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PRESIDENT BIDEN HAS REVOKED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER signed by President Trump that known as on the federal authorities to create buildings in classical architectural styles, NPR’s Elizabeth Blair experiences. Trump signed the order, “Selling Stunning Federal Civic Structure,” final December (apparently taking a break from advancing election conspiracy theories). Blair notes that Biden’s order “could put his administration at odds with the U.S. Fee of Nice Arts,” which advises lawmakers on “design and aesthetics.” Trump appointed 4 tradition-minded members to the seven-member CFA late final yr, as Kriston Capps of CityLab wrote at the time. Members serve four-year phrases, and the primary opening will arrive solely in 2022. Its chairman, Justin Shubow, informed NPR that “our federal structure has been dismal for many years, and has been designed in modernist types that don’t symbolize what atypical People really need.”
GOOD NEWS FOR CHARM CITY MUSEUM WORKERS: The Baltimore Museum of Art and the close by Walters Art Museum stated they’re raising the pay of their lowest-paid full-time staff to $15 an hour, the Baltimore Solar experiences. They’ve lined up donations to make the hikes potential. Beneath Maryland regulation, corporations with greater than 15 staff are required to have a $15/hour wage by 2025. Mentioned BMA director Christopher Bedford , ”The time to realize a various and equitable setting was years and years and years in the past.” The wage enhance had been one part of Bedford’s controversial plan to promote three main works from its assortment to fund numerous initiatives, which the museum nixed final October amid criticism.
Main workers cuts could also be coming on the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. [The Guardian]
Museums in Switzerland shall be allowed to reopen on March 1. That’s Monday! [The Art Newspaper]
From February to December final yr, California noticed a 13 p.c drop in employment within the “inventive financial system workforce,” in keeping with a examine by Otis School. In Los Angeles County, the determine was a staggering 24 p.c. [The New York Times]
Jon M. Chu, who directed the 2018 hit Loopy Wealthy Asians, is ready to helm The Nice Chinese language Artwork Heist, impressed by an eponymous GQ article that appears on the latest theft of Chinese language artworks from worldwide museums. [Deadline]
South Korean feminist teams have criticized a video by Jung Yoon-suk that features footage of feminine intercourse dolls, saying that it objectifies girls. It’s at the moment being proven on the Nationwide Museum of Trendy and Up to date Artwork in Seoul, which is standing behind the work. [The Korea Times]
A newly created James Turrell Skyspace will go on view on the Massachusetts Museum of Up to date Artwork this spring. Housed in a former water tank, the work was initially dreamed up by the artist in 1987. [The Art Newspaper]
Critic Jason Farago took a primary have a look at the Frick Assortment’s set up of its assortment on the former Met Breuer, aka the previous Whitney Museum, on the Higher East Facet of Manhattan. The Frick Madison is “an unexpectedly audacious transmutation of town’s plushest museum,” he writes. [The New York Times]
Artist and poet Precious Okoyomon has received the 2021 Frieze Artist Award, which can present $30,000 for Okoyomon to create a piece for the New York version of Frieze’s artwork truthful. That occasion is slated to happen in Could on the Shed. [Frieze]
An exhibition on the Museum of Nice Arts in Houston brings collectively the work of Vincent van Gogh and David Hockney. They’re united by “a fully ecstatic pleasure of nature,” Ann Dumas, the MFA’s consulting curator of European artwork, stated. [Architectural Digest]
Sculptor Lynda Benglis, who’s famed for her poured-latex sculptures, has joined the roster of Mendes Wooden DM, which has galleries in São Paulo, New York, and Brussels. [Ocula]
WEALTHY ART COLLECTORS ARE INCREASINGLY BORROWING AGAINST their artwork holdings, Robert Frank experiences, with Financial institution of America saying that its art-loan enterprise climbed 30 percent last year. “A whole lot of our purchasers are entrepreneurs, they usually use leverage throughout their companies and personally,” Freya Stewart, CEO of artwork finance on the Nice Artwork Group advisory agency stated. “They’ve a variety of priceless capital tied up of their artwork collections they usually need to launch that capital for different makes use of.” [CNBC]
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