“We’re in an age where there’s a lot of fire, there’s a lot of confrontation around identity. … We’re looking at what we’re putting (on) the table and looking at who’s accepting it and who’s not, so I think this conversation is really timely.”
“The collection’s crown jewel is a rich ball of mustard-y Indian Yellow. This pigment comes not from maize, nor earth, but from the dehydrated urine of a cow subsisting exclusively on mango leaves.”
“‘I’m trying to capture these kids at their most authentic time,’ she said. ‘They’re not being watched by their teachers and parents.’ She photographed them playing sports, or just hanging out.”
“The way I see it, you have two choices: one is that you can feel like you’re driving your position, or you accept that somebody else is driving and you’re simply waiting around for somebody to pick you up. You can’t afford to do that.”
“Over her career, [Betye] Saar has quietly and firmly built a body of work that touches on the magical, the personal and the political — something she continues to do to this day. In fact, just three months shy of her 90th birthday, Saar is busy.”
“This is the second New York museum to announce changes to staff in the face of an expensive expansion.”
Fog isn’t the first thing that springs to mind when you encounter the rippling white cliff face that now looms behind the museum’s original home, built in 1995 by Swiss po-mo maestro Mario Botta. It looks more like a gigantic meringue, a building-sized baked alaska slumped on the skyline between Botta’s weighty temple and the elegant Art Deco tower of the Pacific Bell building behind.
The move follows the release of internal documents seen by the Guardian that appear to show the British Museum, National Portrait Gallery and other institutions bending to accommodate the demands of the oil company.
Projected at 12,000 lumens, phrases like “ULTRA LUXURY ART/ULTRA LOW WAGES,” “EVERY DAY IS MAY DAY,” and “1%” glowed on the museum’s walls. An eerie video loop of the faces and names of trustee members was followed by the scolding statement “YOU BROKE TRUST.”
“Only 27% of the 590 major solo shows organised by nearly 70 institutions between 2007 and 2013 were devoted to women, The Art Newspaper’s annual attendance survey reveals.”
“Just past sunset on Saturday, a man standing atop an aircraft carrier along the Brooklyn waterfront waved a long bamboo pole with a black garbage bag attached to it, and hundreds of tiny lights shot up like sparks spat from a fire.”
“Some five years into its violent civil war, Syria remains a hotbed of archaeological exploration. Such exploration involves perhaps a good deal more danger than those archaeologists envisioned when they were in graduate school.”
“With Harriet Tubman coming to the American $20 bill, and other changes being made to the look of money in the United States, the design of dollars is once again set to evolve. But our current bills still hold many of the symbols and motifs that existed in our earliest paper money, the Colonial and Continental currencies.”
Gabriele Finaldi said the floor space of the gallery “hasn’t actually changed pretty much in a generation and we are now having 50% more visitors, and potentially that is going to grow in the future”.
Billie Tisch (widow of Laurence Tisch of Loews Corp. and CBS) has sued South Florida art dealer Kenneth Hendel for the return of a 1928 portrait of Marie-Thérèse Walter that she last saw in 2009 but didn’t know had been taken until a few weeks ago. Hendel insists he purchased the painting lawfully and has legal title to it.
“National Geographic has received exclusive photographs that appear to confirm the destruction of the Mashki and Nergal Gates by the Islamic State (ISIS) at the ancient site of Nineveh in Iraq.”
In a deal struck with the city, Pinault will take over the historical Bourse du Commerce (commodity stock exchange) building, which is close to the Louvre. The opening is scheduled for the end of 2018.
Q: So five years, 1.5 million images, mobile apps, access points in the galleries. That’s a huge endeavour. The big question is, why? A: Well, it’s obvious. This collection doesn’t belong to the museum. It belongs to the public. And technology is the way we’re going to give it back.
Zaha Hadid’s Firm Wins Its First Post-Zaha Commission
“Zaha Hadid Architects won an international design competition for the Sberbank Technopark building, which will be built at the Skolkovo Innovation Center near [Moscow]. The new science and technology park – designed to host emerging IT, biomedical, energy, nuclear and space innovation companies – is said to be Russia’s answer to Silicon Valley.
“Cruise ships regularly disgorge thousands of passengers to visit attractions beyond the docks, but in the case of Salerno, this ancient and gracious Italian city of 133,000 people south of Naples, the first must-see site may soon become the maritime terminal itself.”
Jerry Saltz and Rachel Corbett collect the testimony and assemble a timeline – with, at its center, the still-notorious 1993 Whitney Biennial.
Thirty-one teams from North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia are competing in the 1st-Annual International RobotArt Competition. Votes from the public will help select the winner.
Generous initial offer to help in reconstructing the ruined city, or empty gesture of solidarity? Public educational endeavor, or merely another selfie magnet? And the questions don’t stop there.
“Mr. Emanuel is pitching a new plan that would include demolishing a much derided but spacious older section of the city’s lakefront convention center to make room for the museum and a new park. New convention space would be added under the plan as well.”
“Back in 1999, Ms. Sherman insisted that ‘I’m under so many layers of makeup that I’m trying to obliterate myself in the images. I’m not revealing anything.’ Now she admits to a more ‘personal aspect’ in her images of aging stars: ‘I, as an older woman, am struggling with the idea of being an older woman.'”
“Mr. Smith, for example, who has taken over the super PAC’s Instagram arm, has made a series of photographs of gun owners extolling their favorite weapons. The artist Will Steacy, who describes himself as a ‘former union laborer,’ makes collages that reveal a stance closer to Libertarianism.”
“‘We’re moving into a space and not having a capital campaign,’ said Ethan Seltzer, PICA’s board president and a professor of urban studies and planning at Portland State University. ‘This is mind-blowing.'”
“In the 16th century, Pope Gregory assigned the monk and geographer Ignazio Danti to carry out the project. In turn, Danti hired several artistic stars of the day and up-and-comers as well to illustrate the maps, including Girolamo Muziano, Cesare Nebbia and the Flemish brothers Matthijs and Paul Bril. The Brils excelled at landscape paintings—an essential skill for the work.”
“Art Brussels, meanwhile, packed a taut punch into its new space and welcomed a fair-record 10,000 visitors its first day, Ms. Gregos said. She demurs from calling it ‘Europe’s most cutting edge major art fair,’ (but it seems likely it is).”
“SFMOMA is about to rise high up the table of art museums and become an unmissable attraction on the west coast. Without doubt this achievement is in part a product of the money-fuelled transformation of the Bay Area – and the gallery’s expansion is unlikely to silence the increasingly loud talk of how the tech industry has stripped San Francisco of its culture and its soul.”