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MAXXI Links Up With MoMA PS1's Young Architects Program (ARTINFO)
Wed, 29 Dec 2010 14:40:44 GMT
ARTINFO - MoMA PS1's Young Architects Program will get some foreign assistance next year when choosing the winning firm to design the Long Island City museum's signature summer courtyard — namely from MAXXI, Rome's new contemporary art center, which will join forces with its New York counterpart. That museum, which opened this year in an acclaimed Zaha Hadid building, will send representatives to join MoMA and PS1 curators in choosing the winner this February, and an additional architectural installation will be selected for MAXXI as well, the New York Times reports.

An Eccentric Collector's "Unmuseum" Brings Carnal Art, and Maybe Orgies, to Tasmania (ARTINFO)
Wed, 29 Dec 2010 14:40:24 GMT
ARTINFO - Australian multimillionaire David Walsh has never been one to do things conventionally. He dropped out of college, made his fortune by gambling (he has a reputation as a card-counter), developed a computer program for predicting the outcomes of horse races, and amassed a formidable art collection along the way. The 49-year-old Walsh once irked the National Gallery of Victoria by outbidding the museum for a painting by Australian artist John Brack, "The Bar," at Sotheby's, paying $2.27 million for the 1954 work. Three years later, Walsh sold the piece to the museum for the same price he paid for it. He was less interested in supporting existing arts institutions, it turns out, than in creating his own.

Banksy Says His Movie "Exit Through the Gift Shop" Is All True (ARTINFO)
Wed, 29 Dec 2010 14:40:06 GMT
ARTINFO - In the age of snide mockumentaries and reality-bending, pseudo-fictive films like "Catfish," it is hard to know what to believe on the silver screen. "Exit Through the Gift Shop," the movie by British street artist Banksy that swept film festivals this year, is no exception. This "documentary" charts artist Thierry Guetta's mounting obsession with street art (and his eventual selling out to a vampiric commercial art world under the name Mr. Brainwash). But is it real, or another Joaquin Phoenix put-on? "The film's power comes from the fact it’s all 100% true," says Banksy.

Sweden: 3 men convicted of unnoticed art theft (AP)
Wed, 29 Dec 2010 13:22:46 GMT
AP - A Swedish court has convicted three men of stealing a valuable painting by Edvard Munch from a museum that didn't realize it was missing.

Top art collector Roy Neuberger dies at 107 in NY (AP)
Sat, 25 Dec 2010 20:41:46 GMT
AP - Roy R. Neuberger, a Wall Street investor who became one of the nation's top modern art collectors, has died. He was 107.

Lichtenstein, Warhol works stolen from NY home (AP)
Fri, 24 Dec 2010 19:43:55 GMT
AP - Authorities are ramping up their effort to solve a Manhattan mystery: Who drilled a hole into the home of a beef fortune heir and stole a collection of iconic artworks by Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol?


Police: Thief tunneled into NYC home, stole art (AP)
Fri, 24 Dec 2010 07:30:04 GMT
AP - Police are looking for the person who tunneled through a wall into a New York City apartment while the owner was away around Thanksgiving and made off with hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of artworks by Andy Warhol and other notable artists.


Activision targets EA in $400 million lawsuit (AP)
Wed, 22 Dec 2010 02:35:44 GMT
AP - Activision, the publisher of the smash-hit shooter "Call of Duty: Black Ops," has added a new target in its lawsuit against two former executives: rival video game maker Electronic Arts.

Graffiti art brightens war-torn Afghan capital (Reuters)
Tue, 21 Dec 2010 19:06:34 GMT
Reuters - A group of women in burqas rises from the sea to symbolize cleanliness, while further down a factory wall a bus with no wheels and crammed with passengers is a stark comment on war-torn Kabul's appalling public transport.

New York's Met determines Velazquez is authentic (Reuters)
Tue, 21 Dec 2010 16:51:45 GMT
Reuters - Experts at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art have determined that a 1624 portrait previously attributed to a follower of the Spanish painter Velazquez was done by the master himself.



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