Boston financial firm State Street Corporation, which donated $10 million to the MFA in 2007 and so the MFA renamed its backdoor the “State Street Fenway Entrance,” is being investigated by Massachusetts officials over alleged financial fraud. Secretary of the Commonwealth William F. Galvin has been examining its foreign-exchange trades for two months, Bloomberg reports. Also, “State Street, the third-largest custody bank, has been sued by California and the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System for alleged fraud involving the pricing of some foreign-exchange transactions. California asserted in October 2009 that State Street defrauded the state’s two biggest public pension funds of $56 million since 2001. The state is seeking more than $200 million in damages and penalties.”
Archive for April, 2011
Max Mathews, “the father of computer music” and, of course, an MIT alum, has died at age 84. He wrote “the first program to make it possible for a computer to synthesize sound and play it back.”
Did “Harry Potter” star Emma Watson leave Brown because of teasing from classmates?
Another reason why being nice to immigrants matters: They bring economic growth and innovation, according to Richard Florida. He quotes Vivek Wadhwa: Immigrants “have started 52% of Silicon Valley’s technology companies and contributed to more than 25% of our global patents.”
“Many critics function as consumer guides, helping you decide what book or film or concert or restaurant to visit,” says Globe architecture critic Robert Campbell. “Architecture criticism is very different. It tries, at its best, to stimulate and participate in a conversation about the environments we create for ourselves and how we could perhaps make them better.”
“There is almost no image we cannot find on the digital screen,” says Masako Kamiya of Massachusetts. “And this puts hand-made painting in a unique place and viewing painting becomes a particular perceptive experience. Therefore, my objective is to make a painting that emphasizes active looking.”
Did you know Glenn Ligon, whose retrospective is now on view at the Whitney, attended RISD?
Katharine Muth takes charge of NH Art Association.
RISD alum’s Leah Brown’s latest exhibition is based on “a fantastical story she says was relayed to her by two deer when she was about 6 years old. ‘When I was young, I had a hard time distinguishing dreams from reality, explains the artist, who also owns Fort Lauderdale’s 18 Rabbit Gallery. ‘My mother would tell you I was told [the story] in a dream.’”
Medford’s Catalina Viejo on painting the Boston Celtics: “The crazier they look, the more fun they are to draw.”
Skowhegan students spend their time trespassing in an “abandoned spring house deep in the Maine woods.”
What’s the biggest challenge about working in Rhode Island? Providence artist Andrew Moon Bain says: “Staying out of the bars and being distracted by the dark side.”
Man smashes Andres Serrano’s “Immersion (Piss Christ)” with hammer at French museum.
Maine sculptor C.R. Gray plans to carve a pair of giant stone lobster claws as an, ahem, lame metaphor for Boston “grabbing firmly onto its future,” the Boston Herald reports. He’s one of three New England artists who won a $10,000 contest to create sculptures for the municipally owned Marine Industrial Park in South Boston.
“I like to look for different girlie magazines when I travel. It’s funny asking for them at flea markets. I get strange looks,” says Suzannah Sinclair, whose watercolors reproducing naked ladies from vintage porn are featured in the current Portland Museum of Art Biennial.
Ray Logan opens Marijuana State University in Maine.
Frank Stella, a native of Malden, Massachusetts, recalls finding a massive abstract painting of his that had seemingly disappeared at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston when his mom Constance was included in an exhibit of New England watercolorists at the bank.
Has VegNews, the “premier magazine to focus on a vegetarian lifestyle,” been using meat photos to accompany its vegan recipes?
Did animation director Shamus Culhane, a native of Ware, Massachusetts, sneak “ultra-brief experimental art films into a handful of Woody Woodpecker cartoons”?
Boston photographer, art critic and gay rights activist Paul McMahon dies at age 78.
UMass Dartmouth grad Qian Li exhibits “a hellish bottomless pit, created with mirrors, that emits suffocating heat when you stick your head in for a quick look” in Cleveland.
Maya Lin, designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in DC, has been chosen to be the architect Novartis’s new campus in Cambridge.
Longtime Amherst Bulletin arts editor Bonnie Wells is retiring.
New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester, NH, has been given 2,900 photography books and magazines, valued at nearly $400,000, by photographer John Teti of North Sutton.
Harold Rotenberg, the last living co-founder of the Rockport Art Association in Massachusetts, died April 2 in Florida at age 105. His daughter Judi Rotenberg, who with her daughter Abigail Ross, ran Rotenberg Gallery on Boston’s Newbury Street for decades, is now president of the Rockport arts group.