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Crystal Bridges Strikes a Partnership With the Louvre to Bring Traditional American Art Around the Globe

Kyle Chayka, ArtInfo, 7 December, 2011


USA / FRANCE - "In a collaboration worthy of Marvel, four international art institutions are teaming up to bring America’s national artistic heritage to a global audience. Paris’s Musée du Louvre, Atlanta, Georgia’s High Museum of Art, Bentonville, Arkansas’s newly opened Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and the Chicago-based Terra Foundation for American Art are launching a four-year initiative of annual traveling exhibitions to broaden the conversation about traditional American art." [see also Louvre, High, Crystal Bridges and Terra Foundation launch multi-year collaboration devoted to American Art, Recent News, artdaily.org, 8 December 2011]


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Manila hosts int’l confab on children, climate change

Manila Bulletin, 1 December 2011


MANILA – "Hundreds of delegates from around the world are expected to attend the 2nd Asian Children’s Museum Conference on Feb. 2-4, 2012, at the Manila Hotel. Organized by Museo Pambata Foundation, Inc (MPFI), the three-day conference with the theme "Children and Climate Change" will discuss how educators, parents, and adults and the yong people can address these pressing environmental issues. The conference is made possible through a grant from Japan Foundation. California Academy of Social Sciences’ Meg Burke, Lord Cultural ServicesLaure Colliex, Learning Innovation Network-Osaka’s Keiko Kuroiwa, and Lilibeth LaO of Museo Sang Bata sa Negros will discuss how their museums have developed interactive exhibits to raise children’s awareness of natural disasters, global climate change and other environmental issues."


Nerua, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao restaurant headed by chef Josean Alija, obtains its first Michelin Star

Recent News, artdaily.org, 2 December 2011


BILBAO – "After only six months of existence, NERUA, the new gastronomic space dedicated to gourmet cuisine at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, headed by chef Josean Alija, has won its first star in the prestigious Michelin restaurant guide, which sets the standard for haute cuisine throughout the world. At the eagerly awaited presentation of its annual ratings, held at the Palace Hotel in Barcelona, the prestigious Michelin Guide of Spain and Portugal has granted full recognition to the work of Josean Alija, the chef who took over the restaurant at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in 1998 and who, after being awarded the prize for Best Young Cook in 2000, has won numerous awards for his revolutionary purist style that is replete with aromas, textures and flavors at the same time."


Cronenberg and Polley films among TIFF’s top 10

From Wednesday's Globe and Mail, Published Tuesday, Dec. 06, 2011 7:30PM EST


TORONTO – "The top 10 Canadian films of 2011 were announced Tuesday night by the Toronto International Film Festival, with both big-name directors and emerging filmmakers filling out this year’s impressive list. David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method, Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz, Guy Maddin’s Keyhole and Jean-Marc Vallée’s Café de flore were among the high-profile candidates to make the cut, while Nathan Morlando’s Edwin Boyd, Guy Édoin’s Marecages, Philippe Falardeau’s Monseiur Lazhar, Ken Scott’s Starbuck, Sebastien Pilote’s Le vendeur and Jason Eisener’s Hobo With a Shotgun filled out the list."


Luminato and Batsheva Dance Company of Israel present the North American premiere of SADEH21 in June 2012

Luminato, 24 November 2011


TORONTO – "Luminato will present the North American premiere of a new work by the Batsheva Dance Company, popularly embraced as one of the most exciting contemporary dance companies in the world, in their much anticipated return to Canada after a long absence from Toronto. Presented in collaboration with the Israel Festival, Jerusalem, the Batsheva Dance Company will perform the new work SADEH21, co-commissioned by Luminato, and choreographed by Batsheva’s Artistic Director Ohad Naharin, for three performances only from June 14-17, 2012 at the MacMillan Theatre, University of Toronto. SADEH21 – literally translated Field21 – had its world premiere in 2011 at the Israel Festival in Jerusalem."Batsheva Dance Company deeply appreciates Luminato’s partnership and support in the creation of SADEH21, the company’s most recent creation. We are proud to be part of Luminato and to bring SADEH21 to Toronto," said Ohad Naharin, Artistic Director and Dina Aldor, Executive Director."


Port Hope's cultural needs explored

Ted Amsden, Northumberland Today, 7 December 2011


PORT HOPE, ONTARIO – "Local citizens sat down with Lord Cultural Resources team members Monday to offer their views on a cultural plan for the Municipality of Port Hope and a seniors facility feasibility study. Two similar meetings took place Monday: an afternoon session at the Canton municipal offices and a similar meeting at Port Hope Town Hall in the evening. A cultural study is being done to see what the needs are with regards to culture within the municipality. A 10-year plan and policy development will be assembled from the meetings, research and other input factored in by LCR consultants, according to Julia Snoek, acting program manager with the municipality."


Public questions aired at CMHR forum

Issue of Holodomor, museum land’s archeological study raised

Carol Sanders, Winnipeg Free Press, 7 December 2011


WINNIPEG – "No one said starting a museum from scratch about a sensitive subject, using evolving technology in a shaky economy, would be easy or come without a few questions raised. On Tuesday, at the first public meeting hosted by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, people wanted to know everything from how museum planners are dealing with controversy and finances to the very ground the unique structure is built on. The museum, not expected to open now until 2014, held the public meeting in the Manitoba Museum."


Ottawa's Arts Court gets $40K cash advance

CBC News, 6 December 2011


OTTAWA – "Managers of Ottawa's Arts Court got the $40,000 advance they were looking for to help cover a funding shortfall on next year's budget allocation. City councillors approved the money without argument at Tuesday's finance and economic development committee to continue paying staff until January. The city-owned facility on Daly Avenue receives $183,000 a year to house more than 25 artist groups, including the Ottawa Art Gallery and the Ottawa Dance Directive. Arts Court Foundation chairwoman Susan Annis said a critical fundraiser originaly planned for November had to be postponed to March because of a scheduling conflict. Higher marketing costs also hurt the bottom line, she said.

"We're not asking for more money, we're simply asking for an advance to get us through this difficult period," said Annis."


Maritime Museum of B.C. floats unique plan for new building

Roszan Holmen, BCLocalNews.com, 6 December 2011


BRITISH COLUMBIA – "Having lost the bid to lease the CPR Steamship Terminal, Barry Rolston of the Maritime Museum of B.C. wants the public to know "we’re not going away." On Friday, the museum revealed its intention to pursue a new location – on the water. The idea is to "get a concrete barge that would be floating somewhere in the Inner Harbour," said Rolston, the museum’s president. "The advantage for us of doing that, is that it would be on the water. We want to be able to bring boats to our place."


