Gerhard Richter Mobbed by Paparazzi, Apple Pulls an Oprah at Art School, and More Must-Read Art News

Gerhard Richter Mobbed by Paparazzi, Apple Pulls an Oprah at Art School, and More Must-Read Art News
Gerhard Richter mobbed by the press in Berlin
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– Gerhard Richter Mobbed by Paparazzi: Just one day after his 80th birthday, the German painter has officially assumed rockstar-like media cachet, provoking a media feeding frenzy in his native land. A planned walkthrough of his major new retrospective at Berlin's Neue Nationalgalerie had to be cancelled after the event was mobbed by dozens of photographers. [NYT]

– You Get an iPad! You Get an iPad!: Does Apple really need more cachet among the creative class? The tech giant has teamed up with Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia to provide students with iPads to use in the classroom. Each student enrolled in a BFA course will receive an iPad 2 that is pre-equipped with a number of applications designed for use in art and design classes. [ZDNet]

 

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 Getty Museum Director to Australia: Michael Brand, who abruptly left his plum post at the Getty in 2010, 10 months before his five-year contract was to expire, is heading Down Under. He has been tapped to be the new director of the Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney. The Australian museum settled on Brand after a six-month global search. [LAT]

 Lincoln's Wife Art Hoax: A portrait of a serene Mary Todd Lincoln signed by Francis Bicknell Carpenter, which hung in the governor's mansion in Springfield, Illinois for 32 years, has now been deemed a fake. The painting's compelling story — that Mrs. Lincoln asked Carpenter to paint it as a surprise for the president, but he was assassinated before the could give it to him — was concocted by a con man who repainted an anonymous portrait in the 1920s to look like the former first lady. [NYT

Freud's Assistant of 20 Years Speaks: On the occasion of Lucien Freud's "Portraits" exhibition at the National Gallery, the Guardian chats with the painter's assistant and frequent model, David Dawson. According to Dawson, Freud and the Queen seemed "to get on extremely well" when he painted her portrait, and if any sitter was late to an appointment "they were told to 'fuck off home' immediately." [Guardian]

– Hennessy Youngman Does Family Business: The increasingly famous art world satirist will join Laurel Nakadate, Mika Rottenberg, and others in the Marilyn Minter-curated exhibition "The Virgins Show," opening Thursday at Maurizio Cattelan and Massimiliano Gioni's mini-gallery. Things are about to get meta. [Press Release]

 Nazi-Looted Poster Scuffle in Germany: After a  five-year legal battle, the son of a German poster collector may get back his father's collection of 4,259 posters looted by the Gestapo. The collection, which includes works by Toulouse-Lautrec and Jules Cheret, is valued at more than $5.9 million. It's currently at Berlin's government-owned Deutsches Historisches Museum, which has fought hard to keep the collection. [Bloomberg]

From Touchdowns to Paint Touch-Ups: Todd Marinovich, a former American and Canadian football quarterback whose career took a nosedive when he became addicted to drugs, has become a full-time artist, supporting his family with sales of his portraits of football players and music stars. [Mercury News]

– Mob Storms Maldives Museum: Several historical artifacts, including Buddhist statues, were destroyed "beyond repair" after a group of five to six men stormed the Maldives National Museum, apparently deliberately targeting Buddhist relics and ruins in the pre-Islamic collection. [Minivan News

– Jean Cocteau Gets His Due: France has opened a new museum honoring the multitalented artist and expressive painter, who is perhaps most famous for his film "Beauty and the Beast" and the novel "Les Enfants Terribles." The new museum on the Cote d'Azure hopes to alter Cocteau's legacy in his home country, which mostly focuses on his poetry and writing for film and theater. [NPR]

– National Medals of Arts Awarded: Painter Will Barnet, art patron Emily Rauh Pulitzer, and sculptor Martin Puryear will join actor Al Pacino and others as recipients of the National Medal of Arts, to be presented by President Obama this evening at the White House. [Press Release]

– Wave Hill By the Numbers: At the annual Winter Workspace residency program at the Bronx public gardens Wave Hill, 10 artists were given studios and invited to take inspiration from the gardens. Sabrina Gschwandtner used 12,000 feet of found footage for her residency project, while artist Matthew Jensen walked the 21 miles from his apartment to Wave Hill and photographed the landscape along the way. [WSJ

– Sarah Johnson Appointed at Newcastle Art Gallery: More Australia art institution news: The former curator at the Manly Art Gallery and Museum will be the Australian institution's first curator in more than seven years. She joins Newcastle as it prepares to undergo a $21 million expansion, due to begin at the end of this year. [The Herald]

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