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The University of California, San Diego’s University Art Gallery is celebrating its 50th anniversary, but this may also prove to be its last year.

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Since taking the reins at the San Diego Art Institute in March 2014, Ginger Shulick Porcella has thoroughly revamped the nonprofit art space, increasing its visibility, diversifying its programming, and drawing praise from everyone with a stake in the local art scene — well, almost everyone.

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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on June 2, 2015

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On this week’s art crime blotter: Colorado cops target artist who stacks stones, Chinese authorities not pleased about Forbidden City nude photo shoot, and murder weapon turns up in London museum.

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Julian Kreimer: A Place to Call Home

by Jeremy Sigler on March 21, 2015

Julian Kreimer,

Julian Kreimer is a “painter’s painter.”

No, I take that back. He’s a “photographer’s painter.”

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Post image for Smashed Conceptual Art Water Fountain Will Flow Again

Michael Asher’s understated drinking fountain sculpture on the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) campus was recently destroyed by a masked vandal, but officials at the school plan to rebuild it.

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In Brief

Vandal Destroys Conceptual Art Water Fountain

by Vic Vaiana on February 18, 2015

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The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) recently lost one of its campus’s most subtle and unusual piece of public art.

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SAN DIEGO — Ahead of the upcoming Art San Diego Contemporary Art Fair, the Periscope Project, a collective of artists, architects and urban planners, are taking to the streets of San Diego with a project that confronts the city’s military complex, conservative politics and its reputation as a non-cultural hot spot.

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Post image for Report from San Diego: Ai Weiwei, Sam Gilliam, Helen Pashgian

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is now two-for-two this spring in Southern California museum collector’s committee acquisitions, with the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego announcing Thursday the addition of his “Marble Chair” (2010) to their permanent collection through their annual acquisitions drive. This comes on the heels of the high profile event held less than a month ago at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where big donors moved to add Ai’s “Untitled (Divine Proportion)” (2006) for a reported $400,000. Along with Ai Weiwei’s “Marble Chair” (2010), MCASD also scooped up a piece from Sam Gilliam’s colorfully suspended Dance Me, Dance You 2 series (2009) as well as a sleek, translucent sphere by artist Helen Pashgian, a pioneer of Southern California’s Light and Space movement.

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Ricardo Dominguez, a visual arts professor at the University of California, San Diego, is under fire for electronic civil disobedience work. Today, the San Diego Union-Tribune is reporting that Dominguez is really feeling the heat from his university, auditors, and the police over a virtual sit-in he staged last month on the website for the president of the University of California system.

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