Wednesday’s Art Notes
A picture taken at the Grand Palais in Paris shows the inside view of a installation made by Indian born British sculptor Anish Kapoor, ahead of the inauguration of the ‘Monumenta 2011’ event, which opens today. Each year Monumenta invites an internationally-renowned artist to turn his vision to the vast Nave of Parisa Grand Palais and to create a new artwork especially for this space. Photo by Patrick Kovarik/ AFP/ Getty Images
Artist Anish Kapoor said in an interview with the BBC on Tuesday that he was dedicating his Monumenta work to Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, via The Wall Street Journal.
The Guardian recaps the more-than-a-month-long absence of Ai Weiwei, including a rumored story by an anonymous Chinese state reporter that the artist has been tortured so that he’ll make a confession.
China’s Forbidden City, one of the most highly guarded sites in the country, was the target of an overnight burglary, via The Telegraph.
The gate of an old children’s home in Liverpool that inspired the Beatles song “Strawberry Fields” will be taken down for preservation and replaced with a replica, via The Guardian.
Google wishes modern dance pioneer Martha Graham a Happy 117th Birthday, via The Washington Post.
The Museum of Modern Art will buy the building that now houses the struggling American Folk Art Museum in order to expand its space, via The New York Times. The American Folk Art Museum will move to a smaller space.
The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities released a report about the shrinkage in arts education and advocates for more funding and better teaching methods, via the Los Angeles Times.