Barbie Goes Blue-Chip With Klimt and Van Gogh Collaboration, Elizabeth Taylor's Art to Tour World, and More Must-Read Art News

Barbie Goes Blue-Chip With Klimt and Van Gogh Collaboration, Elizabeth Taylor's Art to Tour World, and More Must-Read Art News

Blondes Have More Art-Historical Fun: This week a frisson was sent through the world's top art collectors when a new series by an internationally renowned namewas announced, billed as "truly a must-have for [any] artist or art lover." We speak, of course, of the new Barbie Collector Museum Collection dolls, in which the famed plastic beauty shows off clothes patterned after such classic artworks as Van Gogh's "Starry Night," Klimt's "Adele Bloch-Bauer I," and, of course, Da Vinci's "Mona Lisa." Themini-mannequins will be a steal at $34.95 when they go on sale in July —unless Larry's bought up the entire stock already. (Strangely, the Hans Bellmer and Edward Kienholtz editions seem not to have made it into production.) [Press Release, Tablet

Elizabeth Taylor World Tour: Starting this September, the Christie'sauction house will be taking the late actress's art, jewelry, and clothes on a grand tour, bringing the actress's treasures to Moscow, London, and Dubai as part of a long process leading to her beatification. Or, actually, leading to a giant auction of the items in New York, where Christie's will "devote its entire Rockefeller Center gallery space to the public exhibition and sales, which are expected to draw thousands of visitors." [BBC]


$28 Million Gift for London Design Museum: British designer and Habitat chain founder Terence Conran has announced that he is giving the enormous sum to allow the city's Design Museumto move into a larger home. The gift will bring Conrad's total patronage of the institution to about $80 million, given over 30 years. [Bloomberg]  

Seattle Hires New Contemporary Art Curator: Catharina Manchanda will replace high-profile curator Michael Darling in the post of lead curator in modern and contemporary art at Seattle Art Museum. [The Stranger]

Australian Organization Wants to Ban Nude Child Art: Artists such as Bill Henson may have a hard time showing controversial work in Australia soon. Hetty Johnson, executive director of child protection organization Bravehearts, has called for stricter guidelines on images of naked children. The Australian Law Reform Commissionis set to review Australia's child pornography classification system, which may eventually apply stricter restrictions on potentially pornographic art in galleries. [Herald Sun]

Details Revealed on New U.K. Arts Charity: Arts Council Englandhas revealed plans for a £40 million fund intended to increase private giving to the arts. £30 million of that money will be invested in an initiative aimed at helping arts organizations to fund money from private sources, in which whatever is raised is matched by Lottery funds. [BBC]

Former Rocker Paints Gaga et Al.: Stone Roses founder John Squirehas turned from music to art in an upcoming exhibition of his own abstract paintings titled after pop culture celebrities. In an attempt to protest the way in which our culture is inundated with celebrity images, Squire has chosen to portray Lady Gaga, Albert Einstein, and David Beckhamas abstract shapes and squiggles. "Part of the reason these stars and geometric forms exist is to avoid representing the human form, to avoid idolatry," the artist says of his apparently Islamic art inspired works.[Bloomberg]

Shadiness on LACMA's Board?: Accusations that LACMA trustee Jamie McCourt improperly took benefits from a Dodgerscharity she was involved with will not affect her position on the boardof LACMA. "We don't have the facts, and it has nothing to do with LACMA," museum spokeswoman Barbara Pfaumer said to the L.A. Times. [L.A. Times]