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Weekend roundup

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  • One of the greatest works of earth art is in increased danger as an Ontario preservation group has denied protection to Richard Serra’s Shift, writes Shawn Micallef in a must-read piece in the Toronto Star. Remarkably, the group ruled that Shift (at right via Google Earth) has no value to the community, an incredibly silly, provincial conclusion given that it’s one of the most important works of post-war art in the world. Serra and I discussed the fascinating history and shaky future of Shift on Episode No. 18 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast.
  • National Endowment for the Arts chairman Rocco Landesman announced that he will retire at the end of the year. Reminder: No NEA chair has ever come from the visual-art world.
  • The MFA Boston is still the shame of America’s encyclopedia/historical art museums: No, not just that embarrassing Mario Testino show… This time MFAB is renting out top works from its collection to Italy, notes the Globe’s  Sebastian Smee. As Smee notes, no one — not the Italian branch of ICOM, not Bostonians — are happy with MFA Boston director Malcolm Rogers’ continued monetization of his museum’s collection.
  • In the NYT, Hilarie M. Sheets looks at Malcolm Morley and a 20-year survey of his work that just opened at the new Parrish Art Museum.
  • On The New York Review of Books’ (tremendous) blog, Tim Parks muses on being the older brother of a painter, John Parks.
  • Ivan Navarro will have a show up at Florida International University’s Frost Art Museum through January 27 and Anne Tschida talks with him for the Miami Herald.
  • In the New York Review of Books, Sanford Schwarz offers a rare note of praise for the NGA’s George Bellows retrospective, which is now at the Met.
  • Christopher Knight reviews the Hammer’s Zarina show.
  • NYT photographer Fred R. Meyer on photographing photographer Joel Meyerowitz.
  • The NYT’s art critics offer art books you might want to give and get this season.
  • On this week’s MAN Podcast: Artist Gregoroy Crewdson talks about his work and about Ben Shapiro’s new documentary about him, plus the second part of The MAN Podcast’s series about the Getty’s conservation of Jackson Pollock’s early masterpiece Mural (1943).  Download the show, subscribe on iTunesSoundCloudStitcherRSS. See images of art discussed on this week’s program. Also, like The MAN Podcast on Facebook!
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