Illumination Artists Sue NYPD Over Arrests In Museum Protest

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“They were charged with unlawful posting of advertisements for projecting images critical of Koch and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Even someone who’s not a lawyer can tell that there are two problems with that charge. The statute defines ‘posting’ as sticking to something. Images and projections don’t stick, and no advertisements were involved.”

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Palmyra’s Antiquities Have Been In Danger Long Before ISIS Showed Up

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UNESCO warnings about Palmyra go back as far as 2013, predating the rise of ISIS. Historian Eleanor Robson said that throughout the four-year Syrian civil war, the city’s antiquities have been imperiled by “members of the Assad regime, rebels, criminals, and opportunists.” She added, “It’s been chaos for years.”

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Perhaps The Most Audacious (And Ridiculous) Art Heist Ever (And How It Shook The British Government)

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“The resulting image shows the young Irish art student, the belt of his tweed overcoat flapping as he moves at speed, grappling with the heavy gilt frame containing Berthe Morisot’s Jour d’Eté and two large pieces of card attempting to cover the image of two French ladies on a boating lake. After jumping into a taxi, Mr Hogan realised he had no idea where to take his loot and instructed the driver to head to the only place he could think of – Piccadilly Circus.”

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What We Look At: Big Data Suggests That Applying Filters To Pictures Increases Our Interest In Them

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“Overall, controlling for things like a user’s follower count and the popularity of the larger stream in which a given photo sits, “filtered photos are 21% more likely to be viewed and 45% more likely to be commented on” than unfiltered ones. As for which filters have which effects, the authors examined five.”

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Police Shut Down Controversial Venice Biennale Project

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“The provocative project, created inside a long-unused Catholic church, serves as Iceland’s national pavilion for the 56th Venice Biennale and was intended in part to highlight the absence of a mosque in the historic heart of Venice, a city whose art and architecture were deeply influenced by Islamic trade and culture.”

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Brooklyn Museum Appoints Anne Pasternak As New Director

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“The choice of Ms. Pasternak is unusual because she has never held a job in a museum. After a brief period working for a commercial art gallery, her career has unfolded entirely within the nonprofit world of up-by-your-bootstraps alternative spaces and nomadic arts groups. But at Creative Time, where she assumed the directorship in 1994, she had become well known for both her socially engaged programming and her skills in negotiating the shoals of New York City government, real estate and fund-raising, where she made artistic events accessible partly by removing them from museums.”

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Surprise: Whitney Museum Announces A New Chief Curator

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“At a meeting with the board of trustees on May 19, director Adam Weinberg announced that Scott Rothkopf, 38, is getting a promotion to chief curator. Currently the Nancy and Steve Crown family curator and associate director of programs, his new title will be deputy director for programs and Nancy and Steve Crown family chief curator. The current chief curator, Donna De Salvo, will be moving into a newly created position: deputy director for international initiatives and senior curator.”

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Detroit Rebound Being Led By Art?

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“For many observers the new wave of public murals represents another example of the way art and culture are playing a key role in reviving the city, attracting visitors and injecting bursts of optimism, energy and creativity into the city that run parallel to commercial development.”

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Canada Finds A Woman Guilty Of Harassment For Instagramming Street Art

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Jennifer Pawluck “was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and 18 months probation. Her community service must be completed within a year. The 22-year-old college student has also been forbidden from posting any public messages on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, and must restrict her use of the social media platforms to private communications for the next year.”

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Who Should Be In Control Of Peggy Guggenheim’s Legacy?

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“On Tuesday, one of Guggenheim’s grandsons will launch a court appeal to have the Italian collection restored to its original state, claiming it has been ‘diluted’ by art from other sources. Sandro Rumney, who was born in Venice but lives in France, his half brother Nicolas Hélion and their five children, also want ‘protection’ in the palace garden around a plaque marking Peggy’s ashes – a ‘grave’ they believe has been desecrated.”

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Canterbury Cathedral’s 800-Year-Old Stained Glass Comes Down To Ground Level

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“This enormous carpet of glowing colour is some of the oldest and most extensive stained glass in Europe – and so in the world. It was an appalling moment when we discovered that they would all have to be taken down, but it has given us an extraordinary opportunity to look at these figures in such detail – they will never be seen like this again.”

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A Very Small Sampling Of Older (Women) Artists We Should Have Known About All Along

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Faith Ringgold: “‘If you live long enough and you persist, you are going to get recognition,’ Ringgold says today. ‘You have to stay in the game.’ Ringgold has not only stayed in the game, she recently designed one of her own, called ‘Quiltuduko,’ for mobile devices. Inspired by Sudoku, the number game, it uses quilt designs instead of numbers.”

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The Art World’s First Billion-Dollar Auction Week

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“On Wednesday, Christie’s said it sold $658.5 million worth of work at its postwar and contemporary art auction, added to the $705.9 million for 20th-century works auctioned off on Monday. The billion-dollar threshold was a symbolic coup for Christie’s and seemed to widen the divide with its rival Sotheby’s, even if actual profits were unclear.”

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A Different Way To Think About Museum Deaccessioning

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“As old fashioned as it sounds, and with as many mistakes as have already been made over the past half century or so, it may well be that art museum collections should only be assigned dollar values for insurance purposes and with the understanding that the loss of the collection is the loss of the museum’s reason for existence. As someone once remarked, Grant’s tomb without Ulysses S. is rather pointless.”

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