Met Scraps Buttons, Prince vs. Cariou May Hit Supreme Court, and More

Met Scraps Buttons, Prince vs. Cariou May Hit Supreme Court, and More
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Met Scraps Tin Buttons: In a cost-saving effort, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is saying goodbye to the classic, colorful tin admission buttons it has passed out to visitors since 1971. While Harold Holzer, the museum’s senior vice president for public affairs, said, "We realize, without sounding crass, that it’s a beloved brand and a beloved symbol. It just became too expensive. We saw that it was inevitable," Director Thomas P. Campbell was more nostalgic. "I regret it slightly myself," Campbell said.  [NYT]

Could Cariou vs. Prince Go to the Supreme Court?: The photographer Patrick Cariou is planning to appeal to the Supreme Court within the next three months after a court in New York refused to rehear his copyright case against appropriation artist Richard Prince over the latter's "Canal Zone" paintings. In April a panel of three judges decreed that 25 of the 30 paintings in the series were sufficiently transformative to qualify as fair use, sending the remaining five back to a lower court for another round of examinations, further muddying the legal territory trod by appropriation artists. [TAN, TAN]

Bonami Attacks Ai: In a recent interview, Francesco Bonami, curator of "Maurizio Cattelan: Kaputt" at the Fondation Beyeler, declared "I hate Ai Weiwei." Those are fighting words from a man who has also curated the controversial 50th Venice Biennale in 2003 and the 2010 Whitney Biennial. "I hate Ai Weiwei," Bonami said. "I think he should be put in jail for his art, and not for his dissidence... lukewarm dissidence, because a real dissident, you don’t hear about them any longer, you know? They just throw away the keys." [Artsy]

DIAccessioning: As the Dia Art Foundation prepares to build a new home across the street from its former Chelsea headquarters, the institution is in fundraising overdrive, and its next initiative — to establish a fund for acquisitions — will involve selling off nearly 30 prized works from its collection by John Chamberlain, Cy Twombly, and Barnett Newman at Sotheby's in November. The institution hopes to raise over $20 million from the sale, though it's unclear which acquisitions the money will go toward. "Dia cannot be a mausoleum," Dia director Philippe Vergne said. "It needs to grow and develop… There are things at Beacon that are on long-term loan and don’t belong to us." [NYT]

Sotheby’s Wins Jancou Lawsuit: Sotheby’s will walk away without paying $26 million in damages after the lawsuit brought against the house by Jancou Gallery, over a Cady Noland artwork withdrawn from auction in November 2011, was ruled in Sotheby’s favor. A New York state appellate court has ruled that Sotheby’s did not breach its consignment agreement with Jancou, which stated that Sotheby's had the right to withdraw "Cowboys Milking" "at any time before the sale" if "there is doubt as to its authenticity or attribution." [AiA]

MoMA and Ellsworth Kelly Trade Art: The Museum of Modern Art, whose current presentation of Ellsworth Kelly's "Chatham Series" coincides with the artist's 90th birthday, owns 22 works by the celebrated American abstractionist, but many of those prints, paintings, drawings, and sculptures have been in storage for years, so the institution brokered a deal to trade up with the artist. Kelly gave five works from his personal collection to MoMA in exchange for sculptures and paintings from the museum. "We decided to collaborate with the artist, to see how we could best enhance the collection," MoMA's chief curator of painting and sculpture Ann Temkin said. "Two of the works from the 1950s are paintings that Ellsworth had never been willing to part with." [NYT]

Capture the Museum: The National Museum of Scotland recently debuted an interactive, app-facilitated game called "Capture the Museum," which lets as many as 50 players divided into teams spread across the museum in a Capture the Flag-style contest to find specific artworks and, in theory, learn more about the exhibition in doing so. The red and blue teams compete to conquer different thematic sections of the museum by solving enigmas, with one squad emerging victorious after 30 minutes. [Le Monde]

Heidi Klum's Conceptual Hair Art: Heidi Klum’s art medium of choice is apparently her children’s shorn hair. In a recent interview she explained why a "whole bag of afro" is the perfect addition to her children’s art projects. "So two of my boys, they have big afros, and when I shaved them all down, I kept all the hair and I put it in a Ziploc bag, But then, I waited and I'm like, 'I don't know what I'm gonna do with this.' It was so beautiful, this whole bag of afro: one for Henry, one for Johan. The next time they painted their faces, I glued all their hair around it, so it was like this three-dimensional painting. It's their face!" [UsMagazine]

Christina Aguilera Collects Street Art: British street artist Dean Stockton, aka D*Face, has nearly sold out his solo show at StolenSpace Gallery, the art space he has been running for seven years beneath his East London studio, which is now slated for demolition. Among the eager buyers on opening night were pop star Christina Aguilera and Los Angeles's Hammer Museum. [Telegraph]

RIP Fashion Photographer Bert Stern: After a long career photographing Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren, and Brigitte Bardot, fashion photographer Bert Stern has passed away at the age of 83. Stern was best known for taking the last photographs of a nude Marilyn Monroe at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles in June 1962, six weeks before she died. [AFP]


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