Art World Abstracts: What Museums Can Learn About Security From the Movies, and More!

Museum security expert Kevin McCallister installing homemade booby traps in the 1990 Christmas classic Home Alone. (Photo via parentdish.co.uk)

Museum security expert Kevin McCallister (actor Macaulay Culkin) installing homemade booby traps in the 1990 Christmas classic Home Alone. (Photo via parentdish.co.uk)

Noah Charney cites the 1990 Christmas classic Home Alone as a “master class in low-budget museum security.” In a lengthy essay for Salon, the professor and art theft expert breaks down how 8-year-old booby trap master Kevin McCallister’s DIY security systems could be efficient tools for museums to use against potential heists. [Salon]

A new video game called Secret Habitat uses a computer algorithm to generate digital art for digital galleries. The computer controls everything from the name of the artwork to the style of the composition. Despite not having very much curatorial control over the virtual shows, the game produces some trippy stuff that’s worth looking at. [Kotaku]

Some new words entered into art world’s collective lexicon in recent years. We don’t love all of them, but without them where would we be when attempting to sum up just hot overwhelming the annual art fair circuit is? Or how would we explain the current state of abstract painting to the layman? Here’s a list of art words we can’t help rolling our eyes at, but admittedly use all the time. [The Art Newspaper]

The program details for the ninth edition of Art Dubai have been announced. The 2015 Projects program will include 11 artists and collectives, and the Commissions program will feature work by Jumana Emil Abboud, Maria Thereza Alves, Fari Bradley and Chris Weaver, Mehreen Murtaza, and artist collection Umashankar and the Earaeologists. [artnet News]

Mayor of Laguna Beach Bob Whalen says the beachside Southern California town needs and “art renaissance” and is proposing the development of a dedicated cultural arts center to make that happen. Know for its many galleries, art school, and annual Pageant of the Masters, Laguna has garnered a reputation for its artistic community already, but Mr. Whalen worries that the infrastructure isn’t enough to take the town’s artists to the next level. [L.A. Times]

Art World Abstracts: What Museums Can Learn About Security From the Movies, and More!