Ottawa right to fund new Royal Alberta Museum

The Globe and Mail, 5 December 2011


EDMONTON – "The announcement that the federal government will contribute to a new Royal Alberta Museum has been criticized by some, both for the haste with which it must be built (construction must start a year from now, or the federal money can be pulled, meaning the result may not be the sort of architectural jewel many had hoped) – and for the fact that the money is being spent at all. Among the critics espousing the latter concern is Conservative Edmonton-St. Albert MP Brent Rathgeber, who argues that his own government’s $122.5-million share of the $340-million project is not core, and thus is money it didn’t need to spend. [text omitted] MP Rathgeber, of course, because of his job, spends a good part of the year in Ottawa, which as the nation’s capital has a splendid collection of museums. One of those, the Canadian Museum of Nature, just reopened after a magnificent $216-million renovation. The new Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, which opened in 2005, cost $137-million. It is unknown whether the MP avails himself of the opportunity to visit these wonderful institutions, but unfortunately, not every Canadian is able to visit Ottawa.

That makes provincial museums like the RAM in Edmonton so vital, and indeed is why the federal government has traditionally contributed funds towards them."


The Royal Ontario Museum and Parks Canada bring ancient creatures to life

Recent News, artdaily.org, 3 December 2011


TORONTO – "The Royal Ontario Museum and Parks Canada announced the launch of the Burgess Shale online exhibition, as part of the Virtual Museum of Canada. The website provides, for the first time ever, an immersive journey into the world of the bizarre prehistoric creatures that formed the foundation for all animal life on Earth half a billion years ago. Through the use of never-before-seen visuals, including stunning virtual animations, the website brings to life over 100 years of research and discoveries, in which the ROM and Parks Canada play a vital role."


Post office art to be preserved for new museum

Marta Gold, Edmonton Journal, 3 December 2011


EDMONTON – "These beautiful panels, hidden from view to the casual passerby, adorn the south face of the old Canada Post building just north of downtown, at 9808 103A Ave. Mike Swick has admired them many times, and felt compelled to preserve them in a photograph for fear they'd be demolished as part of the construction of the new Royal Alberta Museum. "I thought, 'Let's record these before they're gone,' " Swick says. Happily, the work, created by local artist Ernestine Tahedi in 1964, will be saved and incorporated into the new building that will go up on the site, says Bob Walker, vice-president of Ledcor Construction. They won't have to be moved or rebuilt, he adds."


Dewar, Holmes knock 'inadequate' funding for Museum of Nature

Underground parking dropped from plans, sparking protest

Neco Cockburn, Ottawa Citizen, 2 December 2011


OTTAWA – "Another Ottawa politician says the federal government has failed to provide sufficient funding to the Canadian Museum of Nature, which has dropped its plans to build underground parking. Ottawa Centre MP Paul Dewar joined Somerset Councillor Diane Holmes to issue a joint statement on Thursday criticizing the government's refusal to adequately fund our national museums, which make significant contributions to arts and culture in Canada."


Mississauga to draft waterfront development plan

Adrian Morrow, From Saturday's Globe and Mail, Published Friday, Dec. 02, 2011 10:47PM EST, Last updated Friday, Dec. 02, 2011 11:01PM EST


MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO – "Mississauga is forging ahead with an ambitious plan to redevelop parts of its Lake Ontario shoreline by backing the creation of a single agency to oversee it. City council voted unanimously to have staffers design the structure of a public waterfront development corporation and draw up its budget. Their report is expected early in 2012."


Biblioteca Mídia Museu: The Manual of Museum Planning

Luiza Duarte Paris, Mídia Museu, Novembro 25, 2011


The Manual of Museum Planning leitura gratuita disponível em inglês no Google Books. Em sua segunda edição, o texto de Gail Dexter Lord e Barry Lord data, porém, de 1999.




For new Greek museum, there's no place like home

Steve Johnson, Chicago Tribune, 8 December 2011


CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – "The National Hellenic Museum's journey to its new, modernist building on a prominent Greektown corner was long and difficult. There were many obstacles on the way. The trip was, you might say, an odyssey. To get to the corner of Halsted and Van Buren streets, the institution didn't have to battle Scylla or ignore the Sirens, as the hero of Homer's "Odyssey" did, but it did have to fundraise its way out of its most recent home, the fourth floor of the office building above the Greek Islands restaurant, just up Halsted. Nor did it not have to compete in a pentathlon like Odysseus, but it did have to win city permits for a 40,000-square-foot building and plan the exhibitions inside, creating a splendid new addition to the city's museum landscape that will be unveiled to the public on Saturday."


Despite Higher Admission Fee, Höller Show Draws Record Crowds to New Museum

Randy Kennedy, The New York Times – Arts Beat Blog, 8 December 2011


NEW YORK CITY – "The New Museum, which recently raised its general admission price to pay for extra workers to accommodate the crowds for its exhibition of the work of Carsten Höller, said Thursday that the show – a highbrow funhouse with a slide, a sensory deprivation tank and a slow-motion carousel – had become the most highly attended show in the museum’s 35-year history. The show, which continues through Jan. 15, is drawing a daily average of 1,700 visitors, said Gabriel Einsohn, a museum spokeswoman."


Cooper-Hewitt announces the completion of the capital campaign for the redesign

Recent News, artdaily.org, 8 December 2011


NEW YORK CITY – "The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum announced that it has completed its $54 million RE:DESIGN capital campaign goal and commenced renovating the Carnegie Mansion to create enlarged and enhanced facilities for exhibitions, collections display and education programming. The museum also announced the completion of the renovation of the museum’s two townhouses on East 90th Street, which house the National Design Library, the Master’s Program in the History of Decorative Arts and Design and administrative offices. Students, design professionals and the public can now benefit from the modernized National Design Library located in the townhouses, with restored historic reading and study areas, as well as reference spaces, open stacks and a rare-book room."


Tutankhamun Exhibition international tour finishes with 8 million visitors; sets Australian visitor record

Recent News, artdaily.org, 7 December 2011


LOS ANGELES, CA – "The touring exhibition of King Tut’s treasures Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs has closed its doors after an 8-month showing at the Melbourne Museum in Australia, shattering records as the most successful touring exhibition in Australian history with 796,277 visitors. This brings the exhibition’s 6.5-year international tour to a close with more than 8 million visitors in total."


Le Musée Reina Sofia ouvre de nouvelles salles

Artclair, 7 décembre 2011


MADRID - "Le Musée Reina Sofia a ouvert de nouvelles salles au public depuis mercredi 30 novembre. Dédiées à l’art de 1962 à 1982, elles complètent les deux espaces du musée déjà existants. "


MoL bids to run museum development in London

Simon Stephens, Museums Association, 07.12.2011


LONDON – "MA members' meeting also discusses partnership working, funding and advocacyThe Museum of London’s (MoL) application for funding from the new Renaissance major grants programme and its plan to bid for money to run the museum development officer network in the region were among the topics discussed at this week’s Museums Association (MA) members’ meeting in London. This was the third in a series of free meetings for MA members in the regions and home nations. Like events held earlier this year in Yorkshire and Wales, the London meeting at the British Museum allowed members to hear more about the MA’s work and to give their views on how the organisation should develop."


