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Art News - Wednesday Art News - Monday, Feb 2
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+Art | A painter questions art's role
Philly.com - USA
Jörg Immendorff's art poses provocative questions: Who does the artist work for, and to what end? Does an artist have an obligation to society to be "useful"?

+In the picture on Lindsay
The Sydney Morning Herald - Australia
"As if Norman Lindsay would have had models living in his house attired in flimsy frocks! In those days, Rita Lee, his favourite model apart from his wife, Rose, used to go up to his house to pose. But it was nothing like the way it was shown in the film. That was just too absurd for words.
"I suppose the only good thing about the film was that it made a new generation more aware of Lindsay and his work.
+Art or obscenity? Body-painting in debate
China Daily - China
Body-painting was made known to ordinary people in the country in November, 2000, when a naked model, whose body was painted with pictures, appeared before audiences at a promotion event in Wuhan, capital city of Central China's Hubei Province.
+Stolen art recovered
Canoe.ca - Canada
TORONTO -- Five small ivory sculptures that were taken from the Art Gallery of Ontario two weeks ago in a brazen daylight heist have been recovered, to the relief of their owner. The palm-sized sculptures -- valued at $1.5 million -- were dropped off at the office of Toronto lawyer Dennis Morris, police said yesterday.

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+Exhibits celebrate Black History at A.C. art center
PressofAtlanticCity.com - USA
ATLANTIC CITY - The Atlantic City Arts Center kicks off its celebration of Black History month with the opening of three new exhibitions at the Boardwalk facility.
An opening reception will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. today. Activities include a 2 p.m. performance by storyteller Michelle Washington Wilson.

 
Art News - Wednesday Art News - Friday, Jan 30
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+Painting of newspaper readers expected to fetch £3.5m
TheGuardian - UK
A merry band of readers dancing through the streets, transfixed by the news in their papers, is predicted to set a world record price for the artist Lyonel Feininger at a Christie's auction next week.

+The Whitney Museum, New York: New broom sweeps clean
The Art Newspaper- UK
NEW YORK. The Whitney Museum’s new director Adam Weinberg, who joined the institution last October, says he will refocus the exhibition and acquisitions programmes on living artists. He is revamping the administrative and curatorial structure of the museum, considering plans for expansion, and looking into ways to save on costs and build up the museum’s finances.
+Art gallery vandalised over depiction of Durga
The Times of India - India
Activists of the Bajrang Dal and VHP on Thursday ransacked the Garden Gallery of Arts and Textiles inside the premises of the Garden Silk Mills, here.
They were protesting against the alleged depiction of nudity in the paintings on display at the newly opened gallery. Particular offence was taken to a painting of Goddess Durga by painter Chitravanu Majumdar.
+Barnes Foundation Decision Delayed
Miami.com - USA
A judge considering whether the Barnes Foundation's world-class art collection can relocate - contrary to the wishes of its deceased benefactor - said Thursday he wanted to gather more evidence before ruling.

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+Art in the Raw: Sex Workers Art Show
RelishNow.com - USA
Combine a peep-show queen, enough hookers to satisfy the bad-boy-era Charlie Sheen, a crate of sex toys, and monologues that would make Larry Flynt blush, and you get....

Arrested?


 
Art News - Wednesday Art News - Friday, Jan 23
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+Britart collector Saatchi looks abroad
TheGuardian - UK
The huge Temptation of the State of the Blessed Ones in Archland, unveiled in London yesterday, is the most spectacular demonstration of the new collecting craze of Charles Saatchi.
He has had well publicised disagreements recently with some of the artists associated with him, whose reputations he made but who in turn made his fame as a collector.

+Pile of Rubbish with £75,000 Price Tag
The Scotsman - UK
It’s a load of rubbish – but the latest artwork to hit a London gallery has a price tag of £75,000.
British artist Gavin Turk’s bronze cast of bulging black sacks is entitled Pile
+$150,000 reward for return of stolen art
Canada.com - Canada
TORONTO -- A reward is being offered in an effort to find whoever stole a prized collection of 18th-century sculptures worth $1.5 million from the Art Gallery of Ontario over the weekend.
+Art or madness: the meaning was 2 obvious
The Age - Australia
Recently I went to a Victorian College of the Arts exhibition and watched a video of an artist smearing spit on her face until it was very wet and shiny. Gloss was the name of the piece. Change one letter and you have "gross". Change two and you have "dross". Change three and you have "dress". I know that last sentence didn't make sense but hey, like, chill. Columns can be art too. This sentence doesn't a verb. Wow.

