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[Editor's note: The following articles are published in American and British newspapers and magazines. The H-MUSEUM NEWS DIGEST service is made available by the editorial staff of H-Museum <firstname.lastname@example.org>.] ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- H-MUSEUM NEWS DIGEST (USA, UK) October 4 - October 10, 2004 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- -- October 4 ++ American newspapers Taming the Beast From 1965 Whatever you think of 2 Columbus Circle, that odd marble curiosity designed by Edward Durell Stone to house a supermarket heir's art collection, it certainly incites passion. The building, which is expected to undergo a drastic recladding and renovation and become the new home of the Museum of Arts and Design, has been the focus of one of the most volatile preservation battles in recent memory (New York Times) http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/04/arts/design/04ouro.html Little Jackson Pollocks, Exploring in Oil Paint (New York Times) http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/04/arts/design/04kids.html A world of women The International Museum of Women will open its maiden exhibition Monday, featuring more than 300 photographs taken by Mill Valley photographer Paola Gianturco. The installation, "Celebrating Women All Over the World," is the culmination of Gianturco's travels to more than 17 celebrations in 15 countries, where she documented events ranging from parades to ceremonies -- all held in honor of women (San Francisco Chronicle) http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2004/10/03/LVGVU90FK21.DTL ++ British newspapers The lightweight champion of the world How soap bubbles and cobwebs helped Frei Otto win architecture's greatest prize (The Guardian) http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/features/story/0,,1318934,00.html -- October 5 ++ American newspapers Prints bestowed on Tate Gallery Ken Tyler, an American print publisher who has worked with leading contemporary artists since the 1960s, has donated 460 prints to the Tate Gallery in London (Los Angeles Times) http://www.calendarlive.com/galleriesandmuseums/cl-et-quick5.4oct05,2,5845638.story?coll=cl-art Historian, Ethiopian officials demand a return of treasures looted by British troops British Prime Minister Tony Blair is morally obligated to return to Ethiopia sacred objects and ancient artifacts looted by British troops more than a century ago, a leading scholar on Ethiopia said Tuesday (San Francisco Chronicle) http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2004/10/05/international1626EDT0680.DTL ++ British newspapers Ceramics stolen from V&A museum About £60,000 worth of objects have been stolen from the Victoria and Albert Museum's ceramics collection (BBC News) http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/3718294.stm 14th Century Italian fresco found A fresco dating from 1370 has been discovered on the wall of a museum in the Italian city of Siena (BBC News) http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/arts/3716588.stm -- -- October 6 ++ American newspapers Armand Hammer's Orphan Museum Turns Into Cinderella in Los Angeles Created as a private folly to house the art collection of Armand Hammer, who died days after it opened in 1990, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles had a troubled childhood (New York Times) http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/06/arts/design/06hamm.html Air and space museum opens gallery of flight-related art Past the towering rockets, suspended fighters and streaking jets, dazzled tourists can take a few minutes to reflect on beauty as well as utility in the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, which opens a wide-ranging new art gallery on Friday (San Francisco Chronicle) http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2004/10/06/national0145EDT0425.DTL As artists cry out against a firestorm of war and injustice, the question arises: What is the role of literature, painting and drama in changing the world? Sitting before a wall-size image of Picasso's painting "Guernica," playwright and actress Anna Deavere Smith asked her fellow artists, "Why haven't we made our war painting?" (San Francisco Chronicle) http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2004/10/06/DDGHU93QQG1.DTL Museum spiritually bonded to land The building that is the National Museum of the American Indian, which opened last month, is refreshingly shocking for button-down Washington, suggesting some Western butte in its honeyed and chiseled Kasota limestone. Wait until you see the landscape around it (San Francisco Chronicle) http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2004/10/06/HOGHH93N841.DTL ++ British newspapers How old is modern? Paul Signac's