Saturday, September 18, 2021

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Osage Nation Decries Sale Of Important Prehistoric Cave Art

The two-cave system is nestled within a 43-acre stretch of land in Missouri, about 60 miles west of St. Louis. Scholars have called it “the most important rock art site in North America” because of a collection of 290 prehistoric glyphs on its walls. - Hyperallergic

School Mural Altered In LA After Community Complaints

The artwork was part of a 2016 project to place murals around the campus. Two years later, the Wilshire Community Coalition, a group led by Korean Americans, spoke out against the sun rays that prominently radiated from Ava Gardner’s profile. - Los Angeles Times

A Previously Unknown Van Gogh Is Now On View In Amsterdam

"Study for 'Worn Out,' as the drawing is being called, has lived in a private Dutch collection since the first decade of the 20th century. Its current owner … approached the museum to determine if it was a legitimate van Gogh." - Artnet

Paris’s Musée d’Orsay ‘Can No Longer Be A Tourist Factory,’ Says Its New Director

That would be Christophe Leribault, until now director of the city's Petit Palais and, before that, of the Musée Delacroix. He replaces Laurence des Cars, who was recently appointed director of the Louvre. - Artforum

See The Six Architecture Finalists for This Year’s Stirling Prize

A bridge, a museum, a mosque... Here's where the best of UK architecture is in 2021. - BBC

Minoru Yamasaki – The Architect Weighed Down By The World Trade Center

His long career has become, for many, a caricature or outright failure, the stuffing wedged between the two disasters of the Pruitt-Igoe housing complex in St. Louis and the World Trade Center in New York. - The Baffler

Missing For Two Years Now, Where Is Maurizio Cattelan’s Golden Toilet?

The fully functional 18-carat commode, titled America, became world-famous while on exhibit at the Guggenheim. (The Trump White House wanted to borrow a van Gogh; the museum said no and offered this piece instead.) It was stolen two days after it went on display in England in 2019. - BBC

Scaffolding At Stonehenge As First Repairs In 63 Years Get Underway

Workers will stabilize cracks and holes in the stones of the 4,500-year-old monument and will replace concrete mortar used in the 1958 repairs with lime mortar, less rigid and more breathable. - The Guardian

Why Are Cities Still Building Super-tall Buildings?

"I'm almost insulted by the reminder that the high-rise virus continues to spread. Waste of energy, waste of resources, almost impossible to protect indefinitely. A physical reflection of late-capitalist, winner-takes-all approach to economics. And all priapic phalluses to boot." - dezeen

LA MoCA Makes it Official: Johanna Burton Will Be Its Solo Director

Two weeks ago, she was named executive director, working alongside Klaus Biesenbach, whose title was changed to artistic director. Last Friday, Biesenbach was appointed to lead Berlin's Neue Nationalgalerie. Now MoCA says Biesenbach won't be replaced and Burton will be the sole director. - Los Angeles Times

The New Hot Spot For Art In Athens Is — Piraeus (?!)

Yes, the Greek capital's grotty old seaport, which has been busy, industrial and unpleasant for 2,500 years, is seeing serious art galleries, and the high-end restaurants that service gallery patrons, bustin' out all over. - T — The New York Times Style Magazine

Peru Has A New National Museum With Thousands Of Pre-Columbian Objects

"The Peruvian government has inaugurated the Museo Nacional del Perú, a $125m museum that was initiated by the ministry of culture to preserve the country's heritage and now boasts a collection of nearly 50,000 pre-Columbian objects" — including some looted items now repatriated. - The Art Newspaper

South Korea Considers Adding A Serious Museum To Its Busiest Airport

Authorities are planning to set aside two spaces at Seoul-Incheon, one in each terminal, as a satellite location for one or two major museums. Among those reportedly under consideration are the Tate Modern and the Pompidou Center. - The Korea Herald

Triomphe de Christo: Wrapping the Arc

At the Arc de Triomphe, "most in the crowd of onlookers just held their breath. It was a slow and meticulous operation, requiring to stop make adjustments to the folds in the material every few metres while avoiding touching the arch itself." - The Guardian (UK)

Coronavirus Art, But Make It Optimistic

When a retired nurse saw that hundreds of vaccine vials were empty and going in the trash, she set about creating something from them instead. - NPR

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