State of the Art

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  • I had to check the date and make sure it wasn’t April 1st when I saw this: the Vatican will have a pavilion in this year’s Venice Biennale. The pavilion’s exhibition, “Encyclopedic Palace” will include works by Richard Serra and Bruce Nauman, as well as a show within-a-show curated by Cindy Sherman. This will be the first year that the Vatican will be participating in the prestigious contemporary art exhibition. [Bloomberg]
  • No MOCA Merger: the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) has rejected an offer from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) to acquire the financially struggling institution. Yesterday, a MOCA spokesperson  issued the following statement: “The Board is in agreement that the best future for MOCA would be as an independent institution.” [LA Times]
  • The FBI has announced that they know the identities of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist. Of course, since the statute of limitations has run out, they can’t be prosecuted, but anyone in possession of one of the stolen paintings could be held criminally liable. [ABC News]
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