Guggenheim Green-Lights Helsinki Satellite, What Do Hirst and Thatcher Have in Common?, and More

Guggenheim Green-Lights Helsinki Satellite, What Do Hirst and Thatcher Have in Common?, and More
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Guggenheim's Next Stop?: After a yearlong feasibility study, the Guggenheim Foundation has decided to forge ahead with its proposal to build a museum in the Finnish capital of Helsinki. The city is expected to decide on the $180 million project in February. If approved, the earliest the museum could open is 2017. [AP]

– Damien Hirst and Margaret Thatcher Are of the Same Stripe: The Guardian's Jonathan Jones compares Britain's most famous contemporary artist to the Iron Lady: "Something happened in Britain in the 1980s and 90s that tore up the national rule book – in politics, economics and art. Hirst, whatever your feelings about him is a symbol of that time of change," he writes. "And like it or not, at a time when we wonder what is coming next, he flies the flag for a provocative and electrifying world image of Britain. Just like Thatcher did." [Guardian


Old Case Against Voina Closed (Again): The members of the Russian art collective have been cleared of hooliganism charges for flipping over a police car in 2010 as part of a protest against government corruption. (The case was closed in October 2010 but reopened later.) [Ria Novosti]

– Neil LaBute Tries His Hand at Art: The playwright-filmmaker has teamed up with photographer Gerald Slota for his first art exhibition. The show, on view at Robert Berman Gallery in L.A. and previously at Ricco/Maresca in New York, features photographic collages by Slota accompanied by sinister text written by LaBute. [LAT]  

– Bosnian Museum Gets Reprieve: The government of the Bosniak-Croat region will provide emergency funding to Bosnia's National Museum to save the 125-year-old institution from being forced to close due to unpaid utility bills. [AP]

A Hotbed for Islamic Art Theft: Turkey is becoming an epicenter of an international market for stolen Islamic art, police say, and the vulnerable objects range from historic Korans to intricate wall tiles. Security guards and cameras have become commonplace not only at Turkish museums, but also at mosques. [Eurasianet

– Milestone for the Kimbell: The Fort Worth museum welcomed its 10 millionth visitor yesterday. The lucky museumgoer — Anna Chaney of Irving, Texas — received a lifetime family membership. [NBC]

Doubts Over Authenticity of Key Australian Painting: The 1850s picture "Swearing Allegiance to the Southern Cross" by Canadian Charles Doudiet has been considered a national treasure in Australia since its re-discovery in Canada in 1996 — but it might be a fake. Officials at the Art Gallery of Ballarat, where the painting is currently held, are currently reviewing the situation and may commission further research. [Ottawa Citizen]

– Cornish Guerilla Knitters to Hit New York City: They knit cozies for lampposts and benches, brightening up Cornwall's city centers with colorful threads. Now the Guerilla Knitters, who are part of the growing trend of "yarn bombing," are heading for Times Square, invited by the magazine Vogue Knitting. (Really... "Vogue Knitting"?) [BBC]

University of Aberdeen Hits the Books: A new £57 million ($87.95 million) Schmidt Hammer Lassen-designed library unveiled at the university holds 400,000 books arranged on 13 kilometers (8.07 miles) of shelves. It been compared by the Guardian's Jonathan Glancey to "a super-modern lighthouse, beaming out a message – loud, clear and dazzling – that Aberdeen is back on the architectural map." [Guardian]

 Remembering Jan Groover: The WSJ's Richard Woodward pens an appreciation of Jan Groover, the painterly photographer who died over New Year's weekend at age 68. Groover was one of a handful of women to ever receive a solo show of her photographs at MoMA. [WSJ]


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