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  • SF MoMA Charts New Course

    With diminished resources and a new director, Neal Benezra, at its helm, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is asking itself where it wants to go.

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  • Environmental Modernism

    This year's Pritker Prize winner, Australian Glenn Murcutt, is known for designing small, rural houses that combine a Modernist aesthetic with a deep sensitivity to the environment. Unlike previous Pritzker Prize recipients, Murcutt has never completed a major civic building. So what prompted the jury to give the prize to a small, one-man operation?

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  • Art in the Heartland

    The presence of the Daum Museum and several other art institutions devoted to Modern and contemporary art in Missouri has the prompted one Kansas City art critic to suggest half-seriously that the state adopt a new license plate slogan: “Missouri—The State of Contemporary Art.”

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  • The Tate Gallery Opens Its Archives

    The Tate Gallery's art library and archive, the most important in the UK, goes on display this week for the first time in a £2 million suite of specially designed, climate-controlled rooms. The new Hyman Kreitman research center is below the level of the Thames but protected by submarine-style flood doors from any repetition of the disastrous floods of 1928, which are also graphically illustrated by photographs in the archive.

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  • EC Goes After Auction Houses

    Sotheby's and Christie's, the world's two biggest auction houses, operated a massive illegal price-fixing cartel in the UK and continental Europe for most of the 1990s, the European Commission alleged yesterday.

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  • Indie Curators Making Waves in Museum World

    In order to fill in gaps in their programming, budgets, and expertise, museums are increasingly turning to independent curators. Yet many have voiced strong concerns over the creeping dominance of traveling art stars.

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  • Taubman Sentenced

    Alfred Taubman, the former chairman of Sotheby's convicted of price-fixing, was sentenced to one year in prison and fined $7.5 million.

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  • Neutra House Destroyed

    In a stunning move, a 1963 Richard Neutra house that came to be a landmark of the International Style was demolished by its new owner.

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  • Walker Expansion Update

    With a flick of his wrist, one local critic argues, Swiss architect Jacques Herzog suggested the key principles—openness and flexibility—that are driving the design of Walker Art Center's $90 million expansion.

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  • Nine Expressionist Paintings Stolen in Berlin

    Thieves broke into the Brücke Museum in Berlin and stole nine paintings valued at several million dollars: six by Erich Heckel and one each by Emil Nolde, Max Pechstein, and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner.

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