Globalization: The End of Modern Art?

Globalization: The End of Modern Art?

July 15th, 2013 | Contemporary Art, Discussions

How New York Stole the Idea of Modern Art (1983) is the title of Serge Guilbaut’s famous book (which you find embedded below). “The question today is not how New York stole the idea of modern art but why,” asks Peter Weibel in the ZKM… Read More

Art Basel Riot Police Raids Tadashi Kawamata Favela Cafe

Art Basel Riot Police Raids Tadashi Kawamata Favela Cafe

Maybe this was only a misunderstanding, but the organizers of Art Basel should think twice before calling the riot police next time, especially if they show a controversial artwork like the ‘Favela Cafe’ which is destined to cause some sort of reaction from the public…. Read More

Venice removes controversial Boy with Frog statue by American artist Charles Ray

Venice removes controversial Boy with Frog statue by American artist Charles Ray

Venice removed a controversial white statue of a naked boy holding a frog by US sculptor Charles Ray from the entrance of the Grand Canal on Wednesday, sparking criticism from art lovers, AFP reports. The 2.4-metre (7.8-foot) high statue, commissioned by French billionaire collector Francois… Read More

What is a museum? Join the conversation.

What is a museum? Join the conversation.

May 3rd, 2013 | Discussions, Museums

What #isamuseum ? It can be many things, depending on who you ask—and who does the asking. Artist Sam Durant is asking all of us this question for his newly launched project What #isamuseum? The project is part of the Getty Artists Program, in which… Read More

Sexism Persists in the German Art World

Sexism Persists in the German Art World

March 22nd, 2013 | Discussions, Germany, Women

The art world is typically seen as open and progressive, even radical. But artists and curators in Germany say that, despite slow progress, the art scene is still plagued by widespread sexism and a conservative, macho culture. The Spiegel reports: “When it comes to art,… Read More

Art and it’s Authenticity Crisis

Art and it’s Authenticity Crisis

March 16th, 2013 | Art History, Art Market, Discussions

“If ‘authentication’ (so closely linked to attribution) is arrived at by consensus relying on scientific data, historical documentation and connoisseurship, ‘authenticity’ is more nebulous, covering as it does concepts of genuineness, perceived historical consistency and notions of adequate communication of an artist’s ideas or a… Read More

After the Museum – The new cultural reality

After the Museum – The new cultural reality

March 11th, 2013 | Curators, Design, Discussions, Museums

Transforming the physical and contextual environment of the museum into a focal point for the NYC design community, the Museum of Arts and Design’s annual design program, The Home Front: American Design Now, expands into its first physical exhibition, After the Museum (March 12, 2013… Read More

Are British Museums scared of being controversial?

Are British Museums scared of being controversial?

January 21st, 2013 | Discussions, England, Museums

Sir Roy Strong, former director of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, has some choice words for art institutions in Britain at a time when his former museum is putting on a David Bowie exhibit (for the box office, he says). In an interview… Read More

Is magic an art?

Is magic an art?

January 15th, 2013 | Discussions, Talks, Videos

Some of the world’s finest performers and creators discuss magic as an art form. Magician Paul Wilson writes, “Last Friday I uploaded the first of a series of short films and interviews featuring some of the world’s finest magicians. These performers, inventors and thinkers include… Read More

What’s the Value of Culture Today?

What’s the Value of Culture Today?

January 7th, 2013 | Discussions, Podcasts, Talks

The Value of Culture is a five part BBC radio series by Melvyn Bragg (which can be downloaded as a podcast) which explores the modern concept of ‘culture’ from its roots in mid-19th Century Britain, specifically Matthew Arnold’s Culture and Anarchy and Edward Burnett Tylor’s… Read More