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Ai Weiwei Photo Exhibit Opens at the Asia Society

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

An exhibition of 227 black-and-white documentary photos taken by the controversial Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in New York from 1983 to 1993 opened at the Asia Society on Wednesday. The show marks the first such exhibit presented outside China. Click here to see a slideshow.

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Behind the Scenes: Artist Lee Ufan Installs Work at the Guggenheim

Thursday, June 23, 2011

On Friday, the first U.S. retrospective for Lee Ufan, an artist and poet born in South Korea who moved to Japan in his 20s, opens at the Guggenheim. Click here to see Ufan installing his existential, raw boulders at the Guggenheim, some of which were selected from Long Island for the exhibition.

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Chinese Artist and Activist Ai Weiwei Released on Bail

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The controversial Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was released on bail on Wednesday after he confessed to tax evasion. The Chinese State Media news agency reported that the artist's good attitude, willingness to pay his allegedly evaded taxes and poor health were factors in his release. On Thursday at noon, Ai supporters had planned to hold a vigil for the Chinese artist and activist who was detained on April 3 at the Plaza Hotel fountain.

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Brooklyn Museum: We Can't Afford to Mount Street Art Show

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The museum announced on Tuesday that it had canceled Art in the Streets show due to lack of funds. The show is the first U.S. museum show to chronicle the history of graffiti and street art.

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Museum for African Art Postpones Opening to 2012

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Museum for African Art announced on Tuesday it would delay the opening of its new building at Fifth Ave. and 110th St. to late 2012. The museum was scheduled to open this September.

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Pickles, Turntables and Graffiti at El Museo del Barrio's 'Bienal' of Latino Art

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Trophies made of tire, a can of pickles spinning on a turntable, two gigantic pop-up books and walls covered in graffiti. These are some of the pieces featured in "El Museo's Bienal: The (S) File 2011," an exhibit that opened on Tuesday at El Museo del Barrio in East Harlem.

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Museum Mile: Free Museum Admission and Live Music Uptown

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Museum Mile Festival takes place in New York City on Tuesday night. Here's a list of the participating museums offering free admission from 6 to 9 P.M.

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Despite Heat, Conservators Wash and Wax Staten Island Monuments

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

On the docket for treatment were the 1893 bronze "Neptune Fountain" at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center, a 1915 sculpture of the Civil War captain Major Clarence Barrett across from Staten Island Borough Hall, and Allen Newman's iconic "The Hiker" in Tompkinsville Park.

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Soho Residents Convene to Discuss Artist Zoning Laws

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

On Tuesday evening, Soho residents will meet for a forum on decades-old zoning laws that require tenants to have a certificate from the city proving they are working artists. Until recently, those laws have not been enforced. Now, prospective buyers are getting denied by the Department of Buildings.

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New Book Chronicles the Rise and Fall of the Soho Artist Loft

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

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In a new book, "Illegal Living: 80 Wooster Street and the Evolution of Soho," architect Shael Shapiro and journalist Roslyn Bernstein chart the changes to Soho through one industrial building.

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Artists Continue Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Boycott Despite New Labor Monitor

Friday, June 03, 2011

On Tuesday, the Guggenheim Museum announced that Pricewaterhouse Coopers would oversee the employment of migrant workers at the construction of its new location on Abu Dhabi's Saadiyat Island. But artists say they will continue to boycott the museum until their demands are met.

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Met Museum Extends Hours for Alexander McQueen Exhibition

Thursday, June 02, 2011

McQueen fans will now have till Aug. 7 to check out the show. Visitors can also buy $50 tickets to see the exhibition on Mondays, when the museum is usually closed.

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Mark di Suvero Sculptures Loom Large on Governors Island

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Starting Friday, 11 monumental steel works by the New York Abstract Expressionist sculptor Mark di Suvero will be up on the former military base grounds — some of which have never been seen before by the public. The exhibit is the largest outdoor show of di Suvero's work to be in shown in New York City since 1975.

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Outdoor Sol LeWitt Exhibit Unveiled at City Hall Park

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

On Tuesday afternoon, a new exhibit from the Public Art Fund will be unveiled by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in City Hall Park. The exhibit features 27 works from the American minimalist sculptor Sol LeWitt.

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For Serving Their Country, Service Members Can Check Out Art for Free

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, city museums pay homage to U.S. troops by letting active duty military personnel and their families visit their collections for free.

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City Council Debates Mayor Bloomberg's Proposed Arts Cuts

Monday, May 23, 2011

On Monday, City Council committees held hearings on the mayor’s proposed $43 million cuts to the Department of Cultural Affairs.

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Das Art: Volkswagen and MoMA Forge Partnership

Monday, May 23, 2011

The Museum of Modern Art and the auto juggernaut Volkswagen announced a partnership on Monday that will bring international artists to the museum by 2013.

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Get Into New York City Museums for Less on Art Museum Day

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

On Wednesday, the Studio Museum in Harlem, MoMA, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Bronx Museum and others join counterparts across the U.S. in offering reduced admission rates. Check out a short list of participating museums here.

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Folk Art Museum to Sell Building to MoMA

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The American Folk Art Museum has announced that it will be selling its 30,000 square-foot building to the Museum of Modern Art. The museum will be moving to a much smaller space it rents across from Lincoln Center.

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Met Museum Names New Chairman

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

On Tuesday, the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that it had elected real estate developer Daniel Brodsky to be the new chairman of the Met's 40-member board.

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