Culture Monster

All the Arts, All the Time

« Previous Post | Culture Monster Home | Next Post »

Monster Mash: Breaking news and headlines

November 13, 2008 |  9:53 am

Bacon --Francis Bacon's 1964 "Study for Self-Portrait,'' estimated to fetch $40 million to $60 million, was among the many works that failed to sell at auction. And a collection of 16 postwar  drawings owned by Lehman Brothers' chief executive sold for less than their low estimate.

--"Sister Act: The Musical," which had its premiere at the Pasadena Playhouse in 2006, will open in London June 2 at the London Palladium theater.

--Bruce Cole, the chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities for the past seven years, will step down in January, giving the Obama administration the opportunity to name the heads of both national endowments.

--The artistic director of Sacramento's California Musical Theatre resigns amid a storm of criticism over his Prop. 8 donation.

--The Getty Research Institute creates an architecture department.

--San Francisco considers a proposal to limit the pay of executives at city-backed nonprofits.

--Two newly discovered paintings by  Italian artist Caravaggio will go on display in Scotland for the first time.

--Michael Kaiser, president of the Kennedy Center, will assist the New York City Opera as it searches for a replacement for Gerard Mortier, who stepped down last week.

--"Indomitable Spirit," a benefit exhibition featuring images by more than 80 photographers, including Lauren Greenfield, Sylvia Plachy, Al Seib, Robert Farber, Dana Gluckstein and others will be held at Ace Gallery tonight.   

--The director of the Victoria & Albert Museum shares details of the nearly $225-million renovation and expansion that will be unveiled in 2009.

--A look inside artist Julian Schnabel's pink palazzo.

--Lisa Fung

Credit: Christie's Images Ltd. 2008 via Bloomberg News