The departure is a shocking turn of events for MOCA, which has undergone wholesale transformations of its mandate, philosophy and even location in the space of less than a year.
“The destruction of the Temple of Nabu in the Assyrian city of Nimrud in northern Iraq by the Islamic State has been condemned by UNESCO and a leading UK archaeologist. As part of its propaganda campaign, the jihadist group issued video footage earlier this month that appeared to show part of the ancient archaeological site being blown up.”
“Bourne & Shepherd, named for its founding British photographers, Samuel Bourne and Charles Shepherd, officially closed earlier this month, following its last owners’ loss of a 14-year legal battle over the company’s sole space, a building in Kolkata’s busy Esplanade area.”
“In Brazilian artist Laura Lima’s exhibition The Inverse, ‘the participant’s body achieves uncanny abstraction, presence, and suspense,’ according to a description. But two models say Lima went way too far in trying to achieve this effect.”
The museum is contesting a tax bill from the local council of the London borough of Camden for £720,000. The council maintains that revenues from the museum’s two restaurants and gift shop should be taxed at for-profit rates.
“At 350 ft, Birth of a New World is not the tallest sculpture in existence. … But [Zurab] Tsereteli’s work is enormous, 45ft taller than the Statue of Liberty from pedestal to torch. In 1993, Columbus, Ohio, turned it down. Other cities followed suit, including New York, Boston, Cleveland, Fort Lauderdale and Miami. Finally the statue was offered a home in Puerto Rico, where Columbus arrived in 1493.”
“One special feature is an underground passageway that links the new pavilion to the museum’s three existing buildings—which include a converted 1867 prison—that doubles as an exhibition space for a work from the permanent collection the museum has never been able to display in its entirety.”
Because the pound sterling has fallen dramatically, says one expert, “the supply is going to dry up — particularly in the Old Masters market.”
“We wanted to explore this exploitative Victorian hangover that has kidnapped the idea. A muse can simply be someone who unlocks someone else’s creativity, not a dominant objectification.”
“George Lucas didn’t court Chicagoans. He never made the equivalent of a visit to the front parlor to ask if he might build his narrative arts museum (whatever that was) in the city’s front yard. He seemed to consider city approval a matter of entitlement.”
The headline is “Hieronymus Bosch Died 500 Years Ago, But His Art Will Still Creep You Out.” The story below that headline, however, talks of art history custody battles, the Italian Renaissance, and Bosch’s Gothic printing press-style signature.
“Many artists in London who are already accustomed to uncertain incomes are increasingly concerned about the effect Brexit will have on their lives.”
“The relationship between art and social media is a tricky one. The former is about pushing boundaries; the latter, enforcing them — in the case of Instagram, in a literal square.”
“Museums are increasingly using the popular market research tool to gather input from the public and refine exhibitions and programmes. … [Yet] some feel that the use of focus groups to develop exhibitions – a practice pioneered by science and history museums – encourages institutions to act more like for-profit businesses than mission-driven entities.”
“Plans to keep “The Floating Piers” open day and night until July 3 have had to be shelved as it is being worn out faster than expected, local officials said.”
The Guardia Civil has arrested an antiques collector in the town of Bullas and impounded an enormous cache: 4,000 archaeological artifacts, some dating to the Bronze Age; 5,000 rare coins; 150 relics, included a supposed piece of the True Cross once certified by the Vatican; 40 paintings; and 30 manuscripts, including a late medieval Book of Psalms.
“It’s been a year since the entire incoming MFA class at USC’s Roski School of Art decided to drop out en masse, leaving the program with only one student this year, HaeAhn Kwon. In an open letter to Provost Michael Quick, Kwon announced today that she too would be leaving the program, citing ‘the devastating trajectory this school has taken.'”
“Picasso’s Femme Assise, painted in the summer of 1909 – when the artist traveled to the remote Spanish village of Horta de Ebro, which could only be reached by mule – sold for $63.7 million at Sotheby’s in London on Tuesday, making it the most expensive Cubist painting ever sold at auction.”
“Wisdom of the Earth is a 50cm (20in) tall sculpture carved from limestone in a primitive modernist style. … Dating to 1907 or 1908, it is one of just a few Brâncuşi works remaining in his homeland. The government has pledged €5m towards the €11m price, much lower than its estimated value of €15m-20m, and is seeking the rest from private contributions by 30 September.”
“The spectacle part is easy—the floating paths almost compel visitors to try them out, and [the town of] Sulzano expects about 40,000 people a day. But making them work was tricky.”
“A still-life of flowers by Paul Gauguin – which hung for 30 years in the home of a retired Manhattan antiques dealer, who did not know it was by the artist – has been rediscovered by a Connecticut auction house.”
“They are going to repair Jesus’ tomb – with titanium bolts. Over the next nine months, a team of Greek conservationists will restore the collapsing chapel built above and around the burial cave where the faithful believe that Jesus was buried and rose from the dead after the Crucifixion.”
“Tate said there had been 143,000 visits since the revamped and expanded modern art gallery opened on Friday. On Saturday alone there were more than 54,000 visits – around double the usual visitor number and the highest ever attendance for a single day.”
“The museum will have a permanent collection, ‘which will change every ten years’, a room for permanent exhibitions and one in which “the piece of the month” will be installed, an outstanding work of more than three million pieces that the large Hermitage. The museum will not be a mere franchise his Russian counterpart, but the pieces from St. Petersburg, museográficos other objects will be added to explain great stories.”
“The Tate vaunts these statistics with the pride with which the Kremlin used to announce an increase in tractor production. But, the footsore visitor might wonder, can there be too much of a good thing? And how good are the things in Tate Modern?”
“This video from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston takes us behind the scenes of the conservation work necessary to restore Vincent van Gogh’s Houses at Auvers. According to [conservator] Lydia Vagts … the ‘gunk’ … comes from previous cleanings, and includes varnish residues, wax residues, and cotton fibers.”
“Ebru, a decorative paper art, hails from East and Central Asia in the 10th and 16th centuries, respectively. The technique involves sprinkling and brushing pigments onto the surface of oily water in a pan, then laying paper atop the water, effectively dyeing the paper with tendrils of color. [Garip] Ay is classically trained in the art form, and his loose, paisley-like patterns beautifully mimic the Dutch post-Impressionist’s celestial swirls.” (video)
“The three museum’s plans, all announced within four weeks of each other, illustrate a growing problem in cultural fundraising today. While there seems to be ample money to finance expansions—a recent survey by The Art Newspaper found that US museums spent $5bn on building projects between 2007 and 2014—there is less money available to pay staff.”
200,000 floating cubes create a three-kilometre runway connecting the village of Sulzano to the small island of Monte Isola on Lake Iseo, Italy. Thousands come to walk on the saffron water walkway.
“The art market has been going through a testing period, not least its sensitivity to fluctuations in the global economy and the uncertain political outlook.”