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In anticipation of Super Bowl Sunday, the MFA Boston (mfaboston) posted this historical piece to remind us of Sam Adams’s well-documented sports allegiance. GO PATS! (Who are we kidding, we forgot that the Super Bowl was this week until we Googled it just now.)

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Hauser & Wirth Now Represents the Mike Kelley Foundation

The Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts will now be represented worldwide exclusively by Hauser & Wirth, the pair announced on Thursday. Since 2007, the foundation has been preserving and furthering Kelley’s legacy by issuing grants and promoting Kelley’s art; Hauser & Wirth will take up that mission through public programs, exhibitions, publications — and, of course, by showing and selling the late artist’s work. Look out for more information about the partnership on the foundation’s website in the coming weeks.

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Met Museum Gets Social With Facebook

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has partnered with Facebook as part of a new feature on the social media service, it was announced today. Called Facebook Place Tips, the new offering makes use of Bluetooth beacons developed by Facebook that, when put in a particular place, can ping users with location-specific information. In areas where beacons are not specifically installed, cellular and GPS data will be used to triangulate locations and offer suggestions at the top of the news feeds of mobile application users.

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NYC Cultural Affairs Seeks Data on Arts Diversity

On Wednesday at the Ford Foundation, New York Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl put forward the City’s forthcoming diversity survey to some 250 executive staffs of arts and culture nonprofits. Over 900 organizations from across the five boroughs will be asked to fill out the diversity questionnaires, which will examine the demographics of employees, board members, and audiences.

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See Pictures From Larry Clark’s $100 Photo Pop-Up

Long before Instagram filters and American Apparel ads, Larry Clark envisioned a lo-fi tawny-toned teenagedom full of washed jean and lens flare, populated by the likes of Chloe Sevigny, Rosario Dawson, Michael Pitt, and Brad Renfro (RIP) — see: 1995’s “Kids,” 2001’s “Bully,” 2002’s “Ken Park,” and 2005’s “Wassup Rockers.” And now, for the comparatively low price of $100, a piece of that hyper-hip history could be yours. Starting today and continuing through February 4, the third Clark pop-up shop opens in LA at independent art/bookstore Ooga Booga with stacks upon stacks of the director’s unique 5-by-7 photographs, most developed in pharmacies and one-hour photos, on sale for $100 apiece. Or in the artist’s own words: “All the kids that come to my shows in thousands and could never afford 10 to 15 thousand dollars for a print … this is a pay back to all the skate rats and collectors who would like a souvenir so I can die happy.”

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Sharjah Biennial Opening Lineup Focuses on Performance Art

The Sharjah Biennial opens its 12th edition, titled “The Past, the Present, and Possible,” to the public on March 5 with a performance-heavy schedule of festivities. During the first three days of the biennial’s run (which ends on June 5), a variety of artists will engage in time-based commissions — among them Maxim Gvinjia, the former Foreign Minister of Abkhazia, who will be holding office hours as a consul at a fake embassy. The full schedule, which also includes Nikhil Chopra and Uriel Barthelemi, is copied below.

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Cache of Chinese Propaganda Posters On View in Hong Kong

The South China Morning Post (SCMP) has published an extensive gallery of images of Chinese propaganda posters in connection with an exhibition on view in Hong Kong through February 7. The posters, which range from the 1950s to the 1990s, are displayed at Picture This gallery and offer a glimpse at the Chinese state’s visual messaging beyond the Cultural Revolution period with which such imagery is typically associated.

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Creative Bonuses Lure Top Museum Directors

MFA Boston

Last week, the art dealer and historian Bendor Grosvenor proposed a “revolution in leadership” at British art museums, in the face of state-funding cuts. “As sad as it may be, our galleries have no choice but to learn from the American way,” he wrote. By the “American way,” Grosvenor means aggressive donor campaigns and more social media outreach. But it turns out that the American way could be synonymous, too, with creative add-ons to compensate directors, as reported by the Boston Globe this week. Digging deep into Boston nonprofits’ finances, the Globe brings to light the bonuses enjoyed by the cultural leaders in the city, which include brokering mortgages, generous stipends, and covering travel expenses of spouses. It’s all part of the strategy to woo and maintain top talent, trustees and board members say.
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UAE Brings 14-Artist Group Show to Venice Biennale

The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale will showcase the works of 14 Emerati artists, curated by Sheikha Hoor Bint Sultan Al Qasimi, president and director of the Sharjah Art Foundation and first Emerati curator of the UAE pavilion since its establishment in 2009. Titled “1980 – Today: Exhibitions in the United Arab Emirates,” the show is designed to highlight the oft overlooked history and development of art in the region. Names of note among the group include Hassan Sharif and Abdullah Al Saadi, who recently appeared in the New Museum’s “Here and Elsewhere” exhibition on contemporary Arab art, and Mohammed Kazem, who also showed at last year’s Venice Biennale. All three will also exhibit among the 50 artists at the Sharjah Biennial in March. Also on view in the pavilion will be Ahmed Al Ansari, Moosa Al Halyan, Mohammed Al Qassab, Abdul Qader Al Rais, Mohammed Abdullah Bulhiah, Salem Jawhar, Abdulraheem Salim, Obaid Suroor, Dr. Mohamed Yousif, and Abdulrahman Zainal.
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Shandaken Project Opens New Residency at Storm King

Applications opened today for the Shandaken Project’s new residency program at the Storm King Art Center. Aptly titled “The Shandaken Project at Storm King,” the new program offers 15 two- to six-week residencies at the 500-acre Storm King campus in New Windsor, New York, allowing three artists on site at a time from June to September. Its namesake program in the Catskills town of Shandaken will accordingly be suspended. “Offering more artists the chance to work on the grounds of a world-renowned sculpture park is indescribably exciting,” said founding director Nicholas Weist. “The Shandaken Project is honored to become a part of Storm King’s already important history of supporting artists” — that is, including Alexander Calder, Andy Goldsworthy, Zhang Huan, Isamu Noguchi, Claes Oldenburg, Richard Serra, and Ursula von Rydingsvard, among others. A link to the application can be found on both the Shandaken and Storm King websites; submissions close on February 20 and awardees will be announced in March.

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