“Tourism bosses said the dark attraction brought more than 150,000 paying visitors and £20m to the seaside town. Once dismantled, all the fixtures will be sent to the Calais refugee camp ‘to build shelters,’ its website says.”
“The new design, reported KPF’s website, ‘transforms the Petersen building into one of the most significant and unforgettable structures in Los Angeles.’ They got that right. Anyone who has been by the intersection of Fairfax and Wilshire in recent months will tell you that it’s the sort of thing you just can’t unsee.”
“Is the Broad’s lobby lamp a nod to LACMA’s sidewalk lamps — and a tribute to Burden, who died of cancer in May at 69?”
“Wylie Goodman recalls sitting in her Brooklyn home in August when she thought she heard gunfire outside. Actually, it was someone shooting paintballs at a 27-foot-tall mural she had allowed to be created on the side of the building she owns in Red Hook.”
“Yes, this multifaceted actor, comedian, New Yorker writer, novelist, semiprofessional magician and Grammy-winning banjo player, who has long been a serious collector of modern American painting, is adding a new role to his repertoire: art curator.”
“Hartwig Fischer, whose appointment has yet to be officially confirmed, would be the first non-British head of the institution since the 1860s. Dr Fischer is currently director general of the Dresden State Art Collections and was formerly director of the Folkwang Museum in Essen.”
“The Dutch government has pledged to help the Rijksmuseum acquire a pair of rare, full-length Rembrandt portraits from the French businessman Éric de Rothschild for €160m, a record price for a Western museum. … The news follows speculation that the Rijksmuseum would jointly acquire the works with the Musée du Louvre in Paris.” But mention of the Louvre seems to have disappeared from recent reports.
“To have committed even a handful of troops to save Palmyra, rather than to rescue refugees, might have implied that buildings mattered more than people. No politician dares risk a charge of lacking compassion. Hence one of the greatest surviving relics of antiquity has been sacrificed without a fight.”
“For the past year, Mr. Rybolovlev has been battling Mr. Bouvier in courtrooms in Paris, Monaco, Singapore and Hong Kong in a dispute that has shed light on some of the murkier corners of the international art market. He has accused Mr. Bouvier, who helped him amass his collection, of fraud by overcharging him as much as $1 billion for multiple pieces of art.”
“Few of her critics could possibly know the depths of the crisis at D.C.’s favorite bunker. She arrived at a museum in much worse shape than people on the outside knew. The staff was depleted, a result of natural attrition but also chaos over the last few years.”
“A French appeals court on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit by the descendants of the art collector Peggy Guggenheim, who had sought to gain more control over how her Venice museum is managed by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in New York. It was the third attempt by relatives of the philanthropist to challenge the display of the collection amassed by Ms. Guggenheim who died 36 years ago at the age of 81.”
In Manhattan alone, Bjarke Ingels is simultaneously designing four major additions to the Hudson River skyline and a $335 million hybrid park and flood defense system known as the Dryline along the East River, offering a collective opportunity to leave an enormous personal imprint.
“A cardboard box labeled, ‘Slinky, Wrench, Razorblade, Bullet, Comb, Can Opener, Many Metal Pieces’ rests open on a workbench. Meanwhile, Roger Browner, Man Ray’s nephew, sits in front of a decade-old iMac looking for an object, per my request.”
“A French court ordered the Palace of Versailles to cover anti-Semitic graffiti from the artist Anish Kapoor’s installation there this weekend, after a local politician, Fabien Bouglé, filed a complaint that Mr. Kapoor and the palace were inciting racial hatred by leaving the vandalism intact.” Kapoor is not happy: “I feel like a girl who was raped and who is told to go get dressed in a corner.”
“[The Paris museum] was unable to open on Tuesday for the first day of its much-discussed exhibition, Splendour and Misery: Images of Prostitution 1850-1910 … The institution’s labour union voted to strike this morning at a general meeting, in protest against a plan to keep the Orsay open to the public seven days a week, starting in November.”
The new building by architects Herzog & de Meuron — linked to the existing structure by the vast Turbine Hall — will add 60 percent more display space for the gallery’s collection of modern and contemporary art.
“The vice chairwoman of the Missouri Republican Party apologized Sunday for what she described as a ‘thoughtless act’ that involved her writing on a business card atop a Thomas Hart Benton painting in the Missouri Statehouse.”
The British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid has abandoned her attempt to re-enter the race to build the main stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, two months after her initial design was scrapped amid soaring construction costs.
“The private parties have been great, but this is the real deal.”
“Some of the stories, which are told in song, can be painted for public consumption, but others are too sacred or powerful to be revealed to outsiders. ‘My land, my country,’ said Mr. Tjapaltjarri, the only English words he uttered during an interview, pointing at a painting with a circle made out of dots.”
“People in larger cities probably have the opinion of queer people in the Midwest that they are surrounded by narrow-mindedness or having a bigger struggle. That’s true, but there are beautiful things happening in a lot of cities, like St. Louis and Kansas City — even Denver. There is a cultivation of acceptance happening. We have a lot of really positive representation within the queer communities, and it’s just starting to trickle out to the outer areas.”
“His star fell sharply after he committed an art-world taboo by bypassing conventional sales channels—selling works slowly through galleries—and auctioned off nearly $200 million of his work directly at Sotheby’s in 2008. While the sale was successful and proved his popularity, it became his undoing.”
“The earliest Beaux-Arts building in the United States, the Morgan Memorial was conceived and largely paid for by the financier J. Pierpont Morgan, a Hartford native who named it in honor of his father. In 1915, it opened to the public, 73 years after the museum itself was founded by Daniel Wadsworth. (The Wadsworth Atheneum is the oldest continuously open art museum in the country.)”
“Titled ‘Repellent Fence,’ the piece will run for four days and will consist of 28 balloons — each 10 feet in diameter — flying at a height of 75 feet at staggered points in Douglas, Ariz., and Agua Prieta, Sonora, in Mexico.”
With its slower pace of revitalisation, downtown LA may have found a unique way to remake itself.
“Some of America’s greatest museums have been made when great collectors and great architects clicked, from the Frick Collection in New York to the Menil Collection in Houston. Though it is a pleasurable place to view extraordinary art, the Broad is not in the same class.”
Of roughly two dozen galleries now in the district and its environs, half have opened in the last year, drawn in part by a glut of cheap space. A fistful came from New York or Europe, all vying for talent and clientele. And there will be more, like the blue-chip Hauser Wirth & Schimmel’s 100,000-square-foot complex coming next spring. Within a few minutes’ drive of one another, the galleries are beginning to give the area the urban cultural density that Los Angeles mostly lacks.
Places are hot one day and gone the next while others stand the test of time as they resist the developers and the demolition men. But however long the window of opportunity, the urbexers steal through it. They leave nothing but footprints, take nothing away except photographs.
According to the architects, the façade is meant to “evoke the imagery of speed and the organic curves of a coach-built automobile.” And this will no doubt attract attention from passing motorists. But we’re getting a Vegas-esque distillation of every bad architectural trend. Corrugated aluminum? Check. Steel cladding? Check. There is an old axiom in design, “If you can’t make it good, make it big. And if you can’t make it big, make it red.” The redesign seems to have taken this dictum literally.
“Salvador Salort-Pons, 45, who is the DIA’s executive director of collection strategies and information and an authority on European art, will take the post effective Oct. 15.”