Paris Museum Workers Strike

In Paris, museum workers respond to government plans to drastically reduce the state workforce by replacing only one of every two workers who retire.  The strike began last week by cultural ministry employees from the Georges Pompidou Center and the Beaubourg modern art museum who say that this policy will have a devastating affect on…

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Getting Read for Art Basel Miami Beach 2009

Though as many as 60 galleries have opted to not return to the art fair this year, the eighth annual Art Basel Miami Beach is slated to go off without a hitch December 3-6.  It has moved from Collins Park to the Miami Beach Convention Center and has added several new galleries to the lineup,…

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Pope Benedict XVI requests meetings with acclaimed contemporary artists

Pope Benedict XVI has sent out 500 invitations to international artists, sculptors, architects, musicians, film directors, and one prima ballerina to meet with him at the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City. More than 250 visitors have been received including Anish Kapoor, currently on exhibit at the Royal Academy in London, Saha Hadid, architect of the…

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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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