Parisians Embrace Banned Tampon Art, Shepard Fairey Phones It in for the Rolling Stones, and More Must-Read Art News

Parisians Embrace Banned Tampon Art, Shepard Fairey Phones It in for the Rolling Stones, and More Must-Read Art News
"A Noiva (The Bride)" by Joana Vasconcelos
(Birgitte Svarke Pedersen via Flickr)

– Tampon Chandelier Illuminates the City of Light: Though it proved too risqué for Versailles president Catherine Pégard, who banned Joana Vasconcelos's chandelier made of thousands of tampons from the Portuguese artist's exhibition in the royal palace, the work, titled "A Noiva (The Bride)," has found a place to hang in Paris. Alternative art space Centquatre has embraced the spectacular tampon assemblage. The curious can visit it through September 18. [Le Figaro]

– Rolling Stones Logo Gathers MossShepard Fairey remains the favorite designer of rock legends looking for a little zazz. Neil Young is releasing his latest album as a full-on Fairey collaboration, and now rock legends the Rolling Stones are celebrating their golden jubilee by having Fairey create a special 50th anniversary logo. Don't get too excited though: The new design is more or less an exact copy of the band's classic John Pasche tongue-and-lips logo with the words "The Rolling Stones Fifty Years" encircling it. [Guardian]

– U.S. Returns Loot to Italy: Yesterday the U.S. returned looted and stolen objects worth millions — including a pair of 2,300-year-old vases, a Roman sculpture, and a 16th-century painting portraying the myth of Leda and the Swan discovered at a 2008 Sotheby's auction — to Italy. "The return of art is an important chapter in our history of cooperation," said Italian Culture Minister Lorenzo Ornaghi during a conference at Rome's U.S. embassy. [Reuters]

– A Giant Rock at LACMA, But Fewer Security Guards: Recent adjustments to LACMA's opening hours, which effectively shortened them by 12 percent, could affect the jobs of six full-time and 14 part-time security guards. The museum — which has seen attendance double in the last four years and its budget grow — said the cutbacks had nothing to do with the $10-million cost of Michael Heizer's "Levitated Mass," and that in any case the potential decision to fire guards rests in the hands of AlliedBarton Security Services. [LAT]

– Cultural Organizations Overexpand, Study Says: A study of more than 700 expansion projects from 1994 to 2008 reveals what many of us already assumed: Cultural organizations often fail to realistically assess the demand for their projects and their capacities to complete them. During this boom period, institutions spent more than $16 billion on construction. “This issue between confusing a want with a need is enormous in the sector,” said Carroll Joynes, founder of the University of  Chicago's Cultural Policy Center. [NYT]

– British General Suspended From Museum Job: Lieutenant General Jonathan Riley, who commanded the NATO forces in Afghanistan, has been temporarily suspended from his job at the Royal Armouries — the country's military museum — over an auditing issue. Riley took the job in 2009, capping a 36-year army career, after his predecessor Paul Evans resigned amid an internal investigation. [TAN]

– High Line Team Tapped for Cooper-Hewitt ExpansionDiller Scofidio + Renfro, the architectural firm behind the popular High Line park, has been chosen to design the galleries at the remodeled Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum on the Upper East Side. The renovations , which Cooper-Hewitt expects to complete by 2014, are part of a $64 million capital campaign. [NYT

– Pay for Your Checkup With ArtLincoln Hospital in the Bronx is working to assist artists without health care by offering them a $40 credit for hospital services in exchange for an hour of work at the museum. Contributions range from mural restoration to art class instruction; actors can earn credits by role-playing with medical students. [Globe and Mail]

– Iran Holds First Contemporary Auction: Tehran hosted Iran's first-ever contemporary art auction last week, and though the total paled in comparison to the astronomical totals achieved in Western auction rooms recently, it marked a significant moment for the country's art scene. All of the 73 lots found buyers, and the sale, held at the newly-formed Tehran Auctions, achieved $1.7 million in all. [FT]  

– Australia's New Venice Pavilion Financed Privately: The Australian government has tapped architectural film Denton Corker Marshall to construct its new pavilion at the Venice Biennale, but $6 million needed for the project will come from the private sector because the government has no funds available for capital projects. The MCA Sydney's board chairman has already pledged $1 million. [TAN]


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