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Stedelijk Amsterdam Welcomes Its New Director, Beatrix Ruf

Stedelijk Museum view of the original building (A.W. Weissman, 1895) and new building designed by Benthem Crouwel Architects. Photo John Lewis Marshall

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Second Thoughts On George Bush’s Art

I wanted to hate them. I wanted to think George Bush’s paintings were profoundly amateurish, the kinds of things you learn to paint from Bob Ross, or those mail-order how-to-courses they used to advertise in the backs of comic books.

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What Do Syria’s Weapons Of Mass Destruction Have To Do With Syria’s Art? More Than You Might Think.

Today, United Nations officials announced the start of operations to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons – just barely a week after the release of a “red list” of cultural artifacts looted from Syria’s national heritage sites and museums.

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Can A Museum Build An Art Scene? Marrakech Gives It A Try.

Can a museum make an art scene?

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“Istanbul’s Mary Boone,” Yesim Turanli, Opens Pi Artworks Branch In London

Nezaket Ekici, "Border Inside," 2011 photo B. Pavlovic

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A Brief Q&A With Art Everywhere Creator Richard Reed

Entrepreneur Richard Reed, a co-founder of the mega-success Innocent Drinks, was the brain behind “Art Everywhere,” a venture that has plastered posters and billboards of major art works in the British national collection across the UK in an effort, as he puts it, to create “the world’s largest outdoor gallery” (and you might say, the world’s largest art gallery, period — assuming you consider posters of art works “art”).  I managed to grab him in his daily rush to get him to talk briefly about the initiative.

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Art Everywhere: Advertising Art for Art’s Sake

When they called it “Art Everywhere,” they meant it: a massive public art initiative across Great Britain, with posters of major art works plastered on billboards, buses, and taxis, as well as 19 tube stations in London and terminals at Gatwick airport – a total of 57 British works of art displayed for 2 weeks on 22,000 sites through England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. And it all began on August 12th.

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As Istanbul’s #OccupyGezi Protests Continue, (Performance) Artists Make A Global Impact

A "Wish Tree" inspired by Yoko Ono, created in Gezi Park during the first days of the Istanbul protests

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#OccupyGezi: Art And Photographs Of A Revolution

As the conflict in Turkey rages on, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has particularly targeted  “artists and intellectuals,”  whom he calls the “marauders” and “terrorists” behind the uprising – something like Agnew’s “effete snobs for peace.”    Ironically, many of the protesters have found their own creative side during these events,  bringing an artistry to Istanbul’s streets: They have  draped monuments and buildings with flags and banners, written poems,  and  indulged themselves in the age-old people’s art of graffiti.

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Millionaire Designer Latest Link To Rotterdam Museum Art Heist

Romanian officials have tracked the some of the paintings stolen last fall from the  Kunsthal Rotterdam to Romanian fashion king Catalin Botezatu, according to Romanian news reports.   Botezatu reportedly was offered the works by  Bucharest art dealer Constatin Dinescu, whom authorities now suspect worked with Botezatu’s assistant, Petre Condrat, on the heist. In all,  seven paintings — including works by Picasso, Monet, and Gauguin — were lifted off the wall of the Rotterdam museum during the night of October 15, 2012.  Condrat, arrested yesterday in Romania, is now the fourth suspect in custody.

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