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SUPERCOLOSSAL STREET ART

Published: February 24, 2011 In a Paris suburb in October 2005, two teenagers of African descent were running away from the police and tried to hide inside a power substation. They were electrocuted instantly. The violence that broke out in protest of police harassment soon spread to neighboring communities and eventually to housing projects across the whole of France. When the media came to document the events in Clichy-sous-Bois, they were met with an additional, unexpected kind of confrontation: behind one of the countless cars in flames was a black-and-white photograph that was pasted...

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DAMIEN HIRST’S SKULL TASTELESS? THAT’S THE POINT

by Jonathan Jones Critics who didn't like it missed a trick - the diamond skull shattered the pretence that the market has no bearing on 'serious art' You know how it is. You're reading a brilliantly provocative critique of modern Britain, delighted by the author's readiness to mock prevailing cant, when suddenly you come across a quote from Š yourself. Held up to ridicule. My words figure in Nick Cohen's book Waiting for the Etonians as an example of the slavish way critics praised Damien Hirst's diamond skull - which he sees as an emblem of the plutocratic art market and the cult...

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ON THE APARTHEID BETWEEN “ART” AND CRAFT.”

by Jerry Saltz - The differences between what is called "art" and what is called "craft" are 100% totally bogus. They are maintained to keep things simple, stupid, and limited. There is no distinction between the two. None. I only care about what you make - no matter how you make. It just has to work. Painting is no better or worse than ceramics is no better or worse than photography is no better or worse than woodworking Š all the way down. It's all part of the same Ball of Wax. However, in this regard, the art world may be the most limiting sphere on earth. Artists are terrified...

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THE ARTISTS WHO CROSSED THE LINE

On a chilly Moscow morning last November, 10 plainclothes policemen broke into the Moscow apartment where Oleg Vorotnikov and Leonid Nikolayev were sleeping. Screaming at everyone to stay on the ground, the officers handcuffed the two men, pulled plastic bags over their heads and threw them into a police van. They drove north for 10 hours while police allegedly kicked and abused the two men, who have been held in a pre-trial detention centre in St Petersburg until this week. But Mr Vorotnikov and Mr Nikolayev are not drug dealers or dangerous murderers on the run  -  they are artists.   The...

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JOHN LENNON’S UNSEEN ART TO GO ON SHOW

The Art of John Lennon will feature prints of Lennon's original hand-drawn sketches, from the archive of his art work belonging to Yoko Ono, his widow, including three previously unseen drawings capturing his roles as political campaigner and family man. Pics <http://tinyurl.com/66xdxte>

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TRACEY EMIN AND LOUISE BOURGEOIS: DO NOT ABANDON ME

In a rare collaboration, the late artist Louise Bourgeois painted 16 works and sent them to Tracey Emin to complete. The resulting works go on show in London tomorrow. Pics http://tinyurl.com/4hh4rxv

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CONVERSATION: CHRISTIAN MARCLAY

The Observer: How did The Clock come about? Christian Marclay: I've been thinking about this piece since 2005. I started collecting clocks from films and thinking it might be possible to find every minute of the day throughout the history of cinema. It actually took me a year of searching and editing until I felt certain it was possible. Were there parts that were harder to find? Oh, yeah. Not much happens between 5 and 5:30 a.m., at least in the movies. But that's the time when we dream the most. So I used a lot of dream sequences. I had assistants that were watching films and collecting...

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QUOTE OF THE DAY: THE DEITCH ART-WORLD PANIC

"When Jeffrey Deitch announced in January 2010 that he would leave New York City to take the reins of the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, the art world was thrown into a panic. Not only was the city losing a man with insatiable energy and a talent for spotting the next big art star, he was also the one, many said, who blurred the lines of art, pop culture and nightlife. The one who had managed to make the art world fun again." -Erica Sackin in New York Press by Los Angeles County Museum on Fire/William Poundstone

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SOTHEBY’S SALE DEFIES DEMONSTRATORS

Midway through Sotheby's strong sale of contemporary art on Tuesday, a dozen-odd demonstrators upended the bidding by unfurling a red banner that read, "Orgy of the Rich." As auctioneers gaped and collectors chuckled, the group tossed counterfeit £50 notes into the air before being escorted out of the auction house's building on London's Bond Street. The demonstrators said they belonged to Arts Against Cuts, a group of artists and students protesting a recent plan by the U.K. government to explore budget cuts for some arts programs in the wake of the recession. The group staged...

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HOW HIGH CAN THE ART MARKET GO?

The art industry, one of the glitzier pieces of the global economy, seems to have shrugged off the 2009 recession with nonchalance. In 2010, Christie's had the best year in its 245-year history. Growth came across the board - and from across the world. Jewelry sales at Christie's also broke records. Christie's attributes its success to a buoyant art market peppered with more auctions, new customers, private sales and growth in online auctioneering. Such bullishness inevitably brings skepticism. Such bullishness inevitably brings skepticism. The art market is opaque and largely unregulated....

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