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  • Cool on Koolhaas

    In her assessment of the visionary architecture and design of Rem Koolhaas, Sarah Williams Goldhagen finds much to admire. Yet she wonders if the same can be said of his urbanism.

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  • Brit Art Shortage Fuels Frenzy

    Supply is now such an acute problem at the top end of the market in British paintings that the sale of the last major collection of early works by Sir Alfred Munnings still in private hands was greeted like an oasis in a desert last week.

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  • The “Contemporary” Crisis

    The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center will turn thirty next year, but it already is experiencing a midlife crisis. Rumblings in the arts community suggest that the organization has lost both its momentum and its close connection to its core audience, the artists. So what is it that an art center has to do to remain “contemporary”?

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  • Finalists Named for Avery Fisher Redesign

    Without deciding whether Avery Fisher Hall will be renovated or razed and rebuilt, Lincoln Center has selected three finalists to redesign the concert hall. The project is part of Lincoln Center's $1.2 billion redevelopment plan. The architects, chosen from a field of nine, are Sir Norman Foster, Raphael Moneo, and the team of Richard Meier and Arata Isozaki.

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  • Beeb Man to Head London's ICA

    The previous incumbent left the post after controversially declaring that concept art was “pretentious, self-indulgent, craftless tat that I wouldn't accept even as a gift”. The ICA will be hoping that its new chairman, BBC executive Alan Yentob, will stay on message.

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  • Bloomberg Urges Restraint on WTC Memorial

    Citing residents' concerns about the size of the World Trade Center memorial, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said yesterday that he believes the development must balance the memorial with the needs of residents and should not turn the site into “a cemetery.”

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  • The USSR Back In

    Socialist realist art is growing in popularity on auction blocks and in the pages of interior decorating magazines. Tania Branigan investigates this resurgence of Soviet chic.

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  • Renovation Planned for Cleveland Museum

    Cleveland Museum of Art trustees approved plans for a $170 million renovation that will include a full restoration of the original building’s 1916 facade and the addition of more than 150,00 square feet of exhibition space. Architects promise, however, that the museum's 1971 addition, designed by Marcel Breuer, will remain unchanged.

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  • Renaissance Pan

    Benjamin Genocchio’s stern review of “Titian to Tiepolo,” an exhibition organized by the Italian government and currently on view at the National Gallery of Australia, was bound to be controversial, but the critic never expected to be threatened with a $50–100 million lawsuit by Italian undersecretary for culture Vittorio Sgarbi.

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  • SOM Tapped for Smithsonian Renovation

    The renowned architectural firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill has been chosen to design a large-scale renovation of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

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