Art News 11.26

November 26, 2008 · Print This Article

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Minnesota’s Museum of American Art to Close

via Tim Harlow and Mary Abbe for the Star Tribune

“The Minnesota Museum of American Art in downtown St. Paul plans to box up its collection and temporarily close in January after years of financial and leadership trouble. Its board president, David Kelly, a Minneapolis lawyer, said the institution hopes eventually to reopen in a new location, although it has not identified a potential site or raised any money.

The museum has posted operating deficits in each of the past three years. Its longtime director, Bruce Lilly, resigned in July and has not been replaced.

The museum, which displays works by Minnesota and American artists, will temporarily cease operations when its current exhibition, “Hot Ink: Comic Art in Minnesota,” ends Jan. 4, said Kelly.”

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Murakami to Open an animation studio in L.A.

via Suzanne Muchnic for the Los Angeles Times

“Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, whose giant Buddha, bug-eyed monsters and magical mushrooms packed in huge crowds last year at the Museum of Contemporary Art, is putting down roots in Los Angeles. A multifaceted artist who embraces painting and sculpture, film and mass-produced goods as part of a single enterprise, he is planning to open an animation studio here next summer.

Often called Japan’s Andy Warhol and headquartered in Tokyo, Murakami already has a studio in New York. But he has decided that Hollywood is the place to expand his filmmaking capabilities. The new studio will operate under the umbrella of Kaikai Kiki, his production and artist-management company.”

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