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Does This Mean the End of the Mighty U.S. Marine Corps?

Yahoo - Art News - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 09:15

According to the new Commandant, “the Marine Corps is not organized, trained, equipped, or postured to meet the demands of the rapidly evolving future operating environment.”

‘Move to Canada’ searches spike after Tories win general election

Yahoo - Art News - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 09:08

Online searches for 'move to Canada' surged 49-fold in the wake of the Conservative's general election victory, according to data from Google.People seemingly unhappy with the prospect of another five years of Tory rule began searching for alternative countries as soon as the exit poll results were published on Thursday evening.

50 Art Collectors to Watch, Onetime Schnabel Home Lists for $18.5 M., and More: Morning Links from December 13, 2019

ArtNews News Feed - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 08:57

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Sotheby’s New York will stage an auction of contemporary Indigenous art today, marking the first such sale outside of Australia and Europe by a major international house.
The Sydney Morning Herald

A Greenwich Village townhouse once home to the Schnabel family has listed for $18.5 million. Property records show its current owner is Julian Schnabel’s first wife, Jacqueline Schnabel.
The Wall Street Journal

ARTnews reported that superstar painter George Condo is in talks to join Hauser & Wirth gallery.

Weekend Reading

The ARTnews Top 200 Collectors list has a fresh look online.

Also now online: a list of 50 Collectors to Watch, which includes K-Pop stars, a former NFL linebacker, an Instagram cofounder, and many more.

Jerry Saltz named his 10 best art shows of 2019.

In case you missed it: Here are the controversies that defined the 2010s.


Art in America asks, “Did Sturtevant Invent the Meme?”
Art in America

Sebastian Smee writes that Rachel Harrison’s work “feels like the inside of a very smart person’s head after a nasty concussion.”
Washington Post

Sara Roffino talks with artist Tiona Nekkia McClodden, who won the Bucksbaum Award for her participation in this year’s Whitney Biennial and whose work is currently on view in New York at Company gallery. The artist also addresses her decision to remain in the biennial, while some artists asked to pull their works.
The Brooklyn Rail

On the occasion of his solo show, “The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist,” at the Malmö Konsthall in Sweden, Michael Rakowitz discussed his work.
Malmö Konsthall/YouTube

Pirates release three oil tanker crew kidnapped off Togo

Yahoo - Art News - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 08:44

A fourth hostage, a Filipino, died from illness during captivity, European Products Carriers Ltd added.

Trump impeachment: Senior Republican rants about being forced to go to morning hearing for votes

Yahoo - Art News - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 08:40

A senior Republican went on a furious rant about being forced to attend a morning hearing after Democrats delayed impeachment votes just before midnight on Thursday.The House Judiciary Committee engaged in 14 hours of fiery debate over articles of impeachment against Donald Trump before Jerry Nadler, the Democratic committee chairman, surprised members by postponing voting until 10am on Friday.

Europe to U.K.: Leave if You Must but Do It Fast

Yahoo - Art News - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 08:36

Leaders from the European Union’s 27 member states did not waste time getting down to the business of preparing for Brexit just hours after Boris Johnson’s landslide victory. And with it, the economic bloc seemed to be saying, “Sorry you are going, but now that you’ve decided, hurry up and get out.”Boris Johnson Secures Historic Blowout Election WinOn Friday morning in Brussels, Charles Michel, the European Council president, said he anticipated that Johnson would make good on his promise to use his majority to pass the exit deal they forged that will pave the way for a full Brexit on Jan. 31, 2020–just 49 days away. And he said he hoped that now that Johnson has a firm majority government, they could forge a deal that included a mutually beneficial economic pact going forward.“We expect as soon as possible a vote by the British Parliament on the withdrawal agreement,” Michel told reporters. “It is important to have the clarity as soon as possible. We are ready. The EU will negotiate to ensure to have a close cooperation in the future with the U.K.”The mood across the rest of the euro zone was one of reluctant acceptance mixed with a healthy dose of relief. Since the Brexit referendum victory in 2016, the EU has been an unwilling partner to a party that didn’t seem to want to leave, even as it was walking away. Much of the delay has cost European businesses millions and sewn uncertainty across the bloc.In Italy, several newspapers waxed nostalgic about the end of the “old world” and the fear of the unknown. Hard questions about what it means for the thousands of Italians who have left the country for higher paying jobs in the U.K. remains a top priority. In France, the focus was instead on the British population who have relocated there and what it means for them, implying that any deal needed to be reciprocal or both populations would surely suffer.Germany’s Die Welt focused on the financial fallout, asking “Which Boris Johnson is Europe going to get?” referring to the hardliner who promised a swift Brexit on the campaign trail or the one who has been far more light-footed when he is in Brussels. But it was Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte who said what everyone is thinking, urging the U.K. to now hurry up, telling reporters “on the British side they can speed up the process.”Now that the fate seems certain that Brexit will happen, everyone is just ready to get on with it. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

