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Ai Weiwei Opens Major Project in New York

October 16th, 2017

Ai Weiwei, via NYTAi Weiwei’s landmark public art project Good Fences Make Good Neighbors has opened in New York, with massive fence sculptures erected across New York. “New York is a city I spent 10 years in,” Ai says of his history with the city. “I was quite hesitant [to do a project here] because I love [New York] so much, it’s not easy for me to just put a simple sculpture in the city … I had to do something to pay back my respect, my love.”
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Alex Katz Does Cover for New York Magazine

October 16th, 2017

Alex Katz, via NYMAlex Katz has provided the illustration for the 50th anniversary issue of New York Magazine, drawing a series of subway riders in a stripped down approach. “Alex Katz made drawings of people on the subway in the 1940s when he was a student on his way to Cooper Union,” says Magazine photography director Jody Quon. “We wanted to see if he would revisit the experience of doing the subway drawings.” 
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United States Withdrawing from Unesco

October 15th, 2017

UNESCO, via NYTCiting an “anti-Israel bias,” the United States will withdraw from Unesco, the United Nations cultural organization, the New York Times reports. “Universality is critical to Unesco’s mission to strengthen international peace and security in the face of hatred and violence, to defend human rights and dignity,” says Unesco director Irina Bokova.
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Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

4-4-1 Miyoshi
Koutou-ku, Tokyo, 135-0022
Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 6pm
Friday evening 6pm – 9pm
¥500 Adult
¥400 College Students
¥250 High School Students and Seniors
Free for childrenSeparate admission charges for temporary exhibitions

The museum was the first public contemporary art museum in Tokyo when it opened in 1995. They exhibit a large collection of post-war Japanese art, as well as international work. Expansive spaces in this architecturally modern building lend themselves to sizable installations, and the museum exhibits a variety of post-war Japanese art, as well as international work. While most of the space is utilized for temporary exhibits, the permanent collection includes works by artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and David Hockney, as well as a survey of modern Japanese artists.

Recent and upcoming exhibitions of note:
Yukihisa Isobe: A Retrospective
July 28 – September 30, 200
June 2 – January 20, 2008
MOT Annual 2008: With or Without Images
February 9 – April 13, 2008
Tadashi Kawamata
February 9 – April 13, 2008