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June 19, 2013
The Art Of Dismantling Skyscrapers
"Here in Tokyo, a cheek-by-jowl city with many outdated high-rises and tough recycling and environmental restrictions, Japanese companies are perfecting what might be called stealth demolition. Some tall buildings are dismantled from the top down, the work hidden by a moving scaffold, others from the bottom up, the entire structure being slowly jacked down."
The New York Times 06/18/13
No Retroactive Pritzker For Denise Scott Brown
June 18, 2013
Wrote the jury chairman, "A later jury cannot re-open, or second guess the work of an earlier jury, and none has ever done so ... Let us assure you, however, that Ms. Scott Brown remains eligible for the Pritzker Award [in future]."
Architectural Record 06/14/13
Ruins Of Ancient Cambodian City Discovered By Aerial Lasers
June 17, 2013
"The discoveries matched years of archaeological ground research to reveal Mahendraparvata, a lost mediaeval city where people lived on a mist-shrouded mountain called Phnom Kulen, 350 years before the building of the famous Angkor Wat temple complex in north-western Cambodia."
The Age (Melbourne) 06/15/13 (includes video)
What's Behind The Urge To Deface Public Paintings?
"That is three highly publicised art attacks in less than a year. It looks as if a shared spirit is gripping the assailants. In all three cases over just a few months, each attacker thought she or he was making some kind of public statement."
The Guardian (UK) 06/16/13
Detroit City Manager Plan Doesn't Include Sale Of DIA Art
"The report makes no mention of monetizing the museum or its art to raise money to pay down the city's massive debt. But the report does not rule out the possibility that the museum might be asked to contribute revenue as part of the restructuring plan as it evolves."
Detroit Free Press 06/15/13
Detroit Attorney General Says DIACan't Sell Its Art
June 16, 2013
"The art collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts is held by the City of Detroit in charitable trust for the people of Michigan, and no piece in the collection may thus be sold, conveyed, or transferred to satisfy city debts or obligations."
Detroit Free Press 06/13/13
Are Three Starchitects Ruining Germany?
"How is it possible that these grand masters are responsible for construction sites where many things have been going wrong for years? What are the reasons that public building sites in Germany so often turn into scenes of disaster?"
Der Spiegel 06/14/13
Swashbuckling Defenders Of Peru's Artistic Treasures Stake Out The Post Office
June 14, 2013
"Gladiz Collatupa, an archaeologist, once stashed six mummies at her parents' house for safe keeping. That was when she dug for artifacts in the dirt of Peru, rich with the leavings of past cultures like the Inca and the Moche. Now she digs through packages at the post office instead, searching for ancient treasure being smuggled out of the country."
The New York Times 06/13/13
German Art Forgery Ring Busted
"The forgers are believed to have sold more than 400 pieces of counterfeit art painted in the style of artists such as Kandinsky and Malevich. The suspects are alleged to also have forged authenticity certificates to give the impression the paintings were previously unknown works."
The Guardian (UK) 06/13/13
Trying To Preserve China's Heritage Through Slow Architecture
"By 2030 the mainland will be home to 13 megacities--those with a population of 10 million or more--up from six today, estimates a McKinsey report. That breakneck urbanization is fast obliterating 5,000 years of architecture and culture."
Banksy Has Competition: Colorful Street Art Is Popping Up Across Southeast London
June 13, 2013
"Two graffiti artists have painted a series of bright murals on phone and electricity boxes across the area. The brightly coloured illustrations include depictions of local landmarks and references to iconic pieces of literature, such as The Canterbury Tales
by Geoffrey Chaucer."
The Daily Mail (UK) 06/11/13 (includes gallery)
Oprah Gives $12 Million To DC Museum
June 12, 2013
"After previously giving $1m (£640,000) to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, her total contribution is its biggest so far. The museum on Washington's National Mall is due to be completed in 2015."
Massive Remaking Of The Way China Looks
"All over China, planners are busy emptying the countryside of people, leveling villages, and replacing the small-plot agriculture that defined rural parts of the country for millennia with American-style industrial agriculture. Urban areas, meanwhile, have lost most of their distinctive characteristics."
New York Review of Books 06/12/13
Feds Seize Millions' Worth Of Allegedly Smuggled Antiquities From Jailed Dealer
June 11, 2013
"Federal agents have seized an estimated $100 million in art over the last two years from a prominent Manhattan antiquities dealer they describe as one of the most prolific antiquities smugglers in the world. Subhash Kapoor, a 64-year-old American citizen, awaits trial in India, where he is accused of being part of an antiquities smuggling ring that American and Indian investigators say spanned continents."
Los Angeles Times 06/11/13 (includes slide show)
Met Museum Returns Sculptures To Cambodia
"The life-size sculptures, known as the "kneeling attendants", had been displayed at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art for nearly 20 years. The museum pledged to return the artefacts after evidence suggested they had been illegally exported."