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Is All Hope Gone For Hastings Pier?

This story has a lot of questions attached, about money and selling to someone who has had other companies go bad, etc., but – “First, it’s worth asking why piers in general are so troublesome and troubled – for tales of burning, failing, closing piers, or of piers falling into questionable hands, or any news item enabling the headline “The End of the Pier Show”, have become part of the national story. There is the decades-long struggle to rescue the rusting remnants of the West Pier at Brighto...
Tags: VISUAL, 03.24.19


The Office Of The Architect Chosen For Serpentine Gallery Pavilion Has Some Terrible Intern Practices

Junya Ishigami + Associates allegedly sent an email to a student interested in interning in their Tokyo office laying out the conditions for internship: “No pay, a six-day working week and office hours that run from 11am until midnight. The placements were described as lasting between two and three months (‘or more’), with interns required to bring their own computer equipment and software.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: VISUAL, 03.22.19


The Art World Is Finally Responding To Older African American Artists

Well, indeed: “‘There has been a whole parallel universe that existed that people had not tapped into,’ said Valerie Cassel Oliver, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond.” For some of the artists, the attention can feel like a bit of a mixed blessing, but the advantages are strong. – The New York Times
Tags: VISUAL, 03.23.19


The Guggenheim Won’t Accept New Sackler Family Gifts Either

The move comes after Britain’s National Portrait Gallery and Tate (all of them) said the same thing. “The Guggenheim announced its decision on Friday in a brief statement that did not mention the opioid crisis or Mr. Sackler’s past on the museum’s board. A museum spokeswoman declined on Friday night to explain its rationale for the move or its decision-making process.” – The New York Times
Tags: VISUAL, 03.22.19


Thomas Heatherwick Projects Are Everywhere These Days. We Deserve Better

“This high-profile intercontinental spread has made Heatherwick all but ubiquitous. It has also earned him a heavy dose of suspicion mixed with contempt, both from critics and the public. His name is often used as something of a synonym for everything that’s wrong with contemporary urban design.” – CityLab
Tags: VISUAL, 03.21.19


How Rome Is Using Technology To Make Its Amazing History Visible In The Streets

There’s a digital renaissance underway in the Eternal City and it is helping to shed a light on the past – quite literally. From video projections cast upon ancient walls and multimedia light shows to virtual reconstructions revealed through 3D visors, technology is being used to help tell the story of Rome in a more concrete and compelling way. – Forbes
Tags: AUDIENCE, VISUAL, 03.18.19


First Study: Demographics of Artists Represented In American Museums

Seriously – are we surprised? A first-of-its-kind study analyzes the race and gender of the artists represented in the permanent collections of 18 major American art museums, and finds that three-quarters of them are white men. Women represent only 12.6 percent of this elite group, and African-Americans of any gender only 1.2 percent. – Pacific Standard
Tags: VISUAL, 03.20.19


Tate Galleries Will Accept No More Donations From Sacklers

Just a couple of days after the National Portrait Gallery in London announced that it was turning down £1 million from the family whose company makes OxyContin, the Tate announced that, while it would not remove the Sackler name from any existing gifts, “in the present circumstances we do not think it right to seek or accept further donations from the Sacklers.” – The Art Newspaper
Tags: VISUAL, 03.21.19


The Hague To Get Another International Court, This One For Art Disputes

“The first tribunal devoted exclusively to art disputes, the Court of Arbitration for Art (CAfA), will open for business 1 April in the Hague. … Instead of judges unfamiliar with evaluating scientific evidence of authenticity or selling an artwork on a handshake and an invoice, CAfA’s arbitrators will be experienced art lawyers who understand expert evidence and market practice. … CAfA will hear disputes ranging from authenticity and fraud to contract and copyright, and proceedings can occur an...
Tags: VISUAL, 03.21.19


Why Universities Shouldn’t Act Like Commercial Art Galleries

Art schools that commit to The MFA Fair by representing recent alumni in their first outing as professional artists are clearly endorsing the idea that “the market” is the dominant way for artists to make a living. This is misleading at best and completely irresponsible at worst. – Hyperallergic
Tags: VISUAL, 03.21.19


Why Universities Should Act Like Commercial Art Galleries

Art schools that commit to The MFA Fair by representing recent alumni in their first outing as professional artists are clearly endorsing the idea that “the market” is the dominant way for artists to make a living. This is misleading at best and completely irresponsible at worst. – Hyperallergic
Tags: Art, Visual, 03.21.19