CM announces museum proposal after ruckus

Ambarish Mishra & Mahima Sikand (TNN), The Times of India, Dec 7, 2011, 02.54AM IST


MUMBAI – "In the run up to the crucial BMC polls, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan has announced that the Maharashtra government will soon clear the decks to house a national museum in the memory of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar at the National Textile Corporation (NTC)-owned India United Mill's plot in central Mumbai."


Monument Fellow helps transform Outer Hebridean museum service

Geraldine Kendall, Museums Association, 07.12.2011


ISLE OF LEWIS, OUTER HEBRIDES – "MA Fellow contributed to Museum nan Eilean's successful £4.6m HLF bid. A spokeswoman from Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (CnE-Siar) has told how hosting a Monument Fellowship helped staff at Museum nan Eilean gain the support and knowledge that contributed to their successful bid for a £4.6m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Funded by the Monument Trust, the Museums Association’s Monument Fellowship scheme ran between 2007-2011 and offered funding to retired museum professionals to enable them to pass on their collections knowledge."


The Next Frontier of Museum Ethics

AAM, Center for the Future of Museums, 6 December 2011


USA – "Here at CFM, we’re wrapping up Round Three of Forecasting the Future of Museum Ethics. The survey closes Dec. 9 (there’s a link below if you still haven’t participated) and I can hardly wait to compile the input from our Oracles and the public. Most of the issues that have surfaced during the forecasting exercise are echoes of ongoing arguments from a hundred year or more of the museum literature. [text omitted] But the forecast looks at one issue that may actually be new—or at least so different in degree as to be different in kind as well: the challenge of curatorial authority vs. crowdsourced input/community curation/participatory design."


Resisting Renaming Of Miami Museum

Robin Pogrebin, The New York Times, 6 December 2011


MIAMI — "Walking across a sun-baked construction site in his hard hat the other day, Jorge M. Pérez said he was proud that this city’s major art museum, whose new home is being built here beside Biscayne Bay, is now going to bear his name. But not everyone is happy that the institution, now known as the Miami Art Museum, will be recast as the Jorge M. Pérez Art Museum of Miami-Dade County to recognize Mr. Pérez’s $35 million gift in cash and art. Four board members have resigned in protest. Several are threatening to rescind their contributions. Protest e-mails to museum officials have complained that an institution being built on public land and largely financed by taxpayers should not be named for an individual, no matter how generous."


Haus der Kunst chooses Base Design to develop a new visual identity for the museum

Recent News, artdaily.org, 6 December 2011


MUNICH – "Haus der Kunst announces the selection of BASE DESIGN to develop a new Visual Identity for the museum. The comprehensive proposal for a completely redesigned visual identity system presented by BASE DESIGN, which has offices in Brussels, Barcelona, Madrid, New York, and Santiago de Chile, was selected after an international search in which six design agencies from five different countries participated. The jury comprised of members of the Haus der Kunst staff, and the board of the museum."


Museum Opens for a Jewelry and Glass Master

Nazanin Lankarani, The New York Times, 6 December 2011


WINGEN-SUR-MODER, FRANCE — "Best known today for its crystal artifacts and decorative objects, the name René Lalique was first a symbol of refinement and audacity in jewelry making. Last July, the first French museum dedicated to the work of René Lalique opened its doors to highlight the many facets of the artist, a landmark of both the French Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements. It showcases the range of his artistic production from jewelry and perfume bottles to the decorative objects the company he founded continues to produce. "The project was born out of the desire to acknowledge the talent of this exceptional artist," said Véronique Brumm, director of the museum."


Scarborough Museum recognized, awarded a $400,000 grant

Mike Adler, Inside Toronto, 6 December 2011


SCARBOROUGH, ONTARIO – "Youth changes the way community museums do business. And when it comes to involving young people, and particularly young New Canadians, the Scarborough Museum has been recognized as one of the best.

The federal Citizenship and Immigration ministry has given the city-run museum in Thomson Memorial Park a $400,000 grant. Scarborough Museum will use the money to further expand its Canadian Museums and Youth Diversity Experience program through 2014 and share it, along with its Youth Mentorship Tool Kit with other three museums, including the Markham Museum."


New Paris museum location due to open in January

Sylvie Berry, Paris Star (ON), 6 December 2011


PARIS, ONTARIO – "The Paris Museum and Historical Society has settled into its newly refurbished home at the Syl Apps Community Centre. The museum exhibits and staff made the official move on Nov. 28, taking three days to ship all of the items from their former residence on Curtis Avenue. "It's a very comfortable space to work in," said curator Lana Jobe. "It has exceeded my expectations." The County of Brant presented the Paris Museum and Historical Society with the opportunity to move its operations to the more central and high profile location of Syl Apps earlier this year. After the launch of their capital campaign, From the Past through Tomorrow, in August 2011, renovations of the 3,000-square-foot space at Syl Apps began."


Création du Musée des Lilas à Saint-Georges

Éric Gourde, La Voix du Sud, 5 décembre 2011


SAINT-GEORGES, QUEBEC – "La Société d’horticulture de la Chaudière et la Ville de Saint-Georges se sont entendus pour la création du « Musée des Lilas », un projet touristique d’envergure internationale et unique au monde, soit une collection de plus de 1000 cultivars de lilas. Pour ce faire, la Ville et la Société ont conclu une entente qui permettra d’acquérir, sur une période de 4 ans, la collection développée par monsieur Frank Moro, hybrideur de grande renommée et fondateur de Select Plus International nursery, détenant actuellement la plus grande sélection de lilas au monde."


Councillor wants major changes to museum

Cheryl Brink, Standard Freeholder, 4 December 2011


CORNWALL, ONTARIO – "Coun. Syd Gardiner wants out of his commitment to the Cornwall Community Museum board, after a year of little progress. He requested a seat on the committee for this term of council, hoping to suggest both minor and sweeping changes. So far, he says no one seems to be listening. "I don't think they're moving forward," he says. "It's not even open enough hours." Curator Ian Bowering says their hours are standard, especially since budget cuts removed the option of a second staff person. With only one full-time employee available to man the building, the doors remain closed when he's sick, on vacation, or picking up a donation out of town. During the winter, the site is open Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment. In the summer – April to November – it's staffed from Wednesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. With summer student workers, doors open an hour earlier. But Gardiner says the building hasn't been properly marketed or made available to the public, even after the city invested $1.5 million when it was moved to its current location in Lamoureux Park."


