Frank Lloyd Wright Movie Won't Be a "Whitewash," Jerry Saltz Rips Adam Lindemann a New One, and More

Frank Lloyd Wright Movie Won't Be a "Whitewash," Jerry Saltz Rips Adam Lindemann a New One, and More
Frank Lloyd Wright at his studio
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– First Steps for Frank Lloyd Wright Biopic: Director Bruce Beresford has been scouting locations around Chicago to begin shooting “Taliesin,” a film chronicling the relationship between architect Frank Lloyd Wright and his married mistress Martha Cheney. “It doesn’t whitewash him into some kind of saint,” Beresford said of the script. [Hollywood Reporter]

 A Jerry-miad for the Ages: It's hard for a proud rich man to take criticism in any circumstance, but it's especially rough for one to be publicly skewered by someone who criticizes things for a living. Such is the furnace of humiliation that Adam Lindemann stepped into after writing a column to boycott the "embarrassing" Art Basel Miami Beach and then showing up at the fair with a smile on his face — only to occasion the most satisfying philippic Jerry Saltz has written in a while. Best line: "A great thing about the time we’re living in is that, as things fray, the loons and nitwits come out into the open, where we can have a clean shot at them. Lindemann, at least, makes it easy." [NYM]


– Renaming of Miami Museum Ruffles Feathers: The decision to rename the Miami Art Museum the Jorge M. Pérez Art Museum of Miami-Dade County in recognition of the developer’s $35 million gift to the institution has led four board members to resign in protest. The museum's controversial decision highlights the prickly issue of naming for increasingly cash-strapped institutions. “No one has ever seen this happen at a museum that aspires to be a major metropolitan museum,” said soon-to-be Dallas Museum director Maxwell L. Anderson. [NYT]

Research Sheds New Light on Nazi-Era Art: More than 100,000 photographs from the annual Nazi-sponsored art exhibition Grosse Deutsche Kunstausstellung have been made available to the public for the first time in an online catalogue created by Munich’s Central Institute for Art History. Categorized by artist, genre, theme, and, remarkably, buyer, the archive reveals that Hitler was the best customer at the shows, purchasing 1,312 works over the years. [TAN]

Soccer Star Becomes Curator: A former member of France’s national soccer team is one of three curators of a new show at Paris’s Musee du Quai Branly titled “The Invention of the Savage.” Soccer player Lilian Thuram, who was born in Guadeloupe, saw the exhibition as an extension of his off-the-field work in anti-discrimination politics. [Bloomberg]

– Czech Cubist Art Stolen from Castle: Four oil paintings by Czech Cubist painter Emil Filla, who has experienced a resurgence in popularity of late, were stolen on November 18 from a castle northwest of Prague. The works, dating from the 1920s to the 1940s, are estimated to be worth between $2.6 and $4.2 million dollars. [CNN]

Getty Keeps on Buying: A statuette of St. John the Baptist cradling the Holy Lamb was purchased at Sotheby’s in London by the Getty on Tuesday for £313,250 (approximately $487,000), more than double the high estimate. The museum appears to be on a buying spree: a few days ago, it acquired Manet’s “Portrait of Madame Brunet” from an unnamed buyer through Luhring Augustine Gallery for an undisclosed amount. [LAT]

The Pompidou Center Lends Saudi Petrol Group Aramco a Helping Hand: The French contemporary art museum has confirmed that it offered to program part of Aramco's cultural center in Dharhan, Saudi Arabia. Eager to increase its revenue streams, the institution said it made several other offers of this kind as well. [Paris-Art]

Three Men Charged for Murder Plot Against Lars Vilks: The men, arrested in the Swedish city of Goteborg, planned to stab the cartoonist to death. Vilks's 2007 drawings of the Prophet Muhammad sparked a furor in the international Muslim community — and it's not the first time that the Swedish artist has been the target of planned attacks. "I have had so many incidents like these now I have become accustomed to it," he said yesterday. "But I have a bodyguard now so it is difficult to get to me." [Fox News

Loved by All but the Queen, Jeremy Deller Takes Over Hayward Gallery: Described as a "game-changer" by Hayward director Ralph Ruggoff, Turner Prize winner Jeremy Deller is best known for his large-scale collaborative projects, including a restaging of the Battle of Orgreave, a violent clash between striking miners and police in 1984. His survey show, opening at London's Hayward next February, will include works spanning his entire career, as well as unrealized projects. Deller has many die-hard fans, but Her Majesty, apparently, isn't one of them: "I tried to explain his work to the Queen when Jeremy took me to a reception at Buckingham Palace,"  his mother wrote in a catalogue essay. "I don't think she quite understood, but she was too polite to say." [Guardian]

– What’s the Deal with Catalogues Raisonnés?Jack Flam, the president of the Dedalus Foundation, established by Robert Motherwell prior to the artist’s death, pens an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal explaining exactly what a catalogue raisonné is and why it matters to both scholars and the market. Considering the recent authenticity disputes surrounding works by Motherwell, Dedalus — which is currently compiling the artist’s cataogue raisonné — knows this all too well. [WSJ]

Goya Painting Fails to Sale at Christie's: The "Portrait of Juan Lopez de Robredo," estimated at between £6.2 and 9.3 million ($9.6-14.5 million), remained unsold, though the London auction house's Old Master paintings sale on Tuesday night was nonetheless a success. Pieter Brueghel II's "The Battle between Carnival and Lent" fetched £6.9 million ($10.7 million), well above its £3.5-4.5 million ($5.4-7.03 million) pre-sale estimate. And even with the Goya left behind, the auction tallied £24 million ($37.49 million), just shy of its £26 million pre-auction estimate. [Reuters]

Occupy Museums Visits Alexander Hamilton: The much-debated Occupy Museums — one of several art-focused spinoffs of Occupy Wall Street — protested the foreclosure of Alexander Hamilton’s former estate at 477 W 142nd Street by marching a replica of the building to the Museum of American Finance. [ITA]