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British Collection of Sculpture to be Catalogued Online

February 22nd, 2019

The full collection of sculpture in the holdings of the British Nation will be catalogued online, the Guardian reports. “The variety, the range, is just stunning and what is extraordinary is that it is going to be so much more global,” says Andrew Ellis, director of Art UK, the non-profit in charge of the project. “Paintings are predominantly a western European tradition but the sculpture collection we are bringing together is from across the world, and you can see that already. There are Buddhas, there are Hindu reliefs in Northampton from the 12th century and that is just the first thousand records.”
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State Hermitage Museum Evacuated Over Bomb Threat

February 22nd, 2019

The State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg was evacuated on Thursday, February 21 due to a bomb threat, Artforum reports. A number of other institutions in the city received similar threats the same day.
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Survey Notes Drop in Museum Arts Funding

February 22nd, 2019

A new report from SMU DataArts at Southern Methodist University in Dallas notes a drop in large institutions’ non-profit arts funding in recent years, Art News reports.  “With art museums you see a pretty sober picture,” says Zannie Voss, director of SMU DataArts. “If you look at size, small- and medium-size organizations saw an increase in returns on fund-raising over time. It was the large organizations that saw a decrease. What it says is that it’s the large institutions that are encountering the most struggle in this area.”
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Cai Guo-Qiang

Cai Guo-Qiang, via honoluluacademy.org

b. 1957 in Quanzhou City, Fujian Province, China

Education:
Shanghai Drama Institute, 1981-1985
Institute for Contemporary Art: The National and International Studio Program at P.S. 1, New York

Awards:
– Finalist, 1996 Hugo Boss Prize
– 1999 Golden Lion at the 48th Venice Biennale
– 2001 Cal Arts/Alpert Award
– 2005 Best Monographic Museum Show, Best Installation or Single Work in a Museum from International Association Of Art Critics, New England
– 7th Hiroshima Art Prize

Drawing For Transient Rainbow, Cai Guo-Qiang, 2003 via momahildawa.blogspot.com

Cai Guo-Qiang began working with gunpowder as a medium while living in Japan from 1986-1995, resulting in his signature set of drawings, Projects for Extraterrestrials. His work is often politically charged, and he used gunpowder as a way to express the supression he felt in China’s social environment at the time.

Guggenheim exhibit, Cai Guo-Qiang, 2008 via marnsarts.blogspot.com

Inopportune (Stage One), Cai Guo-Qiang, 2004 via nycdailyphoto.blogspot.com

Cai draws on a wide variety of materials, symbols, narratives, and traditions—elements of feng shui, Chinese medicine and philosophy, images of dragons and tigers, roller coasters, computers, vending machines, and gunpowder. Since September 11th, he has reflected upon his use of explosives both as metaphor and material. “Why is it important,” he asks, “to make these violent explosions beautiful? Because the artist, like an alchemist, has the ability to transform certain energies, using poison against poison, using dirt and getting gold.”

[PBS Art 21]

Light Cycle, Cai Guo-Qiang, 2003 via symposiumc6.org

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