Relations between countries and museums are in big trouble. Egypt is in dispute with the Louvre, and saying they will cut cooperation; some have suggested that the scuffle is the result of bitterness over Egyptian Culture Minister Faruq Hosni's failure to be elected as head of UNESCO. France had reportedly planned to vote for Hosni, but did not during the final round of voting. Egyptian authorities says the dispute is about four reliefs, taken from the walls of a pharaoh’s tomb in the 1980s. Meanwhile, Iran is threatening to cut ties with  the British Museum, claiming that the Cyrus Cylinder, sometimes called the world's first human rights charter, is due for loan to the National Museum of Iran.


The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation has chosen the six finalists for its $100,000 2010 Hugo Boss Prize. The selection favors international conceptualists. A welcome inclusion is Natascha Sadr Haghighian, who refused to submit her age to the press release—and who doesn't have a New York gallery. Emily Jacir won in 2008.

Photographers Nat Finkelstein and Irving Penn passed away. A new film celebrates Julius Shulman, the photographer of modernist architecture who passed away earlier this year.

(LEFT: PENN BY HORST, 1951)