The British blogs and media are buzzing with reports that UK police are visiting the homes of graffiti writers in what appears to be an attempt to scare artists from leaving their mark during the city’s Olympic spotlight.
Artist Ed Ruscha has left the board of LA’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), following the departures last week of John Baldessari, Barbara Kruger and Catherine Opie. The last artist on the board has left the building.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today that 6.28 million people visited the Met during the 2011/12 fiscal year that ended on June 30. Simply, WOW!
Berlin wants to move a trove of Old Masters paintings to make way for a collection of surrealist art. Jeffrey Hamburger has started a petition in protest.
This week, a lesser-known MoCCA — not LA MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) or New York’s MOCA, aka the Museum of Chinese in America — abruptly closed its doors. MoCCA stands for the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, which until Monday was housed in suite 401 at 594 Broadway, in Nolita.
Win an exhibition on the Vilcek Foundation’s digital art space and $5,000!
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley eliminated the entire budget of her state’s Arts Commission in a late-night veto last week. The drastic cut involves two line vetoes out of 81 that Haley delivered on the 2012–13 state budget — one blocking the Arts Commission’s $1.9 million in state funding (veto #1) and another blocking $500,000 in grant money (veto #21).
Jeremy Hunt, the UK’s Secretary for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, announced plans last week for an intriguing-sounding program called the National Funding Scheme. The scheme will be a digital, primarily mobile, arts philanthropy platform — basically a nation-wide effort to get more people to donate to cultural institutions by streamlining that process onto cellphones and tablets. It will include options for giving via text message, apps, near field communication and pre-stored credit cards.
CHICAGO — On June 30, 2012, Governor Pat Quinn signed into law a state budget that includes a 9.4% cut to funding for the Illinois Arts Council. This was less than feared, but it will undoubtedly have negative implications for cultural organizations, underserved communities, and individuals and organizations applying for humanities grants. The one ray of light is the increase in funding to arts education, though the 63% increase only translates to an extra $250,000.
A judge has halted ROAR’s lawsuit against Christo’s “Over the River,” but only so that a previous appeal of the project can be reviewed.
In September 2013, Long Island City’s graffiti museum 5 Pointz will likely be demolished, destroying about two decades worth of aerosol art.
What do you do with a stolen drawing by Dalí? Apparently you mail it back.