More And More Art Auctions Are Moving Online

This development reflects broader trends in the retail industry, where high-street shops are disappearing as more and more sales take place online. According to figures from Eurostat, the EU’s statistics office, the ranks of e-shoppers are constantly swelling—about 80% of consumers in the Netherlands, the UK and Sweden purchase goods online.  – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, UK, Sweden, Eu, Netherlands, Visual, Eurostat, 03.20.19


US Supreme Court Says UK National Gallery Can Keep Contested Matisse

“Three grandchildren of Greta Moll, the muse depicted in the portrait, had argued that the painting was taken in violation of international law and demanded that the National Gallery pay $30 million in compensation for the painting or return it. But last September, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York affirmed a lower-court decision that the National Gallery and Britain were immune from the jurisdiction of US courts,” and the Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal. – The Art Ne...
Tags: Art, New York, Supreme Court, US, Britain, National Gallery, Visual, Second Circuit Court of Appeals, 03.19.19, Greta Moll


New $1 Million Art Prize Is World’s Largest

“Set to be handed over for the first time this October in Shanghai, the Nomura Art Award will give a single contemporary artist with an established body of work the funds to ‘support an ambitious new project that the winner did not previously have the means to realize,’ as the announcement puts it.” – Artsy
Tags: Art, Shanghai, Visual, Nomura, 03.20.19


Hudson Yards Owners Modify Policy After Claiming They Owned Any Pictures You Take

Now visitors “retain ownership of any photographs, text, audio recordings or video footage depicting or relating to the Vessel” that they create. But if you want to send that photo out to your Instagram fans, you still “hereby grant to Company and its affiliates the right to repost, share, publish, promote and distribute the Vessel Media via such social media channel and via websites associated with the Vessel or Hudson Yards (including my name, voice and likeness and any other aspects of ...
Tags: Art, Audience, Visual, Hudson Yards, 03.20.19, Hudson Yards Owners


New Yorkers Have Named The Vessel-Stairwell-Thingy At Hudson Yards

The developer of Hudson Yards temporarily christened Thomas Heatherwick’s big bronze stack of stairways The Vessel, but — just as 30 St Mary Axe in London is “the Gherkin” and Cloud Gate in Chicago’s Millennium Park is “the Bean” (whether Norman Foster and Anish Kapoor like it or not) — New York’s new selfie-attraction is now “the Shawarma.” – Slate
Tags: Art, New York, London, Chicago, Norman Foster, Thomas Heatherwick, Visual, Anish Kapoor, Millennium Park, Hudson Yards, St Mary Axe, 03.19.19


What’s With All The Enormous Statues Going Up In India?

The “Statue of Unity,” which is actually of independence leader Vallabhbhai Patel and is currently the world’s tallest statue, was completed last fall, and more are on the way: a statue of the 17th-century warrior-king Shivaji in Mumbai, and enormous images of the Hindu god Rama and the 19th-century holy man Swami Vivekananda in Ayodhya. Why? A desire to stand out on the world stage, sure, but even more because of the Hindu nationalism of Narendra Modi’s government. – Apollo
Tags: Art, India, Narendra Modi, Mumbai, Visual, Rama, Swami Vivekananda, AYODHYA, Statue of Unity, Vallabhbhai Patel, 03.11.19


A Fan Of The Prado Museum With 100s Of Visits Already, Resolves To See It Anew And Discovers What He’s Been Missing

Even as I stood amid the morning rush at the Prado’s entrance, scanning a floor plan with the nearly 120 galleries I would navigate, I never expected I’d be in the museum for seven hours. In fact, I envisioned myself home by 2 p.m., enjoying some leftover albondigas(meatballs) and a siesta before making the school run to fetch my kids at 4 p.m. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Prado, Visual, 03.18.19


Lawyers For Guy Who Stole Terracotta Warrior’s Thumb Try Defense That’s — Let’s Call It Novel

At a holiday party in 2017 at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, an inebriated Michael Rohana allegedly broke off and pocketed the thumb of one of the 2,000-year-old Chinese terracotta warriors on display there at the time; FBI investigators found it in his home desk drawer a few weeks later. Now his public defenders are using some inventive arguments to get his charges reduced: that Rohana was too drunk to intend to steal the thumb, that the thumb wasn’t worth enough to qualify for the ch...
Tags: Art, Fbi, Philadelphia, Visual, Institute, Franklin Institute, Rohana, Michael Rohana, 03.14.19


UK’s National Portrait Gallery Turns Down £1 Million Of Sackler Money

“London’s National Portrait Gallery has decided against accepting a £1m grant from the Sackler Trust, following growing controversy over the damaging medical impact of OxyContin, a drug produced by the family’s pharmaceutical company.” – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, UK, London, National Portrait Gallery, Visual, 03.19.19, National Portrait Gallery Turns Down, Sackler Trust


Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Expansion: A Game-Changer For Telling The Stories Of Inuit Art?