Curtain Could Fall On A Dazzling Arts Center In Spain

Lauren Frayer, NPR, 4 December 2011


AVILES, SPAIN – "In the boom years, Spain spent billions on big infrastructure projects — high-speed railways, roads and gleaming structures like the Niemeyer Center for the arts in Aviles, in the country's north. Opened in March this year, the dazzling museum has hosted sold-out performances by Kevin Spacey and Woody Allen. But it's slated to close on Dec. 15, after barely nine months of operation, because of regional budget cuts. And the fate of the Niemeyer could be an omen of what could happen across Spain, as conservative politicians cut funding for the arts and other big public projects become white elephants littering the landscape."


The Long Slide: Museums as playgrounds.

Jerry Saltz, New York Magazine - Entertainment, Published Dec 4, 2011


NEW YORK CITY – "J’accuse museums of bullshit! Of ­bogusly turning themselves into smash-hit consumer circuses, box-office sensations of voyeurism and hipster showbiz. This year, the institution-­critiquing art known as Relational Aesthetics—essentially audience-participation art, often work that moves, lights up, or involves living nude beings—entered its decadent phase. Many museums are drawing audiences with art that is ostensibly more entertaining than stuff that just sits and invites contemplation. Interactivity, gizmos, eating, hanging out, things that make noise—all are now the norm, often edging out much else."


Three International Olympic Committee employees fired in museum embezzlement case

Stephen Wilson (Associated Press), Recent News, artdaily.org, 3 December 2011


LONDON – "The IOC's finance department is being overhauled in the wake of an embezzlement scandal at the Olympic Museum involving up to $1.85 million. Three members of the department have been fired for "negligence" in the alleged fraud by the former manager of the museum shop in Lausanne, Switzerland, International Olympic Committee director general Christophe De Kepper told The Associated Press on Thursday."


Waxworks likely heading out of town, owner says

Former terminal tenant cites high rents, lack of space

Darron Kloster, Victoria Times-Colonist, 2 December 2011


VICTORIA, BC – "More than 350 wax heads and matching sets of hands are still chilling in a undisclosed climate-controlled warehouse, waiting to see daylight - and tourists - again. But don't expect Ken Lane to re-emerge with his Royal London Wax Museum any time soon - or in Greater Victoria, for that matter. More than a year after Lane was forced out of the CPR Steamship Terminal for a $5-million earthquake retrofit - and a day after the keys to the historic building on the Inner Harbour were handed over to the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority - the wax figures that stood in the space for more than 40 years may be heading out of the city. Lane said in an interview Thursday he is "90 per cent certain" the attraction will emerge somewhere else in B.C. or in the east. He cites high rents and the lack of museum-quality space in the capital for the potential move."


Le Louvre lance un nouvel appel au mécénat individuel pour deux de ses œuvres égyptiennes

Artclair, 1er décembre 2011


PARIS - "En 2010, la campagne de mécénat individuel menée par le Musée du Louvre avait emporté un réel succès auprès des donateurs privés. Plus de 7 000 personnes avaient permis la réunion de plus d’un million d’euros en vue de l’acquisition du tableau de Lucas Cranach, « Les Trois Grâces ». En 2011, le musée parisien réitère l’expérience. La générosité du public est à nouveau sollicitée mais, cette fois, pour la restauration et le remontage des « Trésors du Caire ». "


Museum of Liverpool opens more galleries as it announces record visitor figures

Recent News, artdaily.org, 1 December 2011


LIVERPOOL – "The new Museum of Liverpool will open even more galleries and an entire new floor before the end of the year. The news comes as it is announced that it has received a record half a million visitors in the first three months since opening in July. Galleries including The Great Port and much awaited Liverpool Overhead Railway will open on Friday 2 December, along with a 38 metre time traveller’s timeline, and a gallery dedicated to Liverpool’s King’s Regiment. Janet Dugdale, Director of the Museum of Liverpool said: "Having already had 500,000 visitors through our doors to see the first galleries opened, we’re so excited to be opening even more, which will reveal some much-loved and anticipated objects that we know will be taken into the hearts of our visitors."



Growing Recognition: Unveiling of designs for African American Cultural Garden realises a 34 year old objective

World Architecture News, 8 December 2011


CLEVELAND, OHIO – "Stretching back 34 years ago, in a faded version of Cleveland Ohio, when George Voinovich was Mayor, four acres of land were decidedly destined for a noble dedication. After an inspired local drive, headed by the late politician Booker Tall, it was decided to cultivate at Cleveland Cultural Gardens, at Rockefeller Park, a befitting project to recognise the African American community."


Alésia Museum to open in 2012: Subtle historical references found in Bernard Tschumi Architects' Alésia Museum

World Architecture News, 7 December 2011


ALESIA, BURGUNDY, FRANCE - "The Battle of Alésia was waged by Julius Caesar in September 52BC against a united league of Gallic residents in a French settlement in Burgundy. A major hill fort - Alésia - was the site of the vicious encounter which was eventually won by the Romans, and it is this historic location which has been transformed by architectural theorist and celebrated designer Bernard Tschumi. On 23rd March 2012, an opening ceremony will be held for the first phase of the Alésia Museum; a cylindrical band of wooden elements that houses an interpretive information centre."


QC officials lead groundbreaking of Green Museum Project

Philippine Information Agency, 7 December 2011


QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES – "Quezon City (QC) officials led the recent groundbreaking ceremony in the construction of the city's very own operational museum in a one-hectare area in the Quezon Memorial Circle. The long-awaited project, which will be the country’s first social history museum, highlights the city government’s continuing effort to promote QC’s social development, particularly in the areas of urban planning and cultural and heritage preservation."


Planning for post-Olympics: OPLC announces 10 competing designs, aiming to create a new park legacy in London

World Architecture News, 7 December 2011


LONDON – "On 3rd December the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) unveiled the final ten designs shortlisted for potential implementation in London’s newest public spaces. Located in the already rejuvenated East End of London, between the Aquatics Centre, the Olympic Stadium, the ArcelorMittal and the 2012 Gardens, this latest project will continue the trend of seeking a lasting impact on the area. With the appearance of a flurry of constructed infrastructure and features which has followed in the wake of the United Kingdom’s successful Olympics bid, it’s becoming increasingly important to ensure that change is more than a temporary benefit."


