Andrew Wyeth's World Opens to Tourists, Frieze Head Blames TV For Occupy Protests, and More Must-Read Art News

Andrew Wyeth's World Opens to Tourists, Frieze Head Blames TV For Occupy Protests, and More Must-Read Art News
Andrew Wyeth, "Christina's World," 1948 (detail)
(© Andrew Wyeth / Courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art, NY)

Step Into "Christina's World": The studio of very private artist Andrew Wyeth will open to the public for the first time beginning July 3. Visitors to Pennsylvania's Brandywine Valley now will be able to tour the studio where Wyeth created thousands of paintings, and lived with his wife between 1940 and 1961. [CBS]

– Is Bravo to Blame for Occupy Museums?Frieze co-founder Amanda Sharp attributes Occupy Museums' decision to target her art fair in part to false expectations fueled by art reality shows like Bravo's "Work of Art." "They've seen art reality TV shows and they think they can make a career purely out of their work," she said. "That's an unrealistic expectation so a lot more people feel disenfranchised." [Guardian]

– From Competition to Collaboration: Chelsea galleries Pace and Marianne Boesky have a history of competition. (For starters, the former recently poached artist Yoshitomo Nara from the latter.) But they have have teamed up, and even built a doorway between their abutting buildings, to mount a historic exhibition of Arte Povera pioneer Pier Paolo Calzolari, the artist's first show in the U.S. for more than 20 years. [NYT]

– A Glaring Omission?: The Metropolitan Museum's popular exhibition "The Steins Collect," which presents the avant-garde art collection assembled in Paris by LeoMichael, and Gertrude Stein, leaves out some important information about the latter collector: her uncomfortably cozy relationship to the Vichy government and, by extension, the Nazis. [NYDN

– Contemporary Art Arms Race?: The Met has big ambitions for contemporary art. In an interview, the Met's new chair of modern and contemporary art, Sheena Wagstaff, reveals her priorities for building up the museum's collection: creating a Turbine Hall-like space for artists to experiment and making the program less West-centric. Building a top-notch contemporary collection doesn't come cheap, however: The Met is competing with MoMA, which spent $51 million on acquisitions in 2011. [FT via AMM]

– Rough Sailing for Shonibare's Fourth Plinth Sculpture: London's mayor is facing criticism for paying £535,000 for Yinka Shonibare's acclaimed "Ship in a Bottle" sculpture. The work was originally commissioned  for Trafalgar Square for £170,000, but remained the property of Shonibare's dealer until the city bought it earlier this month for the National Maritime Museum. Now the public wants to know why it had to pay for the sculpture twice. [Guardian]

– Can £2 Million Turn an Obscure Painting into a Turner?: Since shelling out thousands of pounds for a little-known oil painting "in the manner of Turner," the British art dealer Frank Faryab has spent five years and $3.25 million trying to prove that the piece is the work of the British master himself. Three experts have now deemed it a long-lost work by the artist. [Daily Mail

– Light Rail Threatens SoCal Art Center: Traffic-choked Californians may be clamoring for light rail, but at least one group has its reservations: The community built around the Bergamot Stations Arts Center in Santa Monica, which houses some 35 galleries and lies in the path of the new Exposition Light Rail line to Los Angeles. One of the spaces in the complex, Track 16, is slated for demolition, and the remaining galleries fear rising rents will push them out once a new rail stop opens. [TAN]

– American Artist Storms British Photography Prize: American photograther Mitch Dobrowner won the L'Iris d'Or prize for photographer of the year at this year's Sony World Photography Awards in London for his spectacular shots of storm clouds in the Appalachian mountains. [Guardian]


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