painting Against the Enamel of a Background Rhythmic with Beats and Angles, Tones and Colours, Portrait of M. Félix Fénéon in 1890 is a manifesto for a new art and a new world. Its subject was a critic and anarchist who said that one day art will be part of the life of the working class, but first "the revolution must get up steam and we must build a completely anarchist civilisation" (The Guardian) http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/features/story/0,,1320793,00.html -- October 7 ++ American newspapers A Reborn Museum Redesigns Design Collections are doomed to be defined as much by what they lack as by what they include. There are many fine things in the Museum of Modern Art's pioneering design collection, which opens to the public on Nov. 20 after a four-year absence from view (New York Times) http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/07/garden/07MOMA.html Louise Nevelson, Finding Her Way You know her work when you see it, and you see it in nearly every 20th-century collection: the imposing wall of stacked boxes washed entirely in matte black paint, each box entombing cracked wood spindles, newel posts, perhaps a small cabinet door. The effect is off-putting and aggressive, like a bank of amplifiers at a rock concert. Sepulchral, architectural and ever recognizable: It's a Louise Nevelson, all right (Washington Post) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A13448-2004Oct6.html Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibit displays ancient artifacts rarely seen outside of China It was the period between periods, that stretch of centuries after the fall of China's Han empire and before the rise of the Tang (San Francisco Chronicle) http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2004/10/07/entertainment1435EDT0633.DTL ++ British newspapers Obituary: Patrick Wormald Historian of Anglo-Saxon England (The Independent) http://news.independent.co.uk/people/obituaries/story.jsp?story=569518 -- -- October 8 ++ American newspapers Sargent Exhibit Opens at Brooklyn Museum There are no stiff faces or falsely cherubic smiles in these paintings. In artist John Singer Sargent's view, children were individuals with personalities, and he tried to capture that in the portraits he painted of them throughout his career (New York Times) http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/arts/AP-Brooklyn-Museum-Exhibits.html Painting of Nude Bush Removed From Museum A cartoonish painting of President Bush in the nude has been taken down from the wall at the City Museum of Washington. The picture, called ``Man of Leisure, King George,'' adopts the pose of a famous Impressionist painting, Edouard Manet's ``Olympia,'' that scandalized Paris in 1863, and now hangs in the Gare d'Orsay Museum in Paris (New York Times) http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/arts/AP-Bush-Nude-Painting.html Art Exhibit Features Calder and Miro It's an odd couple of famous artists drawn together by a love of toys and a playful spirit who share an exhibit opening Saturday. The work on show at the Phillips Collection, the first U.S. modern art museum, are by the American sculptor Alexander Calder, father of the mobile, and Spaniard Joan Miro, a fantasy-rich painter whose first notable patron was author Ernest Hemingway (New York Times) http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/arts/AP-Calder-Miro-Exhibit.html A Tahitian-Period Gauguin May Bring $50 Million Sotheby's Nov. 4 sale of Impressionist and Modern art has a pricey roster of paintings. The most expensive is a Gauguin from his Tahitian period, which Sotheby's expects to bring $40 million to $50 million (New York Times) http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/08/arts/design/08insi.html Portraits of Children, in All Their Squirming, Regal Glory Think of John Singer Sargent (1856-1924), and you think of dashing society portraits of elegant matrons in fashionable gowns, adorned by lustrous jewels, exuding high-born privilege and entitlement. These swans were Sargent's livelihood for much of his career, and his bravura brushwork and sense of style gave even the dimmest of them an appeal that might or might not have existed off canvas (New York Times) http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/08/arts/design/08GLUE.html Chinese Stories, Alluring and Odd Until now, most of the attention-grabbing shows of ancient art from China have been chiefly about archaeology. Hey, check out all this great stuff we found, they seemed to say. And the stuff was awesome: jacuzzi-size pots, Shaquille-tall Buddhas, entire philharmonics of bronze bells (New York Times) http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/08/arts/design/08COTT.html Ailing City Museum Cancels 'Funky' Show Planned Exhibit Called Unsuitable (Washington Post) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A16658-2004Oct7.html