Oldenburg Sculpture Tagged by Anti-Kony Activists, China's Museum-Building Binge, and More Must-Read Art News

Oldenburg Sculpture Tagged by Anti-Kony Activists, China's Museum-Building Binge, and More Must-Read Art News
Claes Oldenburg's defaced "Spoonbridge and Cherry" sculpture in Minneapolis
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 Claes Oldenburg Gets Caught Up in Viral YouTube Campaign: Minneapolis's prized sculpture "Spoonbridge and Cherry," by public art dreamteam Claes Oldenburg and late wife Coosje Van Bruggen, became an unlikely target in the quest to call attention to Ugandan war criminal Joseph Kony over the weekend. The iconic spoon sculpture was tagged with the word "Kony" late Saturday night. By Monday, the work was back to its original condition, though police are still searching for the culprits. [Star Tribune]

– China's Museums Go Into Overdrive: Shanghai's city government is embarking on a new contemporary art museum project, to be dubbed the "Art Palace," while the National Art Museum of China plans a major new building in Beijing. The three finalists vying to design that project are starchitects Jean NouvelZaha Hadid, and Frank Gehry. [NYT]

– Tennessee OKs Controversial Collection-Sharing: Tennessee's Supreme Court has rejected a state appeal to prevent Fisk University from entering a $30 million agreement with Walmart heiress Alice Walton's Crystal Bridges Museum in Arkansas. The partnership would allow the Nashville school to loan Alfred Stieglitz photographs and Georgia O'Keefe canvases from the late painter's estate, which she specified should never be broken up or sold. [Tennessean]

 Coca-Cola Launches Search for Norman Rockwell Paintings: The Atlanta-based soda company is on the hunt for three lost paintings by Norman Rockwell that depict Americans wholesomely enjoying ice-cold Cokes. The company hopes the illustrations, which date from the 1930s and were originally used for calendars and billboards, will turn up after being featured in Antiques Roadshow's "most wanted" segment. [AP]

– Occupy Signs Occupy London Museum Collection: Select placards from the Occupy Wall Street movement's London branch are being added to the collection of the Museum of London. "The museum tries to document all major events in London history," said Jim Gledhill, a curator at the museum. [Bloomberg]

– ArtPrize Jurors Revealed: The contest, known to some as the American Idol of art because it determines certain awards based on a public vote, has announced its jurors for 2012. They include our own Modern Art Notes publisher Tyler Green, Indianapolis Museum curator Lisa Frieman, International Festival of Arts and Ideas's Cathy Edwards, Metropolis magazine editor Susan Szenasy, confessional critic Jerry Saltz, and Bard College's Tom Eccles. [Art Fag City]

– New York Raises Arts Funding: While governments around the world are slashing arts funding, New York State quietly raised its grants for the State Council on the Arts by $4 million last month. Though governor Andrew Cuomo originally proposed a grants budget of $31.6 million for 2012-13, the same as last year, the New York Arts Coalition lobbied for a $4.5 million increase to that figure, of which it secured an impressive $4 million. [Hyperallergic]

– LACMA's Collectors Committee Buys Big: At the annual Collectors Committee weekend, LACMA trustees go shopping — just not for themselves. This year, committee members purchased $7.5 million worth of art for the museum, including a 60-foot-long Robert Rauschenberg screenprint, a 10-foot-tall elevator surround designed by Louis Sullivan, and works by Albrecht DurerShirin NeshatNicolas Enriquez, and Bruce Conner. [LAT

Incoming Getty Director's Current Museum Robbed: As he prepares to assume his new role as director of the Getty in February, Timothy Potts must also deal with the recent theft of 18 Chinese artifacts from Cambridge's Fitzwilliam Museum, where he currently serves as director. Presumably Potts will emerge from the ordeal more security-conscious, so John Cusack's days of robbing the Getty Villa are numbered. (Meanwhile, police report a lead in the theft.) [LAT]

– Meet New York's Art World Playboy Cover Model: Art dealers aren't known for their sultriness, but that didn't stop May Anderson, assistant director of Kathy Grayson's gallery The Hole, from landing the cover of Playboy's May issue. Asked by the men's magazine how she ended up at the gallery, the Danish supermodel (who is also Julian Schnabel's new girlfriend) explains matter-of-factly: "I’m 29 now, which is old in model years, and around the time I started thinking about what I wanted to do next, this opportunity came up." Naturally. [Daily Gossip]


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