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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 involved since an associate of Jho’s gave the actor the aforementioned paintings as a birthday gift. Funds from the laundering scheme were also suspected to have been used to finance DiCaprio’s movie The Wolf of Wall Street.

 

2) Three Men Caught Selling Fake Damien Hirst Prints

 

An alleged fake Damien Hirst art print

 

Three men were charged with fraud on Monday by a New York court after allegedly selling $400,000 USD worth of forged Damien Hirst art prints. According to police involved in a sting operation that already resulted in jail time for one of the men, Vincent Lopreto and two associates were selling the work for as much as $14,000 apiece, along with fake certificates of authenticity. This time around, a conviction could mean up to 20 years in prison.

 

3) Mass Resignations Mean Uncertainty for Boulder Museum


An exterior photo of the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art in Colorado

 

A major percentage of staffers at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art tendered their resignations last week - for reasons that are still unclear. According to conflicting reports by a number of the aforementioned staffers, the museum’s workers may have been suffering under a manager that demanded excessive labour for low pay. Other accounts indicate a botched effort by a few employees trying to take over control of the museum. One thing’s for certain - the institution faces a difficult near future as it frantically seeks to hire emergency help.

 

4) All About Art and Microbes


A medieval sketch with damage from algae growths

 

For your weekly dose of art and science, here’s a fascinating article about how microbes affect artworks - in particular, ancient and historical artefacts. Luckily it’s not all bad news, and conservationists are discovering new and better ways of protecting important works so they can continued to be viewed by the public.

 

 


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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