Brooklyn Museum Appoints Anne Pasternak As New Director

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“The choice of Ms. Pasternak is unusual because she has never held a job in a museum. After a brief period working for a commercial art gallery, her career has unfolded entirely within the nonprofit world of up-by-your-bootstraps alternative spaces and nomadic arts groups. But at Creative Time, where she assumed the directorship in 1994, she had become well known for both her socially engaged programming and her skills in negotiating the shoals of New York City government, real estate and fund-raising, where she made artistic events accessible partly by removing them from museums.”

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Surprise: Whitney Museum Announces A New Chief Curator

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“At a meeting with the board of trustees on May 19, director Adam Weinberg announced that Scott Rothkopf, 38, is getting a promotion to chief curator. Currently the Nancy and Steve Crown family curator and associate director of programs, his new title will be deputy director for programs and Nancy and Steve Crown family chief curator. The current chief curator, Donna De Salvo, will be moving into a newly created position: deputy director for international initiatives and senior curator.”

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Detroit Rebound Being Led By Art?

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“For many observers the new wave of public murals represents another example of the way art and culture are playing a key role in reviving the city, attracting visitors and injecting bursts of optimism, energy and creativity into the city that run parallel to commercial development.”

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Canada Finds A Woman Guilty Of Harassment For Instagramming Street Art

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Jennifer Pawluck “was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and 18 months probation. Her community service must be completed within a year. The 22-year-old college student has also been forbidden from posting any public messages on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, and must restrict her use of the social media platforms to private communications for the next year.”

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Who Should Be In Control Of Peggy Guggenheim’s Legacy?

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“On Tuesday, one of Guggenheim’s grandsons will launch a court appeal to have the Italian collection restored to its original state, claiming it has been ‘diluted’ by art from other sources. Sandro Rumney, who was born in Venice but lives in France, his half brother Nicolas Hélion and their five children, also want ‘protection’ in the palace garden around a plaque marking Peggy’s ashes – a ‘grave’ they believe has been desecrated.”

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Canterbury Cathedral’s 800-Year-Old Stained Glass Comes Down To Ground Level

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“This enormous carpet of glowing colour is some of the oldest and most extensive stained glass in Europe – and so in the world. It was an appalling moment when we discovered that they would all have to be taken down, but it has given us an extraordinary opportunity to look at these figures in such detail – they will never be seen like this again.”

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A Very Small Sampling Of Older (Women) Artists We Should Have Known About All Along

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Faith Ringgold: “‘If you live long enough and you persist, you are going to get recognition,’ Ringgold says today. ‘You have to stay in the game.’ Ringgold has not only stayed in the game, she recently designed one of her own, called ‘Quiltuduko,’ for mobile devices. Inspired by Sudoku, the number game, it uses quilt designs instead of numbers.”

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The Art World’s First Billion-Dollar Auction Week

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“On Wednesday, Christie’s said it sold $658.5 million worth of work at its postwar and contemporary art auction, added to the $705.9 million for 20th-century works auctioned off on Monday. The billion-dollar threshold was a symbolic coup for Christie’s and seemed to widen the divide with its rival Sotheby’s, even if actual profits were unclear.”

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A Different Way To Think About Museum Deaccessioning

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“As old fashioned as it sounds, and with as many mistakes as have already been made over the past half century or so, it may well be that art museum collections should only be assigned dollar values for insurance purposes and with the understanding that the loss of the collection is the loss of the museum’s reason for existence. As someone once remarked, Grant’s tomb without Ulysses S. is rather pointless.”

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Can The Guggenheim Win Over Reluctant Finns? (And Why The Answer Matters)

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“In the art and design world, the fate of the prospective museum has become a matter of global import: with everyone from the Louvre to the Hermitage looking to set up outposts abroad, Helsinki has become the latest battleground in an ongoing conflict over how – and whether – small cities and emerging countries should accommodate expansionist mega-museums.”

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Astronomical Rise In Prices For High End Art Illustrates Rising Global Financial Inequality

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“The astronomical rise in prices for the most-sought-after works of art over the last generation is in large part the story of rising global inequality. At its core, this is the simplest of economic math. The supply of Picasso paintings or Giacometti sculptures (one of which sold for $141 million in the same auction this week) is fixed. But the number of people with the will and the resources to buy top-end art is rising, thanks to the distribution of extreme wealth.”

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Smart Machines Are Now Teaching Us How To Look At Art In Deeper Ways

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“One application of the new algorithms is to pick out paintings with similar characteristics (see images). That provides a new and powerful tool for historians to look for influences between artists that may never have been aware of. It also allows a new form of art exploration, jumping from one image to another similar one, in a process that is visually equivalent to finding synonyms.”

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Canada’s Most-Visited Museum? (Sorry, Toronto)

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“For the second year in a row, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts can claim to be the most-visited art museum in Canada, beating out both the Royal Ontario Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Slightly more than one million people visited the MMFA in 2014, making it the 58th most popular art museum in the world and the 12th most popular in North America.”

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The U.S. Might Finally Be Reading For A Museum Of African American History, A Century After It Was Planned

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“In 1915, a group of black Civil War veterans began pushing for a memorial and museum dedicated to black service members. A little over a decade later, President Calvin Coolidge approved the construction of a building to serve as a ‘tribute to the Negro’s contributions to the achievements of America,’ according to the Smithsonian Institution. Thanks to the Great Depression, that building never came to fruition.”

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