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Headlines: Momofuku, Confederate Monuments, Pantone

1) Encouraging Creative Thought Through Instant Noodles


A wall of ramen packaging at the Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum in Japan

Here’s a profile of the Japanese museum dedicated to instant ramen noodles. The Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum is named after the inventor of instant noodles, and features exhibitions about everything from the invention process to current packaging designs. Guests can even participate in interactive exhibits - one in which visitors make their own instant noodles from scratch,…

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Headlines: Water, Dogs, STEAM

1) Artist Plans Sale of Flint Water


A video still of Pope.L discussing his Flint Water Project

 

Artist Pope.L is planning an ambitious piece of conceptual art for the Detroit-based gallery, What Pipeline. Pope.L’s project, descriptively titled Flint Water Project, will involve the bottling and sale of 1,200 individual bottles of water from Flint, Michigan, the town which has become infamous for its protracted struggle with area government to restore clean drinking and tap water. In order to…

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Headlines: Drawing, Microsoft, Munster

1) Drawing Prize Winner Draws Questions from Critics


A photo of Kirsty Lillico's State Block artwork

 

The winner of this year’s Parkin Drawing Prize is making headlines in part because the work is composed of a carpet, cut into strips and hung in a gallery space. “State Block” by Kirsty Lillico, won the prestigious New Zealand drawing award, which includes a cash prize of $20,000 NZD, beating out over 500 other submitted works, nearly all of which used traditional drawing…

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Headlines: Bitcoin, Eclipse, Soundscape

1) Galleries Accepting Bitcoin as a Way of Expanding Customer Base


A photo of a sign on an establishment accepting Bitcoin

 

A small but growing number of art galleries have started accepting cryptocurrencies and digital currencies like Bitcoin as a way for collectors to purchase works of art. This article in the BBC looks at London gallerist Eleesa Dadiani, who has turned to accepting Bitcoin as a way of broadening her client base. Though Dadiana notes that there is currently little demand…

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Headlines: False Modiglianis, Rain Damage, Selfie Disaster

1) Harvard Researchers Encode Galloping Horse on DNA


A gif of Muybridge's galloping horse

 

In the quest to find smaller storage spaces for digital media and the like, scientists at Harvard have made a new breakthrough by encoding some of the first known frames of video onto a strand of DNA. Eadweard Myurbridge’s famous Galloping Horse animation, pieced together from photographs taken of a horse running, serves as one of the earliest known examples of stop-motion…

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Headlines: Gold Theft, Denver, Heritage Caves

1) Arrests Made in Connection with Giant Coin Theft 


A photo of the Big Maple Leaf coin on display at the Bode Museum

 

German police brought in four suspects on Wednesday morning in connection with the theft of a giant gold coin in March. The coin, which was the size of a manhole cover and worth the equivalent of $3.9 million USD, was originally produced in Canada, and had been moved to the Bode Museum in Germany, home of one of the world’s largest coin collections. It was not recovered in…

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Headlines: Conspiracy, Comics, and Coffee

1) Curator Skeptical Over Supposed Amelia Earhart Sighting


A photo from the National Archives that some claim depicts Amelia Earhart in Japanese captivity

 

A National Air and Space Museum curator (among others) is expressing skepticism over a photograph that some say shows Amelia Earhart alive after the mysterious disappearance of her plane over a stretch of the equatorial Pacific.. According to a new History Channel special, titled “Amelia Earhart: The Lost Evidence,” a blurry, black and white photograph taken from the U.S.…

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Headlines: Gurlitt, Weiwei, Dali

1) Works from Cornelius Gurlitt Collection Shown Publicly for the First Time


An 1882 Rodin work held in the Gurlitt trove

 

A new show at the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn, Germany, marks the first time the public will be able to view works from the notorious art trove of Cornelius Gurlitt. The collection has been kept under wraps for years by German authorities, due to the questionable provenance of the works. Gurlitt’s hoard of artworks included many pieces presumed to have been…

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Headlines: DiCaprio, Fake Hirsts, Microbes

1) Artworks From Leonardo DiCaprio's Collection Implicated in Money-Laundering Scheme


A photograph of actor Leonardo DiCaprio

 

In light of an investigation into allegations of art-related money laundering by a Malaysian fund, actor Leonardo DiCaprio has offered to give the FBI works by Basquiat and Picasso to further the investigation. Malaysian art dealer and financier Jho Low is under investigation for involvement with the scheme, and DiCaprio has been tangentially…

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Headlines: Fruit Trees, Caesar, Avocados

1) Art Collective Plants Free Fruit Around Los Angeles 


An image of fruit trees planted by Fallen Fruit in LA

 

The California arts collective Fallen Fruit has installed flowering fruit trees in parks throughout Los Angeles, as a form of public art. The fruit that is eventually produced by the trees is free to be picked by anyone passing by. Fallen Fruit have been planting fruit trees including avocados, figs, oranges, and lemons since 2004, as a way of attempting to encourage…

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Headlines: Art for Votes, Stolen Sculptures, Data Art

1) Banksy Rescinds Art for Votes Offer 


A photo of the 1975 work Banksy work Girl With Balloon

 

Banksy was forced to withdraw an offer to provide artworks to those voting against the British Conservative Party after being informed that this could invalidate those votes. The artist had originally offered prints of his well-known “Girl With Balloon” artwork to voters who provided a photograph of their ballot. Police informed Banksy that this would constitute accepting gifts in exchange…

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Headlines: Fearless Girl, Scaffold, Google

2) Fearless Girl Acquires Canine Companion


A photo of Alex Gardega next to Fearless Girl and his pug statue

 

The saga of “Fearless Girl” continued this week with the addition of a small sculpture of a pug urinating on the original statue. The pug sculpture is attributed to New York artist Alex Gardega, who has called the entire affair “corporate nonsense.” According to Gardega, “Fearless Girl” has nothing to do with women’s rights and only serves to degrade the original charging bull…

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Headlines: SeuratBot, Basquiat, Craigslist

1) SeuratBot Goes Up Against Actor in Art Contest


A video still of Judah Friedlander with SeuratBot from TechCrunch

 

Robots can make art now - or can they? This piece in TechCrunch shows what happened when an actor was pitted against SeuratBot, a robot designed to create realistic drawings informed by cameras and digital scanning technology. The bot and actor Judah Friedlander were both given time to create a sketch of live model, after which a professional art critic was called in to judge the…

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Headlines: Twin Peaks, Chris Burden, Projection

1) Gearing Up For the Release of New Twin Peaks


An illustration by Jason Logan for the NYT

Coffee illustrated by Jason Logan

 

Whether you’re a die-hard fan or a newcomer to the show, it’s hard to deny the widespread excitement over this Sunday’s airing of the Twin Peaks reprise. The New York Times has everything you need to get back into David Lynch’s iconic, abruptly-cancelled television series, including this illustrated glossary featuring art by Jason Logan and…

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Headlines: Nigerian Artists, Centered, Rennie Collection

1) Venice Beinnale Hosts First Nigerian Pavilion


An interior view of How About Now? at the Nigeria Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale

 

 

The 57th Venice Biennale is now open, and among its most interesting sites is the Nigeria Pavilion - the first time the country has had a pavilion in the festival. The pavilion is located inside an 18th-century building that was once home to Venice’s gold leaf and gold thread guild. Inside, an exhibition titled How About Now? features works by Victor Ehikhamenhor, Peju Alatise,…

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