Flavin's Enlightening Installations In his new National Gallery of Art retrospective, the late Dan Flavin (1933-96) paints the town red . . . and green, blue, yellow, pink, ultraviolet and four kinds of white (Washington Post) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A14597-2004Oct7.html A Face -- and So Much More What is a portrait? It's a good question, and not necessarily one you'd expect to be raised by an exhibition of photographs from the files of National Geographic, a publication known -- perhaps unfairly -- for its pictures of places rather than people (Washington Post) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A14598-2004Oct7.html Shriver Seeks a Women's Museum She aims to remake state archives facility. Its trustees are receptive, but the plan has raised some eyebrows (Los Angeles Times) http://www.calendarlive.com/galleriesandmuseums/cl-me-maria8oct08,2,81944.story?coll=cl-art Revival for UCLA arts buildings The campus radically reshapes structures where students dance, paint and design (Los Angeles Times) http://www.calendarlive.com/galleriesandmuseums/cl-et-ucla8oct08,2,5691575.story?coll=cl-art Sargent, Wiley exhibits open at Brooklyn Museum There are no stiff faces or falsely cherubic smiles in these paintings (San Francisco Chronicle) http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2004/10/08/entertainment1445EDT0639.DTL Major exhibit on painter Edward Hopper opens in Cologne A German art museum expects to draw record attendance with the opening of the country's first comprehensive exhibit on American painter Edward Hopper in over 20 years (San Francisco Chronicle) http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2004/10/08/entertainment1609EDT0668.DTL Alexander Calder and Joan Miro featured in joint Phillips Collection exhibit It's an odd couple of famous artists drawn together by a love of toys and a playful spirit who share an exhibit opening Saturday (San Francisco Chronicle) http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2004/10/08/national1427EDT0631.DTL ++ British newspapers Obituary: Michael Rizzello Portrait sculptor and coin designer (The Independent) http://news.independent.co.uk/people/obituaries/story.jsp?story=569877 -- October 9 ++ American newspapers Obituary: Gordon Bendersky, Who Unearthed Medical History, Dies at 75 Gordon Bendersky, a pediatric cardiologist turned medical historian who studied sports injuries and medical plants in ancient Greece and fetal sculptures of the Olmec civilization, died Thursday in Abington, Pa. He was 75 and lived in Elkins Park, Pa. (New York Times) http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/09/national/09bendersky.html?oref=login City Museum to Close Its Galleries Troubled Venue Will Continue to Rent Space for Events (Washington Post) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A18694-2004Oct8.html Two Washingtons, Under One Roof "Washington: Symbol and City," at the National Building Museum, reopens today in a new and improved version after three years of downtime (Washington Post) http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A19025-2004Oct8.html The art of the deal Budding producer David Siqueiros is funding his film project by selling paintings by his famous Mexican namesake (Los Angeles Times) http://www.calendarlive.com/galleriesandmuseums/cl-et-siqueiros9oct09,2,2871408.story?coll=cl-art Exhibitions explore shades of artist's abstract expression The lore of abstract expressionism, particularly the idea of an abstract picture as an extrusion of the self, held sway long after the style had turned hollow in most practitioners' hands (San Francisco Chronicle) http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2004/10/09/DDGRS95I5P1.DTL Those wacky Tiepolos, father and son These strange figures with their hook noses, hunchbacks, paunches, baggy white clothes, ruffs and tall, whirling-dervish hats that the Tiepolos, Giambattista and Giandomenico, father and son, sketched and drew in numerous notebooks, on hundreds of sheets of paper, painted on canvas and frescoed on walls and ceilings - where did they come from, what exactly did they signify to the Tiepolos, and what meaning can they have for us? (International Herald Tribune) http://www.iht.com/articles/542684.html Pathologist on the hunt for saints and poets During his long career as a pathologist, Dr. Vito Terribile Wiel Marin estimates, he examined the corpses of thousands of ordinary bodies. In his five years of semiretirement, he has focused on a just a few sets of bones. But, oh, what bones they have been (International Herald Tribune) http://www.iht.com/articles/542729.html UK museums face controversial Ethiopian legacy The Art Newspaper reveals that sacred Maqdala tablets are hidden away in a sealed store of the British Museum (The Art