First they license the name from the Louvre for $700m and then Frank Gehry announces that he is going to build the biggest Guggenheim yet in the oil rich emirate. What’s next Robert Rauschenberg moves his island studio off the coast? Isn’t Nermal the cat already there partying hard with the nuevo riche.
Gulf Louvre deal riles French art world
My Abu Dhabi adventure
In this episode Bad at Sports welcomes guest reviewers: Boston up-and-comer Liz Nofziger and Columbia College Chicagoâ€™s Neysa Page-Lieberman. They join Bad at Sports locals Terri Griffith, Serena Worthington, Joanna Topor, and Duncan MacKenzie as we shake up and shake down shows in the West Loop. Tune in as they struggle with Gescheidleâ€™s two new showsâ€“Drew Beattie and Chris Vereneâ€“whose name Duncan butchers repeatedly; GARDENFreshâ€™s first show in their new digs; and Gallery 40000â€™s two new offerings, Thomas Rapai and Amy Vogel. All that, and Brian Andrews talks politics and art!
ALSO A BRAND NEW CONTEST: The first Bad at Sports Essay Contest is announced in the outro this week. We need you to write a speculative essay of 100 words or less on why Edward Lifson dislikes us. These can be as speculative and fictitious as possible. The winner will have their essay read on the air by Book Guru Terry Griffith!!!
On that note donâ€™t forget to e-mail Hello Beautiful and tell them about our project!!! HelloBeautiful@ChicagoPublicRadio.org
ALSO you can contact them via the following (lifted from their site)
Whether you’re an artist or enthusiast, musician or muse, Chicago Public Radio’s arts desk wants your thoughts on where to go and what to see in Chicagoland. Share your ideas one of two ways:
Steve Hamann editorial on Hello Beautiful
Who shall serve for a four-year term.
Because this appointment will always be great,
There’s no need for the Senate to confirm.
In appointing a poet for the public good,
And to ensure there’s no unjust omission,
The governor shall consider, if he would
Thoughts of the Humanities Commission.
Subd. 2. Removal. The poet will be free to write rhyming lines,
With removal only for cause,
But we trust that the bard will promptly resign,
If the verse reads as badly as laws.
Subd. 3. Compensation.
‘Twould be fair to provide some just recompense
As reward for the poet’s tribulations,
But because at this time we haven’t the cents
We’re afraid there is no compensation.
But we ask as the poet travels the state,
And the people their ears they lend,
That our learned Commission take the position
To provide the poor poet a stipend.
Subd. 4. Gifts and grants.
To provide the support that needs to come
To support our new laureate,
Gifts and grants received of a generous sum,
We hereby appropriate.
Sadly, the Minnesota Daily reported that if the bill goes into law, “the poem would probably be taken out of the law and go on the books in standard legalese.”
The banknotes proved too much of a temptation for the thieves
A Norwegian artwork featuring banknotes glued to a canvas has been stolen from the Oslo gallery where it was on show.
The work by artist Jan Christensen, entitled Relative Value, was made up of notes worth 100,000 kroner ($16,300, 12,400 euros).
The robbers got into the gallery by breaking a window.
They then cut each note off the canvas individually and left the 6.5-by-13ft (two-by-four-metre) frame behind.
The work had already been sold to a Norwegian buyer at face value.
“The piece was sold for nothing basically. It was just an exchange,” Mr Christensen told the BBC News website.
“I wanted to make a blunt work with the intention of creating a discussion about the value of art, and about capitalism, and how the art world works,” he said.
Mr Christensen said he did not know whether he would make a replacement.
The artist wanted to create a discussion about the value of art
“We were afraid something like this might happen,” he said.
“I didn’t want to compromise the artwork but I realised it might cause some problems.”
The thieves managed to make off with the money despite security measures being in place when they broke in late on Sunday.
Mr Christensen believes that the presence in Oslo of many high-profile guests for the King of Norway’s birthday celebrations had diverted many of the city’s police from their usual duties.
Despite the double blow of losing an artwork made up of his own money, Mr Christensen says he finds the theft “interesting”.
“It proves my theory that I have made an artwork that has a value outside the gallery space.”
“It means a lot to me that the myth can continue,” he said, referring to the fact that the notes could end up in general circulation.
He said he found it puzzling that someone might wish to risk jail for relatively small amount of money, and is unsure as to what type of person would have stolen his art.
“It could be a drug user, but at least it’s one who’s interested in art,” he said.