Rem Koolhaas and Marina Abramovic Unite, Harry Potter's Art Collection, and More Must-Read Art News

Rem Koolhaas and Marina Abramovic Unite, Harry Potter's Art Collection, and More Must-Read Art News
Rem Koolhaas and Marina Abramovic
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 Koolhaas to Build Marina's Performance Temple: Has Marina Abramovic finally found a collaborator with a vision edgy enough to match her own? Prickly Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas has inked a deal with the performance art queen to create a Center for the Preservation of Performance Art in Hudson, New York. The artist is now seeking to raise $8 million for the institution, which will be devoted to hosting performance art pieces of "six hours minimum." To facilitate visitor engagement with such endurance works, Koolhaas plans a system of "specially constructed chairs complete with wheels, tables to dine upon, and lamps." [NYM]

A Peek Inside Daniel Radcliffe's Art Collection: The latest issue of Esquire magazine takes a look inside the fabulous life of the the "Harry Potter" actor, who has grown up to be a serious art collector. Radcliffe owns works by WarholHirst, and even Elizabeth Peyton, and also has a fabulous 500-bottle wine cellar. (Apparently, he couldn't convince one dealer at Frieze Art Fair, though. Radcliffe told OK! magazine last year that after he inquired about a painting by Jim Hodges, "The guy said, 'No, we're waiting for a more prestigious collector to take that.'") [EsquireTAN

– Slovenia Eliminates Ministry of Culture: As a cost-cutting measure, the country's new conservative prime minister has decided to eliminate the ministry, collapsing it with the department for education and sport. [Delo via Artforum

– Police Investigate Sale of Fake Photographs: French police are investigating the possible forgery of 19th-century photographs attributed to Charles Edouard de Crespy Le Prince and sold at the French auction house Artcurial Deauville. "This seems to have been a carefully prepared swindle, we were all taken in," said the specialist Gregory Leroy, who helped orchestrate the sale. [TAN

– Obama to Join Museum Groundbreaking: The President, who recently courted the culture vote by pledging a 5 percent increase in NEA funding, will join former first lady Laura Bush at the groundbreaking for the National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall on February 22. The $500 million project is on track to open in 2015. [AP]

– Architectural Pieces Stolen from Montreal Museum: A Persian bas-relief and a Roman-era marble head worth hundreds of thousands of dollars were stolen from the Canadian institution. An investigation is ongoing. [Montreal Gazette]

– A Foundation Grows In New York: The founder of the Rubin Museum of Art, Shelley Rubin, has created a new foundation, A Blade of Grass, that seeks to create dialogue about contemporary art beyond a gallery and museum context. The foundation's inaugural grant of $30,000 will go to New York's No Longer Empty, which brings free public art exhibitions to vacant spaces. [WSJ]

Critic Opines on "Leonardo Live": Roberta Smith catches an early screening of "Leonardo Live," the high-definition video tour of the National Gallery's blockbuster Leonardo da Vinci exhibition that comes to big screens Thursday. "Thankful as I am to have an inkling of what the Leonardo show was like," she writes, "I can’t say that it is entirely a promising debut." [NYT]  

– The Royal College of Art Teams Up with Burberry: London's prestigious art school and the luxury brand have a launched the Burberry Design Scholarship, which will provide RCA students with funding and iPads for the next ten years. The partnership marks the 175th anniversary of the RCA, and chief creative officer (and college alumnus) Christopher Bailey's 10 years at Burberry. [Press Release]

– First Olympic Artworks Completed: Designed by Keith Wilson, 35 giant crayon-like pillars now decorate the Olympic Park waterfront in London. "These colorful totems will help create a distinctive identity for this newest and boldest of London parks," said the artist. They will be used as mooring posts after the Games. [Telegraph

– Falklands War Surrender Telex at Bonhams: As diplomatic tensions between Britain and Argentina over the Falklands's future are back in the news, the telex announcing to the UK government that Argentina had surrendered in the Falklands War in 1982 is to be sold at Bonhams next April. It is expected to fetch £3,000 ($4,699). [BBC]

– NADA Dealer Opens Hometown Space: New York dealer Bill Brady has decided to open a gallery in his hometown of Kansas City. The 1,700-square-foot space will debut with a group show featuring artists from New York, Los Angeles, and Kansas City, including Art Miller and Jaimie Warren. [Kansas City Star]

– Yinka Shonibare Upends London Museum: The British-Nigerian artist is pulling a role-reversing stunt at London's Foundling Museum, putting children in charge of the institution's operations for the weekend. Dressed in the costumes of the 18th century, the children will be charged with teaching lessons based on those taught to foundling children of the period. [Artlyst]


Below, check out a trailer for "Leonardo Live" that previews the epochal London exhibition. Be sure to appreciate the dramatic '80s-synth music that soundtracks the Old Master's work. 


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