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Allora and Calzadilla, Body in Flight
Allora & Calzadilla, Body in Flight (Delta), 2011, at the 54th Venice Biennale; image courtesy of Artlog


June 2, 2011

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* Puerto-Rico based art-duo Allora & Calzadilla’s provocative six-part contribution to the 54th Venice Biennale as U.S. reps combines “technical mastery, conceptual creativity and ironic humor,” writes Laura Gonzales in Artlog.

* Kansas governor Sam Brownback has eliminated state funding for arts programs, leaving the Kansas Arts Commission without a budget, staff or offices, reports Bloomberg Businessweek

* Eli Broad’s downtown museum names Heath Cox, patron of the San Diego art scene -- and U.S. Marine Corps veteran -- as second-in-command, reports the LA Times.


* This weekend’s fifth annual Bushwick Open Studios festival to be bungled by no L-train service in Brooklyn -- for the third time, reports the New York Times.

* Former Philadelphia Art Museum curator Michael Taylor has been appointed director of Dartmouth College’s Hood Museum of Art, says the Boston Globe.

* Artists Lin Bing and Fei Xiaosheng -- whose Beijing photography exhibit supporting still-detained artist Ai Weiwei debuted last night -- were called in for questioning by police after the opening, reports Reuters.

* Arts ace Christopher Knight describes Tim Burton’s gargantuan traveling retrospective, now at LACMA, as a “monotonous plod. . . three or four times larger than it needs to be,” in the LA Times.  

* Artist Yu-Cheng Chou has been named a recipient of the ninth annual $33,000 Taishin Art Award, the highest monetary award for contemporary art in Taiwan, reports Artforum.

*WNYC’s Carolina A. Miranda interviews NYTimes arts reporter Ken Johnson on his new book, Are You Experienced: How Psychedelic Consciousness Transformed Modern Art, out yesterday from Prestel.

* Charles Saatchi’s latest foray into identifying new talent in contemporary art, “The Shape of Things to Come: New Sculpture,” which opened at the Saatchi Gallery on May 27, has elicited polemical responses from Brian Sewell in the London Evening Standardand Alistair Stooke in the Telegraph.

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