Occupy The Whitney Museum! (And The New Place Hasn’t Even Opened Yet)

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“At 11 p.m. [Tuesday], activists from groups including Occupy Museums and Occupy the Pipeline gathered on the street in front of the museum for a performance art-style demonstration about a natural gas pipeline that is adjacent to the $422 million building and its vast art collection. A corner of the Whitney’s building became a canvas for their slogans, projected in light over the glassed-in lobby.”

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They Gave The Nelson-Atkins Museum Their Collection Of Impressionist Art, Now They’re Giving The Money To Display It

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“The Bloch Family Foundation will finance a nearly two-year, $11.7 million renovation … The new space will bring into public view 29 works from the personal collection of Henry and Marion Bloch, a gift of paintings promised by the family in 2010 in connection with the museum’s 75th anniversary.”

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The Chauvet Cave Art Replica Is Bogus And Ridiculous, Says Jonathan Jones

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“Picture this. Visitors to the Vatican arrive in St Peter’s Square … After looking at a display on Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes, they are filtered into a full-scale replica, with a ceiling that is a giant photograph of the famous artwork. Perhaps one day this may come about, as the Vatican worries about preserving its artistic treasures. But I suspect no one would be very happy to visit a substitute Sistine Chapel. What would be the point? … Why then is it considered perfectly reasonable to offer fake ice age art as a cultural attraction?”

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ISIS Destruction Of Artifacts Has Museum World Rethinking Repatriation Of Artifacts

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“The minute that these events in Iraq started, voices came about again saying that we should open up acquisition policies of museums, making it easier to purchase artifacts, just to get them out of the area of conflict. But what these people do not discuss is that these artifacts that you can buy on the market now … they have been looted.”

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Artists To NYC: We Want Our Bust Of Edward Snowden Back

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The 4-foot-high, 100-pound, fiberglass-reinforced cement bust of Snowden, who is living in exile in Russia after divulging secret U.S. government collection of phone records, turned up on a monument that honors American captives who died on British prison ships during the Revolutionary War. The three artists say they considered the bust “a gift to the city” that could spur discussion about American ideals, values and heroes. Parks officials and police didn’t see it that way.

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Luminato Festival Cancels Plans To Bring “Exhibit B” To Toronto After Community Objections. But Have Those Objecting Seen The Show?

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So, Luminato approached a wide range of African-Canadian artists, scholars and community leaders to attend a meeting to simply discuss the idea of bringing the show to Toronto. The reaction, especially on social media, was so immediately condemning, with one activist reaching out to the organizer of the British boycott for advice, that Luminato quickly backed away from the idea. The group is still meeting on April 22 to discuss Exhibit B, but it will be a rather hypothetical discussion: On Tuesday, the festival announced that it “has determined that 2016 is not the right time to present Exhibit B in Toronto.”

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Santa Monica Museum Of Art Is Suspending Operations

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Not that it’s shutting down, mind you: it’s simply leaving its longtime venue at the seaside city’s Bergamot Station. “The museum, which typically spends about $2 million a year, has the flexibility to consider a variety of new locations because it has no art collection tethering it to a permanent spot that is specially equipped to store and preserve art.”

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Data Says: Blue Is Increasing In Art

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“How blue is the visual art of our era? Interpreting the data of 94,526 paintings created between 1800 CE and 2000 CE, Martin Bellander, a PhD student at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, discovered that blue has increased in art while orange has become less common.”

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The Monster Wave That Changed Art History (It Came From Japan)

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Hokusai “is, after all, not only one of the great figures of Japanese art, but a father figure of much of Western modernism. Without Hokusai, there might have been no Impressionism – and the global art world we today take for granted might look very different indeed.”

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What Happened To The Original Sculpture Welcoming People To LACMA?

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“When ‘Space Sculpture’ first went on display in 1965, it was as conspicuous as it could be, given pride of place smack in the center of LACMA’s entryway. A futuristic fantasy filled with shimmering optimism glistened in the Southern California sunlight. The sculpture was the spindle around which the new museum’s three marble-clad pavilions revolved.”