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+Japanese art to go on show in New Plymouth
The New Zealand Herald - New Zealand
New Plymouth's Govett-Brewster Art Gallery is about to host the largest collection of contemporary Japanese art ever brought to New Zealand.
Mediarena, which concentrates on paintings, sculptures, photography, sound art and videos produced in Japan over the last 30 years, will run from March 13 to June 7.


 
Art News - Wednesday Art News - Wednesday, Jan 21
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+Tate acquires contents of a legendary atelier
TheGuardian - UK
The Tate announced yesterday it had acquired what looks less like a national treasure than the sweepings of a studio floor - which is exactly what it is, but from the studio floor of a genius.
The 1,200 items were once part of the legendary chaos of Francis Bacon's studio at Reece Mews in south Kensington, where the artist was known to work knee-deep in a litter of scraps of paper, paint rags, old envelopes and newspaper clippings.


+Israel demands Sweden disown art piece as pre-condition
New Straits Times - Malaysia
Ignoring accusations of censorship, Israel warned yesterday that it would boycott an international genocide conference in Stockholm next week unless Sweden disowns an exhibit at a related art show.
+Study to assess emissions effect on ancient WA rock art
ABC - Australia
CSIRO will conduct a Western Australian Government-commissioned study into the possible effects of industrial emissions on ancient Aboriginal rock art on the Burrup Peninsula.
+World experts join search for AGO art
Theft listed on database
Canada.com
Police are investigating tips from several art world sources about people who have expressed interest in five sculptures worth $1.5- million that were stolen from the Art Gallery of Ontario.

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+Portrait exhibition gives a face to 400 years below stairs
The Scotsman - UK
A GROUND-BREAKING exhibition, which places servants in the spotlight, rather than the upper-class masters who have dominated British portraiture, opens at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh next month.


 
Art News - Wednesday Art News - Monday, Jan 19
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+Sharon backs envoy who attacked artwork
TheGuardian - UK
Ariel Sharon yesterday said his entire government stood behind Israel's ambassador to Sweden after the envoy attacked a museum exhibit featuring a picture of a Palestinian suicide bomber.
Zvi Mazel was thrown out of Stockholm's National Antiquities Museum after he interfered with the piece, the work of an Israeli artist who has lived in Sweden for 30 years.

+They know what they like ...
TheGuardian - UK
Everyone knows that celebrities know more about everything than the rest of us - and that includes art. Earlier this week, the Scottish painter Jack Vettriano - whose pictures of couples dancing on the beach in 1950s clothes and suchlike tosh sell around the world in reproduction on posters and birthday cards - claimed the charisma of celebrity endorsement, when he boasted that, while neither the Tate nor the Scottish National Gallery own any of his work, he is bought by stars including Jack Nicholson, Robbie Coltrane and Tim Rice.
+Show Me the Monet
MSNBC - Newsweek
The Elvises aren't really Elvis, and the Venetian is an impersonator. That's the whole point of Las Vegas: flashy faux surroundings for the rattle of roulette wheels and the snap of blackjack cards. Museum exhibitions of fine art, though, stand or fall on their genuineness. So what's the deal when a museum-type show with the red-velvet title "Claude Monet: Masterworks From the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston" turns up Jan. 30 (through Sept. 13) at the Bellagio Gallery on the Strip? Oh, the 21 Monets—spanning four decades of his painting, from a portrait of his wife and daughter to one of the late water-lily pictures—are genuine, all right. It's the deal behind the show that's pure Vegas.
+Art as an investment
The Manilla Times
CARLOS “Chuckie” Arellano has a vision. The former executive vice president and general manager of the Far East Bank and Trust Company and former chair and president of the Social Security System hopes to see the day when the country’s financial institutions will pool their resources to recognize a long-neglected commodity: Philippine art.

