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…tonight officially opened the stunning new wing designed by the charismatic/punk French architect Odile Decq (who I spent some time with last year while in residence in Oxfordshire for a conference at The Ditchley Foundation), however the inauguration unfortunately coincided with an underattended opening of a couple of new shows at the new MAXXI (Museo ..

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…which is the dramatic new Zaha Hadid designed ‘Museum of 21st Century Art’ (surrounded by an unfortunate expanse of endless shadeless tree-free unwelcoming concrete which seems to function mainly as a place from which to view the building) has done much to catalyze the contemporary art scene in Rome despite it’s hostility to most of ..

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…a fellow American Academy fellow this year – was a real pleasure, the highlight of the day, a 3.5 minute video she made in 2009 inspired by one of my favorite films, and described by Karen as “…a drawing animation based on a scene from Robert Bresson’s film ‘Au Hasard Balthazar.‘ It is a close-up ..

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…under Nazism by Berlin based artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset (whose place I happen to be staying at this week) provides a poetically uncomfortable public moment as people are drawn to peer into the eye-level portal in the mysterious concrete monolith on the side of the walking path, which turns out to provide a ..

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…is being created in the North Sea to extend the Port of Rotterdam, and today I had a tour of the mind-blowing vastness of this operation – not to be completed until 2030 – where I was also able to view a blind for bird-watching in this industrial landscape, and dress in an exciting fluorescent ..

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…this evening at the wonderful Stroom – described as “an independent foundation established in 1989 as is a centre for art and architecture with a wide range of activities, starting from the visual arts, architecture, urban planning and design the program focuses on the urban environment.” –  features exhibition spaces, public programming, commissioned civic projects, ..

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…and the gentle masses descend on the typically peaceful retreat for an afternoon – plus a three hour open studio with visits from curious locals, tourists, and art enthusiasts eager to engage in conversation that leaves me hoarse – followed by  7pm dance party (just right for my typical 9:30pm bedtime) which involves hours of ..

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…which were planted in the early spring as a part of the “Something for Everyone” show at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut – are now at their end of Summer peak – and I just had the chance to see them this afternoon during a quick day trip… EDIBLE ESTATE #9: ALDRICH ..

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…had a board meeting today, and we discussed an upcoming Fall benefit event on the heals of last year’s fantastic gathering at “Mister Jalopy’s secret lair, accessible only through a hidden entrance behind Coco’s Variety Store“ – get on the Machine mailing list (and become a member while you are at it) to stay informed ..

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…opened this afternoon – highlights included running and dancing a round in a circle on the “Dancing Platform” with a bunch of kids I didn’t know (and the occasional adventurous adult), a sophisticated picnic with tamales, linens and teacups by the Mildred’s Lane folks who came by caravan from rural Pennsylvania to be there, and ..

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…by Mark Dion, and originally commissioned by the Public Art Fund for New York City’s Madison Square Park, is now permanently installed at Mildred’s Lane as a guest cabin which is where I slept last night – with occasional thoughts of the local wildlife out my door, especially the bears I had heard stories of ..

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…is a New York artist that I have been a fan of for a while, having first become aware of his work through friends that were in grad school with him, and who brought me to a few of his “performances” (more like chaotically staged collective activities that happen to have people around who want ..

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…is up and ready for some animal habitation action as a part of the show Presidio Habitats, and I was finally able to see it for the first time this afternoon on a tour of the park by curator/gallerist Cheryl Haines who organized this first contemporary art exhibition in a National Park – including work ..

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