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  • Inside the Outside

    Over the last three decades, the hierarchy of high and low that dominated culture at midcentury has softened. Yet, suggests Roberta Smith, the division between outsider and insider art remains well policed by advocates of both sides.

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  • Van Gogh “Fake” Real

    Art experts have declared genuine a painting by Vincent van Gogh that eminent art expert Geraldine Norman claimed to be a forgery.

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  • Out of Art

    After 300 years of collecting the painting, sculpture, and other art objects of Western culture, we are simply running out of art, suggests Souren Melikian.

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  • Libeskind and Gehry to Square Off in Toronto

    Daniel Libeskind and Frank Gehry are both headed to Toronto to work on splashy museum structures. The Berlin-based Libeskind, designer of the new Jewish Museum, has created a renovation design for the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), while Gehry, the Canadian-born but Los Angeles–based architect, is quietly talking to the Art Gallery of Ontario about designing a new and characteristically showy extension.

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  • German Painter Most Expensive Living Artist

    Gerhard Richter now stands as the world’s most expensive living artist, a status confirmed and consecrated by the current retrospective at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Just as his reputation has risen steadily since he arrived in West Germany in 1961, so has the value of his work, which with barely a hiccup has climbed steadily. Today a major work can command over $9 million; the MoMA recently spent some $15 million acquiring the “October” series.

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  • A New Cool Brittania?

    Charles Saumarez Smith, the new director of the National Portrait Gallery in London, is urged by The Guardian's Jonathan Jones to shake Britain's still-polarized aesthetic sensibilities up a little.

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  • A Museum for Cars

    Bangkok governor Samak Sundaravej’s plan to surreptitiously turn a sorely needed arts center into a commercial development has hit some unexpected snags, as artists stage headline-grabbing protests and construction companies refuse to participate in the project.

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  • SF MoMA Looks Forward to Neal Benezra

    “It's a perfect fit for us,” said San Francisco Museum of Modern Art board chairwoman Elaine McKeon, speaking of Neal Benezra, who will assume the directorship of the institution on August 1.

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  • Museum Island Set Afloat

    Berlin's “Museum Island” may be the heart of the city, but that hasn't prevented the city-state, severely strapped for cash, from cutting the budget for the renovation of the five unique museums located here.

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  • Oldest Photo Sold

    The earliest recorded image taken by photographic means, an 1825 print by French inventor Joseph Nicephore Niepce, was auctioned at Sotheby's in Paris on Thursday for the equivalent of $443,220.

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