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We’re Off to Miami!

Why haven’t we been posting much recently? Well, the short answer is MIAMI! Yes, we’re off to the fairs and we’re bringing you along with us. Expect many musings from the front lines of the art world’s greatest clusterfuck.

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China Establishes Contemporary Art Academy, Tyler Revitalizes N. Philly, Brooklyn Girl Faces Fine for Chalk Drawings

… an art exhibit for the blind … do the recent art auctions point to a possible surprise at the Miami art fairs … North Carolina Museum of Art is gearing up for its new building … Toronto is hosting a King Tut blockbuster … the Taubman Museum of Art realizes that a splashy new building doesn’t ensure success … LACMA’s poorer than it was last year.

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Dia Returns to Chelsea, Venice Architecture Biennale Gets 1st Female Head, NYU Launches Taste Project

… Kiev awaits its own art destination-worthy art center … Banksy gets marked up before people have a chance to vote about keeping it or not … the Getty Trust & the Egyptian gov’t is working together to preserve King Tut … a San Francisco muralist gets stabbed on the job … the Obama’s send mixed messages on art … a report from BETA Spaces in Bushwick.

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The 18th C. Food Pornographer at LACMA

Two weeks ago, I found myself in Los Angeles with an afternoon to kill. I ventured to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and stumbled across a small exhibition by 18th C. Spanish still life painter Luis Meléndez. The exhibition, titled “Master of the Spanish Still Life,” was a quaint two-room show decked out with bizarre gray stucco walls treated with a ragging technique that made it look like a display at a suburban home furnishings shop. Faux finishes aside, what immediately struck me as I perused the canvases were two works in particular that I would characterize as Rococo food porn — they were pretty hot.