More stories from the week ended Aug 4:
- Jerry Vile makes statement in Detroit using giant Crisco can next to Joe Louis fist sculpture. The city removes the street piece quickly, unfortunately.
- Ashes found in stove in owned by mother of suspected Rotterdam art thief contained fragments of paintings.
- NYPD attempts to censor anticipated Park Avenue art project about free speech.
- James Franco criticizes LA for losing Jeffrey Deitch, who resigned himself from his position at MOCA.
- Los Angeles Downtown News wants Jeffrey Deitch out of LA immediately and outlines what to do next.
- MOCA loses Jeff Koons retrospective for unknown reasons.
- More DIA drama as NYTimes compares it to situation of Fresno Metropolitan & South St. Seaport Museum.
- Bravo cancels Gallery Girls after just one season.
- Cindy Sherling claims that Jan Van Alphen, director of the Rubin Museum of Art, sexually harassed her.
- Abandoned newsstand kiosks in San Francisco turned into art installations and exhibits.
- Dallas pension fund’s public relations fight with Nasher Sculpture Center involves fake social media profiles.
- Italian police seize huge haul of illicit antiquities consisting of over 500 pieces and worth over €2mil.
- The wife of leading Syrian artist Youssef Abdelke would like him to be released from detention.
- Arts critics at the Independent on Sunday to be fired this Sept. as part of cuts to the newspaper’s workforce.
- Banksy helps man evicted from LA water tank after he painted on it & prompted owners to sell the piece.
- Crop circle art is dying as artists are retiring or moving on to other things.
- Vittorio Sgarbi makes his case for blocking approval for a project by Daniel Buren in Italy.
- US returns ceremonial sword taken as war trophy from Saddam Hussein’s office to Iraq.
- Copy of Schindler’s list (1 of 4 in existence), bearing the names of 801 men, fails to find eBay buyer at $3mil.
- Montana dueling dinosaurs – two nearly complete skeletons – to be sold at Bonham’s at $7-9mi. estimate.
- Factum Arte using non-contact 3D laser scanning and digital photography to recreate 2D and 3D works.
- Worker deployed to remove Bad Kitty street piece by DS becomes stenciled himself hours later.
- Yves Klein’s Monotone Silence Symphony, his first sound composition, is headed to New York.
- Check out the The Andy Warhol Temporary Museum in Lisbon by LIKEarchitects.
- Michael Bloomberg sets aside $50 million appropriation for a nascent arts organization, the Culture Shed.
- An app to view all the public art in New York City.
- Art Rules, ICA’s new venture, aims to supplant Twitter as platform for online art debate.
- Knight Foundation gives $750,000 to Akron Art Museum to help pay for six exhibitions over three years.
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art to have exhibition that explores 500 years of witches.
Jonathan Jones takes a look at gay art in the Catholic Church.
- Al Sharpton wants Trayvon Martin’s hoodie in National Museum of African American History and Culture.
The Art Production Fund doing a pop-up exhibition of installations in Montauk.
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- Charles Saatchi to auction off 50 of his largest sculptures and installations at Christie’s.
Unauthenticated Warhol sketch bought for £3 on sale for £1.25m on eBay – could be worth a lot more.
Jim Lee is selling his Jack Kirby originals from artwork that was used in real-life concept from Argo.
Heather Russell interviews Li Shan.
Excerpts from Marina Abramović’s Reddit question and answer on occasion of her Kickstarter campaign.
- The Economist takes a look at Peter Doig and his upcoming retrospective.
Los Angeles Magazine interviews Frank Gehry about architecture in LA.
- Cosmo Sarson’s Breakdancing Jesus – The Salute, now available as a limited edition hand-finished print.
- Scottish National Gallery has Imaginary Boys, a signed and numbered print by Peter Doig available. Ingleby Gallery has also released a screen print by the artist.
- One Direction singer Harry Styles is a burgeoning art collector.
- Simon de Pury writes about the art world’s love for Kanye West, Jay Z, and Lady Gaga.