Newspaper) http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/article.asp?idart=11626 Is this the first known sculpture by Mantegna? An Italian scholar has spent three decades looking for documentary evidence to link the statue with the Renaissance artist. Now she says she has found it (The Art Newspaper) http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/article.asp?idart=11625 An outpost for the Louvre in northern France The contenders are Amiens, Arras, Boulogne, Calais, Lens and Valenciennes (The Art Newspaper) http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/article.asp?idart=11624 Training museum managers in Russia St Petersburg. Mikhail Piotrovsky, director of the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, has been appointed head of the newly-established Department of Museum Affairs and Preservation at St Petersburg University. The department, the first of its kind in Russia, is a joint venture between the university and several of the city's museums; teachers will also come from the State Russian Museum and the Russian Ethnographic Museum (The Art Newspaper) http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/article.asp?idart=11623 Taiwan moves a step closer to its Guggenheim New York. A bill that includes funding for the Guggenheim Taichung has just been approved by Taiwan's Council for Economic Planning and Development. It now needs to be approved by the Executive Yuan and the Legislative Yuan, Taiwan's highest administrative and legal branches, before it becomes law (The Art Newspaper) http://www.theartnewspaper.com/news/article.asp?idart=11622 How much difference does Unesco make? Three new Indian sites have been added to the World Heritage list. Will this improve their management? (The Art Newspaper) http://www.theartnewspaper.com/archaeology/archeology.asp ++ British newspapers Too good to be true In his paintings, Raphael created a utopia of classical beauty. Yet we've fallen out of love with him. Is it because his art is so perfect (The Guardian) http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/features/story/0,11710,1323126,00.html This is the modern world The world's great galleries are coming together for the Frieze Art Fair. Has Britain finally lost its reservations about contemporary art? (The Guardian) http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/friezeartfair/story/0,,1320318,00.html Here today, gone tomorrow? It's bold, it's cutting edge - and it's falling to bits. Leo Benedictus on the appeal of perishable art (The Guardian) http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/friezeartfair/story/0,,1320343,00.html Portrait of the artist as a ... Matt Stevenson recently graduated from the Royal College of Art with dreams of making a career as a sculptor. So what's life like for a struggling new artist? (The Guardian) http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/friezeartfair/story/0,,1320328,00.html 10 to see at Frieze art fair 2004 With pieces by over 1,000 artists on show, this year's Frieze art fair might be a little overwhelming for the casual art browser (The Guardian) http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/friezeartfair/story/0,,1321800,00.html Seeing is believing Lucasta Miller, one of his subjects, pays tribute to extraordinary photographer Richard Avedon (The Guardian) http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/features/story/0,,1323125,00.html Sound of surprise, with no risk of playing to the gallery Nothing to see, but Nauman speaks volumes at Tate Modern (The Guardian) http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/news/story/0,,1323367,00.html -- October 10 ++ American newspapers Not just artifact, but art Rafael Larco Hoyle's collection of Peruvian sculpture was big. Maybe too big. Now his grandson has opened a museum where the antiquities can be appre ciated (Los Angeles Times) http://www.calendarlive.com/galleriesandmuseums/cl-ca-ybarra10oct10,2,7811739.story?coll=cl-art ++ British newspapers Can everyone hear at the back? Few artists would want to follow Anish Kapoor and Olafur Eliasson's headline-grabbing installations in Tate Modern's huge Turbine Hall, but legendary US artist Bruce Nauman has accepted the challenge (The Guardian) http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/features/story/0,,1323636,00.html Family Outing: Imperial War Museum North, Manchester Libeskind's home fit for heroes (The Independent) http://travel.independent.co.uk/uk/story.jsp?story=570974 Countryside gunning for change Heritage chiefs are celebrating a restoration of their fortunes, built on a boom in the number of couples choosing to get married in stately homes (BBC News) http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/3534896.stm -- H-MUSEUM H-Net Network for Museums and Museum Studies E -Mail: email@example.com WWW: http://www.h-museum.net