Plans For Brooklyn Libraries Look Oddly – Almost Impossibly – Charming And Reasonable

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“There’s reason for skepticism. In 2007, the New York Public Library sold off its Donnell site in Midtown Manhattan for what now seems like a song. Library authorities also cooked up a scheme to pool resources and cash in on the property values of the Mid-Manhattan branch and a science library at 34th Street, consolidating both in the 42nd Street building by demolishing its historic stacks.”

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The Fall, And Rise, Of The Art Dealer In Red Flannel Shirts

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“Galleries are not easy propositions. It can be a juggling act of finding artists, installing shows and alerting the public. There are critics to contend with, the public’s fickle tastes and the endless fluctuations of the market. It’s no surprise that spaces come and go like the tides.”

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Our Hidden Museum Masterpieces (And Why You Can’t See Them)

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“Having 5% of your national collection on show is something people find difficult to understand,” says British curator Jasper Sharp, who was the commissioner of the Austrian pavilion at the 2013 Venice Bienniale. Many art institutions are thus coming up with ways to show their stuff, so to speak.

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Did The Family Of This Barcelona Art Collector Pull Off A Major Art Heist?

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“The missing 352 paintings and drawings, together with tapestries and other works, constitute an art heist on a grand scale, according to the city. It is alleging theft and fraud in a criminal case against the four daughters of Julio Muñoz Ramonet, a Catalan industrialist who bequeathed the property to his native city of Barcelona when he died in 1991.”

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Facebook’s Battle Against Nudity In Art

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“Social media giant Facebook has been taken to court by a French user whose account was closed down after he posted an image of Courbet’s racy painting L’Origine du Monde (1866). According to Le Figaro, the world-famous oil-on-canvas was part of a promo for an art history video about the artwork, broadcasted by the highbrow TV channel Arte.”

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Chile To (Finally) Build Gaudí’s Only Project Outside Of Spain

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“The project originated in 1922 through a series of letters exchanged between Gaudí and Chilean Franciscan Friar Angélico Aranda, who asked Gaudí to design a chapel for Chile.” The actual design, it turns out, is sort of an outtake from the plans for the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.

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How Should Artists Be Paid. Here’s One Idea

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“The campaign is lobbying for artists to be paid a fee for showing their work in public galleries. It found that 71% of UK artists have not been paid to display their work in publicly funded galleries over the past three years and 63% of artists have turned down exhibitions as a result. The research was based on 134 galleries that regularly receive funding from the arts councils in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.”

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Norton Simon Museum Dealt Blow In Lawsuit Over Two Prized Paintings

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The museum had hoped that the Supreme Court would overrule the 9th Circuit’s most recent decision in June, ending Von Saher’s claim. The museum issued a statement Tuesday reiterating that it “remains confident that it holds complete and proper title to Adam and Eve, and will continue to pursue … all appropriate legal options.”

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The Museum Of The Future Is Here (And It’s On Fifth Avenue)

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“The Cooper Hewitt has transformed into an organization not unlike Wikipedia, Pinterest, or, for that matter, The Atlantic: Somewhere between a media and a tech firm, it is a Thing That Puts Stuff on the Internet. Or, more precisely, A Thing That Puts Things on the Internet. But to get to that point, the museum [and its leaders] … have ultimately had to shift their understanding of what a thing is in the first place.”

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For The First Time, Italy Looks Abroad For Museum Directors

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“Wanted: Directors for 20 of Italy’s leading museums, including the Uffizi in Florence, the Galleria Borghese in Rome and the Accademia in Venice. Strong art history background, management experience and an interest in improving visitor experience a must. Fluency in Italian a definite plus, but not a requirement.”

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Spain Arrests Alleged Forgers Of Picasso, Matisse, Miró

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“Three suspected members of an art forgery ring were arrested in the Spanish cities of Zaragoza and Tarragona … Accused of peddling drawings falsely attributed to Miró, Picasso, and Matisse, they’ve been charged with crimes against intellectual property and fraud.”

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If Artworks Could Watch Us Watching Them

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“As museumgoers, we’re used to looking at art, but a new project from filmmaker and artist Masashi Kawamura inverses the traditional relationship of viewer to artwork. For his blog What They See, Kawamura has taken photographs from the perspectives of famous artworks, inviting us into their visual fields. We see what they would see – if they could see.”

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You Can See The World’s Greatest Stolen Artworks In One Place – Online

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“The virtual museum was designed to look just like a real one. The works hang on spare white walls, surrounded by ornate frames. An audio guide walks visitors through the halls. For Schneider, recreating the traditional museum environment was a chance to restore some dignity to these stolen works, which often just exist as thumbnail images on FBI and Interpol websites.”

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Tokyo Still Deeply Split Over Zaha Hadid’s ‘White Elephant’ Olympic Stadium

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“The most withering criticism has come from the Japanese architect Arata Isozaki, who designed the Palau Sant Jordi used in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. In a long open letter sent to the Japan Sports Council (JSC) in November, the 83-year-old said Hadid’s design looked like ‘a turtle waiting for Japan to sink so that it can swim away.'”

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Milan’s Trompe-L’Oeil Church

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“Standing in the doorway, you’re drawn to the majestic, cavernous space behind the altar. Rows of columns support a lofty, gilded ceiling that matches the decadently adorned arches above the pews. But it’s all a clever deception – the space behind the altar is less than 3 feet deep. The seemingly vast expanse is actually a painted wall.”

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