Artist Jeanne-Claude (1935 – 2009)

Jeanne-Claude, one-half of the collaborative husband/wife art duo Christo & Jeanne-Claude has died, she was 74 years old.  Christo & Jeanne-Claude together created environment artworks.  Some of these works include the wrapping of the Pont-Neuf bridge in Paris, as well as the Reichstag building in Berlin. More recently, Christo & Jeann-Claude realized The Gates in…

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Guggenheim Bilbao Negotiates to Build a Second Venue

The city of Bilbao in Spain houses one of the most iconic contemporary buildings in the world, the Guggenheim designed by Frank Gehry.  Now, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao has begun feasibility studies for a second location in the historic town of Guernica.  The concept is to create a modest-sized venue for temporary exhibitions and to…

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MOCA’s 30th Anniversary Gala Hollywood Style

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, celebrated its 30th birthday with a glamorous gala extravaganza.  The evening featured a performance by Lady Gaga and a slew of famous attendees including Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, James Franco, Jessica Biel, and more.  According to event reports, Lady Gaga played a…

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200 One Dollar Bills (for $43.7 Million)

The 1962 silkscreen, “200 One Dollar Bills” by Pop artist Andy Warhol sold last night  (11 Nov 09) at Sotheby’s for an incredible $43.7 million – the second highest auction price to date for a Warhol. Bidding started at $6 million, the pre-sale estimate was $12 million.

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Egypt demands return of famous Queen Nefertiti statue

A limestone and stucco bust of Queen Nefertiti, dating from about 1340 BC is currently on display at the Neues Museum in Berlin.  This exhibition has been closely watched by Egypt’s chief archaeologist, Zahi Hawass who has announced that if Germany cannot prove legal acquisition of the piece, his country wants to see the return…

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The Complete Collection of Vincent van Gogh’s Letters

The newly published: Vincent van Gogh – The Letters includes six volumes of nearly one million words and over 4,000 illustrations.  This was a 15-year project headed by the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.  No previous publication of Van Gogh’s letters has included all existing documents.  For more information, or to order the set, visit the…

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Tate Modern Controversy

The Tate Modern was approached by police from Scotland Yard regarding a particular photograph in their current exhibition. The picture “Spiritual America” by Richard Prince, which features an underage Brooke Shields in the buff, is a photograph of a photograph originally taken by photographer Gary Cross in 1975.  Thirty-five years after the original photo shoot,…

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