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  • Guggenheim Conducts Feasibility Study for Mexico Branch

    The Guggenheim is conducting a $2 million feasibility study for a branch in the Guadalajara, the Jalisco state capital, UPI reports. An economic impact study and construction analysis is underway for a museum in a scenic park overlooking Heuntitan Canyon on the eastern edge of the city, Mexico's second largest. Guggenheim chief Thomas Krens has said that if the project is approved he will invite three architects from North America, Europe, and Asia to design “one of the architectural wonders of the world.” Details of the competition are expected to be announced later this month.

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  • Prints Reap the Benefits of MoMA Crowds

    What with the hoopla surrounding the opening, every corner of the new Museum of Modern Art has been madly mobbed, even the print galleries, Michael Kimmelman writes in the New York Times. Deborah Wye, MoMA's chief curator of prints and illustrated books, was beside herself with joy the other morning, watching as the crowds poured in. For a print curator, this can seem almost like an out-of-body experience, prints being the proverbial stepchild in the collection.

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  • Frank Lloyd Wright Makes Way for MacMansions

    Imagine having a dream home in a private, peaceful, bucolic setting, and being unable to sell it because it was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Some owners of houses conceived by the iconic architect are discovering it's not easy selling them in an era when cathedral ceilings and easy commutes are on the wish lists of many prospective purchasers, James Prichard writes in the San Jose Mercury-News. Weeks ago, the Chicago-based Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy was caught off guard when a dilapidated Wright cottage on Lake Michigan was purchased and razed by its new owners to make way for

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  • Gentrification and Artist Evictions Reach Jersey City

    A group of artists fighting eviction from a 144-year-old former factory in Jersey City, New Jersey has agreed to leave as part of a deal in which the landlord will forgive thousands of dollars in back rent, Newsday reports. Under a settlement reached with building owner New Gold Equities on Monday, about sixty artists, sculptors and painters who had sued for the right to remain in their studios in the sprawling brick building will vacate by March 1. The artists, who had sung “We Shall Overcome” during a Christmas rally, said they can't afford to continue their fight. Property values have soared

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  • Seattle Art Museum Expands Curatorial Staff

    Gearing up for an expansion that will more than triple its gallery space by 2007, the Seattle Art Museum has created a new curatorial position and hired a conservator of sculptures, installations, and other objects, Regina Hackett writes in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. SAM's new curator of American art is Patricia Junker, a nationally recognized specialist in 19th- and early-20th-century American art. The new conservator is K. Elizabeth Brown, former curator of objects at the Smithsonian National Museum of American Indian Art since its opening in 2000.

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  • As Status Symbol, New Art Gains on Antiques and Old Masters

    The wealthy once bought Old Masters and antiques to adorn their homes, but now they are more likely to invest in a Damien Hirst than a Regency commode. As Louise Baring reports in The Telegraph, well-heeled collectors increasingly look to contemporary art—not elegant antiques or older artworks—for a touch of class. “The whole art-buying class in Britain has changed,” says Anna Somers-Cocks, editorial director of The Art Newspaper. "These people no longer aspire to live with sideboards stacked with silver or nice Regency furniture. They want modern things.''

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  • Another Boom Year for the Art Market

    The art market had a very bullish year in 2004, Artprice reports. Turnover at fine art auctions jumped by more than 30 per cent over 2003, wiping out the lingering effects of the 2001 slump. Much of this growth was due to high-profile auctions hosted by Sotheby's and Christie's. Noting strong demand in the US art market, the two rival market leaders put up lots of a higher quality than the previous year. Of these, 378 went for over a million dollars, compared to 229 in 2003.

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  • West Kowloon Controversy Embroils Pompidou, Guggenheim

    Imagine a cultural complex several times the size of Lincoln Center sitting on a long peninsula jutting into the heart of one of the world's greatest natural harbors, with four giant museums, four large concert halls and theaters, a school for the arts and more, Keith Bradsher writes in the New York Times. That is what the Hong Kong government wants to build, and it has already commissioned a design by Norman Foster for an immense canopy of clear plastic over the peninsula and taken bids from developers to build the complex, the West Kowloon Cultural District. But the project has become the

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  • Installation of The Gates Officially Begins

    Forklifts yesterday began moving fifteen thousand steel bases into place for Christo and Jeanne-Claude's The Gates, Central Park, New York, 1979-2005, which will allow visitors to Central Park to walk through 7,500 gates hung with panels of saffron-colored fabric, Elizabeth LeSure writes in the Daily News. The temporary work will consist of sixteen-foot-high gates placed along twenty-three miles of footpaths, usually at twelve-foot intervals. Fabric will be suspended from each gate, falling to seven feet above the ground.

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  • Can the Pennsylvania Academy Regain Its Prominence?

    Once upon a long time ago, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts was one of the American art world's most visible and influential museums, Edward J. Sozanski writes in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Its annual exhibitions, discontinued in 1969 after 158 years, were instrumental in defining artistic taste and excellence. The new year brings with it a newly configured academy: With the opening of an eleven-story addition, it's considerably larger, and can now exhibit 2 1/2 times as much art. But will that alone restore the prominence it has lost?

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  • Steven Parrino, Forty-Six, Dies after Motorcycle Accident

    Artist Steven Parrino has died after a motorcycle accident, Newsday reports. Parrino, forty-six, died at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan early Saturday. He was returning from a New Year's Eve party when he lost control and fell off his red Harley Davidson motorcycle in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, not far from his home. According to the web site of Team Gallery in Chelsea, which launched Parrino's fourth solo exhibit in late 2004, “Parrino's oeuvre has been enthusiastically supported by the European museum and gallery system while remaining relatively unknown here. A critical reappraisal of the work is

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  • Chicago's Millennium Park: Draining Arts Dollars?

    Millennium Park, Chicago's splashy new cultural playground, may prove to be a double-edged sword for the city, Chris Jones writes in the Chicago Tribune. On the one hand, Millennium Park is widely perceived as representing the long-awaited arrival of a critical cultural mass in downtown Chicago. But there's a downside. The construction of Millennium Park ate up a whopping $200 million in local arts philanthropic dollars. And it's seeking still more donated money in 2005 to fully establish its ongoing conservancy.

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