India Censors Hans Ulrich Obrist Show, Robert Storr Bashes Jeffrey Deitch, And More Must-Read Art News

India Censors Hans Ulrich Obrist Show, Robert Storr Bashes Jeffrey Deitch, And More Must-Read Art News
Hans Ulrich Obrist
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— Indian Art Show Censored in China: Stepping beyond their own borders, Indian authorities successfully demanded the removal of a video by artist Tejal Shah from a show at Beijing's well-known Ullens Center for Contemporary Art. The piece in question, titled "I Love My India" (see the clip below), features Indian youth discussing the country's bloody communal riots in Gujarat — a topic apparently too hot to touch. Organized by Julia Peyton-Jones and Hans Ulrich Obrist of London's Serpentine Gallery, the exhibition "Indian Highway" previously traveled without incident to Oslo, Lyon, and Rome, but got into trouble when a news report on the Beijing installment drew attention to Shah's work. [Hindu Times, ARTINFO India]

— MOCA Criticism Continues to Mount: Former MoMA curator Robert Storr has penned his own righteous takedown of the woe-begotten Los Angeles museum, and it is among the most damning to date. "Dismissing [longtime curator] Paul Schimmel in favor of Deitch is like cashing in all your value stocks and doubling down on junk bonds for the sake of a long-shot windfall," he fumes. Meanwhile, artist-led activist group MOCA Mobilization, which once rallied hundreds to the cause of saving MOCA during its last crisis, is back in action with a list of demands for the L.A. institution. [HuffPoITA]

— Gretchen Wagner Appointed Pulitzer Curator: The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts in Saint Louis has appointed Gretchen Wagner as its new curator. Wagner currently serves as assistant curator in the department of prints and illustrated books at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She will replace Francesca Herndon-Consagra, who is leaving her post after four years at the institution. [Art Daily]

— Artist Trio Launches Tiny Tribeca Gallery: The new storefront window gallery at 54 Franklin Street, Home Alone, was conceived by artists Leo FitzpatrickNate Lowman, and Hanna Liden, and its inaugural installation is the 2007 Paul McCarthy sculpture "Brancusi Tree (Gold)," a shiny, inflatable likeness of a Constantin Brancusi bronze. "There's no business side to it, we're just trying to make each other laugh," Fitzpatrick said, explaining that the name was inspired by the similarities between the figure in Edvard Munch's "The Scream" and Macaulay Culkin's character in the seminal 1990 holiday movie. [AiA]

— Academics Give Getty's Parking Rules an F: A group of scholars who rely on the Getty Research Institute in Brentwood for their academic projects have launched an online petition asking Getty president James Cuno to reconsider a plan to start charging library readers a $15 parking fee for every visit. "For students and researchers already living on very limited funds — many at only a couple thousand dollars above poverty level," the petition states, "these fees constitute a substantial expense." [LAT]

— "Mona Lisa" Diggers Unearth Complete Skeleton: A team of Italian archaeologists looking for the bones of Lisa Gherardini, the woman thought to be the subject of Leonardo da Vinci's "La Joconde," have found a new tomb containing a complete skeleton at Florence's Sant'Orsola convent. But extracting the bones is just the start of a long identification process, with many tests still ahead to confirm if these are indeed Gherardini's remains. [AFP]

— Unilever's Turbine Hall Sponsorship EndsUnilever, the Dutch-British food, drink, and cleaning product multinational that has sponsored the Tate Modern's Turbine Hall commissions since 2000 — including iconic projects by Ai WeiweiOlafur Eliasson, and Carsten Höller — will not extend its contract when it expires following Tino Sehgal's current project and the London Olympics and the hall closes for construction beginning next year. The series, which has brought in over 30 million viewers in its 12 years, cost the company £2.16 million ($2.77 million) the last time the contract was extended by five years in 2008. [Bloomberg]

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— Swiss Architect's Collection Heads to Christie's: Over 30 artworks from the collection of the late architect Bruno Giacometti — who died earlier this year at age 104 — will be offered at Christie's September 24 Swiss Art Sale at the Kunsthaus Zurich. Giacometti's estate has been divided, with paintings and drawings by his brothers Alberto and Diego Giacometti or friends being donated to the Kunsthaus, while other works will be auctioned to benefit Cambodia's Kantha Bopha Children's Hospitals. [India Times]

— Lionel Richie Donates Cash to Weird Fan Art Tribute: Artists Dave Glass and Kill Cooper have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for their dream project: a giant sculpture of Lionel Richie's head made out of vinyl. The monument, inspired by Richie's hit "Hello," features a laser-cut likeness of the singer's face. A phone hangs on the side to greet whoever picks up with a recording of the creepy love song. Even creepier? Richie himself donated $100 to the cause. [HuffPo]

— Prehistoric Ceramics Uncovered in Croatia: The discovery of 36 fragments of ceramic animal sculptures on the Adriatic coast has upended archeologists' understanding of when humans first developed the ability to make ceramics and pottery. The recently-uncovered shards date from 17,500 years ago, 7,500 years before ceramics began to surface widely across the region. While later prehistoric ceramicists used the material for crockery, their forebears seem to have had more artistic inclinations. []


Clip of artist Tejal Shah's "I Love My India," the work that was removed from Julia Peyton-Jones and Hans Ulrich Obrist's "Indian Highway" show in Beijing at the request of the India government 

I love my India from Tejal Shah on Vimeo.



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