2. This morning President Barack Obama announced that long strained relations with Cuba would be mended, and full diplomatic relations with the island nation restored. However, an embargo on Cuban goods, both imports and exports, will remain, though travel restrictions will ease and some imports will be allowed. So what does all this mean for the art world and its institutions? More Information: http://observer.com/2014/12/el-museo-del-barrios-director-on-what-restored-us-cuban-relations-mean-for-museums/10
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4. WARSAW- Aleksandra Wasilkowska, the vice-president of the Polish Architectural Association in Warsaw, doesn't care much for skyscrapers. At 36, the most promising architect in Poland is making a name for herself by focusing instead on the small-scale constructions of the so-called informal economy. Street stalls, collapsible tables, carts, and makeshift homeless shelters are but a few typologies of what the designer, artist, curator, and writer calls "shadow architecture" - the urban phenomena that follow the rise of an informal shadow economy. More Information:
5. Does quilting count as art? In Four Centuries of Quilts, an expansive new survey published by Yale University Press, authors Linda Baumgarten and Kimberly Smith Ivey say yes. Many quilts actually take the viewer into the sublime, they write. They make you feel something you might not have felt otherwise. This is what makes quilts a form of art and not simply a craft with the function of providing warmth. More Information: http://hyperallergic.com/168905/a-new-book-argues-quilts-are-art/17.
6. The Rhydymwyn Valley works, near Mold, which housed mustard gas shells in World War 2, had been earmarked. Whitehall's Property Services Agency wanted assurances that the site could withstand flashes or blasts. But the Welsh Office changed its mind about needing an emergency storage base for the nation's "few valuable items". Fears of nuclear war with the Soviet Union had prompted government departments across the UK in the 1980s to plan for the worst, papers released by the national archives have revealed. More Information:
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9. MUMBAI (AFP).- The Mumbai neighbourhood made famous by the film "Slumdog Millionaire" is set to host its first "biennale", aiming to promote health through creativity, although it will be very different to some of the world's grander art fairs. The three-week festival, opening Sunday, will
showcase works created by residents of Dharavi, the densely populated settlement in the heart of India's financial capital that is known as one of Asia's biggest slums. From hand-painted pots arranged to show how sexually transmitted diseases spread, to a quilted map marking known locations of domestic violence, the Dharavi Biennale is designed to raise awareness without being "preachy", say the organizers. More Information:
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