Michael Stipe Cleans Rockaway Basement, Art Miami Saves Banksy Murals, and More

Michael Stipe Cleans Rockaway Basement, Art Miami Saves Banksy Murals, and More
Michael Stipe
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A Relief Trip to Rockaway With Klaus: The New York Times tagged along with Klaus Biesenbach last weekend as he led a group of artists and others to the Rockaways to help with hurricane relief efforts. (According to Artforum, collector Beth Swofford helped finance the bus transportation.) Among the helpers was a film crew, which is gathering footage for an exhibition the MoMA PS1 director is curating on pressing environmental issues for this spring. Biesenbach's initiative has drawn particular attention because of the boldface names he's brought along to help: One Rockaways resident was overheard saying, "Michael Stipe just cleaned my basement!" [NYT]

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– Governor Cuomo Gets Museum Worker Fired: Daniel Lorello, an employee of the Saratoga Military Museum's bookstore who served time when he was convicted in 2008 for stealing artifacts from the New York State Library and New York Archives, was fired yesterday at the insistence of Governor Andrew Cuomo and his administration. Lance Ingmire, president of the Military Museum group that runs the bookstore, was directed to fire Lorello, who he hired four months ago, after receiving a directive from the highest levels of the Division of Military and Naval Affairs. [Times Union]

– Rebooted "Art Breaks" Has a New Season: MTV's "Art Breaks" program — which began inserting short artist videos between music videos and commercials back in the 1980s and was re-launched earlier this year in partnership with Creative Time and MoMA PS1 — has tapped Semâ Bekirovic, Cody Critcheloe, Andrew Kuo, Divya Mehra, and Guido van der Werve for its second round of videos. The shorts are debuting today on the music television network, its website, Facebook page, and Tumblr site. [Press Release]

– Museum Visitors Meet Their Doubles: This week a man visiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art and a woman at the Metropolitan Museum both came across uncanny likenesses of themselves in the institutions' collections. Max Galuppo found his in the 16th-century portrait "Portrait of a Nobleman With Dueling Gauntlet"; BuzzFeed user carolf5 found hers in an ancient statue fragment. "You cannot deny that picture," said Galuppo's girlfriend Nikki Curtis, who took the now-viral photo during their two-year anniversary museum date on Sunday. [Philly.com, BuzzFeed]

– Lou Reed Unveils Photo Book: Yesterday Velvet Underground vet Lou Reed was in Paris to debut a new volume featuring some 300 photographs he took during 46 years of travels with his camera in his pocket. He cited Nan Goldin, Andy Warhol, and Cindy Sherman as major influences. "I'm a graduate of Warhol University," he said. "I'm trying to make something beautiful, not escapist." [AFP]

Laurie Winters to Lead Museum of Wisconsin Art: Winters, the founder of a museum think tank called the Arts Consortium and former director of exhibitions for the Milwaukee Art Museum, will become the new executive director and CEO of the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend. Winters will assume her new role at the end of the month. She is replacing Tom Lidtke, who has led the institution for 30 years. It's not clear what will become of her Christie's-funded think tank. [Business Journal]

Neighbor Escapes the Shadow of Pompeii: Right next door to Pompeii stands a lesser-known but much better preserved archaeological site: Herculaneum. The town's beachfront warehouses contain huddled clusters of skeletal remains, immortalized for eternity thanks to Mount Vesuvius's eruption in A.D. 79. The success of the preservation effort is due in large part to the deep pockets of American philanthropist David W. Packard, son of one of the founders of Hewlett-Packard. He has discreetly funneled more than $20 million into the project over the last 12 years and created a team of Italian specialists to reinforce the local heritage staff. [NYT]

Vatican Gets a New Arts Council: The Vatican is establishing an office to promote the development and use of "appropriate liturgical art, architecture, and music," according to a statement. "The church has not adopted any particular style of art as her very own; she has admitted styles from every period according to the natural talents and circumstances of peoples, and the needs of the various rites." The new council, which was approved in September, will focus its attention exclusively on art and music used for Mass and other formal moments of prayer. Perhaps it will also help with preparations for the Venice Biennale? [Catholic News]

Are Art Stars Going Out of Style?: Brand name artists like Damien Hirst, Takashi Murakami, and Paul McCarthy — all famous for naughty, carefree, and colorful art — have been losing steam in the marketplace. Collectors' shifting tastes may have something to do with the times: "We’ve all become more serious because of what’s happening to the world, politically and economically," said Alex Rotter, the head of contemporary art at Sotheby’s New York. Others attribute the market correction to the abundance of material by these artists dating from the late '90s to mid-2000s. Either way, not every artist from the period is losing steam: A new artist record for Jeff Koons was set at Christie's last night. [TAN]

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