UK Funders Will Blacklist Museums That Sell Art For Profit

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In a joint statement, the organisations said they were “concerned that a growing number of organisations are considering selling items from their collections for financial gain. Museum collections… represent an extraordinary act of generosity from one generation to another. It is clear that even when legally owned by museum governing bodies, they are primarily held in trust as cultural, not financial, assets.”

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The Curator Of MoMA’s Björk Disaster Should Be Fired

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Christian Viveros-Fauné: “[Klaus] Biesenbach – the institution’s Übersocial, fame-obsessed, Chief Curator at Large – has seemingly finally come in for some in-house scrutiny. A growing consensus outside the institution says it’s about time.”

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Who’s Really To Blame For MoMA’s Björkgate?

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“This is obviously about the board members going to dinner parties and such, and being told by friends and associates that they should be embarrassed by the show. And they should be, I guess; the problem is that they refuse to accept any responsibility for fostering the conditions that allowed it to happen.”

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LA County Museum Of Art Makes An Unprecedented Sponsorship Deal With Car-Maker

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“In a deal that will be the longest corporate sponsorship in its history, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is expected to announce Thursday a partnership with Korean automaker Hyundai, a ten-year agreement that will put a spotlight on Korean art through exhibitions and provide support for the museum’s art and technology program.”

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Now That The Met Has Sold This Painting, Turns Out It’s Really A Rubens

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“A portrait of Rubens’ young daughter Clara Serena, recently deaccessioned by New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, is going on display at the Rubenshuis in Antwerp. In 2013, it was auctioned as by a ‘follower of Rubens’, with an estimate of $20,000-$30,000. … Ben van Beneden, the director of the Rubenshuis, has accepted the former Met painting – now cleaned – as authentic.”

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Why Frank Gehry’s Fondation Louis Vuitton Building Is a Masterpiece (And Why Photographs Can’t Communicate Its Genius)

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Justin Davidson: “With its white body encased in a cloud of pearl-grey glass, it borrows the muted palette of the 16th Arrondissement, but its cornucopia of forms expresses an alien exuberance. … If you’re going to make an architectural argument for excess, this is the way to do it.”

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Couple Who Hid 271 Picassos In Garage For Four Decades Convicted

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The court in a Côte d’Azur town gave Pierre and Danielle Le Guennec “a two-year suspended sentence, ending years of intrigue surrounding a mysterious suitcase full of drawings that the couple took to Paris in 2010 to show Claude Picasso, the late painter’s son who represents the artist’s heirs and estate.”

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Changes To Criminalize British Copyright Laws Has Museums Worried

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“Art museums and publishers are currently trying to work out how to respond to the new British copyright law, which goes into effect in 2020 and effectively makes it more expensive to reproduce images in publications and on goods offered in museum shops. But what’s got everyone really worried is that the new regulation makes copyright breach in Britain a criminal, rather than a civil, offense.”

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Peter Zumthor’s Plan For LACMA Has Been Thoroughly Changed (No More Blob!)

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“Once a free-flowing, biomorphic design inspired by the La Brea Tar Pits and the work of the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, the design has become noticeably more angular and muscular in recent weeks.” Says LACMA director Michael Govan, “No one will call it a blob anymore. Peter hasn’t given up the curve. But he’s really, really reined it in.”

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New Database Seeks To Record Street Art Worldwide

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“A new worldwide database of public art aims to preserve — if only in digital form — street art, a medium that is often political, sometimes renegade and, perhaps most important, frequently fleeting. These are artworks that may get tagged by graffiti or fall into decay because of weather exposure.”

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Amerian Museums Band Together To Protect Giant Land Art

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“Michael Heizer has spent the past 43 years constructing this massive land art project, which will be one of the biggest sculptures in the world once complete. City, which is located in the Nevada Desert, measures more than a mile-and-a-half in length and a quarter-mile in width, and comprises a complex of enormous geometric mounds and sculptures.”

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Yemenis Take Refuge In Country’s Emptied Museums

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“Among the cultural institutions being used as a shelter is Zinjibar Museum, the province’s main museum. Looted twice in 2012, and virtually empty of artefacts since then, today it houses around 60 people, who share the museum’s 15 rooms and its second-floor toilet.”

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What Does Art Smell Like?

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“Imagine you’re in an art gallery, studying a portrait with a red background. Does your interpretation of it change if you taste ketchup while you look? Or smell blood? Or both? Tate Sensorium, an upcoming exhibition at the London museum Tate Britain, is attempting to answer these questions by using interactive technology to experiment with how senses change the way people interpret visual art.”

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A Museum Designed For Taking Selfies (And Touching And Climbing On The Art)

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A Manila venue called Art in island “helps jaded museum-goers regain a healthy perspective on art by allowing them to touch, sit on, and climb 3D approximations of paintings like Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night. With portions of each work slightly altered or left out entirely, the art isn’t even finished until you complete the picture.”

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Deadly Attack On Tunisian Museum

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“Eight people were killed as they got off a bus to visit the museum, according to an Interior Ministry spokesman; 10 more were taken hostage and then killed. State television reported that a Tunisian museum guard who was injured in the attack and died later of his wounds.”

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Gabriele Finaldi Named Head Of London’s National Gallery

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“The 49-year-old is currently deputy director for collections and research at the Prado museum in Madrid. Finaldi was a curator at the National from 1992 to 2002, where he was responsible for the later paintings in the Italian and Spanish collections.”

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Inside Our Museums – Is Digital Clutter Drowning Out The Art?

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“A question is what, exactly, in an age of expanded digital access, are museum audiences seeing? Through electronic media — cellphone screens, laptops, Pinterest and Skype — we can survey an extraordinary amount of art, see how it is displayed in museum galleries, zoom in on close-up details. But what are we missing by not putting these filters aside and just standing in front of the thing itself?”

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