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  • Muschamp Picks His Team

    “If it were up to me, I would pick the pair of latticework towers proposed by the Think group,” writes Herbert Muschamp in the New York Times. “It is a work of genius, a towering affirmation of humanism in modern times.” The Think team—whose principals include Shigeru Ban, Tokyo; Frederic Schwartz, New York; Ken Smith, New York; and Rafael Viñoly, New York, and as consultants, Arup, London; Buro Happold Engineers, Bath, England; Jorg Schlaich, Stuttgart, Germany; William Moorish, Charlottesville, Virginia; David Rockwell, New York; and Janet Marie Smith, Baltimore—have titled their proposal the

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  • Saatchi to Fund New British Art Prize

    Charles Saatchi, the multimillionaire advertising mogul and doyen of the contemporary British art scene, is to launch his own version of Tate Britain's Turner Prize, writes James Morrison in

    The Independent. Saatchi is planning to award a forty-thousand-pound (sixty-five-thousand-dollar) prize to an outstanding UK artist each year—twice the sum lavished on the winner of the Turner.

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  • Considering Verticality and Density in WTC Site Proposals

    Strategic, creative activities—whether economic, cultural, or political—thrive on density, writes author and urbanist Saskia Sassen in the New York Times. Over the last forty years, however, architecture has progressed so that density can be achieved in a far broader range of forms than the iconic 1960s-style skyscraper.

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  • Sally Michel Avery, Artist and Illustrator, Dies at 100

    Sally Michel Avery, an artist, illustrator, and widow of the painter Milton Avery, died on January 9, writes Roberta Smith in the New York Times. She was one hundred and lived in Manhattan. Solo surveys of her paintings were held in 1987 at the University of Iowa Museum of Art and in 1990 at the Fresno Art Museum in California, and her work is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Wadsworth Atheneum, the Fresno Art Museum, and the Israel Museum.

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  • Celebrity Collecting on the Rise

    Celebrities figure more and more in the art world, writes Cristina Carrillo de Albornoz in the Art Newspaper. Indeed, Madonna, David Bowie, Elton John, Jarvis Cocker of Pulp, Brian Eno, and Bryan Ferry are not only avid buyers but part of the group of patrons that support young talent in Britain.

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  • Sarah Pettit, Founding Editor of Out, Dies at Thirty-six

    Sarah Pettit, a founding editor and former editor in chief of Out magazine, one of the first gay and lesbian publications with mainstream status, died yesterday at Columbia-Presbyterian Center of New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, writes Julie Iovine in the New York Times. She was thirty-six. The cause was non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, her family said. At her death, she was the senior editor of the Arts and Entertainment section at Newsweek magazine.

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  • Viñoly to Redesign Kennedy Center

    Thirty-two years after it opened as a white marble memorial on the Potomac, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has hired architect Rafael Viñoly to design two new buildings and a sweeping pedestrian plaza and fountain that would at last link it to the monuments around it, writes Todd S. Purdum in the New York Times.

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  • S.O.M. Drops Out of WTC Site Project

    One of the seven architectural teams that submitted new designs for the World Trade Center site has been eliminated from further consideration, rebuilding officials said yesterday, writes Edward Wyatt in the New York Times. In a letter to the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation on December 26, Roger Duffy, a partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, said the firm intended to withdraw from the design study in order to continue its work with Silverstein Properties, for which it designed the proposed new 7 World Trade Center.

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  • Nicholas Baume Appointed Curator at ICA Boston

    Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art has hired a new curator, Nicholas Baume, a thirty-seven-year-old Australian who has been the contemporary curator at Hartford's Wadsworth Atheneum since 1998, writes Christine Temin in the Boston Globe. Baume, who assumes the job in March, replaces Jessica Morgan, who resigned from the ICA in November to move back to her native England, where she is a curator at London's Tate Modern.

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  • Christo and Jeanne-Claude Get the Go-ahead

    A work of art featuring twenty-three miles of billowing saffron-colored fabric by Christo and his wife, Jeanne-Claude, will be displayed along Central Park's pedestrian paths for two weeks in February 2005, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced yesterday, writes Robin Pogrebin in the New York Times.

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  • Flick Collection Settles into Berlin

    Friedrich Christian Flick, the multimillionaire heir of a leading Nazi arms manufacturer, will put his collection at the disposal of Berlin's Museum for the Present, a contemporary art venue in the former Hamburger Bahnhof, for seven years beginning in 2004, writes Hugh Eakin in the New York Times. In addition, the collector will pay for a $5 million renovation of an industrial space adjoining the museum, where the works will be shown. Christina Weiss, the German culture minister, said the collection represented a once-in-a-generation opportunity and should not be held hostage to the Flick

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  • Françoise Giroud, Pioneering Journalist, Dies at Eighty-six

    Françoise Giroud, a widely admired French journalist who cofounded the political weekly L'Express and later served as France's first minister of women's affairs, died on Sunday in the American Hospital of Paris, writes Alan Riding in the New York Times. She was eighty-six. She was also the author of biographies of Marie Curie and Alma Mahler and of books of political and personal reflection. In one of her first, The Comedy of Power (1977), she recounted her experience in government. In 1997, she published her autobiography and, in 2001, a collection of essays, Profession Journalist.

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