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+Comic stripped
TheGuardian - UK
There are only so many things you can say about Roy Lichtenstein - which is not necessarily an insult. You might even say it's a compliment to the peculiar, brittle talent of the pop artist who died in 1997, just short of his 74th birthday, and who never let up on the discipline he imposed on himself, and on us. "Every day he'd kneel in his pew and say, 'It's just work/all that matters is work'," Lou Reed remembers in a song about Andy Warhol biography.


 
Art News - Wednesday Art News - Friday, Jan 16
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+Picasso in running for world's most expensive painting
TheGuardian - UK
Pablo Picasso's Boy with a Pipe, painted in 1905 when he was 24, could become the world's most expensive painting at an auction at Sotherby's in New York.
The painting is estimated to sell for $70m (£38m) at the auction in May, but could easily outstrip Van Gogh's portrait of Dr Gachet, which had a before-commission price tag of $75m in 1990.


+Carvers transform wood into pieces of art
TheArizonaRepublic - USA
Woodcarver John Peterson of Mesa can coax a beautiful bird out of a chunk of wood with a few cuts of a knife.
He can take a gourd, carve it up and make you forget the finished work was ever an uninspired piece of squash.
+Tax break plan draws more art to galleries
TheHerald - UK
Under the new proposals, owners who donate a work would be able to offset the value of the art work against the amount of their income to be taxed.
+The Most Erotic Artworks
ArtNewsOnline.com
What are the most erotic works of art? When we posed that question to prominent artists, curators, museum directors, and art historians, many in turn posed a question of their own: what exactly is erotic art?

::: Exhibition - Review :::
+Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration
ArtDaily.com
NEW YORK.- The Metropolitan Museum of ARt presents "Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration," on view through April 18, 2004 at The Helen and Milton A. Kimmelman Gallery, Lila Acheson Wallace Wing, Modern Art, 1st floor.


 
Art News - Wednesday Art News - Wednesday, Jan 14

+Dali biographer seeks peace in battle for rights
TheGuardian - UK
A row about the commercial rights to the Spanish surrealist Salvador Dalí's work threatens to mar his centenary celebrations, being held around the world, according to a friend who claims the rights are his.
+London and Paris markets flooded with looted Iranian antiquities
ArtNewspaper - UK
JIROFT, IRAN. In January 2001 a group of Iranians from Jiroft in the southwestern province of Kerman stumbled upon an ancient tomb. Inside they found a hoard of objects decorated with highly distinctive engravings of animals, mythological figures and architectural motifs.
+Bono helps charity keep the wolf from the door
TheGuardian - UK
When not busy singing and saving the world, U2's lead singer Bono is a bit of an artist. A limited edition set of lithographs of his illustrations for Peter and the Wolf goes on sale today at the London Art Fair, in aid of the Irish Hospice Foundation which cared for the singer's father until his death three years ago.

 
Art News - Wednesday Art News - Monday, Jan 12
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+Sketching underlying basis of good art
Ohio.com - USA
What a tragic error. What monumental shortsightedness. For there's nothing so fundamental to making art not only fine and beautiful, but also solid, with a sense of gravitas and purpose, than the ability to draw really well.

+Canadian Forces revive the war art program
CTV.com - Canada
A year ago, to reflect the changing role of the Canadian Forces, Canada's war art program was revived. Three artists joined military personnel who were deployed to Operation Apollo.
+Manipulation, aggression and shock -- revisiting the '90s
SFGate.com
The power to shock, for more than a century the avant garde's stimulant of choice, got old during the '90s. Doubters need only visit "Supernova: Art of the 1990s'' from the Logan Collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
+Exquisite Cave Art Offers New Perspective on Development
WashingtonPost - USA
What does it take to become an artist?
Do you need to study it first, or do you just pick up a brush or a knife and do it?
This question lies at the heart of a prolonged debate among archaeologists and anthropologists over the origin of figurative art -- drawing, sculpting or otherwise creating recognizable images of figures or objects -- and what it implies about human cultural development

::: Exhibition - Review :::
+Emin and Archbishop united in the modern spirit of art
Telegraph - UK
Tracey Emin and the Archbishop of Canterbury are unlikely collaborators, but the two are linked in an exhibition of contemporary spiritual art in St Paul's Cathedral next month.


