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  • French Sociologist Pierre Bourdieu, 71, Dies

    Leading French sociologist and critic of globalization Pierre Bourdieu died of cancer in a Paris hospital on Wednesday. Author of Distinction, a well-known study of French cultural stratification, as well as twenty-four other books on culture, media, and society, by the 1990s, Bourdieu had become a dominant figure on the French cultural scene.

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  • Sundance Film Fest Closes Strong

    The film fest that lent indie film its glitter has been in the doldrums in the past few years. This year, with less buzz but many films finding distributors, the film festival founded by Robert Redford seems to have found its old spirit—and remembered the art of the deal.

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  • The Art of Waste

    The latest in a more than a century's worth of art machines, Wim Delvoye's Cloaca, 2001, a new-and-improved version of the giant intestine machine he debuted last year, does with great difficulty what humans produce easily.

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  • Broad Hints at Big Gift for LACMA Expansion

    Eli Broad has recently suggested that he and his family are ready to make a substantial gift to help build the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's new ten-topped $200 million Rem Koolhaas building.

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  • Who Was Sir Anthony Blunt?

    Spies, particularly English ones, always fascinate Americans. With Sir Anthony Blunt, spy, art expert, author, we get a James Bond with an art twist.

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  • London ICA Chairman Lashes Out at Conceptual Art

    Tate Prize–bashing in the British tabloids has become an annual rite as predictable as the New York Post's stance on Bill Clinton. Now, London ICA chairman Ivan Massow publicly criticizes Tate director Nicholas Serota and denounces “most” conceptual art as “pretentious, self-indulgent, craftless tat.” What's craft got to do with it?

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  • Three Firemen and a Flag?

    A memorial sculpture intended to stand in front of the New York City Fire Department headquarters in Brooklyn has become the focus of a heated debate. What's in a sculpture?

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  • The New McCarthyism?

    Following up reports that there was “anti-American” activity going on, agents from the FBI and the Secret Service recently paid a visit to the Art Car Museum in Houston.

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  • Elgin Marbles Will Stay in UK, Says BMA Director

    Robert Anderson, director of the British Museum, has rejected calls to resolve the long-standing dispute between Greece and the UK over the Elgin Marbles. The British Museum of Art is a “world museum” according to Anderson.

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  • Brits Wish to “Share” the Elgin Marbles

    Taken off the Parthenon of Athens in 1801 by Lord Elgin, the “Elgin Marbles” have been claimed by Greece since 1829. Now, Britain would like to share the famous friezes, which “mingle Grecian grandeur with the rude wasting of Old Time,” as John Keats famously described them.

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