Drew Barrymore Weds Art Advisor to the Stars, Cambodia Craves Met's "Attendants," and More Must-Read Art News

Drew Barrymore Weds Art Advisor to the Stars, Cambodia Craves Met's "Attendants," and More Must-Read Art News
Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman
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Drew Barrymore, Welcome to the Art World: The "E.T." actress married her longtime boyfriend, art consultant and dealer Will Kopelman, over the weekend. Kopelman, who is the son of former Chanel CEO Arie Kopelman, counts Hollywood stars like Robert Pattinson and Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard among his clients. [Reuters, People]

– Cambodia Asks Met to Return Sculptures: The Cambodian government is calling for the return of two ancient statues on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art — the duo of "Kneeling Attendants" currently flank the doorway of the Met's Khmer civilization gallery. The government believes they were looted during the country's civil war around 1970, perhaps from the same temple from which another disputed Cambodian sculpture was taken and recently rediscovered at Sotheby's. [NYTWaPo]

 

– Experts Assess Quake Damage in Italy: For nearly two weeks, teams of restorers and art historians have been charting the damage to historic buildings caused by two strong earthquakes in the Emilia-Romagna region. (The famous Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, whose cupola collapsed, is just one casualty.) Meanwhile, paintings, statues, archives, and ecclesiastical furnishings are being moved to a safehouse at the Ducal Palace in Sassuolo. [NYT]

– MoMA PS1 Architecture Program Istan-Bound: In partnership with the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, MoMA and its affiliate MoMA PS1 will expand their Young Architects Program to the Turkish metropolis, which continues to court a reputation as a cultural destination. The successful program's latest outpost, following similar partnerships in Rome and Santiago, will allow young local architects to build temporary pavilions at the IMoMA starting next year. [Press Release]

– China Tops List of Deadbeat Collectors: China's epidemic of deadbeat auction buyers continues to haunt the country's art market, while the same sorts of problems are also popping up in places like Indonesia and Malaysia. "Sometimes, it's not so much about the money. They just can't be bothered," said collector Alan Lo. Whether it is a cultural issue or a calculated financial move, houses are getting serious about eliminating the problem: Sotheby's has filed 13 lawsuits against deadbeats since 2007, with five cases still unresolved. [CNN]

– Olympic Cloud Column Gets Go-Ahead: The tallest and most technically ambitious artwork of the U.K.'s Cultural Olympiad has just been cleared for take-off, and it isn't Anish Kapoor's controversial steel whatsit. Anthony McCall's 1.2-mile-tall column of spinning steam will finally rise in Liverpool after a one-year delay, during which it battled for approval by the Civil Aviation Authority. [BBC]

– Basquiat Self-Portrait a Likely Record-Setter: An untitled 1981 painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat set a new auction record for the late artist when it sold for $16.3 million at Phillips de Pury last month in New York, but that figure will likely be surpassed later this month when a self-portrait hits the auction block at Christie's London on June 27. The vivid painting of the artist with his hands raised, also from 1981, is being sold by a West Coast collector with an estimate around £13 million ($20 million). [Bloomberg]

Clyfford Still Attacker Sentenced: Carmen Tisch, the woman who scratched and punched a Clyfford Still painting at the artist's Denver museum before removing her pants and urinating near it — bringing about the largest flood of publicity since the museum's opening — has been sentenced to mental health probation for two years. She will also undergo alcohol treatment. The painting she attacked, "1957-J-No. 2," is valued at over $30 million, according to reports. [AP]

– Hirshhorn Hopeful About Ai Weiwei's Visa: The D.C. museum, which will open a major Ai Weiwei retrospective in the fall, has applied for a visa to bring the outspoken Chinese artist to the U.S. to help install the exhibition. Ai has been house-bound in Beijing since he was detained for 81 days last year, but the Hirshhorn remains "optimistic" and expects to "know in a month or so" whether or not the visa has been approved. [CultureGrrl]

– Constable Causes Family Row: Behind the sale of John Constable's "The Lock" (1824) at Christie's on July 3 is a family feud made for the tabloids. The painting, estimated at £20-£25 million, is being sold by Carmen Thyssen, a former Miss Spain and the widow of the great collector Baron Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza, the last of his five wives. His family has fought over the ownership over the storied art collector for two generations. [FT]

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