Next Tuesday, Kanye West, arguably the greatest artist of the present era, will release his sixth album, Yeezus. As Mr. West was finishing work on it, New York Times music writer Jon Caramanica visited him in Malibu, Calif., at Shangri-La Studio, which Bob Dylan and the Band had built in 1970 and is now owned by Read More
French President François Hollande has tapped the head of the Louvre’s department of Greek, Etruscan and Roman antiquities, Jean-Luc Martinez, who is trained as an archaeologist, to be the museum’s new director. The New York Times has the news. On April 15 Mr. Martinez will replace Henri Loyrette, who has held the post since 2001.
At last summer’s Venice Biennale, French artist Loris Gréaud presented a massive metal whale with an austere living chamber inside. Those who wanted to view it had to agree to spend a full 24 hours inside. Such is Mr. Gréaud’s way. He works over long durations, and often on a grand scale. (Though he has also gone quite small, as at the 2006 Frieze Art Fair, presenting nanosculptures invisible to the naked eye.) And now he is readying one of the largest-imaginable projects any contemporary artist could undertake, a combined exhibition with the Louvre and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. It is the first time the museums have ever collaborated on such a project. The exhibition will open in May, 2013, and is being organized by Marie-Laure Bernadac at the Louvre and Michel Gauthier at the Centre Pompidou.
After a number of delays reportedly related to the worldwide economic crisis and its own fiscal health, Abu Dhabi’s Tourism Development and Investment Company is moving forward with plans to build a branch of Paris’s Louvre on Saadiyat Island in the emirate, the UAE’s The National paper reports.