171 millions d’euros pour la 2e phase des « Grands travaux » du Château de Versailles

Artclair, 7 décembre 2011


PARIS - "Frédéric Mitterrand a annoncé, le 5 décembre 2011, le lancement de la deuxième phase des travaux du « Grand Versailles » qui auront lieu entre 2012 et 2017. L’établissement public disposera de 171 millions d’euros, dont 2/3 financés par l’Etat pour mener à bien les mises aux normes de sécurité des appartements royaux. Le reste, réservé principalement à la rénovation des décors, sera pris en charge par l’établissement ou le mécénat. "


Newsmaker: Tina di Carlo, Founder of ASAP

Interview by Asad Syrkett, Architectural Record, 5 December 2011


NEW YORK CITY – "Tina di Carlo is on a mission for architecture: Having served as a curator in the architecture and design department at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) from 2000 to 2007, and as a contributing editor at LOG: Observations on Contemporary Architecture and the City, di Carlo is now launching an organization called Archive of Spatial Aesthetics and Praxis. The group’s acronym, ASAP, a riff on the phrase "as soon as possible," was chosen to underscore the urgency di Carlo feels should be given to elevating and promoting architecture as a form of art, alongside painting, sculpture, and other traditional media. Along with her colleague, curator Danielle Rago, a graduate of London’s Architectural Association and former RECORD intern, di Carlo has begun collecting photographs, texts, and digital media–among other things– that explore the many uses of architecture in all its contexts and forms. The public can view a catalogue of the archive online, though the collection includes physical objects, such as books, drawings, and design objects."


My kind of architect is

Famous name or talented newcomer? Picking the right one to build your art museum is fraught with difficulty

Javier Pes., The Art Newspaper, From Art Basel Miami Beach daily edition, Published online: 02 December 2011


"The increasingly close relationship between leading private museums, the collectors who founded them and public institutions was unpicked in a talk at Art Basel in June. One panellist taking part in the Art Basel Conversation was Chris Dercon, the director of Tate Modern, who expressed his concern that private museums were proliferating and, with a few exceptions: "They show the same art and are designed by the same architects." Ironically, the same charge, especially about architects, could just as easily be levelled at major public institutions."


Première visite aux Archives de Pierrefitte

Connaissance des Arts, 2 décembre 2011


PIERREFITTE-SUR-SEINE, France - "Depuis la pose de la première pierre le 11 septembre 2009, le chantier des Archives nationales à Pierrefitte-sur-Seine est allé bon train."


Architects Set the Scene at Design Miami

With installations by Bjarke Ingels and David Adjaye, dealers serving up Le Corbusier, and parties in prominent buildings, the design fair puts architecture in the spotlight.

Fred A. Bernstein, Architectural Record, 1 December 2011


MIAMI – "Bjarke Ingels seems to be everywhere these days, so it's a surprise to learn that he had never been to Miami Beach before. "It's a lot like Tel Aviv," the Danish architect said, referring to the cities' white stucco expanses. Ingels sipped Perrier-Jouet at the opening of the Design Miami fair (where his installation framed a concept car from Audi), then headed to a party sponsored by Ferrari a few blocks away in the Herzog & de Meuron-designed parking garage, 1111 Lincoln Road. Each December, when Art Basel descends on Miami Beach, the 10-year-old art fair and its satellite exhibitions bring hordes of collectors to town. Purveyors of luxury goods follow, promoting cars, champagnes, and, these days, architecture. In addition to architect-designed objects for sale at the fairs, there are installations by prominent designers and parties in showpiece buildings making architecture a big part of the spectacle." 



Le nouveau siège européen de Google abrite à Paris un institut culturel

Artclair, 8 décembre 2011


PARIS - "Le président exécutif de Google Eric Schmidt et le président de la République française Nicolas Sarkozy viennent d’inaugurer à Paris le « Googleplex ». L’installation en France du nouveau siège du géant américain témoigne de l’importance de ce pays pour Google, qui prévoit de dédier une partie de cet espace à la culture. " [see also Sarkozy Inaugurates Google Headquarter in Paris, International Business Times, 6 December 2011]


Leonardo da Vinci exhibition at National Gallery in London coming to world movie screens

Recent News, artdaily.org, 8 December 2011


NEW YORK (REUTERS) - "Leonardo's latest is coming to a multiplex near you -- but that's da Vinci, not DiCaprio. In the latest example of high-brow culture being beamed into movie theaters, "Leonardo Live," an HD presentation of the sold out "Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan" exhibition at London's National Gallery will play limited engagements at U.S. movie theaters and throughout the world. Billed as the first-ever tour of a fine art exhibition created for movie theater audiences, "Leonardo Live" will afford art lovers a two-dimensional look via satellite at the sold-out exhibition, which cannot tour due to the works' fragility." 


Computers in Museums: Necessary, or Expensive Mistake?

Reach Advisors, Museum Audience Insight, 6 December 2011


USA – "One of the most common questions we get is about the use of computers in museum settings.  Are they necessary?  Should museums be putting them in to attract broader audiences?  Do visitors expect them?  Or do visitors come to museums for other reasons? To find out, we have a few sets of data that we can pull from.  In our pro bono work, we have never explicitly asked about technology in museums, while we do have more explicit questions in some of our client work."


Museum as Node: What to Love About the Walker Art Center's New Website

The Minneapolis museum makes a play to become a networked cultural powerhouse.

Alexis Madrigal, The Atlantic, Dec 5 2011, 12:37 PM ET


MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – "The Walker Art Center launched a new website last week that should be a model for other institutions of all kinds. The site repositions the Walker, in the words of Artlog, "at the center of the global conversation about contemporary art," by incorporating ideas, words, and art from far outside the museum's walls. The Walker is in Minneapolis, a wonderful city that is not near the physical centers of contemporary art production. Nonetheless, through smart curation and creative engagement, the museum has become an international symbol for how to make an arts venue work in a medium-sized city." [see also Walker Art Center launches newly-redesigned website and publishing platform, Recent News, artdaily.org, 4 December 2011 and The Walker, venturing into online magazine style content, By Andre Bouchard, Technology in the Arts, December 6, 2011]


The Craft and Folk Art Museum launches the online finding aid for the first 32 years of the CAFAM archives

Recent News, artdaily.org, 5 December 2011


LOS ANGELES – "The Craft and Folk Art Museum has played an important historical role in the development of the Los Angeles art scene and has launched the careers of well-known artists who are currently highlighted in the exhibition Golden State of Craft: California 1960-1985, a part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time initiative. The documents of this important historic period are now available in the CAFAM Records, 1965 – 1997, housed in UCLA Library Special Collections, and an index is available online. Former CAFAM librarian Joan Benedetti, working with the Special Collections staff, has completed the 14-year task of creating a keyword-searchable online finding aid now accessible to scholars worldwide in fields including art history, contemporary crafts, folk art, product design, world arts and cultures, folklore, museum studies, library and information studies, women’s studies, and studies of Los Angeles, among others. This finding aid provides an index to the contents of the 6,208 folders in the 550 document boxes that hold the records. Individual sections of the finding aid include "scope notes" that describe or offer background on that particular section."


