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Headlines: Magnus, Vantablack, Melgaard

1) Truck Driver Damages Nazca Lines


An aerial photo of a geoglyph, part of the Nazca Lines

 

A truck driver who intentionally ignored road signs and drove into a protected area of the Peruvian countryside has caused significant damage to the nation’s famed Nazca Lines. The lines, dating back over 2,000 years, are an artefact pre-dating Inca society, and have been declared a United Nations World Heritage Site. A video shows the truck being driven off the Pan-American Highway and into the…

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Headlines: Christo, Instagram, Photographs

1) Koons' Former Representatives Defend Bouquet


A rendering of Jeff Koons Bouquet of Tulips

 

Jeff Koons’ former gallery representatives in Paris, Jerome and Emmanuelle de Noirmont, have issued a letter in response to the public backlash against Koons’ proposed memorial artwork, Bouquet of Tulips. As we reported in last week’s Headlines, the sculpture is planned to be installed in Paris’ Palais de Tokyo, and consists of a large, realistic hand holding a bouquet of 11…

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Headlines: Paris, Jack Whitten, Pastry

1) Artists and Art Workers Speak Out Against Proposed Koons Sculpture


A mock-up of the proposed Koons sculpture in Paris' Tokyo Square

 

French artists and museum workers are panning Jeff Koons’ gift of his Bouquet of Tulips sculpture to the city of Paris as a memorial for the terror attacks of November 2015. The sculpture, a giant hand clutching a bouquet of half-inflated balloons designed to look like a bouquet of flowers, is very much in keeping with Koons’ pop-art influenced, appropriative…

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Headlines: Stickers, Google, Sculpture Theft

1) Whitney Museum Releases Laura Owens iMessage Stickers


One of the Laura Owens stickers in action

 

In conjunction with its mid-career survey of the artwork of Laura Owens, New York’s Whitney Museum has released a series of iMessage stickers designed by Owens herself. The stickers are photographic reproductions of sculptures that the artist produced based on some of the most popular Apple emojis. Carved by hand and rendered in three-dimensions before being digitized, the…

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Headlines: Sprinkles, One Basquiat, La Salle

1) Museum of Ice Cream Creates Sprinkle Crisis


A photo of a woman at the Museum of Ice Cream sprinkle pool

 

The Miami installation of the travelling Museum of Ice Cream exhibition is facing some steep fines after being found guilty of contaminating local waters with (what else?) candy sprinkles. Local authorities have charged the institution with $5,000 in fines for contaminating the waters and endangering local marine wildlife. The so-called Sprinkle Plague originates from a pool of…

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Headlines: Ceramics, Social Media, 2018

1) Ceramicist Betty Woodman Dies at 87


A 2006 retrospective of Betty Woodman's artwork at MoMA

 

Beloved ceramicist Betty Woodman passed away on Wednesday at the age of 87. Woodman was born in Connecticut and began working with ceramic as an art medium at the age of 16. Early in her career, the artist worked professionally as a ceramicist, creating functional objects, but after travelling to Italy in the early 50’s, Woodman started experimenting with the aesthetic possibilities of the…

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Headlines: Reward, Rushmore, Round-Up

1) Isabella Steward Gardner Museum Offers $10 Million Reward


A photo of an empty frame at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

 

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston is searching for information regarding a 1990 art heist in which thieves made off with 13 artworks by the likes of Vermeer, Dega, and Rembrandt. The trail of the artworks has been cold for nearly three decades, and the theft remains the largest unsolved art heist in recorded history, with the value of the works totalling around…

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Headlines: South Korea, Voyager, Catalonia

1) China Lifts Ban on South Korean Art


A US missile defense system installed in South Korea

 

China has lifted its ban on South Korean art after nearly a year. The ban, which included not only visual art but other cultural exports like Korean music and television, was originally put in place by China after South Korea installed a series of U.S. air defense systems in Seongju, just south of the capital, Seoul. The defense systems were installed in response to the increased missile threat…

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Headlines: Da Vinci Buyer, Person of the Year, Ultraviolet

1) TIME Names Silence Breakers "People" of the Year


The cover of Time Magazine's 2017 Person of the Year issue

 

Time Magazine’s person, or in this case, people of the year are the “silence breakers”: (mostly) women who have come forward about sexual assault. The timely article in the magazine’s hotly anticipated annual issue delves into difficult but very pertinent themes -- most of the individuals represented photographically are celebrities in their own right, and even they have had…

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Headlines: Abu Dhabi, AI, Art Forgery

1) A Visit to the Louvre Abu Dhabi


A photo of the exterior of the Louvre Abu Dhabi

 

A New York Times reporter visited the architectural marvel that is the Louvre Abu Dhabi, describing the space as perhaps looking like an “unfinished space ship.” Surprisingly, the site is not officially a Louvre property -- it’s simply leasing the use of the name for the next 30 years. But what about the art? Currently, the museum houses about 600 objects, most of which are on loan from a…

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Headlines: Wally Neuzil, Climate Change, Columbus

1) Grave of Egon Schiele's Muse to Become a Monument


Egon Schiele's portrait of Wally Neuzil

 

A grave, discovered in Croatia and belonging to Wally Neuzil, the one-time muse of famed illustrator Egon Schiele, is set to become a monument. Walburga “Wally” Neuzil modeled for numerous works by Schiele after meeting the artist in 1911, when she was 17 and he was 21. and is often called the “Mona Lisa of Austria.” In 1915, Schiele ended his relationship with Wally, who…

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Headlines: Record Sale and Art World Controversy

1) Da Vinci Sale Sets New Art World Record


Leonardo Da Vinci's Salvator Mundi

 

The art world is rife with excited chatter today following a record-breaking auction sale of a Leonardo Da Vinci painting from Christie’s in New York. The painting, an oil portrait of Jesus Christ dating back to the 16th century, is the last Da Vinci work in private ownership and sold for a bid of $400 million USD, plus around $50 million in additional fees. After a tense 19-minute bidding…

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Headlines: Grasshopper, Botero, Selfie

1) Dead Grasshopper Found in Van Gogh Painting


A photo og Van Gogh's Olive Trees

 

A dead grasshopper was found embedded in a layer of paint in a work by Vincent Van Gogh. Conservationist Mary Schafer of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas first spotted the insect body in Van Gogh's Olive Trees after examining a section of the work with a microscope. Judging from how deeply the creature was embedded in the layers of paint, Schafer concluded that the insect must…

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Headlines: MetroCards, Linda Nochlin, Halloween

1) Linda Nochlin Dies at 86


A photo of art critic Linda Nochlin

 

Famed feminist art critic Linda Nochlin passed away on October 29th at the age of 86. Nochlin was known in particular for her 1971 essay “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” which had a large hand in opening the doors for contemporary art and artists to question the patriarchal personification of the artist as an aggressively macho, tortured man. In this Vulture article, fellow critic Jerry…

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Headlines: The Sacklers, Aspen, Hong Kong

1) A Look at the Sacklers: Art Philanthropists and Opioid Manufacturers


A photo of the Sackler Gallery in Washington

 

A long read in the New Yorker about the Sackler family, who have helped build and fund some of the most well-known and beloved museums in the United States and around the world -- including the Met, MoMA, the Guggenheim, and even the Louvre. The family have long been noted philanthropists, using their fortune to fund not only the arts, but various charities and…

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