When complete, the gallery says the new centre will be home to a collection of contemporary Inuit art unlike any other in the world — and will bring new stories to the forefront. “This is a game-changing museum,” said WAG CEO and director Stephen Borys. – CBC
Tags: Art, Visual, Winnipeg Art Gallery, 03.17.19


China’s Art Collectors Open Up About How China’s Art Market Works

China now has around 5,000 museums, of which around 1,500 are privately run. Asked why they opened private museums, the collectors canvassed are candid. “It was good for my collection. It is easier to acquire high-quality works as an institution.” – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, China, Visual, 03.15.19


A New Mosque In The UK Connects To The Natural World

The new mosque, designed by the architects who created the London Eye, isn’t the typical style of mosque in Britain, where the driving force has usually been somewhat utilitarian. This one “is the most determined attempt yet to build in a way that is of its own place and time,” says architecture critic Rowan Moore. – The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, UK, London, Britain, Visual, Rowan Moore, 03.17.19


Can We Talk About 5 Pointz, And The Line Between Homage And Exploitation?

To do that, we first need to go down a rabbit hole of, well, history (recent history). Do we remember this? “In 2013, [the owner] made plans to tear down the building and replace it with condos, as part of a larger ongoing movement to tear down the entire city of New York and replace it with condos. The art community protested, and Wolkoff whitewashed the building overnight, destroying the artwork.” Uff. – AV Club
Tags: Art, New York, Visual, Wolkoff, 03.17.19


LACMA Decides To Collapse Euro And American Art Into One Big Department

Christopher Knight on why this isn’t going to work – with a review of a new show embedded within the commentary: “Art museums have two audiences — one general, who may or may not have a genuine interest (there’s got to be someplace to take the in-laws over the holidays); the other a dedicated art audience, who range from passionate enthusiasts to committed professionals. … Lose the core and the museum is in trouble.” – Los Angeles Times
Tags: Art, Los Angeles, Audience, Visual, LACMA, Christopher Knight, 03.12.19, Big Department


A Stolen De Kooning Gets A Homecoming Party (And A Restoration Fundraiser)

Though Woman-Ochre will go to the Getty for about 18 months of restoration, and will be shown at the Getty before it returns to Arizona, the painting stolen in 1985, it gets one night of pre-restoration display at the museum where a man and a woman simply walked in, distracted a guard, cut it out of its frame, and then … disappeared. – The Guardian (UK) (Associated Press)
Tags: Art, Arizona, Getty, Visual, Homecoming Party, 03.16.19


Meet DC’s National Gallery’s First Woman Director

The gallery’s fifth director, Kaywin Feldman thinks that her appointment as the institution’s first woman director broadcasts a commitment to diversity. When she started working in the field 25 years ago, only about 15 percent of museum directors were women; now, according to the AAMD’s 2017 Gender Gap report, 48 percent of museums have female directors—but only 30 percent of museums with annual budgets of $15m and higher, decreasing as budget size increases. Feldman now oversees a museum with...
Tags: Art, Visual, Feldman, Kaywin Feldman, AAMD, 03.14.19


NY’s New Hudson Yards – Architecture As Luxury Branding With A Giant Waste Basket In The Center

Michael Kimmelman: “It gives physical form to a crisis of city leadership, asleep at the wheel through two administrations, and to a pernicious theory of civic welfare that presumes private development is New York’s primary goal, the truest measure of urban vitality and health, with money the city’s only real currency.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, New York, Visual, Michael Kimmelman, 03.14.19, New Hudson Yards


All Of Germany’s States Agree To Start Repatriating Looted Items In Museums

“The culture ministers of Germany’s 16 states agreed to create conditions for the repatriation of artifacts in public collections that were taken ‘in ways that are legally or morally unjustifiable today’ from former colonies, describing their return as ‘an ethical and moral duty.'” – The Art Newspaper
Tags: Art, Germany, Visual, 03.14.19


A Stolen (And Damaged) deKooning Will Be Shown Before Heading To The Getty For Repair

The challenge is bringing the 1955 canvas — an example from de Kooning’s celebrated but also contested “Woman” series, known for their grotesque, even savage renderings of the female nude — back to near-original condition. Ulrich Birkmaier, the Getty Museum’s senior paintings conservator, and Tom Learner, the Getty Conservation Institute’s head of science, have teamed up for the project. They expect the process to take at least a year. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Visual, Getty Museum, Getty Conservation Institute, 03.13.19, Ulrich Birkmaier, Tom Learner



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