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  • Report: Boston's Arts Organizations

    Boston is home to more arts organizations per capita than any other major metropolitan area, according to the preliminary results of a Boston Foundation study, writes Maureen Dezell in the Boston Globe.

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  • Finalists Selected for Citibank Photography Prize

    Jürgen Teller, Jitka Hanzlova, Bertien van Manen, and Simon Norfolk are on the shortlist for the twenty-thousand-pound (thirty-one-thousand-dollar) Citibank Award, Britain's most prestigious photography prize, writes Fiachra Gibbons in The Guardian.

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  • Vocal Protest Against Belfast Arts Cuts

    Artists picketed the Belfast Arts Council's Arts Awards last night to highlight what they felt was official hypocrisy in celebrating their achievements while cutting their budgets by 21.5 percent, writes Fiachra Gibbons in The Guardian.

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  • Postwar Records Set at Christie's

    Of the seventy-five works on offer at Christie's sale of postwar and contemporary art last night, only thirteen failed to sell, writes Carol Vogel in the New York Times. Barnett Newman's 1953 White Fire I, shipped from Tate Modern for the sale, sold for 3.8 million dollars.

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  • Skyscraper Proposal Sparks Debate

    A developer hopes to build a ninety-story skyscraper only a block from the World Trade Center site, writes Charles V. Bagli in the New York Times. Designed by Kohn Pederson Fox, the structure would be the second-highest in Manhattan.

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  • Auction View from Across the Atlantic

    Last week New York staged its big autumn sales of Impressionist and Modern paintings, three glamour evenings at Sotheby’s, Christie’s, and Phillips at which rich Americans were squeezed for a total of 164 million dollars, notes Godfrey Barker in The Times.

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  • Disappointment for San Francisco Collector

    The sale of San Francisco investment banker Thomas Weisel's choice examples of early New York School painting and related California works brought thirty-three million dollars last night at Sotheby's, writes Kenneth Baker in the San Francisco Chronicle. The sale had been expected to bring up to sixty million dollars.

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  • British Museum's Final Word Is No

    After making the biggest concessions in the three-decades-long dispute over the return of the Elgin Marbles, the Greeks' great hope of making a breakthrough were effectively buried again yesterday, writes Fiachra Gibbons in The Guardian.

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  • Phillips Gets Much-Needed Boost

    In a reversal of fortune that few in the art world expected, Phillips, de Pury & Luxembourg held a strong sale of contemporary art last night, writes Carol Vogel in the New York Times. One of the works that fetched its estimate was Jeff Koons's Self-Portrait, a 1991 marble bust, which went to Anthony D'Offay for two million dollars.

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  • Elgin Marbles Dispute Heats Up

    Greece is continuing its diplomatic efforts to see the Elgin Marbles in Athens in time for the 2004 Olympics, reports CNN News. Despite rumors to the contrary, British Museum director Neil MacGregor has insisted the frieze sculptures would not leave Britain, adding that “The trustees' position is that the marbles are an integral part of the British Museum and they cannot be lent without damaging the museum's role.”

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  • Sir John Soane's Gets a Facelift

    Restoration of the Sir John Soane Museum should be completed next year, to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of the man many architects regard as the greatest of his kind, writes Maev Kennedy in The Guardian.

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