More stories from the week ended Aug 25 (click on bolded words for link to more information):
- Egypt’s Malawi National Museum ransacked, looted and smashed up by vandals as result of unrest in country.
- Marx & Zavattero closes their gallery after twelve years in San Francisco.
- John Cleese sells off collection of art and memorabilia to help pay for divorce from third wife.
- Profile of Pei-Shen Qian, who is identified as artist who painted the Knoedler fakes.
- The story of Mark Landis, man who donates forgeries to museums (must be subscriber to NewYorker to read full article).
- Repatriation of Apache items delayed due to classification designation by American Museum of Natural History.
- Ali Ferzat exiled from Syria to Kuwait after being attacked for drawing satirical cartoons of President Bashar al-Assad.
- Police alerted of Marina Abramovic’s planned live recreation of The Scream in Oslo.
- Trustees for Robert Rauschenberg seeking over $60 million from foundation in court.
- Axa sues Christie’s storage services over Sandy damage alleging negligence in not taking steps to prevent damage.
- Two Damien Hirst prints stolen from Museo de Arte Contemporáneo during concert find their way back to the museum.
- More about Jasper Johns’ former assistant, James Meyer, who is accused of stealing and selling his work.
- Despite being warned, Sotheby’s sells Jan Schoonhoven piece that was stolen from the Museum van Bommel van Dam.
- Street art in LA by Strömberg mistakenly credited to Banksy.
- The top jobs in UK art institutions are still mainly going to men over women.
- The changing role of and ability to be a curator.
- New York Observer writes about new school art collectors that are acquiring works based on social reasons.
- Sarah Maple gets 500 volunteers to replace pages from The Sun newspaper featuring topless women.
- Kodak receives court approval to emerge from bankruptcy as a much smaller digital imaging company.
Kröller-Müller Museum receives donation of over two hundred works from the Art & Project / Depot VBVR Collection.
Hester Diamond (Mike D’s mom) gives a Veronese painting to the Worcester Art Museum.
Städel Museum boosts its photography collection after acquisitions and generous donation by Rudolf and Annette Kicken.
MoMA to open sculpture garden to general public for free each morning until 10:30am.
The Louvre’s Winged Victory of Samothrace is set for a nine-month restoration next month that will alter its appearance.
- The Museum for African Art now actually the New Africa Center and will be more of a policy center than art museum.
- James Durston gives his thoughts an opinion on today’s museums.
- How the constant traveling and art fair participation due to globalization is affecting dealers and the market.
- Auction market for books, letters and manuscripts seems to be taking off after David Foster Wallace sale.
- Gregory Siff creates artwork from Superstorm Sandy debris to benefit storm relief.
- Marina Abramovic Institute becomes fully funded on Kickstarter, as does the Art Story film.
- A look at Damien Hirst’s 9,000 square-meter studio – the world’s largest art production site.
- Matador Networks has their list of the 30 coolest art installations ever at Burning Man.
- Show Me More: A Collection of DickPix gallery show to feature sexting images collected by women.
Maine offers Robert Indiana license plates to help support arts in the state.
- Profile of Peter Blake, who opened Laguna Beach’s first contemporary art gallery.
- Jeffrey Deitch serves as sounding board for Calligraffiti show at Leila Heller Gallery.
- Larry Gagosian has the most technically superior screening room at his house in the Hamptons.
- Interview with David Choe, where he reveals a upcoming collaboration with Takashi Murakami on a show.
- Roberta Smith reviews Rudolf Stingel’s show at Palazzo Grassi.
- Max Snow is the artist-in-residence at The Surf Lodge in Montauk and he also organized a André Saraiva show there.
- Miranda July’s email project includes message from Kristen Dunst to Gavin Brown regarding Elizabeth Peyton piece.
- The Avant/Garde Diaries features Agathe Snow and Bill Beckley.
- Jeff Soto interviews Rob Sato.