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BY David Goodman on February 1, 2010
Gonzalo Lebrija "The Distance Between You and Me" (2009); video  for  L.A.N.D.'s  VIA 1; via nomadicdivision.org

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An unidentified woman adds her own masterful touches to a rare rose period Picasso at the MET, and Italian scientists and historians plan to exhume the remains of Da Vinci were among the stories in the week's news. Read on for ArtWeLove’s news digest, now also available in email form—bringing a comprehensive roundup of the week’s art developments to your digital doorstep. If you aren’t signed up, click here. As always, we welcome your feedback at editorial@artwelove.com.

IT'S JUST A JUMP TO THE LEFT ...

Last week started with a mishap that made most in the art world cringe. An unidentified woman at the MET backed her thang up into a priceless work of art. The Actor, a rare Rose Period Picasso, now bears a six inch tear along its lower right-hand corner. The painting was quickly whisked away to the conservation department for assessment, and the woman was promptly asked to return her magenta museum medallion. Although the actual details of the accident remain undisclosed, perhaps the woman should save her shimmy for the upcoming BYOA ( Bring Your Own Art) closing party at X Initiative on Feb 3. Submissions for this any and all show will be taken up to 24hrs before the event. X Initiative has acted as the white light of hope in Chelsea during the economic downturn, and it's energy helped to propel projects by Hans Haacke, Keren Cytter, and the now notorious Performa Benefit Party.

In auction news, Sotheby's exceeded their own expectations with the Old Masters sale bringing in over $53 million. Jupiter and Antiope, a large-scale mythological scene from 1612 by Hendrick Goltzius went to an anonymous telephone buyer, and led the way for the impressive sale stats. A portion of the lots were devoted to 10 deaccessioned works from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. All work left unscathed because the unidentified woman from the Met was not in attendance.

L.A. is becoming the creative community to watch in 2010, as it welcomes the official launch of Shamim Momin's L.A.N.D. (Los Angeles Nomadic Division). Acting as an anchor to Art Los Angeles Contemporary Fair (ALAC), L.A.N.D. features temporary installation work by 12 important Mexican artists. VIA one, L.A.N.D.'s first installment, includes the work of Artemio, Jose Leon Cerrillo, Gonzalo Lebrija, and Moris all opening simultaneously around the city. Along with L.A.'s recent acquisition of NYC's Jeffrey Deitch, Eli Broad continues his quest to bring more art into the community and has now become an official contender for a downtown art museum. With all the growth of the arts community in Los Angeles, skipping town for warmer weather doesn't sound so bad, even though it takes at least twenty minutes to get anywhere in L.A....

Sundance came to a close, showcasing 200 dramatic, documentary, and short films. Included in the festival were many noteworthy artists. Banksy, the ever mysterious British graffiti artist, premiered his "Exit Through the Gift Shop," and Kalup Linzy's Sweet, Sampled, and Left Ova presented his soap opera inspired, R&B song infused, and DIY videos. Word is that he has recently finished a video project with the New York Times T Magazine, so keep a look out for the project launching in early February.

AND THEN A STEP TO THE RIGHT...

Over in the UK, we're reminded that most artists continue to need a day job. Thankfully, a call center called RSVP only hires artists and works around their varied schedules. It's hard out there, but its worth the fight. Our UK readers can think of their struggles while looking at the landscapes painted by their fellow artist, Bob Dylan up at Halcyon Gallery.

As news of more miracles in Haiti surface, we're reminded of the importance of giving back. A 16 year old girl was recently pulled from the rubble 15 days after the first major shake. Organizations like Unicef, Doctors without Borders, and the Red Cross still need our help, as do the galleries in Haiti which have also been hit hard. They've been rushing to collect work after the unbelievable destruction that tore through the country. Before you think of buying that brand new Apple iPad, think about donating to a relief fund. It will make downloading new apps in the new year much easier.

LET'S DO THE TIME WARP AGAIN...

In Italy, scientists and historians from Italy's National Committee for Cultural Heritage have been discussing tearing into the fabric of time by exhuming the corpse of Leonardo da Vinci in an attempt to locate and study his skull. This is done in the name of science, readers, because they are searching for the answer to a question that has haunted us all; is the Mona Lisa indeed a self portrait? In other portrait news, as men's fashion week came to a close in Paris, Adam Kimmel presented a collaboration with the painter George Condo. Condo, also in scientific fashion, replaced the heads of male models with aggressive and nightmarish masks derived from his paintings.

RELATED ARTICLES & LINKS:

"Woman backing up into a picasso" [via The New York Times]
"Old Masters Sale" [via artinfo.com]
X-Initiative
Performa
L.A.N.D.
Art Los Angeles Contemporary
"Downtown L.A. is officially a contender for Eli Broad's art museum" [via The L.A. Times]
"New Banksy Movie premiers at Sundance" [via The L.A. Times]
"Kalup Linzy at Sundance" [via Sundance.com]
"Kalup Linzy at Sundance" [via artnet.com]
"Artists: Don't quit your day job" [via the Guardian UK]
Bob Dylan
"Girl Found in rubble" [via The New York Times]
"Haitian galleries rush to collect work" [via artlurker.com]
Apple
"Da Vinci" [via New York Magazine]
"Adam Kimmel/George Condo" [via style.com]

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