In politics, John Seed published a colorful allegory on the waning relationship between the art market and art criticism. Jay Kislak, who chaired the Presidential Cultural Property Advisory Committee from 2003 to 2008 commented on frustration in dealing with State Department staff. Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Minister, Ertugrul Gunay, warned of continued efforts to repatriate ancient treasures. Fallujah began to work on a monument to victims of terrorism.
In a crossover of politics and economics, China realized the need for laws and regulation to expand the art market.
In a crossover of politics and security, in China, criticism of comments by Elton John about Ai Weiwei indicated continued restriction of artists in making political statements during performances.
In economics, the 3rd China Art Market Summit Forum discussed the change and sustainable development of the art market. Despite the success of current artists in China, the curator, Zhu Qi, voiced concern that there is no rising group at present. The Jing Daily reported that the art market in China is primed to increase the rate of development in 2013, while the art market in India corrected with an increased awareness of quality. A painting by Edward Hopper became the most expensive sale of an artwork in an online auction at $9.6 million. A collector paid $1.2 million for a group film posters.
In a crossover of economics and security, the director of the Dubai Municipality’s architectural heritage department called for the development of the heritage tourism sector in the interest of making conversation sustainable.
In security, Turkish police arrested four men in Adana in connection with a 1,900-year-old Torah scroll. Concerns increased over trafficking in cultural material from Syria through Lebanon and Turkey. In Florida, the man accused of trafficking in dinosaur fossils from Mongolia pleaded guilty. India is experiencing trouble with “unscientific” conservation methods that comprise monuments.
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