The erosion in the paid media pyramid

Seth Godin, Seth’s Blog, 3 December 2011


"Since the invention of media (the book, the record, the movie...), there's been a pyramid of value and pricing delivered by those that create it: [image omitted] Bespoke, Limited, Mass, and Free. Starting from the bottom: Free content is delivered to anyone who is willing to consume it, usually as a way of engaging attention and leading to sales of content down the road. This is the movie trailer, the guest on Oprah, the free chapter, the tweets highlighting big ideas. Mass content is the inevitable result of a medium where the cost of making copies is inexpensive."


L’histoire de l’art en un clic

Artclair, 1er décembre 2011


PARIS - "Alors que le site de la RMN L’Histoire par l’image fête son dixième anniversaire, l’établissement a lancé le 29 novembre un nouveau projet internet intitulé Panorama de l’art. Un outil avant tout destiné au monde scolaire."

Art and Culture


Artists and their families welcome Government's decision on the Artist's Resale Right

Recent News, artdaily.org, 8 December 2011


LONDON – "The families and beneficiaries of UK artists stand to benefit from millions in royalties from 1 January 2012 with the full implementation of the Artist’s Resale Right. This important Right pays artists royalties each time their work is resold by an auction house or art dealer. The Right has applied to living artists since 2006, and DACS (the Design and Artists Copyright Society) has paid artists nearly £14 million in royalties in the last six years. Artist Damien Hirst explains why he thinks the Artist Resale Right is so important: ‘I’m pleased that the Artist’s Resale Right is finally be extended to heirs and beneficiaries as in most other EU states. We need to recognise financially their role in preserving art. They spend a lot of time and energy on this and they should have some support.’ The full implementation means that artists can leave this Right to their families with the royalties helping support the vital work carried out by estates to preserve the artist’s legacy after their death (and for 70 years following)."


Artprize announces new $100,000 Juried award

Recent News, artdaily.org, 8 December 2011


GRAND RAPIDS, MI – "ArtPrize, the radically open, international art competition and social experiment, announced plans for the ArtPrize Juried Grand Prize, a new, $100,000 award that will debut during the fourth year of the annual ArtPrize event. Rick DeVos, founder and chairman of ArtPrize, made the announcement before an audience of sponsors and partners. With its public vote and juried awards, ArtPrize explores the tension between the professional and populist in an epic conversation. The fourth edition of the popular art event will open on Sept. 19 and run through Oct. 7, 2012. Total awards in 2012 will swell to $550,000, making it the largest cash purse for art in the world."


La UNASUR avanza en la integración cultural

Secretaria de Cultura, Presidencia de la Nacion, nuestraCultura, 8 de Diciembre 2011


SOUTH AMERICA – "Los responsables de Cultura, Educación y Ciencia de la UNASUR se reunieron el miércoles 7 de diciembre en Quito, Ecuador, en el Consejo Suramericano de Educación, Cultura, Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación (COSECCTI) para fijar las prioridades durante el próximo año. En la reunión se eligió a Paraguay como coordinación general del Consejo. La directora nacional de Política Cultural y Cooperación Internacional, Mónica Guariglio, participó del encuentro en representación del secretario de Cultura argentino. "La gestión de Jorge Coscia se planteó como uno de sus ejes acompañar la decisión presidencial de consolidar el bloque UNASUR. Venimos a esta reunión con la convicción que es necesario construir un modelo de integración económica, política, social, pero, por sobre todo, cultural para romper la ‘transmisión intergeneracional de la desigualdad’, tal como lo afirmaron los presidentes en julio de este año", dijo Guariglio."


Next Art Chicago

e-flux, 7 December 2011


Next Art Chicago 2012

Opening Night Preview benefiting the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

Thursday April 26, 2012

Public Hours

Friday, April 27 through Sunday, April 29



CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – "Next Art Chicago, the newest art fair to emerge from the producers of The Armory Show, will debut a curatorial approach to the traditional fair model this spring. The international fair of contemporary art will breathe new life into the Chicago marketplace through a new core exhibition, and a renewed mission to revitalize the historic fair. Executive Director Staci Boris will lead the curatorial vision, drawing on her 20 years of curatorial experience at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and Spertus Museum. "The focus of the 2012 edition of Next Art Chicago is the art," said Ms. Boris. "With our commitment to quality, dialogue, and diversity, we are building a show that is substantial, enduring, and thought-provoking."


Ramallah's Art Scene Comes Home

Emily Gogolak, The Atlantic Cities, 7 December 2011


RAMALLAH – "Drive six miles north of Jerusalem and into the hills of the central West Bank and you’ll find the city of Ramallah, the de facto capital of the Palestinian National Authority and also an up-and-coming capital for contemporary art in the Middle East. Ramallah is new to the international art scene, but interest in Palestinian art is hardly a recent phenomenon. Palestinian artists are regulars on the contemporary arts circuit, featured at the most important biennales, auction houses and museums worldwide: Venice and Art Basel, the Guggenheim and the Tate Modern, Sotheby’s and Christies."


La Argentina restituye 18 piezas arqueológicas a Ecuador

Secretaria de Cultura, Presidencia de la Nacion, nuestraCultura, 7 de Diciembre 2011


ARGENTINA / ECUADOR – "El miércoles 7 de diciembre, el secretario de Cultura de la Nación, Jorge Coscia, presidió el acto mediante el cual se firmó el acta de restitución de 18 piezas arqueológicas al embajador del Ecuador en Argentina, Wellington Sandoval Córdova."


Museums, parks 'would be forced to close'

Elaine Edwards, Irish Times, 7 December 2011


IRELAND – "National cultural institutions, such as museums and parks, could be forced to close or restrict access to the public under cuts outlined by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Cuts of €37 million to allocations for the Arts and the Irish language would negatively impact on tourism, employment opportunities and on the range of services provided to the public, the department said in a document published yesterday."


Defending the Integrity of an Artist's Life's Work

Jack Flam, The Wall Street Journal, 7 December 2011


USA – "In the U.S., billions of dollars are spent annually on art. For the art market to thrive and remain healthy, both buyers and sellers must have confidence that the objects they trade in are authentic. There are two main ways of protecting the integrity of an artist's output: the authentication board and the catalogue raisonné. An authentication board provides timely opinions to potential buyers and sellers. In some cases, as with the recently disbanded Andy Warhol authentication board, people who submitted works have had to agree to have them stamped as "Denied" if they were rejected. This is in effect a way of policing the market. A catalogue raisonné, by contrast, is a scholarly undertaking independent of the market. It is an analytical or "reasoned" compilation of all the works created by a given artist. Unlike an exhibition or book, a catalogue raisonné is not a selection. It presents the full breadth of the artist's accomplishment, with nothing left out. Works are submitted by individuals and institutions to a catalogue raisonné committee over a period of years. They are studied, and judgments about inclusion are made and sometimes reconsidered. Traditionally, such catalogs have been published as books, but digital versions, such as the online catalog of Isamu Noguchi's works announced last month, are now becoming common."