 
Art News - Wednesday Art News - Wednesday, Jan 14
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+The art world's perfect frame-up
UnitedPressInternational
NEW YORK, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Eli Wilner has made an art of framing fine art, putting the frame in the picture for leading collectors, museums, and auction houses for more than 20 years and pioneering a $3-million-a-year business.

+Dali biographer seeks peace in battle for rights
TheGuardian - UK
A row about the commercial rights to the Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali work threatens to mar his centenary celebrations, being held around the world, according to a friend who claims the rights are his.
+London and Paris markets flooded with looted Iranian antiquities
ArtNewspaper - UK
JIROFT, IRAN. In January 2001 a group of Iranians from Jiroft in the southwestern province of Kerman stumbled upon an ancient tomb. Inside they found a hoard of objects decorated with highly distinctive engravings of animals, mythological figures and architectural motifs.
+Bono helps charity keep the wolf from the door
TheGuardian - UK
When not busy singing and saving the world, U2's lead singer Bono is a bit of an artist. A limited edition set of lithographs of his illustrations for Peter and the Wolf goes on sale today at the London Art Fair, in aid of the Irish Hospice Foundation which cared for the singer's father until his death three years ago.

::: Exhibition - Review :::
+The New Europe Portrait - Identity of Italian Art
ArtDaily.com
BOLOGNA, ITALY.- Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio in Bologna presents “The New Europe Portrait - Identity of Italian art in the last 40 years - A collection by Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio in Bologna,” on view through February 15th, 2004. The exhibition was curated by Vittoria Coen.


 
Art News - Wednesday Art News - Monday, Jan 12
::: Feature Article :::
+Sketching underlying basis of good art
Ohio.com - USA
What a tragic error. What monumental shortsightedness. For there's nothing so fundamental to making art not only fine and beautiful, but also solid, with a sense of gravitas and purpose, than the ability to draw really well.

+Canadian Forces revive the war art program
CTV.com - Canada
A year ago, to reflect the changing role of the Canadian Forces, Canada's war art program was revived. Three artists joined military personnel who were deployed to Operation Apollo.
+Manipulation, aggression and shock -- revisiting the '90s
SFGate.com
The power to shock, for more than a century the avant garde's stimulant of choice, got old during the '90s. Doubters need only visit "Supernova: Art of the 1990s'' from the Logan Collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
+Exquisite Cave Art Offers New Perspective on Development
WashingtonPost - USA
What does it take to become an artist?
Do you need to study it first, or do you just pick up a brush or a knife and do it?
This question lies at the heart of a prolonged debate among archaeologists and anthropologists over the origin of figurative art -- drawing, sculpting or otherwise creating recognizable images of figures or objects -- and what it implies about human cultural development

::: Exhibition - Review :::
+Emin and Archbishop united in the modern spirit of art
Telegraph - UK
Tracey Emin and the Archbishop of Canterbury are unlikely collaborators, but the two are linked in an exhibition of contemporary spiritual art in St Paul's Cathedral next month.


 
Art News - Wednesday Art News - Friday, Jan 9
::: Feature Article :::
+Fabergé eggs may fetch £52m
The Gaurdian - UK
The Forbes publishing family is planning to sell the world's biggest private collection of fabled Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs this spring, part of a rare Fabergé collection valued at up to $120m (£65m).

+ Saddam’s secret hoard of Jewish manuscripts
TheArtNewspaper - UK
WASHINGTON, DC. If the captured Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein goes on trial, further details of the torture and brutalisation carried out by his regime will undoubtedly be exposed. Meanwhile the US National Archives is carrying out a restoration project of manuscripts and documents relating to the Iraqi Jewish community which could shed light on its savage repression under Saddam.
+Art gallery hopes for "lost" painting by gay artist
Gay.com
Tate Britain could be on the verge of showing a "lost" painting by Francis Bacon, one of the most important gay artists of the last century.
Two Figures Lying on a Bed with Attendants has been in storage in Iran for more than 20 years, but the Tate believes it could be about to borrow the work for UK exhibitions.
+Degas statue may sell for £7m
The Gaurdian - UK
Edgar Degas's sculpture of a 14-year-old ballet dancer is expected to up fetch to £7m at Sotheby's in London next month.
The three-quarter live-size figure, Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans, executed in wax in 1879-80 and cast in bronze in 1922, was the only sculpture exhibited during his lifetime.

