Madonna Brings Clown Show to Art Basel Miami, First Internet URL for Culture Launches

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 02: Singer Madonna looks on on during a press conference for the Bridgestone Super Bowl XLVI halftime show at the Super Bowl XLVI Media Center in the J.W. Marriott Indianapolis on February 2, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Madonna to dress as a clown and perform for Art Basel attendees. The singer is throwing a benefit gala and concert which she’s calling “Tears of a Clown” in Miami’s newly opened Faena District on Friday, December 2. (artnet News)

Museums, artists and galleries snap up .ART URLs, the new internet domain for all things art-related. Among the first to establish websites with the top-level domain are the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, Hauser & Wirth, the Istanbul Biennial and artist Marina Abramović. (Artnews)

Whitney Biennial comes up short on Miami artists. The art world flocks to Miami once a year for Art Basel’s annual festivities, making the tropical party town the art capital of the U.S. in December. However, despite its numerous art museums, impressive private collections and lively art gallery neighborhoods (Wynwood and Little Haiti to name a few) there were no local Miami artists chosen to participate in this year’s Whitney Biennial. (New York Times)

Flip through 200 artist-designed maps of New York City spanning 400 years in Katharine Harmon’s new book You Are Here: NYC: Mapping the Soul of the City, published by Princeton Architectural Press. (Hyperallergic)

A landmark loan exhibition planned to open in Berlin, featuring artworks from Tehran’s Museum of Contemporary Art, has been “indefinitely postponed” after Iranian authorities refused to let the works travel outside the country. (Guardian)

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