Category: Christie's

Monster Mash: Christie's president heading to Qatar; Sydney Opera House singled out for jihad

July 21, 2011 |  7:50 am

Sydney New job: Christie's president, Edward Dolman, is stepping down to become the managing director of the Qatar Museums Authority. (The Art Newspaper)

Iconic venue: An online jihad magazine linked to Al Qaeda has singled out the Sydney Opera House as a suitable target for a homegrown terrorist attack, worrying security experts. (Herald Sun)

Making the connection: A stolen painting believed to be a Modigliani has helped secure the arrest of a Serbian war criminal. (Reuters)

Coming soon: The British Museum will mount an exhibition in 2012 devoted to the Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca. (BBC News)

Up close: Kristin Scott Thomas talks about her stage role in "Betrayal" and her movie "Sarah's Key." (Los Angeles Times)

Progress: Construction on the Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University is moving along. (State News)

Honored: The shortlist for the 2011 Stirling prize includes works by architects Zaha Hadid and David Chipperfield. (The Guardian)

Part of history: A fire truck damaged during the Sept. 11 attacks in New York is being included in the Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum. (NY1)

Donation: J.P. Morgan Chase is giving $1.4 million to the Perot Museum of Nature & Science. (Dallas Observer)

Satirical: Actress Jennifer Barnhart will play the title role in "The Legend of Julie Taymor, or The Musical That Killed Everybody!" that will run in August at FringeNYC. (Broadway World)

"Rain" go away: The Drama Desk-winning "Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles on Broadway" is closing July 31 after a 10-month run on Broadway, well ahead of the previously announced closing date of Sept. 4. (

Also in the L.A. Times: Music critic Mark Swed reviews Gustavo Dudamel conducting works by Mozart at the Hollywood Bowl.

-- David Ng

Photo: An image from a jihad website showing the Sydney Opera House. Credit: AFP PHOTO / Al-Malahem Media Foundation

RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles on Broadway

Notes from the Venice Biennale: Mapping the Madness

May 30, 2011 |  4:28 pm

Christie'sbiennaleapp Sometimes billed as the Olympics of the art world because it draws together so many different countries, the Venice Biennale does have something of a competitive edge. On Saturday, when the sprawling exhibition officially opens to the public after several days of previews and press events, the 89 different countries participating will be looking to see who is awarded best pavilion for 2011.

But today, when many curators and artists were fresh off the waterbus and busy checking into their hotels, the real contest was to see which iPhone/iPad app was worth downloading. For this year, has two apps for the Biennale: an official guide created by the event organizers (iBiennale) and another created by Christie's (Christie's Bienniale). Both are free.

This one is easy to call. The official Biennale app is so heavy on background information and light on anything interactive that it might as well come in pamphlet form -- and probably does.

Christie's offering is just the opposite. The program has Google-powered maps of the national pavilions (there are 89 this year, scattered throughout town), the officially sanctioned related events (39) and also restaurants. All of the maps can detect your current position, or alternately can be read in list form. And it comes with sundry tips, mainly from Christie's specialists, for what to see and do.

Christie's is not a sponsor of the Biennale, celebrated as one of the few international art events today free from concerns about selling art. But the auction house managed with this small piece of programming to splash its name all over this year's program, making one wonder about the market subtext.

It also raises another, perhaps more fundamental, question: Could modern mapping technology take all the fun out of the age-old tradition of being lost in Venice?

James Franco is James Dean in next art-world project

-- Jori Finkel, from Venice


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