Art doesn't stop for Christmas! Catch up on the five things in art you might've missed this week…did we leave out some big news? Tell us in the comments.
1. Regional museums are being invited to bid for some of the most expensive contemporary British art. Including the likes of Antony Gormley, The Chapman Brothers and Damien Hirst. This new opportunity for regional museums is under a scheme named ‘Great Works’, launched by the Contemporary Arts Society in a bid to help de-centralise the distribution of renowned works. (via The Guardian)
2. One happy day eight years ago, Nicolas Cage popped out to the shops and purchased the skull of a Tyrannosaurus bataar for $276,000. The skull was the star of a natural history-themed luxury auction in Manhattan. Unfortunately for Cage he has now had to agree to return the ancient relic after it was discoverd it had been stolen from the Gobi desert in Mongolia. Not a very happy Christmas for the Leaving Las Vegas star. (via The New York Times)
3. In the spirit of the season; Manet’s ‘Effect of Snow at Petit-Montrouge’ (1870) has been selected as top curator Andrew Renton’s favorite winter painting. It currently resides at The National Museum of Wales. It is a painting of a Parisienne church acting as a hospital in December, when the city was under attack from the Prussians. (via BBC)
4. David Choe has been busy. On Christmas Eve he unveiled a new mural in Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, in collaboration with Herbert Baglioni (pictured). Also in Choe news: David Young Choe Foundation has enabled the creation of very rare public art in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The graffiti artist El Mac was given permission under the Igloo Hong Project (underwriter by the David Young Choe Foundation) to paint a mural on the building where the artisan lives. (via Upper Playground)
5. This week the MoMA received one of the largest donations in its history. $40 million was donated by Citadel founder Kenneth C. Griffin whose name will now adorn the steal and glass East Wing, designed by Phillip Johnson in 1969. Griffin is an avid collector and on the board of the Whitney Museum of Modern Art. This will be the first time the Philip Johnson wing has been given the name of a patron. (via Arts Beat)