Death toll in aircraft carrier fire in Russia rises to 2

Yahoo - Art News - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 08:35

A crew member who went missing during a fire on Russia's only aircraft carrier was found dead Friday, raising the death toll from the blaze to two, the nation's military officials said Friday. The fire on the Admiral Kuznetsov broke out during welding work at a shipyard in the Arctic port of Murmansk on Thursday and spread quickly through the carrier's internal compartments. The military reported two crew members dead, and authorities in Murmansk said 11 other people were injured.

50 Art Collectors to Watch

ArtNews News Feed - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 08:10

Looking to the future of collecting, ARTnews consulted our expert sources—top dealers, curators, auction house specialists, collectors, and other art-world players—to round up the 50 most promising, up-and-coming collections being built today around the world. (For more on the field of art collecting, view our 30th-anniversary Top 200 list.)

Alireza Abrishamchi
Telecom and investments
Old Masters; postwar and contemporary art

Troy Carter
Los Angeles
Contemporary art, with a focus on artists of color

Jay Chou
Contemporary art

Ai Weiwei’s Divina Proportione is part of the collection of Hong Kong–based Lawrence Chu.

Lawrence Chu
Hong Kong
Investments (BlackPine Group)
Contemporary art

Lindsey and J. Patrick Collins
Oil (Cortez Resources)
Contemporary art, with a focus on British artists

Moisés Cosío Espinosa
Mexico City
Inheritance (hotels)
Contemporary art

Theo Danjuma
Real estate investment
Contemporary Western and African art

Eva Dichand
Modern and contemporary art

In his 2008 “African Spirits” series, photographer Samuel Fosso embodies various figures from the African diaspora. In this image, part of the collection of Sindika Dokolo, Fosso portrays runner Tommie Smith at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.

Sindika Dokolo
Luanda, Angola
Contemporary African art

Dana Farouki
New York
Contemporary art, with a focus on art from the Middle East and North Africa

Cecilie Fredriksen and Kathrine Fredriksen
Postwar and contemporary art

Lynette Yiadom Boakye, Kasbah, 2008, is a core work in the collection of the Fredriksen sisters.

Contemporary art

Alex Hank
Gstaad, Switzerland
Contemporary art

Markus Hannebauer
Software (think-cell)
Contemporary time-based art

Markus Hannebauer’s Berlin arts foundation Fluentum owns Hito Steyerl’s Guards, 2012.

Thomas and Nasiba Hartland-Mackie
Energy (City Electric Supply)
Contemporary art

Eleanor Heyman Propp
New York
Inheritance (investments)
Contemporary art

Tarini Jindal Handa
Inheritance (steel)
Contemporary art, with a focus on art from Southeast Asia

Alexander Köser
Cologne, Germany
Real estate
Contemporary art

A recent purchase by Mike Krieger and Kaitlyn Trigger is New Zealand sculptor Francis Upritchard’s Tree.

Mike Krieger and Kaitlyn Trigger
San Francisco
Tech entrepreneur
Contemporary art

Lance Larsen
Omaha, Nebraska
Refrigeration (Millard Refrigerated Services)
Contemporary art

Alan Lau
Hong Kong
Investments (Tencent)
Contemporary art, with a focus on Chinese conceptual art

Jade Lau
Hong Kong
Inheritance (real estate)
Contemporary art

Othman Lazraq
Casablanca, Morocco
Real estate
Contemporary African art

GOP lawmaker fires back after being accused of downplaying Ukrainian deaths

Yahoo - Art News - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 07:57

Republican Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, the ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, fired back at a Democratic colleague in one of the more testy exchanges in the 14 hours of debate during Thursday's impeachment hearing.

What went so badly wrong for the Liberal Democrats?

Yahoo - Art News - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 07:45

Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson went into the general election predicting numerous gains but ended up losing her seat.

