"The Clock" Returns to NYC, Police Raid Museum Basement in Search of Missing Child, and More Must-Read Art News

"The Clock" Returns to NYC, Police Raid Museum Basement in Search of Missing Child, and More Must-Read Art News
Christian Marclay, "The Clock," 2010 (detail)
(© Christian Marclay / Courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York)

– "The Clock" Returns to New York: Couldn't beat the lines to see Christian Marclay's "The Clock" when it screened at Paula Cooper Gallery last year? You're in luck. The 24-hour montage of movie clips will be shown — free! — from mid-July to early August at Lincoln Center's David Rubenstein Atrium. Get in line now... [NYT]

– Police Raid Museum Basement: The basement of the recently-accredited Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in Soho has become the site of a police investigation into the death of Etan Patz, the six-year-old boy whose disappearance 33 years ago prompted a worldwide hunt. Police will dig for five days in the hopes of finding his remains. At the time of Patz's disappearance, the building was used as a workshop for a handyman in his building. [NYT]


– Artist Supports Museum That Burned Her Painting: Séverine Bourguignon, the French artist whose painting "Promenade" was the first set ablaze in Italian museum director Antonio Manfred's ongoing protest of chronic government underfunding of the arts, has written an op-ed for the Guardian. In it, she vows support for the director's extreme measures: "I hope that Manfredi's action will make people think about the importance of art and culture in building a society." [Guardian]

– Murdoch Daughter Donates to Tate: Elizabeth Murdoch — daughter of Rupert, Tate board member, and media mogul in her own right — has donated at least £1 million ($1.6 million) to the British museum to help fund its educational facilities in the museum's new £125 million ($200 million), Herzog & De Meuron-designed wing, Tate 2. [Bloomberg]

– Art Dealer's Heirs Sue Serbia: The heirs of prominent French art dealer Ambroise Vollard are suing Serbia over a trove of 400 artworks they allege the National Museum in Belgrade has held illegally since 1949. The 19th-century collection includes work by Renoir, Matisse, Cezanne, and Degas. [Reuters]

Ai Weiwei Retrospective Comes to Washington: A long-in-the-works retrospective devoted to the dissident Chinese artist will come to the Hirshhorn Museum this fall, opening October 7. "It all began two years ago, before he was ever incarcerated," said Kerry Brougher, the museum's curator. The exhibition will include 40 major works filling 16,000 square feet of the museum. [NYT]

– Gagosian Partners With the Henry Moore Foundation: The international gallery is teaming up with the Henry Moore Foundation to present an exhibition devoted to the Modernist sculptor's late sculptures — hulking abstractions designed for public display in outdoor urban contexts. But there's a twist: Gagosian's Britannia street space is large enough that the gallery can display all the monumental sculptures indoors. [ARTINFO UK]

– Frieze Wants Writers: The art magazine has announced an open call for entries for the Frieze Writer's Prize 2012. Applicants should submit a 700-word unpublished review of a recent contemporary art exhibition before July 20. Winners receive £2,000 ($3,220) and a commissioned review for an upcoming issue of Frieze. [Press Release]

– German Art World Up in Arms Over Closings: A group of technocrats has suggested that every other state-subsidized cultural institution be closed to help the country weather economic turmoil. The extreme recommendation was met with outrage from the country's artists, many of whom penned an open letter under the collective name Akademie der Künste (Academy of Arts), calling the idea "an unequaled attempt to discredit the publicly funded support of culture." [TAN]

– Flush Getty Trust Takes on Fundraiser: Despite net assets totaling $8 billion, the largest in the art world, Los Angeles's J. Paul Getty Trust has taken on its first-ever chief fundraiser. J. Timothy Child has been a fundraiser at the University of Chicago since 1989, and will take office on June 11. [LAT]


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