Getty Plots Pacific Standard Time II, Occupy the Arts Challenges South Carolina Gov, and More Must-Read Art News

Getty Plots Pacific Standard Time II, Occupy the Arts Challenges South Carolina Gov, and More Must-Read Art News
Ed Ruscha's "Standard Station," 1966
(Courtesy the Artist and Pacific Standard Time)

– Getty Plans PST Sequel and Spinoffs: The J. Paul Getty Trust is gearing up to launch a sequel of its wildly successful collaborative project Pacific Standard Time. "We recognize that [it] is just too good to let drop," said the trust's president James Cuno, who added that the new project would take five or six years to put together. In the meantime, the trust will continue to explore postwar California art history by co-organizing smaller projects with related themes at local institutions under the title "Pacific Standard Time Presents." [TAN]

– Occupy the Arts Takes on South Carolina Gov: Governor Nikki Haley has come under fire for a proposed $1.9-million cut to the South Carolina Arts Commission's funding, and an addition $500,000 cut to grants funding. Despite several state lawmakers vowing to veto the cuts, local groups are mounting an Occupy the Arts protest next week at the Columbia Statehouse against Haley's proposals, and what they see as her more general disregard for the arts. [The Nation]

– V&A's Underground Expansion Gets Green Light: The Tate isn't the only London museum in the midst of a major expansion that can't be seen from street level. The V&A Museum received planning permission this week to move forward with a £41 million ($63 million) below-ground expansion project designed by architect Amanda Levete scheduled for completion in 2016. "We're reimagining the dialogue between the V&A and Exhibition Road," said Levete, "and, in doing so, creating a new public space in the cultural and learning heart of London." [Guardian]

– Botticelli May Provide Relief for Salander-O'Reilly Victims: A court judge ruled that a painting attributed to Sandro Botticelli, valued at $9.5 million, could be sold to benefit the creditors of the disgraced Salandar-O'Reilly Galleries, despite the fact that it is still owned by the woman who originally consigned it to the gallery. "I don't expect to get anything," said Roy Lennox, a former hedge-fund manager who lost more than $3 million in the Ponzi scheme, along with other high-profile victims like Robert DeNiro and John McEnroe. "There are too many people and not enough stuff." [Bloomberg]

– Antiquities Destroyed at Police Station: Karachi police rescued boxes of ancient Gandhara artifacts from the back of a truck destined for northeast Pakistan — but they smashed many of the treasures while unloading them at the station. Arguing whether the contents of the boxes were Hindu or Buddhist and unaware of their value, the officers dumped the containers carelessly into the courtyard, where many of the sculptures smashed. [Express Tribune

– Burtynsky's Large-Scale Photography Resized for iPad: The Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky, who specializes in large-format photos of landscapes of human devastation, fetches five-figure sums for his work, and his 2009 book "Oil" retails for $128. But a new iPad version of the tome comes in at a comparatively dirt-cheap $9.99. What it lacks in tactility and size, the e-reader version of the book more than makes up for with maps, videos, and interviews, plus nine new photos from the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. [Wired]

– Henry Moore Sculpture Stolen, Possibly Melted: A sundial sculpture by the legendary British artist, valued at up to $500,000, was stolen on Tuesday night from the grounds of the Hertfordshire Museum, located at Moore's former home. Seven years ago, a bronze sculpture worth £3 million was stolen from the museum and never found; police believe it was melted down for its scrap value. [BBC

– Equestrian Art Auction Includes Painting by an Actual Horse: Saturday's Equine Art, Antique and Rare Book Auction, held annually at Lexington, Kentucky's American Saddlebred Museum — for which the event raises funds — features an unusual lot: a painting by Justin the Horse. The prolific nine-year-old horse and artist, who paints almost every day by holding a brush between his teeth, sold his first painting for $15, but now regularly fetches prices in the triple-digits for his bold abstract canvases. [AP]

– $4-Million Airport Art Project Gets a Lift: Altanta's city council gave preliminary approval to a controversial $4-million proposed art installation at the Harsfield-Jackson International Airport. The project, which now goes to the full council for a vote Monday, would install a "living forest" by Chicago artist Steven Waldeck between concourses A and B. Airport staff hopes the installation — complete with a canopy of trees and chirping birds — will encourage travelers to walk between concourses rather than take a shuttle. [AJC]

– Pompidou Names New U.S. Fundraising Leader: Following the resignation of Robert Rubin, a former commodities trader, earlier this year during a dispute, the Centre Pompidou's philanthropic foundation in the U.S. has appointed New York storage millionaire Steve Guttman as its new chairman. Among the projects he'll oversee are developing an American acquisition program that doesn't rely on donations and expanding stateside research and publication projects. [TAN]


"Jason Schwartzman Celebrates John Baldessari," a promotional video for the original Pacific Standard Time — look for more such great promos if the Getty brings the initiative back



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