Stomach flu outbreak terrorizes school in Washington state, sickening over 100 students, staff

Yahoo - Art News - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 07:31

A number of schools from Seattle Public Schools and Vancouver Public Schools were forced to close to disinfect and clean because of the outbreak.

Turkey adds former Palestinian politician Dahlan to most wanted list

Yahoo - Art News - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 07:26

Turkey has added exiled Palestinian politician Mohammed Dahlan to its "red list" of most-wanted terrorism suspects, offering a reward of up to 10 million lira ($1.75 million) for information leading to his capture, the Interior Ministry said on Friday. Arrest warrants have been issued for Dahlan on accusations of playing a role in the 2016 attempted coup in Turkey, seeking to change the constitutional order by force, and various spying-related charges, the ministry said in a statement. Dahlan has also recently been an outspoken critic of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.

Obama says Paris climate deal is still the way forward

Yahoo - Art News - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 06:29

Former U.S. President Barack Obama said Friday the Paris Agreement on climate change may fall short of expectations but is still the way forward to achieve progress and encourage businesses to invest in clean energy. Nearly 200 nations pledged to cut greenhouse emissions and help poor countries cope with the worst effects of an already warming planet under the accord signed in 2016 that was a cornerstone of Obama's environmental legacy. Trump has said the agreement could impede growth and impinge on U.S. sovereignty.

Man dresses as mother to take driving test after she failed three times

Yahoo - Art News - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 06:23

A man has been arrested for attempting to take a driving test on his mother’s behalf – by dressing like her in a bold attempt to fool examiners.Heitor Márcio Schiave, 43, wore a stuffed bra, floral top, long skirt, earrings, and a handbag to impersonate his mother at the State Department of Traffic in Novo Mutum Parana, in the Brazilian Amazon.

US Pacific commander says China seeks to intimidate region

Yahoo - Art News - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 05:28

China's activities in territory it claims in the South China Sea are meant to intimidate other nations in the region, the commander of the U.S. Navy's Pacific Fleet said Friday. Adm. John Aquilino said China's actions, including constructing islands in the disputed waters, are intended to project its military capacity. China's vast territorial claims, far beyond its shores, have been challenged by other claimants, including Vietnam, the Philippines and Malaysia.

Naive Brazil to Rethink Relations With U.S., Bolsonaro Ally Says

Yahoo - Art News - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 05:00

(Bloomberg) -- Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was “naive” to align fully with the U.S. and should change course, the head of the powerful agribusiness caucus in Brazilian Congress said.Alceu Moreira, a Bolsonaro ally and the president of the Parliamentary Agriculture Front, said two developments have prompted a review of Brazilian foreign policy: The continuation of a U.S. ban on Brazilian raw meat; as well as President Donald Trump’s decision to prioritize Argentina’s bid to join the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development after publicly endorsing Brazil’s membership.“That’s when we stopped being naive,” Moreira said in an interview at Bloomberg‘s office in Brasilia. “Being naive is when I think that, just because I like you, you should like me back in the same way. Now I see that I like you but you don’t actually like me that much.”Read more: All-In Trump Bet Backfires for Bolsonaro Amid Tariff ThreatsSince taking office in January, Bolsonaro has abandoned Brazil’s longstanding diplomatic tradition of multilateralism in favor of full-throated alignment with the U.S. and Israel. To date, however, the policy has yielded few gains for Brazil, prompting unease among some prominent supporters of the administration.New ApproachAs a top lobbyist for Brazil’s thriving agribusiness sector, Moreira said he is assisting the government in setting a new approach, without providing details.In October, the U.S. told Brazil that it would maintain a ban on fresh-beef imports from Latin America’s largest economy. The U.S. suspended imports in 2017 after finding meat containing blood clots and lymph nodes. Brazil said the findings were abscesses stemming from a reaction to components of a vaccine against foot-and-mouth disease. After the U.S. measure, Brazil reduced the vaccine dose and changed the feed stock in an effort to see the ban overturned.Last month, an official from the agriculture ministry said Brazil was “100% confident” that the U.S. would remove the ban. But Trump’s decision last month to reinstate tariffs on Brazilian steel and aluminum, which took the Bolsonaro's government by surprise, poured cold water on Brazilian expectations that the U.S. would soon resume fresh beef imports.According to Moreira, Trump’s tough stance is a response to pressure from American farmers, who compete with Brazilian exporters in global markets.“The Americans are losing market share on a daily basis and have no room to really increase production,” the lawmaker said. Meanwhile, he added, Brazil has the technology and land to dramatically increase productivity and attend to the world’s growing demand for food, especially from China.“It used to take three years and two months to produce 240 kilos of beef,” he said. “Now it takes only one year and eight months.”European RelationsBrazil’s agricultural potential also affects its relation with Europe, Moreira said.Countries like France and Ireland are blocking the implementation of a trade deal between the European Union and the South American trade bloc Mercosur by blaming Bolsonaro for Amazon fires as cover for their fear of competitors, according to him.Read more: Tears of Joy as Mercosur Leaders Celebrate Historic EU DealBut on the other hand, European countries need to put the deal into practice to guarantee access to abundant, affordable agricultural products. “It’s a matter of food security,” Moreira said.He added Brazilian farmers will likely benefit from a recent government-backed bill that seeks to ease restrictions on foreign land ownership to stimulate agriculture. The bill, currently in Brazil’s Senate, would lift current restrictions, but set limits on the size of property foreigners could buy. It would also block land purchases in border areas.Senator Iraja Abreu, author of the project, says that approval of the bill would attract 50 billion reais ($12.2 billion) per year in investments for agribusiness and encourage job creation.To contact the reporters on this story: Samy Adghirni in Brasilia Newsroom at;Simone Iglesias in Brasília at spiglesias@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Walter Brandimarte at, Bruce DouglasFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

