Jennifer Allen

Buergel to Curate Documenta 12; Report from Miami; More

December 2003

Roger Martin Buergel, “the curator whom even people in the know hardly know,” is chosen to organize Documenta 12; a critic at Art Basel Miami Beach finds the surreal festivities more interesting than the art; and the Venice Biennale's … READ ON

NEWS

Hirst's Buyback; The High Cost of Free Admission; and More

December 2003

Damien Hirst purchases a dozen of his own works from Charles Saatchi and prepares for his 2004 retrospective in Naples.  Plus: Britain's financially strapped public museums struggle to stay afloat; Christie's is embroiled in a case of art… READ ON

NEWS

Public Bathrooms as Public Art; Adventures in Venice; More

November 2003

In Oslo, artist Lars Ramberg wins a juried competition to memorialize Norway's centennial, but his proposal—for three public toilets dubbed “liberté,” “égalité,” and “fraternité”—ultimately gives some jurors cold feet. … READ ON

NEWS

The Proposed Privatization of the Venice Biennale; and More

November 2003

Italy's minister of culture proposes a series of reforms that would effectively privatize the Venice Biennale—and, as one critic puts it, lead to “chaos, chaos, chaos.”  Plus: A German supermarket chain stocks contemporary art; and … READ ON

NEWS

Paul McCarthy

November 2003

It’s hard to imagine Paul McCarthy at a housewarming party, but a better artist could not have initiated the program at Hauser & Wirth's new London space on Piccadilly. Not only did McCarthy create and film performances in these, the former… READ ON

PICKS

Venice's Vital Statistics; Catherine M. in the Flesh; More

November 2003

The Venice Biennale reveals record-breaking ticket sales; Catherine Millet's sexual memoir is adapted for the stage; and the Fondation Beyeler announces layoffs and budget cuts.… READ ON

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Globalization Debate in Venice; Eisenman's Memorial; More

November 2003

This week in the European papers: Francesco Bonami, Jean Baudrillard, et al. debate the implications of globalization at the closing of the Venice Biennale; and construction of Peter Eisenman's Berlin Holocaust Memorial is suspended as a … READ ON

NEWS

Mori Museum Opens; Ke´ta Controversy; More

October 2003

This week in the European papers: David Elliott, the director of Tokyo's just-opened Mori Art Museum, outlines his vision for the institution's future; a gallerist and an African-art specialist battle it out over Seydou Keïta's estate; and… READ ON

NEWS

London's New Fair; UNESCO's Globalization Convention; More

October 2003

This week in the European papers: critics on the Continent evaluate London's Frieze Art Fair; UNESCO launches an initiative to protect culture from the forces of globalization; and Munich's Haus der Kunst observes its seventieth anniversary.… READ ON

NEWS

An Explosion at FIAC; Groys Looks East; More

October 2003

This week in the European papers: exploding Perrier bottles at FIAC; Boris Groys on contemporary Eastern European art; and an “extremely difficult” situation at Bern's Kunstmuseum.… READ ON

NEWS