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  • Turner Prize Nominees' Work On View at Tate

    The Turner Prize is well known for sparking comment in the media, and the accompanying show at London's Tate Britain is traditionally one of the most popular shows of the year, reports the BBC News. This year's four short-listed artists—Fiona Banner, Liam Gillick, Keith Tyson, and Catherine Yass—will learn who has received the coveted prize, and its accompanying twenty-thousand-pound (thirty-one-thousand-dollar) check, in December.

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  • Original Soup Can Cheaper Than You'd Think

    Andy Warhol's first painting of a can of Campbell's condensed soup is being sold by his family for a mere one million pounds (one and a half million dollars), writes Fiachra Gibbons in The Guardian. Despite the artist's prediction that the thirty-eight-centimeter (fifteen-inch) picture would one day “be worth millions,” his chicken farmer brother, Paul Warhola, allowed his seven children to take it to school to show off their famous uncle's talents.

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  • CoBrA Member Ernest Mancoba Dies at Ninety-eight

    South African painter Ernest Mancoba, exiled in France since 1938, died on Friday in a hospital near Paris at the age of ninety-eight, reports The Star. The painter had been part of the postwar art movement CoBrA, along with his wife, Danish sculptor Sonja Ferlov.

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  • Centers for New Media Move Forward

    The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Labs are working on a Center for Arts and Invention to open as early as 2005, writes Matthew Mirapaul in the New York Times. Meanwhile, SF MoMA's digital-arts curator Benjamin Weil will start the job of curator at New York's Eyebeam on November 1.

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  • Italian Art Sales Set Records in London

    Sixteen auction records were broken in just over two hours at the twentieth-century Italian art sales in London last week, writes Colin Gleadell in The Telegraph. But neither Sotheby's nor Christie's managed to sell enough to meet the lowest estimated total that each had predicted before the sale.

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  • Funds Made Available for Purchase of Scottish Art

    The Scottish Arts Council will give approximately 350,000 pounds (541,000 dollars) to ten museums in Scotland's major towns and cities in order for them to update their art collections with contemporary work, writes Phil Miller in the Glasgow Herald.

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  • Paintings Moved for Fear of Flooding

    Leading Paris museums, including the Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay, are to move thousands of priceless artworks from their basement storerooms because of a feared “superflood” in the French capital this winter, writes Jon Henley in The Guardian.

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  • Bush Proposes Poet for NEA Post

    Dana Gioia, a poet, critic, and translator, is President Bush's choice to head the National Endowment for the Arts, reports Carl Hartman for the Associated Press.

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  • Vicente Todoli Takes the Reins

    Spaniard Vicente Todoli takes over as the new director of Tate Modern this month with a twenty-year career in museums behind him, writes Cristina Carrillo in the Art Newspaper.

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