'Nuts!' US troops thwarted Hitler's last gamble 75 years ago

Yahoo - Art News - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 03:50

Arthur Jacobson was seeking cover in the snow behind a tank moving slowly through the wooded hills of Belgium's Ardennes, German bullets whizzing by. “They couldn't hit him, he shouted," Jacobson said wistfully. The recollection of his worst day in the Battle of the Bulge still haunts him, three quarters of a century later during the first return of the 95-year-old to the battlefield.

German Industry Slump Set to Cast Shadow on Economy Through 2020

Yahoo - Art News - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 03:10

(Bloomberg) -- Explore what’s moving the global economy in the new season of the Stephanomics podcast. Subscribe via Apple Podcast, Spotify or Pocket Cast.Germany’s worst manufacturing downturn in a decade is set to drag on economic growth at least through 2020 as domestic demand will increasingly be hurt by a weakening labor market, according to the latest projections by the country’s central bank.The Bundesbank cut next year’s GDP forecast for Europe’s largest economy in half. While exports should start to recover in the course of the year, bolstering industrial production, consumer spending is seen slowing. The projections show momentum will pick up in the following two years.Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann said the recovery will ultimately be carried by supportive fiscal policy and the European Central Bank’s ultra-expansionary monetary policy, but pointed to continued downside risks. “There are still external danger zones, which could aggravate and lengthen the downturn in industry,” he said.Germany and the wider euro region have seen growth suffer amid a host of uncertainties including trade tensions between the U.S. and China, and the U.K.’s planned exit from the European Union. The forecasts offer a first glimpse of Germany’s economy in 2022 and the one that will likely be inherited by its next government, and come one day after the ECB confirmed it will maintain its accommodative stimulus stance.ECB President Christine Lagarde, who held her first press conference in that capacity on Thursday, said downside risks have become “somewhat less pronounced.” Trade talks have shown some signs of improvement and Germany dodged a recession in the third quarter.At the same time, data from the country’s manufacturing sector has yet to demonstrate a pickup after months of deterioration. A slump in factory orders and industrial production unexpectedly deepened in October, figures last week showed.Inflation is seen gradually accelerating across the projection horizon, in part because of higher energy costs related to the government’s measures to fight climate change. The Bundesbank predicts consumer-price growth of 1.9% in 2022 -- the rate the ECB aims to achieve for the euro area as a whole.To contact the reporter on this story: Carolynn Look in Frankfurt at clook4@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Paul Gordon at, Jana RandowFor more articles like this, please visit us at©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

U.S. and 'like-minded' partners will keep security in Asia: admiral

Yahoo - Art News - Fri, 12/13/2019 - 02:44

A partnership between the United States and "like-minded nations" will keep Asian countries secure in the face of competition from a rising China, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet said on Friday. On a visit to Bangkok, Admiral John Aquilino, 56, criticized China's construction of artificial islands in the South China Sea, a vital trade waterway with rich energy resources where Beijing has disputes with five nations. "We are in competition with the People's Republic of China," Aquilino told reporters.


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