The State Department bureau of educational and cultural affairs has selected Joan Jonas to represent the US at the 2015 Venice Biennale. Paul C. Ha, director of the MIT List Visual Arts Center, who is set to be commissioner of the exhibition, recommended Jonas for the honor. The New York Times reports that the presentation will be co-organized by Ha and Ute Meta Bauer, director of the Center for Contemporary Art at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. (more…)
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It’s a fact that’s becoming harder to deny: New York City’s public schools are, as a whole, not making the grade when it comes to arts education. A report released today by NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office paints a dismal picture for the presence of arts educators in public schools, especially those in lower income neighborhoods in the South Bronx and Central Brooklyn. Its findings of large numbers of public schools without full or part-time arts educators, have also been translated into an interactive Google map of the five boroughs on the comptroller’s website. (more…)
Yesterday, news broke that Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei is the star of a new short sci-fi film called “The Sandstorm,” recently shot in Beijing by director Jason Wishnow with cinematographer Christopher Doyle. Ai plays a smuggler in a dystopian world without water. We thought it was the perfect opportunity to reimagine Ai in some of our favorite films. We’ve got him bouncing between cyberpunk and steampunk, dabbling in literary-inspired fantasy, and even stepping in for Harrison Ford as Han Solo to pilot the Millennium Falcon (see above).
5Pointz may be a sad reminder of a better time, but the collective that made the spot famous for international street artists to legally paint for years is still active. The 5Pointz graffiti collective is planning a new show at Long Island City’s Jeffrey Leder Gallery that is set to open April 5. “Whitewash” will confront the controversial decision made by the building’s owners last November to paint over the site’s murals and tags, including work by Stay High 149, Tracy 168, and Tats Cru, among many others.
— Gurlitt Will Return Works: After repeatedly saying he would not restitute looted artworks from his vast trove, Cornelius Gurlitt has suddenly announced that he will begin to return paintings to their owners or the owners’ heirs. The first work, Henri Matisse’s “Seated Woman/Woman Sitting in Armchair,” will be returned to the descendants of Paul Rosenberg. “Mr. Gurlitt has given us free rein to return those pictures that belonged to Jews to their previous owners or their descendants,” said Christoph Edel, a lawyer representing Gurlitt. [NYT]
— Loeb Sues Sotheby’s: Third Point activist investor Daniel Loeb is taking his efforts to shake up Sotheby’s to court in a suit filed Tuesday that seeks the removal of the poison pill protections that currently prevent Loeb from getting more seats on the auction house’s board. Recently, Sotheby’s offered Loeb a seat on their board, but he refused and demanded the appointment of himself and more individuals he has chosen. Sotheby’s has responded in a statement: “The Company intends to review Third Point’s complaint regarding the rights plan once it has been served with it, and continues to believe that the Board’s decisions to adopt and maintain the 12-month rights plan are both valid and legal.” [Art Market Monitor] (more…)
“Antiques Roadshow” fans, some of your questions about the mysteries of on-air appraisal magic have been answered. In an extensive interview published Tuesday morning, A.V. Club’s John Teti probed Nicholas D. Lowry, longtime auctioneer for the show and president of Swann Galleries, about the nuances of the program’s appraisals and some his most memorable experiences from the road. (more…)
The line-up for the 10th edition of Manifesta, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art, has been announced. The list includes 55 international artists, and features a few art history heavy weights, including Joseph Beuys, Louise Bourgeois, Henri Matisse, and Bruce Nauman. Otherwise, it’s dominated by contemporary art stars like Francis Alÿs, Rineke Dijkstra, Slavs and Tatars, and Cindy Sherman, among others. Pawel Althamer (whose first U.S. museum show is currently on view at the New Museum) and Ragnar Kjartansson are among 35 artists who will produce specially commissioned projects and public programming for the biennial. (more…)
— Obama Tours Rijksmuseum: While in the Netherlands for the Nuclear Security Summit, President Obama took a tour of the Rijksmuseum with Prime Minister Mark Rutte, making him the first U.S. president to ever visit the museum. After the tour, Obama and Rutte spoke to press in front of Rembrandt’s enormous masterpiece “The Night Watch.” “Of all the press conferences I’ve done, this is easily the most impressive backdrop that I’ve had to a press conference,” Obama said. [TAN] (more…)