How Sotheby’s And Christie’s Locate New People To Spend Massive Sums Of Money On Art

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“If you’re even remotely curious about starting a blue-chip art collection, there’s a good chance the world’s biggest auction houses already know who you are, and exactly how much you might spend to own a masterpiece. … They’ve dispatched armies of experts to identify potential bigwigs, and satisfy their ever-expanding art whims.”

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Protests Over Light Installation In Toronto

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The public art project, known as Nyctophilia, or love of the night, is set to be officially unveiled Wednesday night. In June, when the poles went up at the corner of Weston Rd. and Dennis Ave., it sparked a flurry of negative comments to the Star and other media outlets.

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“Save The Corcoran” Court Hearing Has An Uninhibited Star Witness

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Philanthropist Wayne Reynolds, who was first wooed for the Corcoran’s board chairmanship and then rejected, “led a packed courtroom Wednesday on a rollicking and highly critical narrative account of his interactions with gallery leadership, at one point likening the Corcoran’s executive suite to ‘a goat rodeo,’ and asserting that he could do better, if given a chance.”

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Tracey Emin’s Bed Will Spend Ten Years At The Tate

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“Tracey Emin’s controversial artwork My Bed is to return to the Tate after selling for £2.2m earlier this month. Count Christian Duerckheim, the piece’s new owner, has agreed to loan the work ‘for a period of at least 10 years’, said Tate director Sir Nicholas Serota.”

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Iraqi Anger As Militants Damage Cultural Heritage

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“The angry public reaction to the attacks on Mosul’s cultural history — including the eviction of Christians by militants, which outraged many Muslim residents who celebrate Mosul’s reputation for tolerance — appears to be the first spark of rebellion against harsh Islamic rule.”

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Corcoran Lawyers Make Case For Breakup

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“After painting a grim portrait of a museum on the edge — empty coffers, emergency climate chillers in the courtyard, a backup power generator in the street, “combustible” student art-making equipment one floor below priceless works — lawyers for the Corcoran Gallery of Art on Tuesday rested their case in favor of a dramatic reorganization.”

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U.S. Authorities Drop Effort To Seize Ancient Mask From St. Louis Art Museum And Return It To Egypt

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“‘The Department of Justice will take no further legal action with respect to the mask of Ka-Nefer-Nefer,’ U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan said [Monday].” Authorities are unable to produce any evidence that the item, which disappeared from Egypt sometime between 1966 and 1973 and was purchased by the museum from a U.S. dealer 25 years later, was stolen.

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Met Museum President Emily Rafferty Retires

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“The Met’s first female president managed some 1,500 workers. Working with Met director Thomas Campbell, she oversaw renovations of its Islamic galleries and American wing, new digital initiatives and an increase in attendance fueled by blockbuster shows.”

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Yet Another Appraisal Of Detroit Institute Of Arts’ Collection (And It’s Big)

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“The new appraisal, conducted by Victor Wiener Associates, a New York firm, was commissioned by the Financial Guaranty Insurance Company, a bond insurer that stands to lose hundred of millions of dollars in the bankruptcy. The insurer has called for the masterpieces from the museum to be sold or monetized in some other way, such as being used as collateral for a loan.”

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Scientists Print A Monet With A Nanoprinter

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“Regular printing—the kind your home office inkjet is capable of—uses dots of pigments to create the spectrum of colors you see on a page. The type of printing the Singapore team is investigating instead uses microscopic pillars topped with aluminum nanodisks that resonate at visible light frequencies. The process is able to produce more than 300 colors by focusing beams of electrons onto variously-sized pillars.”

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More Art Found In Cornelius Gurlitt’s House

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“The task force investigating the art trove has declined to say how many new works were discovered. Gurlitt, who inherited the priceless collection from his father Hildebrand, an art dealer who traded in works confiscated by the Nazis, died in May. In his will, he left the art haul – more than 1,200 pieces including works by Chagall, Picasso and Matisse – to the Kunstmuseum Bern in Switzerland.”

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Prado Museum: Just To Clarify – We’ve Know For A Long Time About Our Missing Art Works

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“The only new element presented in the audit undertaken by the Tribunal de Cuentas in 2012 is the that fact 41 works have been located, the whereabouts of which had been unknown since 1978 when the first report by the Fiscalía General de Reino was published on the situation of works from the collection of the Museo del Prado on deposit with other institutions.”

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Artists, Officials, Celebrities Unite To Ask Venice To Ban Cruise Mega-Ships

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“More than 50 leading figures from the worlds of art, film, fashion and architecture have signed a petition calling for a ban on giant cruise ships sailing through Venice. Cate Blanchett, Julie Christie, Michael Caine and Rob Lowe are among the signatories urging the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and the Italian Minister of Culture and Tourism, Dario Franceschini, to ‘halt the passage of the big ships across the Bacino San Marino and along the Giudecca canal’.”

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How Popular Culture Of The 1920s Became Obsessed With King Tut

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“The tomb’s discovery, at the start of the Roaring Twenties, followed the global upheavals of World War One. Mass media was able to bring news of objects being carried out of the tomb to a wider audience, faster than ever before. America, in particular, became obsessed by “King Tut” – as he became known. Even US President Herbert Hoover used the name for his pet dog.”

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Spain’s Prado Museum Missing 885 Artworks

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“A spokesperson for the museum downplayed the situation, telling the paper that many works had been lost over the years to fires and even armed conflict, but without proof of destruction or loss the records for these works remain.”

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Japanese “Vagina Artist” Released From Jail Following Arrest On Obscenity Charges

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Megumi Igarishi, a 42-year-old sculptor and illustrator who uses the professional name Rokudenashiko (roughly “little good-for-nothing”), spent a week in custody after being arrested for distributing obscene materials. She had sent contributors to a crowdfunding campaign a file for 3D printer that would produce a replica of her vagina.

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The Strangest Temple In Thailand

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“Wat Rong Khun, or the White Temple, is one of over 33,000 Buddhist temples in Thailand. But it’s the only one that features a mural depicting a plane hitting the Twin Towers as Spiderman and an Angry Bird look on.”

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