Christine St-Pierre dévoile l’Agenda 21 de la culture - Le Québec intègre la notion de culture à son développement durable

Isabelle Paré, Le Devoir, 6 décembre 2011


QUEBEC – "La ministre de la Culture et des Communications, Christine St-Pierre, a dévoilé hier soir l'Agenda 21 de la culture du Québec, fruit d'un vaste processus de consultation visant à faire de la culture un des moteurs du développement durable au Québec. Le fameux agenda, qui a pour objectif d'inscrire la culture dans toutes les actions politiques du gouvernement, fait du Québec le premier État au monde à intégrer cette notion à sa politique de développement durable. «Nous proposons de repenser le futur de la culture et son arrimage avec les différents ministères. C'est un document phare [...] qui contient les clés du développement culturel du Québec pour les années à venir», s'est réjouie hier la ministre, lors de l'annonce faite à la Maison symphonique à Montréal."


Great Scots! For the third year running, Turner Prize is installed north of the border

Martin Boyce wins prestigious award for his 'art noir'

Nick Clark, The Independent, 6 December 2011


UK – "If the Turner Prize could become any further removed from the quintessentially English landscape painter after which it is named it did so at least geographically this year as the third Scottish artist in a row won. Martin Boyce secured the top award in contemporary art at the Baltic Centre in Gateshead. The bookies' favourite specialises in sculpture and installation and was awarded for a selection of works include Perforated and Porous (northern skies) 2011, a steel receptacle at an angle containing a refuse sack. The award's curators said Boyce creates installations that "reference familiar objects", adding: "His environments offer a sense of wandering through a long-abandoned garden, or evoke the feeling of crossing through an urban park at night." [see also Scottish Artist Martin Boyce Wins Turner Prize

By Carol Vogel, The New York Times, 5 December 2011]


How healthy is the arts sector?

New Arts Index launched to provide an annual health check on the arts measuring everything from financial investment to audience numbers

Mark Brown, The Guardian, 6 December 2011


UK – "A new Arts Index has been launched at the House of Commons, a kind of annual health check for the state of the sector and there are lots of interesting facts and statistics to ponder. The Index is published by the National Campaign for the Arts. The actor and director Samuel West, a trustee of the NCA, says in an introduction: "The way the arts are funded and the policy that underlies that funding is changing fast. Now is a good time to catch up. Now, perhaps more than ever, we need to be able measure the health of our sector and to trace the positive or negative effects of change. The UK Arts Index lets us do this."


Methods for Finding a Lost Fresco by Leonardo Lead to a Protest

Elisabetta Povoledo, The New York Times, 6 December 2011


ROME — "More than 300 scholars have signed a petition to Florence’s mayor and that city’s top art authority to stop a project that hopes to find a Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece behind a fresco by Giorgio Vasari in the Palazzo Vecchio, now city hall. The Leonardo fresco, commissioned by the Republic of Florence around 1503, depicted a battle between Milanese and Florentine forces that had occurred about 60 years earlier in Anghiari, a Tuscan town. Today a less brutal, but perhaps no less bitter, war is brewing between art historians and proponents of the project, led by the National Geographic Society and the Center of Interdisciplinary Science for Art, Architecture and Archaeology at the University of California, San Diego. Project leaders have bored holes into the Vasari work so that an endoscopic probe can examine the wall behind it for any trace of the Leonardo fresco. On Monday an Italian heritage conservation group complained to Florentine prosecutors, and an investigation has been opened."


La grotte Chauvet en quête de reconnaissance

Le Figaro, 5 décembre 2011


FRANCE - "La France déposera, en février, une demande de classement au patrimoine mondial de l'Unesco pour ce chef-d'œuvre du paléolithique découvert en 1994. "


Art Education

Murray Whyte, Toronto Star, 3 December 2011


NOVA SCOTIA – "It’s D-day at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, though hundreds of students and faculty at the 124-year old university won’t know what that means for weeks, if not months. On Wednesday, Hugh Windsor, appointed by the provincial NDP government, delivered a report on the school’s future viability to his masters at the ministry of labour and advanced education, and the mood around the school in Halifax is less than cheery. NSCAD University is facing a potentially catastrophic budget shortfall this year of more than $2 million, and speculation on its possible doomsday scenarios run the gamut from being forcibly merged with Dalhousie University to its outright closure. Windsor was given carte blanche in his recommendations — none of which have been made public, said a spokesperson for NSCAD; there is no timeline for its release — which is greater cause for worry."


The fine art of robbery

With financial institutions dried up, the pilfering of art and antiquities has developed into a $7-billion-a year industry, creating a new generation of cops and robbers

Trisha Bishop, Vancouver Sun, 3 December 2011


VANCOUVER – "When Paul Brachfeld heard about the heist of historic documents in Baltimore this summer, the National Archives' inspector general acted quickly. First, he checked his records to see if the suspects - Barry Landau, a well-known collector, and his young friend, former Vancouver resident Jason Savedoff - had visited his facilities. They had. Next, he reached out to federal investigators and offered the services of his in-house investigative group. The Archival Recovery Team - ART, for short - is now sorting through more than 10,000 items removed from Landau's Manhattan apartment. Their discoveries so far include treasures that trace back to Napoleon, Newton and Beethoven.

"The vast preponderance of those are not necessarily from my institution," Brachfeld said. "But if not me and my office, who would do this work?" Brachfeld's full-time team, made up of four to five people, is one of just a few investigative groups in the United States that focus on the recovery of cultural property. America is the largest consumer of artwork in the world, with a 40-per-cent share of the $200-billion global industry. It's also the scene of nearly half of the illegal art trade, estimated to be worth another $7 billion a year worldwide. According to the FBI, cases can drag on for years with upwards of 90 per cent never solved."


Woolly mammoth to be brought back to life from cloned bone marrow 'within five years'

- Thigh bone discovered in permafrost soil of Siberia

- Contains elusive undamaged genes essential for nucleus transplantation

- Nuclei of elephant's egg cells will be replaced with mammoth's marrow DNA

- Embryo will then be planted into elephant womb for gestation

Simon Tomlinson, Daily Mail (UK), Last updated at 7:45 PM on 3rd December 2011


RUSSIA / JAPAN – "Scientists believe it may be possible to clone a woolly mammoth within five years after finding well-preserved bone marrow in a thigh bone recovered from permafrost soil in Siberia. Teams from Russia's Sakha Republic's mammoth museum and Japan's Kinki University will launch fully-fledged joint research next year aiming to recreate the giant mammal, Japan's Kyodo News reported from Yakutsk, Russia."


