The top art story this weekend had to be the Mana Contemporary project in New Jersey
. In many ways it isn't dissimilar from what the Portland Art Museum did with the Francis Bacons and other works
... only this project is an ultra ambitious approach to redeveloping lower valued real estate. PAM is just being a museum (borrowing important works and presenting them), whereas Mana is providing a storage option and creating a museum... which will then bolster real estate. I'm very surprised nobody has seen the potential in Portland as Oregon does not have sales tax (like New Jersey).
I'm not certain I buy this argument about Scotland remaining part of Great Britain as keeping it from being culturally cut off
. But it is interesting that someone is forwarding the idea that nationalism = xenophobic regionalism. The Scots are a bright people with excellent arts... I cant see independence doing anything but make them try harder to assert themselves as presenter independent of England?
US museums provide emergency support to curators in Syria in anticipation of a cultural cataclysm.
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