::: Exhibition - Review :::
+Rembrandt's Journey Leads to the Art Institute of Chicago
Yahoo.com
CHICAGO, Jan. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The Art Institute of Chicago has announced that tickets will go on sale Monday, February 14, 2004 for Rembrandt's Journey: Painter, Draftsman, Etcher, the highly praised first American exhibition to explore the great Dutch artist's brilliant work as a printmaker seen alongside his paintings and drawings.


 
Art News - Wednesday Art News - Wednesday, Jan 7
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+Tate considers selling its art for first time in 50 years
Independent - UK
The Tate is considering selling off works of art for the first time in half a century in an attempt to plug the gaping holes in its collections of contemporary artists.

+Aldeburgh wants shot of Britten shell
TheGuardian - UK
Maggi Hambling's 12ft-high scallop shell memorial to Benjamin Britten is built to withstand sea gales of up to 100mph.
And that, for some residents of Aldeburgh, is part of the trouble. They believe the only way to get rid of it is to move it from their shingle beach on the Suffolk coast to Snape, where folk are thought to have more robust artistic sensibilities.
+Art Critic Blasts Fingerpaintings
TheSpoof - USA
ALBANY, NY—In order to promote appreciation of the arts to her small pupils, Ms Adrian Jennings, a local kindergarten teacher, invited Mitch Farrell, an art critic with a local newspaper, to her classroom to tell the children about how art can be applied in a career. Instead of an enlightening and entertaining day for the children, things went poorly.
+Art as investment
NationalPost - Canada
His Paintings are Worth $10.28 Per Square Inch, Dec. 27. I agree with the writer's opening statement: "There aren't many artists who can hand you a chart showing how their paintings have performed against the Standard and Poor's 500 stock index."

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+Alberto Giacometti: Drawings and Prints
ArtDaily.com
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL.- The Tel Aviv Museum of Art presents "Alberto Giacometti: Drawings and Prints," on view through March 3, 2004. Curator: Prof. Mordechai Omer. The exhibition presents over one hundred works on paper by Alberto Giacometti, and is being held through the encouragement and courtesy of Virginia and Herbert Lust , U.S.A.


 
Art News - dec22 Art News - Monday, Jan 5
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+Is it fashion, or is it art?
icWales - UK
A MOTHER of two was so curious about the most expensive dresses in London's fashion shops that she secretly photographed herself trying on more than 80 of them in the fitting rooms.
Now the results are about to go on public display at an art gallery in North Wales.

+Pictorial art and the Indian ethos
TheTibune - India
THE innocuous calendar fluttering on the wall is a utility item. Interestingly, over the years it has become not only a decoration piece that is meant to add colour to the room but also an art object that displays the taste of the owner. Even today when the calendar is no longer a part of drawing room decoration of the elite urban society, it is still a cherished object d’art in towns and villages.
+Women drawn to art of tatts
TheMercury - Australia
UONCE the domain of good Aussie blokes, tattoos have suddenly found favour with young, fashion-conscious Tasmanian women.
Tasmanian Tattoo Company owner Peter Jones says women aged between 18 and 30 now account for 70 per cent of his business.
+How Cook's taste for art ran up a bill of £746,000
Telegraph - UK
With more than 10,000 items in the Government Art Collection, you would have thought that ministers would have little difficulty finding something appropriate to hang on the wall.

::: Exhibition - Review :::
+Call for Artists: Raw Art Festival-UK
AbsoluteArts.com
August 1-7th 2004 sees the birth of a brand new ‘Raw Art Festival’. This is London’s first to focus solely on Outsider Art. Raw or ‘Outsider art’ includes Folk/Intuitive/Marginalised/Self-taught/Visionary art. The festival aims to bring together both organisations and artists in the ‘Outsider art’ field.


 

 




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