Mostafa Heddaya

Sistine Chapel

For the first time in its 600-year history, the Sistine Chapel has been rented out for a private event organized by Porsche, The Telegraph reported.

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A Surrealism of hokey séances and dripping clocks has long superseded the movement’s political and conceptual radicality in the contemporary imagination.

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In Brief

24-Hour Strike Affects UK Museums

by Mostafa Heddaya on October 16, 2014

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An all-day strike yesterday saw operations at a number of UK museums stopped or decreased as nearly 250,000 members of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union walked off the job over caps on pay and pensions, the Guardian reported.

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Post image for Some Tips for Artists from Chinese President Xi Jinping

Xi Jinping, president of China and general secretary of its Communist Party, has, like his predecessors going back to Mao Zedong, some opinions about how “art workers” should go about their labor.

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A Turkish biennial close to the Syrian border has been postponed due to the Islamic State’s ongoing assault on the nearby town of Kobani, The Art Newspaper (TAN) reported.

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Post image for Bloomberg Foundation Will Award Cities Up to $1M Each for Public Art

Bloomberg Philanthropies, the foundation established by former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, announced yesterday an initiative that will see at least three cities receive up to one million dollars for public art programs.

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Post image for After Alleged Attack, Making Sense of a Chelsea Exhibition’s Murky Backing

On October 3rd, an assailant and two accomplices allegedly entered the cavernous gallery at 540 West 21st Street in Manhattan’s Chelsea district. What happened next, according to reports published here and in the New York Times, was an assault of the curator, Benjamin Hiller, with pepper spray, and the apparent partial defacing of the exhibition on view.

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The arts and technology nonprofit Eyebeam recently cancelled its 2016 plans for a major space in the BAM Cultural District of Downtown Brooklyn, Hyperallergic has learned.

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Whitney Studio, a Landmark in Need of Repair, Designated

The New York Studio School’s Whitney Studio in Greenwich Village has been designated a “National Treasure” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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Post image for Judge Overturns IRS on Artist Tax Deductions

A ruling by the United States Tax Court last week held that an artist employed as a professor could still claim tax deductions on her independent output, the New York Times reported.

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