MOCA Launches an Art MTV on YouTube, Larry Gagosian Gets Sued by Client's Mom, and More

MOCA Launches an Art MTV on YouTube, Larry Gagosian Gets Sued by Client's Mom, and More
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– Meet MOCA TV: L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art will launch an online YouTube channel in July, complete with a documentary-style show about street artists and an "MTV Cribs"-style program that visits artists' studios. [NYT]  

– Gogo's Mother TroubleLarry Gagosian is being sued for $14 million by the mother of former Artforum editor Charles Cowles, who believes the gallerist sold two paintings he had no right to sell. The megadealer made millions on the resale of a work by Roy Lichtenstein and a previously disputed Mark Tansey painting, both of which Jan Cowles claims her son sold to the gallery without her consent. [NYPost]  

– Kansas Art Budget Turnaround?: Kansas Governor Sam Brownback, who notoriously gutted all of his state's arts funding last year, surprised many when he proposed giving the Kansas Arts Commission a paltry-but-real $200,000 in his State of the State address yesterday. [McPherson Sentinel

– Judge Kills Kevorkian Art Lawsuit: An Oakland County judge dismissed a lawsuit about who owns 17 paintings made by the  late Jack "Dr. Death" Kevorkian. The dispute between a Massachusetts museum and the assisted suicide advocate's family will be taken up by a federal court. [Daily Tribune]

The Art of the Game: German artist Tobias Rehberger plans to build a tennis court in London's Hyde Park and invite star players, including Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, to play on it. [TAN]

– Michigan's Broad Art Museum Delayed: The formal dedication of the Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, originally scheduled for April, will be pushed to the fall due to delays in building materials and "the priority placed on involving students in opening activities." Maybe students didn't like the idea of an opening during exam time? [Press Release]

– PST Goes PerformancePacific Standard Time's performance and public art festival begins today, and the 11-day event will revisit — and recreate — a number of famous postwar performance works done in the L.A. area. James Turrell will use road flares and metal reflectors to set a Pomona College auditorium on fire (virtually), a restaging of a 1971 performance. [LAT]

– Jonathan Jones Hates Wikipedia: The delightfully curmudgeonly art critic was "excited" to see Wikipedia offline for 24 hours yesterday in protest of pending legislation. "Wikipedia is always the first site my search engine offers, for any artist," he writes. "Can it please stay offline forever?" [Guardian]

First Accurate Panoramic View of Mecca on View at the British Museum: The watercolour by 19th-century painter Muhammad 'Abdullah is one of 45 artefacts lent by the Nasser D. Khalili Collection to "Hajj," an exhibition devoted to the pilgrimage to Mecca, which opens on January 26. [Press Release

José Roca Appointed Adjunct Curator of Latin American Art at Tate: The Colombian, who was chief curator of the eighth Bienal do Mercosul, took up his post on January 9. He will work closely with Tate's Latin American Acquisitions Committee and represent the institution in Latin America. [Art Daily]

The Louvre in Japan: An exhibition gathering 23 pieces from the Louvre collection will tour Morioka, Sendai, and Fukushima, cities still suffering from the aftermath of last March's tsunami and earthquake. [AMA]


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