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Zurich’s art scene is thriving It’s a good time to visit Zurich. The city’s annual art weekend has increasingly become a mandatory roundabout in the art world ahead of Art Basel. Wu Tsang and Demna Gvasalia are among the creators lurking in the town of about 100 people. Art galleries and alternative spaces above the new Kunsthaus designed by David Chipperfield. (financial times)
Judge sides with a wolf’s meow in the lawsuit – A judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by Lauren Olivier, who alleges that Meow Wolf infringed her copyright by using images of an owl figurine she made to lure the group’s immersive Santa Fe into supplemental materials. The judge concluded that Meow Wolf had an “implicit license” to use the work for various purposes because he funded its creation. (art newspaper)
The King’s Technical Institutions Office – Royal patronage is an essential part of the British art and cultural community. Now that Charles is the new king, cultural institutions are well on their way to mixing big. Dozens are looking for a new patron: The Queen has been a patron of more than 50 organizations, including the Royal Ballet. Charles has been a patron of over 100 people, but he will be very busy in his new role as well and will continue to sponsor most. (The New York Times)
How a minor league baseball player became a major league entertainer Blake McFarland has been playing with instruments, drawing, and doodling all his life, but recently discovered that his calling was not to be a professional baseball player, but rather to be a professional artist. The partnership to create sculptures for Goodyear as well as independent commissions enabled him to make more money than he made the ball. He retired from baseball in 2017. (Currently)
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Two German auction houses collaborate – Cologne-based auction house Van Ham and Munich-based rival Karl & Faber are teaming up to create what they call an “auction alliance”. They will conduct joint previews and publish joint catalogs, although sales will remain separate. This move was probably motivated in part Sotheby’s back home. (Do)
The Curator of Photography at MoMA heads to Paris – Only two years later, Clément Chéroux returned to his native France to lead the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation. Although MoMA is closed for most of his tenure, he has overseen the current Wolfgang Tillmans surveys and photographers, and presided over a number of significant acquisitions. (The New York Times)
Getty pledges $3.1 million to preserve black architecture Led by the Getty Foundation and the National African American Cultural Heritage Trust for Historic Preservation, a new grant program will highlight the contribution of black architects to modernity. The funds will support the long-term preservation of approximately 16 buildings that will be announced in 2023. (tan)
Birmingham Museum of Art gets a major gift – The Alabama Museum has received two gifts totaling $3 million to award two museum sites. Dora and Sanjay Singh pledged $1.5 million to the Director of Learning and Engagement, while the Hugh Cole Foundation donated $1.5 million to support the role of CFO. (Life and Culture in Alabama)
Jenny Holzer’s Expectations Come to the Rock Center – The famous artist is collaborating with PEN America on a series of projections that will light up the facade of 30 Rockefeller Center. Starting at 8pm, quotes from famous personalities including Salmon Rushdie, Pussy Riot member Nadya Tolokonnikova and Margaret Atwood will appear in Holzer’s signature font. The project is titled speak for yourself (2022), aims to address the growing threats to freedom of expression. It runs until September 18th. (tan)
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