Scottish Coal’s going into liquidation is threatening Scotland’s largest land art project – international artist Charles Jencks’ massive multi-million-pound sculpture at an old mine’s site at Kelty in Fife.
Jencks’ vision includes a sculpted landscape park representing the continents of the world, celebrating Scotland’s diaspora, and its influence on history. Located between the “continents”: a loch in the shape of Scotland – with further water features surrounded by cliffs.
Read more about the struggle here.
From Russia, with Loathe
Russia’s two most famous art museums are publicly battling over reviving Moscow’s State Museum of New Western Art which Stalin scrapped in the late 1940s.
Its collection was divided between the Pushkin Art Museum in Moscow and the famed Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg. Notes Australia’s news.com:
The redoubtable director of the Pushkin Museum, Irina Antonova, 91, last week personally asked President Vladimir Putin during his annual phone-in with Russians to consider reopening the museum in Moscow with its original collection.
However the idea did not in the least impress the Hermitage museum, which under the plan could see some of its most prized Matisse, Degas and Picasso pictures transferred back to Moscow.
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Tape It to the Limit
Street art has turned to a sticky situation in both Indonesia and Australia. Two artists are utilizing tape-one duct, the other masking-to create imagery for their public passersby.
Indonesian street artist Andi Rharharha, sent Wooster Collective his videos of art he’s paving with duct tape in Jakarta. Wooster placed the vids on its website.
In Aussie land, artist Buff Diss (sounds like a steam engine cranking up, eh?) displays delightfully imaginative artwork on walls and floors. It’s dubbed by website enpundit as “nondestructive graffiti that can be removed.”
In Italy, for the second time in a year, a former Juventus FC footballer “has fallen prey to an art crime,” reports The Art Newspaper:
Roberto Bettega, who played for Juventus between 1969 and 1983, says that he bought Chagall’s Le Nu au Bouquet, 1920, from Italo Spagna, the director of the Bologna-based Galleria Marescalchi, for ‚Ç¨1.2m in 2003. This version of events is disputed by Spagna, who says he did not sell the painting.
It appears that the Chagall may be a work stolen from the boat belonging to the American businessman Edward Cantor, while it was anchored at Savona, just west of Genoa, in 2002.
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The Scoop on Poop
Artist Paul McCarthy is being feces-tious in Hong Kong. The Los Angeles artist’s giant inflatable poop installation…plopped.
The Huffington Post covers the South China Morning Post, saying “a sudden downpour deflated the oversized tower of excrement, aptly titled ‘Complex Pile,’ leaving behind a brown mess of torn balloon materials in the city’s West Kowloon district.”
For more dirt on the downed dung, deposit your eyes here.