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Headlines: Iraqi Art, Prison Art, Political Art

1) Artists to Restage Baghdad Exhibition

A photo of a bombed-out shopping center in Karrada, Baghdad


At the end of August, a group of artists led by Iraqi-Canadian artist Riyadh Hashim, came together for an art show that they staged in the ruins of a bombed-out shopping center in the Karrada district of Baghdad. The shopping center had been the site of a vehicular suicide bombing that killed over 300 people at the beginning of July. While Hashim’s pop-up art show was shut down by local…

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Headlines: Destructive Selfie, Poland, and Trump's Art Market

1) Centuries-Old Statue Toppled by Tourist

A photo of an 18th-century sculpture of Saint Michael


An 18th-century Portuguese sculpture of Saint Michael is the latest artefact to fall victim to a blundering museum-goer. The statue, which was on display at Lisbon’s National Museum of Ancient Art, was knocked over after an unnamed Brazilian tourist backed into it while trying to capture a selfie in his phone. According to a Facebook post left by museum staff after the incident, the statue…

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Headlines: Louvre, Sobey and the Wall

1) French President Proposes Safe Storage for Threatened Artefacts

A photo of Francoise Hollande at the Louvre Lens


French president Francoise Hollande has proposed that Louvre may help to safely store artefacts that have been rescued from war-torn areas. The statement is relevant to the planning of the Paris museum’s new storage facility in Liévin, near the Louvre-Lens, a satellite museum located around 200 kilometers north of Paris. Hollande was opening an exhibition at the…

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Headlines: Emoji, Forgery and Studios

1) MoMA Acquires Original Set of Emoji

A screen capture of the original set of emoji


The Museum of Modern Art has officially acquired the original set of emojis for its permanent collection. The set dates back all the way to 1999, when it was released by the Japanese company NTT DOCOMO, for use with the cell phones of the day. Senior curator of the Department of Architecture and Design Paola Antonelli noted that collecting design has always been part of MoMA’s mandate, and the…

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Headlines: Verlaine's Gun, Talking Robots and Beast Jesus 2.0

1) Christie's to Auction Poetic Weapon

An auction photo of the gun used by Verlaine to shoot Rimbaud

Christie’s has announced that it will be selling a weapon of attempted murder last used in the 19th century. A gun that served as the culmination of a well-documented feud between the French poets Verlaine and Rimbaud will go on auction in Paris in November, where it’s expected to sell for between $55,000 and $76,000 USD. Rimbaud and Verlaine, once inseparable friends, began a series of vicious…

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Headlines: Basquiat, Pollock and Centaur

1) Never-Before-Seen Basquiats to Debut in Miami

Untitled by Jean-Michel Basquiat


X-Contemporary, a smaller art fair that runs in conjunction with Art Basel Miami, has announced that it will be displaying a few never-before-seen Basquiat works, made during the early years of the artist’s short career. Curated by Al Diaz, who himself collaborated with Basquiat at one point, has curated the collection. The works will appear in Miami’s Nobu Hotel from November 30th…

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Headlines: Matthew, Dash Snow and Frieze

1) Five Dutch Paintings Returned After a Decade Missing

The painting Lady World by Jacob Waben
Five artworks from the Dutch Golden Age have been recovered and returned to the Westfries Museum in Hoorn, Netherlands, after being stolen in January of 2005. The original theft, which is thought to have been perpetrated by thieves who hid in a coffin that was being displayed in the museum until after closing, included 24 paintings and 70 pieces of silverware, worth a total of about…

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Headlines: Twitter, Murakami and a Meme

1) Novelist Uses Artworks to Gauge his Writer's Block

A screen capture of an artwork on Rabih Alameddine's Twitter page


The New Yorker has published this interesting piece detailing the Twitter account of novelist Rabih Alameddine, who uses the social media tool as a way to express his anxieties about writing – by posting works of art. According to the Lebanese-American writer, the more beautiful the work of art, the worse his struggle with writing (though, of course, it’s impossible to…

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Headlines: Ulay, the Dakota Pipeline and an NEA Report

1) Ulay Wins Court Case Against Marina Abramovich

A photograph of the artist Ulay


Ulay, the former collaborator and partner of Marina Abramovich, has won his legal case against the renowned performance artist, claiming that Abramovich had violated a contract concerning a number of joint works that she and Ulay and made together. According to Ulay, he and Abramovich had drawn a contract in 1999 entitling him to 20 percent of the net sales on all their prior…

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Headlines: LIU, FKA Twigs, and Berghain

1) Contract Extension Ends Lockout for Long Island Faculty


An instagram photo of students protesting the LIU lockout


Over the past two weeks, art faculty at Long Island University were barred access to their studios, classrooms and in some cases, personal belongings. Since August 31st, 400 members of the university faculty union had been locked out of the school when union negotiations with their employer went sour. Both professors and students were protesting against a new contract…

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Headlines: Stranded at Sea, Tattoos and Ink

1) Artist Trapped Onboard Bankrupt Korean Container Ship

The Hanjin Geneva container ship mapped off the coast of Japan


A Vancouver artist is stranded on a container ship off the coast of Japan, along with the ship’s entire crew and several hundred containers. Rebecca Moss, a 25-year-old artist, was selected as artist-in-residence for 23 Days at Sea, a residency project sponsored by Vancouver’s Access Gallery. Moss boarded the ship, The Hanjin Geneva, on August 23rd, expecting to cross the…

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Headlines: Makoto, Pink Floyd and Glass Sea Life

1) A CNN Interview With Azuma Makoto

A photograph from Azuma Makoto's Exobotanica


Here’s an interview by CNN with Japanese artist Azuma Makoto, known for his incredible, science-fiction like artworks that he makes out of living plants. The interview discusses the artist’s whole practice up until his recent and perhaps most well-known work, Exobotanica, in which Makoto fired a bonsai tree and a floral arrangement into space, photographing the plant life in a frozen state as…

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Headlines: Doig, the Tate, and Italy

1) Peter Doig Proves he Didn't Paint This Desert Scene

A painting signed Peter Doige


Peter Doig has come out successful in the strange court battle that we reported on a few weeks ago. A federal judge ruled in Doig’s favor, deciding definitively that Doig did not paint the desert scene – admittedly very similar in style to Doig’s work – that was at the centre of the case. Former Canadian corrections officer Robert Fletcher claimed that he had personally…

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Headlines: Selkirk, The Bronx and Collectionair

1) Bristol Residents Worried Public Sculpture Will be Too Creepy

A digital rendering of the eventual placement of Frank Benson's sculpture of Andrew Selkirk



Artist Frank Benson’s proposed public sculpture of the 18th century mariner Andrew Selkirk - the possible inspiration for the character of Robinson Crusoe – is under fire because it might be too creepy. To be fair, the proposed location for the public sculpture is a former graveyard near St. Andrew’s Church in Clifton, a suburb of Bristol, England. In numerous…

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Headlines: Rio, Terra and Monsters

1) Italian Studio Creates an Armchair You Can Grow 

A photo of Terra, an armchair designed by Studio Nucleo



Italian-based design company Studio Nucleo has created an armchair that you can grow in your backyard. When it’s finished, Terra is a grass-covered hill of an armchair that rises out of your lawn. The chair is shipped to buyers as a folding set of cardboard plates, which are then slotted together, filled in with soil and grass seed, and left to grow. Terra is an update on a…

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