Occupy Wall Street Brings Protest to MoMA's Doorstep, Tim Burton Creates Goth Balloon for Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, and More Must-Read Art News

Occupy Wall Street Brings Protest to MoMA's Doorstep, Tim Burton Creates Goth Balloon for Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, and More Must-Read Art News

– Occupy MoMA!: A few dozen demonstrators from Occupy Museums, an art-focused paraprotest faction of the Occupy Wall Street movement, zeroed in on MoMAand the New Museum yesterday, stationing themselves outside the museums and reading statements through the renowned (and, by the powers that be, dreaded) "human mic." One impressive chant was: "The Occupy Wall Street Movement will bring forth an era of new art, true experimentation outside the narrow parameters set by the market." One artist present added to Bloomberg that MoMA's $25 entry fee was "obscene" and that "there should be more nights when it's free." Somewhere, David Rockefeller may be radically rethinking his values, and the capitalistic system itself (or not). [Bloomberg]


– Tim Burton to Add Some Spook to Thanksgiving Day Parade: This year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade will feature a new balloon designed by the goth-inclined "Edward Scissorhands" director Tim Burton.Burton will contribute a balloon character called "B. Boy," whose headlooks a bit like a haggard baseball but whose overall affect is fairlyBeetlejuician. (According to an origin story dreamed up by Burton, B.was created from the leftover balloons used in children's parties atthe Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, but was forbiddenfrom playing with children due to his appearance.) In previous years,the Macy's parade has featured designs by artists Tom Otterness, Jeff Koons, and Takashi Murakami. [NYT


Deathbed Portraits of Lucian Freud Go on Show: Artist David Freud, son of the late Lucian Freud, is to open an exhibition of his works at Oxford's Meller Merceux Gallery next month. The show will include a series of portraits of the artist's father in his final days, painted at his bedside in West London. [Press Release]

Dia Deputy Moves to Creative Time: The deputy director of the Dia Art Foundation, Laura Raicovich, will leave her post after 10 years with the organization to become director of global initiatives at Creative Time.Raicovich will oversee a worldwide artist residency program, expandCreative Time's annual summit conference, and develop a Web-basedplatform featuring artists's perspectives on politics and culture. [NYT

9/11 Memorial Raises $700 Million: The National September 11 Memorial & Museumhas raised more than $700 million, with nearly $500 million coming fromnon-federal sources. The museum is currently seeking federal fundingauthorization, and hopes to receive approximately one-third of itsoperating budget from the federal government. Most of its existingfunds have been used for construction and planning the museum, which isslated to open next year. [AP

Looted St. John Sculpture Returned to Jewish Heirs: A sculpture of a curly-bearded John the Baptist cradling a lamb has been returned to the U.S.-based heirs of a Jewish art-dealer couple persecuted by the Nazis. The sculpture, housed until recently in the Landesmuseum Wuerttemberg in Stuttgart, was auctioned without the owners's permission in 1937 after they had fled Berlin. [Bloomberg]

Rubin Museum Names New Director, $25 Million Donation: The founders of New York's Rubin Museum, Shelley and Donald Rubin, announced a donation of $25 million yesterday to help support operations, exhibitions and programs at the Himalayan and Indian art museum. They also announced that Donald Rubin will step down as chief executive. Patrick Sears, formerly the COO, has been named deputy director while the Rubins will continue to lead the museum's board. [NYT]

Indianapolis Stunned by Maxwell Anderson Departure: Indianapolis's arts community was stunned by the news that the director of the city's museum, Maxwell Anderson, would be leaving to become director of the Dallas Museum of Art, an institution with a smaller endowment and collection than the IMA. Anderson informed his staff of his decision yesterday afternoon, shortly before a release was sent out to the press. "I think there was a great deal of surprise," said an IMA spokeswoman. "Max has always said he was very happy here." [Indianapolis Star]

Hanoi's Contemporary Art Museum Controversy: An ambitious project to transform the Eiffel-designed Long Bien bridge in Vietnam's capital has provoked heated debate. Last July architect Nguyen Nga submitted a proposal to the Vietnam Urban Planning Association to turn a popular landmark of the country's resilience — built by the French and bombed 14 times by the Americans — into the longest contemporary art museum in the world. The project would cost $237 million and take 10 years to complete. Opponents have argued that the bridge is "close to the soul of people in Hanoi," and should remain a functional thoroughfare. [Voice of America]

Learning Contemporary Art in Sign Language: The education department of Turin's contemporary art museum Castello di Rivoli and the Turin Institute of the Deaf have launched the "Dictionary of Contemporary Art in Italian Sign Language." The book gathers 80 signs designed to expand sign language's capacity to cover contemporary art discourses. The book is published in both Italian and English. [TAN]

Susan Philipsz to Create Permanent Work for New York's Governors Island:Best known for her eerie sound installations, the Scottish-born 2010Turner Prize winner has been awarded the commission by the Trust for Governors Island through the city's Percent for Art Program. Her piece will be installed in the new park and public spaces to be completed in 2013. [Press Release]

Fake or Not?: Famed Chinese painter Zhang Xiaogang is in a tussle with Beijing Yinqianshan International auction house over an artwork sold at auction under his name that the artist maintains he never painted. "It's a bad fake at first sight," he said. The auction house, however, isn't taking the criticism lying down. "Does Zhang remember clearly how many paintings he has done through his life?" asked the president of the auction house. [ITA

– RIP Barry Feinstein, Beloved Rock Photographer: Feinstein was perhaps best known for his portrait of Bob Dylan on the cover of the 1964 album "The Times They Are A-Changin'." He is also responsible for the image of Janis Joplin, taken the day before she died, that appeared on the cover of her final album, "Pearl," and the picture of George Harrison surrounded by toppled garden gnomes that became the cover of "All Things Must Pass." The photographer died in Woodstock on Thursday. He was 80. [NYT]