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by Sam Thorne

A new and regular round-up of recent and breaking arts-related news.

LA MoCA is down, but not yet out – from the LA Times. Critic Roberta Smith offers some advice on how to rescue the ailing institution.

The renovated Whitechapel Gallery is due to reopen in April 2009. The New York Times reports that planned exhibitions include an Isa Genzken retrospective and a show of works from the British Council, whose collection has never had a permanent home.

Damien Hirst demands £200 from a 16-year old street art – from The Independent.

To coincide with the opening of the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Washington Post considers Frank Gehry’s fraught legacy.

REDCAT reviewed five years since it opened – from the LA Times.

Designed by I. M. Pei, Museum of Islamic Art opens in Qatar – from The New York Times.

Interview with Turner Prize winner Mark Leckey – from the Guardian.

Sao Paulo Biennial under threat – from The Art Newspaper.

A new report from London-based think-tank Demos claims that museums alienate the public.

Ignoring the looming recession, two new galleries open in London – from The Art Newspaper.

An update on the UAE Pavilion at Venice 2009 – from the Guardian.

About the author

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    Sam Thorne is Artistic director of Tate St Ives, a co-founder of Open School East, London, and a contributing editor of frieze. His book, School: Conversations on Art and Self-Organised Education, will be published by Sternberg Press later this year.