In one of the most absurd realizations, the Dia Art Foundation is returning to its old Chelsea properties to set up shop again. According to the New York Times:
“It’s keeping our roots yet at the same time trying to evolve,” said Nathalie de Gunzburg, chairman of Dia’s board, who explained that after going through the exercise of looking at locations from Harlem to the Bowery, the board finally saw that the answer was, as she put it, “right in front of us.”
Japanese architect Kazuyo Sejima is the first woman to be named director of the Venice Architecture Biennale (via Culture Monster)
From Hyperallergic contributor Nick Riggle, we learn that NYU’s Institute of Philosophy has launched a new project about the Nature of Taste:
The concept of taste in aesthetics had its origins in ideas about gustatory taste, and much was made of this analogy in the eighteenth century … Questions about the nature of taste perception, the role that knowledge plays in our appreciation of tastes, whether we can separate the descriptive and evaluative aspects of taste judgments, the contribution language makes to identification of flavors, the cultural aspects of taste, and the nature of expertise, all raise interesting and important parallels with the exercise of taste in other domains.
Ukraine is getting a new contemporary art center, thanks to a private donor, Victor Pinchuk, who hopes it will help to turn Kiev into an art world destination. You can check out his current art center, also in Kiev, the PinchukArtCentre here.
Those feisty taggers strike again and this time a Banksy mural is defaced during a vote to see if it stays.
According to Culture Monster, the J. Paul Getty Trust announced it will work with Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities to help with the conservation and management of the tomb of Egypt’s Tutankhamen (aka King Tut). The five-year partnership will involve the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles, and the SCA in Cairo. King Tut’s tomb is one of Egypt’s most popular tourist attractions.
ABC News reports on artist Chor Boogie, who was stabbed while carrying out a sanctioned mural in San Francisco.
More mixed arts messages from the Obamas, who are dumping “controversial” art from one side of the White House and then hosting classical concerts in another.
Aaron Short of BushwickBK reports on the recent BETA Spaces festival in Bushwick, Brooklyn. He also asks the ever important question, “Is this art or should I be calling 911?”