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Friday’s Hairy Eyeball: Ai Weiwei on Twitter, Armory Show to travel, Artist Pension Trust reaffirmed


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This week’s fare, despite being marred as always by the dirtiest of art world dirt, presents a more promising vista than last. Among the usual scandal dug out from the moldering crevices of contemporary culture are stories of hope and progress. A scent of ethics, humility and empathy is in the air. A new season is beginning. Breathe deep friends.

Breaking news on the theft by armed robbers of a $1.1 Million Rene Magritte painting from a The Rene Magritte Museum in Jette, Brussels. [via ArtObserved]

Ai Weiwei publishes images of himself on twitter going in for surgery after suffering injury at the hands of Chinese police [via The Art Newspaper]

Update on the APT (Artist Pension Trust), an investment program positioned to offer artists financial security when they retire [via Guardian UK]

Since Thursday, 110 galleries, most of them in Chelsea opened their doors to the new art season, showcasing what sells, what is missing on the art scene and which gallery spaces are more beneficial to the sales [via New York Magazine]

Pope Benedict XVI organizes an art summit reaching out to 500 contemporary artists to reunite in Vatican [BBC via Art Market Monitor]  and after his initial refusal to participate in the Vatican’s art initiative Bill Viola rearranges his schedule and accepts the Pope’s invitation [via Artnet]

Beginning January the current Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Menil Collection, Franklin Sirmans will be appointed Chief Curator of Contemporary Art in LACMA [via Culture Monster]

The life and death of Dash Snow [via Guardian UK]

Somewhat in opposition to Thomas Krens’ legacy, Art critic Holland Carter advocates that smaller and more smartly curated shows should replace large blockbuster exhibits [via The New York Times]

New York’s Armory show will travel from one city to another, its first choice is Berlin [via Lindsay Pollock]

Takashi Murakami discusses the state of the art market, his legacy and his upcoming plans [via]

In local news:

Last night marked the first of Miami’s ‘Last Thursday Art Walks’, a new initiative by the Wynwood Arts District Association designed to increase human traffic to the area by offering a quieter, working week friendly opportunity to visit galleries. Presently free of revelers (and anyone else for that matter) the Thursday art walks cater to the more discerning members of Miami’s arts community although it is likely galleries will still have their openings on the ‘traditional’ second Saturday of the month.

Tonight (in addition to the opening of PIVOT POINTS 3 at MOCA North Miami) Dorsch Gallery (151 NW 24th Street
Miami, FL 33127) will host a charitable art supply drive to benefit the children of Escuelita de Nosara in Costa Rica. Think paper, pencils, markers, glitter, fabric, findings, brushes and gift certificates. All donations are tax-deductible. The evening’s entertainment will be provided by Jesse Jackson, with complimentary cocktails by Seven Tiki Spiced Rum.  There’s no cover if you bring art supplies, and only $5 if you don’t. The after-party is at Fridays at The Vagabond, where “Miami’s Best Electronic Artist” Panic Bomber will be throwing down what promises to be an epic set, complete with a live horn section!  Admission is free before 11pm.

Tomorrow night Terri and Donna (153 NW 36th St., Miami, FL 33127) will open their first exhibition of the fall with New York artist Blake Rayne who will perform during the opening.


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Friday’s Hairy Eyeball: Ai Weiwei on Twitter, Armory Show to travel, Artist Pension Trust reaffirmed