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Headlines: Polaroids, Pigs and Destructive Kids

1) Air Artists Auctions Infamous Rock n' Roll Props


A 2011 photo of Algie, Pink Floyd's inflatable pig


The UK-based company Air Artists, frequent creator of props for big-name rock bands, is selling 30 years worth of its works at auction in September. Among the items up for sale are props used by bands including Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones, AC/DC and Bon Jovi. No estimated prices are available due to the "unusual" nature of the items. 


2) You Can Make Up Background Stories for these Polaroids:


A Polaroid photo, part of Kyler Zeleny's found Polaroids project

Canadian Artist Kyler Zeleny is asking for help in writing narratives for several thousand found Polaroid photos. The images, and the stories that have been collected so far, are available to the public on the project website. Zeleny intends to have each Polaroid accompanied by a short story of around 250 words.




3) Art Dealer Admits to Selling Fake Chagalls


Jules Gailord Bovrisse is guilty

French art dealer Gailord Bovrisse has been handed an $800,000 judgement after selling two apparently fake Marc Chagall paintings through his New York-based company, Golden Trade Fine Art. Bovrisse sold the paintings to two separate buyers, for $400,000 each.  It seems Bovrisse was aware, at least, that the artworks were of questionable origin, as the lawyer representing the scammed parties notes that Bovrisse apparently purchased a $100,000 Porsche with cash shortly after selling the paintings. 


4,5) This is Why We  Can't Have Nice Things


A 2,000 year old vase that was damaged by a young girl in an Israel museum

It seems the month of August ended with something of a bang - or rather, a crash and a tear - with two youths making separate headlines for damaging precious artworks. A young girl at an Israel museum was lucky that the 2,000-year-old vase she knocked over  has been restored so the crack is barely noticeable. 



A photo of Paolo Porpora's painting Flowers



A 12-year-old boy who accidentally punched a hole through a Paolo Porpora painting in a Taipei museum was not so lucky. The painting is over three centuries old and was valued at around $1.5 million. Restoration efforrts are underway - no word yet on how the work's newfound internet fame will affect its value. 


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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