Monumental Iron Age statue discovered in Turkey.
The NY Times reports archaeologists in Turkey discovered the top part of a statue of a Neo-Hittite king that's about 3,000 years old and may have been more than 10 feet high. They say the piece indicates artistic creativity flourished in Iron Age small cities and kingdoms.
|Culture and Tourism Minister Ertuğrul Günay stands near a 3,000-year-old statue of the Hittite king Suppiluliuma.|
The Art Newspaper reports Poland’s long lost Raphael, confiscated by the Nazis in 1939 for Hitler's Führermuseum, was recently found in a bank vault.
|Raphael’s Portrait of a Young Man, c. 1513-1514, 28 x 22 inches, (from the Czartoryski family collection in Crakow).|
In an interview with the LA Times, MoCA director Jeffrey Deitch denies he "courted celebrity sizzle and populist appeal at the expense of serious scholarship."
And on a disturbing note, Eli Broad (above), MoCA's questionable savior, halted promised payments to MoCA. He says they have $2.1 million in grants they haven't put toward exhibitions. Why that has anything to do with his multi-million dollar pledge is beyond me.
Art Critic Robert Hughes died.
|Robert Hughes rose to star status by introducing television audiences to the development of 20th century modernism in The Shock of the New: A Personal View in 1981. (Helmut Newton)|
Episode 2: The Powers that Be
Episode 3: The Landscape of Pleasure
Episode 4: Trouble in Utopia
Episode 5: The Threshold of Liberty
Travis Heck, director of one of those galleries, Extra Extra, suggests one possibility: "There was just really no support from larger institutions to get the collectors to the galleries."
|Paula Cooper portrait by Rudolf Stingel based on a 1984 Mapplethorpe photograph.|
Classy Cooper talks about what Soho was like in the seventies and eighties, and notes some major changes in the art world since then.