movement fighting for the preservation of local libraries has yet to get under way. So far, the British public seem to feel less ownership of their neighbourhood museum. But anger is growing, with campaign groups springing up to protect specific gems.”
“The case against Ms. Freedman, whose testimony had long been anticipated, is expected to be dismissed in Federal District Court in Manhattan on Monday, said Luke Nikas, a lawyer for Ms. Freedman. But the case against Knoedler, now entering its third week, would continue.”
“Conceptual art is new in Saudi Arabia — a visual language that is easily understood by a young generation steeped in Internet culture, but flies just as easily past Saudi censors. Gharem and his band of young artists push the boundaries of critical speech now, not with words but with images.”
“Mills considers everything that has happened as the result of the museum’s original 2007 move into the Pearl District from its home on Southwest Corbett. That move wasn’t just geographic; it changed the culture of the museum (which had been known as Contemporary Crafts Gallery) as it raised its visibility and quality of exhibitions. And it was far more expensive. ‘I don’t think they ever recovered,’ Mills said.”
“When it opens in mid-March, there will be no other commercial gallery like it in Los Angeles, New York or, for that matter, the rest of the Americas.”
“In 2011, Farouk Al-Rawi, an Iraqi Assyriologist now living in Britain, was shown a group of cuneiform tablets by an antiquities dealer in the Kurdish part of Iraq. He spotted among them a large, unusually shaped fragment and urged the Sulaymaniyah Museum to acquire the whole group.”
In an art market governed largely by pretense and money, does a masterpiece have any intrinsic value?
“One can imagine a near-future museum with every important artwork in the world – the entire contents of E H Gombrich’s 1950 classic The Story of Art – made manifest in a single super-didactic replica collection. This is not necessarily a bad thing, as long as no one feels fooled. A copy is just a copy, entirely legal and often useful (not least for scholarship and education), and becomes a forgery only if the work is used to defraud.”
“Air strikes by a Saudi Arabia-led coalition and attacks by fundamentalist groups linked to Al Qaeda and ISIS have caused widespread destruction to Yemen’s heritage, losses that have been under-reported compared with the destruction wreaked by extremists in Syria and northern Iraq. The latest casualty is the National Museum in the city of Taiz, which was badly damaged when shelled by Houthis militants on Sunday.”
Says Yves Bouvier: “If I buy for two and I can sell for eleven, I will sell for eleven.” (That’s not counting the commission.) “I think in [my client’s] head the problem was not that Bouvier made money – it was that he made too much money.”
An NGO called les Toits du Monde is the developer behind the scheme, which uses prefabricated metal-and-glass boxes bolted into steel supports. on top of existing buildings.
“Artists and arts writers can list many galleries that have closed or moved towns during the last decade. With few major spots left, artists were shocked when the board of The Jacobs Gallery, located in the city’s performing arts center, announced that it would close at the end of January.”
“The Picasso Administration, charged with managing the artist’s estate, … said the canvas is a copy of a 1940 work by the great Spanish artist, Woman Dressing Her Hair – and the original is in the hands of New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).”
On the pro side: “powerful tribute”; “iconic image”.
On the con side: “egotistical victim porn”; “an opportunist move to hitchhike onto a current tragedy”.
“It will be all about the collection when the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art opens its doors to the public May 14 after a three-year rebuilding that roughly doubles its size and triples its gallery space.”
“Citing rising costs that by some estimates had reached $2.5 billion, the Japanese government announced last July that it was scrapping Ms. Hadid’s plan for the 80,000-seat venue.” This did not make her happy. “Her studio has stepped up the attack in recent weeks, saying that [the replacement] design closely copied hers in significant ways, and … raised the possibility of legal action … for copyright infringement.”
He’ll be following the very controversial installation last summer by Anish Kapoor, about which Eliasson said, “France has always been incredibly strong on the issue of freedom of expression. Culture is its cornerstone. The controversy surrounding Kapoor should not be given disproportionate importance.”
“The mystery of what will happen to Picasso’s 1931 plaster bust of his mistress and muse Marie-Thérèse Walter after the Museum of Modern Art’s blockbuster show closes on Sunday has been temporarily resolved. The two parties disputing the sculpture’s ownership … both claim that they own the bust and that it was sold to them by the daughter of Picasso and Ms. Walter.”