ARTS & CULTURE
07/08/2010 02:06 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

ART MATTERS: Murakami In Versailles, Louis Sullivan In Chicago, And Video Art In Moscow

TAKASHI MURAKAMI BECOMES A 'GUEST' AT VERSAILLES...

After a show last year by the French artist Xavier Veilhan, the next "guest," starting in mid-September and running through mid-December, will be Takashi Murakami, a highly successful Japanese artist known among other things for his Manga-inspired works. The intention is to turn this into an annual event, alternating French and foreign artists. Mr. Aillagon is also planning to install some modern artistic chandeliers to replace mock-old lighting and various other decorative touches to what he sees as the more lugubrious parts of the chateau, as well as giving parts of the famous grounds some more recent touches. Contemporary gardeners! {NY Times}
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LOUIS SULLIVAN GETS LOOKED AFTER IN CHICAGO...

Called "Louis Sullivan's Idea," the show paints a surprisingly fresh, flesh-and-blood portrait of the titanic but tragic figure whose descent from the heights of creativity is well known. Yet the exhibition's most significant contribution is to strip away decades of widely-held misconceptions--like the ones that mis-label Sullivan the "father of modern architecture" or insist that his famous "form follows function" epigram means that beauty should be subservient to utility. {Chicago Tribune}
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MOSCOW MAKES WAY FOR TWO MAJOR VIDEO ART SHOWS...

This month marks the opening of two major video art events in Moscow that underscore how important the medium is becoming for the city's contemporary art scene. On 18 June, the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture opens a show of new video work by the Russian group AES+F (running for one month), while on 21 June, GMG Gallery opens a show of new video work by the Russian group AES+F (running for one month), while on 21 June, GMG Gallery opens an exhibition of works by US video art pioneer Gary Hill (closing on 30 June), the first solo project in Russia for the artist who began experimenting with the medium in the early 1970s. {The Art Newspaper}
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