In the latest installment in the New York Times Magazine’s excellent Riff column, Robert F. Coleman recounts the story of how his band moved to Berlin, that well-known utopia of artists and creativity, and promptly failed.
Berlin’s famous Tacheles, a sprawling art center housed in a former department store, was effectively shut down this week, as the owner of the building, HSH Nordbank, moves forward with plans to sell it.
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.
Just over two weeks ago, a story about an excavated Banksy in Berlin ricocheted across the global media. Most of the coverage featured closely cropped smiley faced riot police and the name “Banksy” screamed in the media coverage. From the tone of the coverage and the emphasis on the discovery of a lost Banksy most people probably assumed it was another case of an opportunist commercial gallery swiping a street art work and displaying it in order to make a potential profit. What many people — and news outlets — didn’t realize was that the glimpse of the Banksy was only part of a much larger work by artist Brad Downey.
Though the artist remains arrested and his whereabouts and status are still unknown, Ai Weiwei has been offered a guest professorship at Berlin’s University of the Arts, the official position financed by the Einstein Foundation and supported by Danish artist Olafur Eliasson. Meanwhile, NYU professor Jeremy Cohen writes that Ai’s legal case doesn’t look good.
Milwaukee has a Holocaust memorial but now some members of the city’s Jewish community want another one … one that is uplifting. Critic Robin Cembalest discusses this and other trends in the world of memorials.
Far too often great art on the Internet gets lost amidst the clutter of virtual mediocrity, or simply gets far too buried in the “shared” list of your RSS aggregator of choice. We’ve done the detective work for you and present five great pieces of art that should be on your radar (or at least saved to a different Bookmarks folder) …