Art Fair: Business Over Activism

Karen Rosenberg, The New York Times, 2 December 2011


MIAMI BEACH — "Would this year’s edition of Art Basel Miami Beach be a private spectacle or a public one? I wondered that as I headed off to the art world’s ritualistic week of gawking, power schmoozing and peacocking, which is now a decade strong. Certainly top collectors dominate the calendar, stir up the selling floor and preside over what are sometimes ludicrous displays of privilege. But some also open their houses, or at least their warehouses, to the masses.  And although you might need a V.I.P. card to party alongside A-Rod or celebrate the latest Ferrari model, as some revelers did this year, those who want to make art viewing the main activity have plenty of more accessible options. Not the least of them is the fair itself, which has swelled to include some 260 international exhibitors and a full program of outdoor sculpture, video and performance."


Possible Forging of Modern Art Is Investigated

Patricia Cohen, The New York Times, 2 December 2011


NEW YORK CITY – "Federal authorities are investigating whether a parade of paintings and drawings, sold for years by some of New York’s most elite art dealers as the work of Modernist masters like Robert Motherwell and Jackson Pollock, actually consists of expert forgeries, according to people who have been interviewed or briefed by the investigators. Most of the works, which have sold individually for as much as $17 million, came to market though a little-known art dealer from Long Island, Glafira Rosales, who said she had what every gallery dreams of: exclusive access to a mystery collector’s cache of undiscovered work by some of the postwar world’s great talents, including Mark Rothko and Richard Diebenkorn. In several cases, Ms. Rosales sold the works through an art-world luminary, Ann Freedman, until 2009 the president of the prestigious gallery Knoedler & Company on the Upper East Side. Other works were sold by Julian Weissman, an independent dealer who had worked for Knoedler in the 1980s and had represented Motherwell when he was alive."


Proposed 10-per-cent cut would cost Toronto Arts Council $1-million

Guy Dixon, From Saturday's Globe and Mail, Published Friday, Dec. 02, 2011 10:27PM EST, Last updated Friday, Dec. 02, 2011 10:33PM EST


TORONTO – "Toronto museums and arts groups, who say they are already stripped to the financial core, see city hall’s planned across-the-board, 10-per-cent cut to arts grants as potentially devastating. The cut in city arts funding – the Ford administration has requested 10 per cent cuts from almost all its departments and agencies – would mean a roughly $1-million drop in Toronto Arts Council grants. That’s basically the same amount as the $1.2-million in total grants that it allocated to individual Toronto artists in 2010, according to the Toronto Arts Council’s last annual report. Or a 10-per-cent cut also equals the $1.2-million in project grants provided to community arts and other arts projects that year. In total, the Toronto Arts Council allocated $10.3-million in grants in 2010. The cut would also entail a 10-per-cent (approximately $100,000) drop in the arts council’s operating budget."


China paints a new commercial world of art

Iain Marlow, From Friday's Globe and Mail, Published Thursday, Dec. 01, 2011 6:35PM EST, Last updated Thursday, Dec. 01, 2011 7:25PM EST


SHENZHEN, CHINA – "Yang Chao Fu has a half-finished painting taped to the wall of his small shop on the outskirts of Shenzhen. As he speaks, he leans back on stacked piles of completed canvasses, while others hang above him – pastoral vistas, galloping horses, angels, Parisian street scenes. But Mr. Yang is no starving artist. Outside on the pavement, six more oil paintings hint that Mr. Yang has little but money as his muse, like most of the other owners of so-called galleries here. Each canvas laid flat on the ground is identical – a vase with purple and white flowers – and each corresponds to one of the many photographs scattered across Mr. Yang’s desk. These images were sent by a gallery owner in France, who has ordered 200 such paintings at roughly $26 (Canadian) apiece."


Heritage department will tighten belt to preserve arts funding, Moore says

Elizabeth Thompson, iPolitics, 1 December 2011


CANADA – "Heritage Minister James Moore says his own department will take the biggest hit in the government’s upcoming strategic and operating review in a bid to preserve heritage department funding for other cultural bodies.

"When we deliver our budget next year, the organization that gets hit the most is mine — my department," Moore told members of the standing committee on Canadian heritage Thursday. "We will have the biggest cut in my department. More than anybody else — in order to protect the integrity of the Canada Council, our national museums and festivals across the country. We will lead by example."



As told to Lauren O’Neill-Butler, Artforum, 11.23.2011


NEW YORK CITY – "W.A.G.E., or Working Artists in the Greater Economy, is a group of cultural workers advocating for the implementation of fee schedules within cultural institutions that contract their work. Here they discuss their first certification project at the New Museum and their upcoming work at Artists Space in New York, which commences with an event on January 6, 2012. [text omitted] In January, we’ll begin the first in a series of public forums and think tanks at Artists Space involving artists, activists, grant makers, arts administrators, curators, sociologists, and the public in an extended conversation about the economic practices of arts organizations."


Urban Planning, Cultural Tourism


TED Prize Awarded to an Idea: ‘The City 2.0’

Stephanie Murg, Unbeige, December 6, 2011 10:57 AM


"The TED Prize has always been about big ideas, but since its establishment in 2005, the $100,000 purse and "a wish to change the world" has gone to individuals, from Bill Clinton and Bono to oceanographer Sylvia Earle and street artist JR. The winner of the 2012 prize is a concept: the City 2.0. "It is an idea upon which our planet’s future depends," wrote TED’s Chris Anderson and Amy Novogratz in a statement issued this morning."


Tunisia, Italy, Romania and Russia create network to promote cultural tourism

African Manager, [6] December 2011


"The local and regional authorities in Tunisia, Italy, Romania and Russia are working with academic and research institutions to develop and promote cultural heritage tourism."


Treasuring Urban Oases

Michael Kimmelman, The New York Times, 2 December 2011


NEW YORK CITY – "Alexander Garvin, natty in bowtie and jacket, watched commuters hustle through the gray, sunken concrete plaza at Citigroup Center on Lexington Avenue. Across 53rd Street, in the fading afternoon light, more New Yorkers ducked into a faceless subway kiosk on the triangular patch of wind-swept sidewalk — ostensibly a second public plaza — that occupies the southeast corner. This is the city’s public realm, or part of it. What passes for public space in many crowded neighborhoods often means some token gesture by a developer, built in exchange for the right to erect a taller skyscraper. Mr. Garvin, an architect, urban planner and veteran of five city administrations, going back to the era of Mayor John V. Lindsay (1966-73), has spent the better part of the last half-century thinking about these spaces. "The public realm is what we own and control," he told me the other day when we met to look around Midtown. More than just common property, he added, "the streets, squares, parks, infrastructure and public buildings make up the fundamental element in any community — the framework around which everything else grows."




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