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|NUDE PHOTOG ARRESTED IN TIMES SQUARE|
Cheeky artist photographer Spencer Tunick, 32, known for photographs of massive "nude-in" events, was arrested in Times Square by the New York City police on Sunday morning at 6:22 am. Tunick was in the middle of directing "Alone Together," an event in which over 300 naked people were lying sardine-like in the intersection of Broadway and 47th Street, despite unseasonal spring temperature of a bracing 42 degrees.
Alerted by the hubbub, detectives and uniformed officers from the Midtown South Precinct snapped the cuffs on Tunick before he was able to snap the shutter on his camera. The artist was incarcerated in the Manhattan jail known as the Tombs, charged with unlawful assembly, resisting arrest and altering a permit. Tunick was released early Monday morning with a court appearance ticket to answer the charges set for May 16. His attorney, Ronald Kuby, was unavailable for comment.
Tunick has previously been arrested for nude-ins at Central Park, Rockefeller Center and the on the Williamsburg Bridge, but has never been convicted of a crime. He exhibits his work in New York at I-20 in Chelsea, and will be included in the "Statements" section of the forthcoming Basel Art Fair.
-- Paul H-O
ART LOSSES IN KOSOVO CONFLICT
Earlier this month, a group of Yugoslav art historians, the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments of Serbia, posted a website headlined "Yugoslav cultural heritage is a target for NATO." According to the site, the old city center of Pec and the trade center of Djakovica have been destroyed by NATO bombing. Also damaged are the 16th-century Hadum Mosque and the 18th-century Tabaks Bridge in Djakovica, a 16th-century church in Klina, and the 14th-century Grancanica Monastery near Prista.
In Belgrade, NATO bombardments have shaken the 16th-century Rakovca Monastery and hit and severely damaged the modernist headquarters of the Yugoslav Royal Airforce Command in Zemun, built in 1935 by architect Dragisa Brasovan. The site contains an extensive list of Serbian monasteries and other structures hurt through collateral effects of NATO bombing.
In addition, injury has been reported to the Museum of Voivodina in Novi Sad, with considerable broken glass and some structural damage. None of the museum collection was significantly harmed, however, having been "relocated to a safer place earlier." These particular museum artifacts, however, according to a protest by one correspondent to the Museum Security Network, were actually stolen in 1991 by the Yugoslav army from the Vukovar City Museum in Croatia. Stay tuned.
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MOMA 2000 GOES DEEP
The first of the three shows, called "Modern Starts," covers the period 1880-1920 (with contemporary works added for contrast). The thematic arrangement is both simple and complicated. To give only the briefest taste: opening on the second floor on Oct. 7, 1999, is "People," including the themes "The Monumental Figure" (large works by Picasso, Matisse, Maillol, others), "Composing with the Figure" (Toulouse-Lautrec, Munch, Léger, Duchamp), "Bathers" (from Cézanne and Derain to contemporary photography), "Language of the Body" (portraits and gesture, including Redon and Klee), "Posed and Unposed: Encounters with the Camera" (figure compositions in photography), "Expression and the Series" (sculpture by Rodin and Matisse) and "Unique Forms of Continuity in Space" (large figurative sculpture). "Places" opens on the third floor on Oct. 28, 1999, and "Things" on the first floor on Nov. 18, 1999. The curatorial team for the first cycle is headed by MoMA curator at large John Elderfield.
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