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Deal With It: Los Angeles Is The New Capital Of The Art World

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“The Broad Museum is about to open its doors this September, and by doing so it’s going to explode a U.S. military style daisy cutter on the Los Angeles art scene. Then comes Hauser Wirth and Schimmel (HWS) a few blocks away in LA’s undeniably burgeoning Arts District. … Its palatial grounds, amidst the growing number of galleries, will cement LA as the new capital of the art world, what I simply call ArtWorldInc.”

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The Thinking Behind Design Of The Whitney’s New Downtown Museum

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“The features are a blueprint for museums today, as institutions the world over compete harder for the chance to mount crowd-pleasing shows by big names. Instead of courting donors with grand galleries or stark white rooms for displaying masterworks, museums are luring star artists with buildings that they can engage and ultimately reshape with their work.”

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It’s Now Possible To Insure Conceptual Art (Really? Insure An Idea?)

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“How does it work? In most fine art insurance policies, lost or damaged certificates of ownership can fall in a gray area—sometimes they are covered, but often they are not. In the case of conceptual artworks, the certificate is an essential component of the work, and without it the piece is considered worthless. In this policy, certificates are explicitly covered.”

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Boston’s Museum Of Fine Arts Chooses Its Next Director

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Matthew Teitelbaum, now “director and CEO of the Art Gallery of Ontario, brings not only a track record of successful museum expansion and fund-raising, but a broad approach to audience engagement and an expertise in contemporary art that could add new dimensions to the MFA.”

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How Neil MacGregor Transformed The British Museum

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“Neil MacGregor transformed the reputation of the museum. It is now seen domestically and internationally as playing a vital role in understanding the human world – our shared past and present. And he achieved this without losing intellectual rigour. MacGregor has maintained the respect of scholars, and earned the esteem of modernisers – quite an accomplishment.”

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Museum Of Modern Art Responds To Criticism Of Bjork Show

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“As a museum that supports artists of all stripes, we accept the risk that accompanies this engagement even though we recognize some projects may not live up to our own expectations,” said MoMA Director Glenn Lowry. Amid the bad press, the Björk show is tapping into a broader vein of anxiety about the direction of the venerable art museum.

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Seven Reasons The Contemporary Art World Is Insufferable Right Now

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“Writing for certain art magazines and blogs allowed me a Gatsbyian entrance into the lives of the extraordinarily wealthy. I got to interview art collectors, gallery dealers, models, artists, and designers who probably spend more on handbags than I do on rent. I’ve sipped champagne in a Bentley and feasted on caviar in penthouse apartments. Though I disliked some of the art I was assigned to cover, as a grad student I couldn’t really be choosy about what I wrote about. I wanted to get published, and getting paid to write, no matter the topic, felt like a blessing.”

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Why Are There So Many Bad Public Statues?

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“The mystery is why these purportedly realistic statues keep appearing all over the world when so many are corny and bad. Modern art supposedly killed off this kind of vulgar realism. Picasso showed that a great sculpture can be a bull’s head made from a bike seat and handlebars. Why, then, continue casting shoddy simulacra of celebrities?”

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Is “Placemaking” Nothing More Than The New Jargon?

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Placemaking sounds good and everyone wants to jump on the bandwagon. Unfortunately, Placemaking, as promulgated by its chief advocate, the nonprofit Projects for Public Spaces, is largely bogus, even though PPS rather presumptuously claims it “has the potential to be one of the most transformative ideas of this century.”

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Ronald Lauder: Still Much To Do In Returning Nazi-Looted Art

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“Citing the statute of limitations to hold on to a painting that was forcibly taken by the Nazis is not just wrong—it is immoral. There should be no statute of limitations in the case of Nazi-looted art, just as there is no statute of limitations for genocide, because for almost every stolen painting, a felony murder was committed and a family was destroyed.”

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