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Today the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that the granite Ten Commandments currently standing on the state capitol grounds must be removed.

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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on June 30, 2015

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On this week’s art crime blotter: artist sues Starbucks over “Mini Frappuccino” design, staff at Spanish tourist destination use audio guides to launder money, and the creator of the giant inflatable rubber duck sculptures disowns one of his ducklings.

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There’s something about pristine, mountainous landscapes that has inspired some of the tackiest public monuments in recent decades.

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Post image for US Museums Criticized for Mishandling Nazi Art Restitution Cases

A new report on the restitution of Holocaust-era artworks condemns a number of US museums for failing to resolve claims straightforwardly and instead resorting to legal maneuvers to have them dismissed.

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Post image for Bangladeshi Government Breaches Historic Fort Wall to Make Way for a Parking Lot

The English-language newspaper Dhaka Tribune reported on Friday that part of a 400-year-old wall protecting the historic Lalbagh Qilla has been demolished — and that the Bangladeshi government’s Archaeological Department signed off on the action.

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Art may calm disturbed minds, but Richard Matt’s knack for drawing didn’t keep him from snapping his 72-year-old boss’s neck in 1997.

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The Hollywood trope of the 40-year-old virgin, lampooned in Steve Carrell’s 2005 film, isn’t a joke in Japan.

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Post image for Transatlantic Trade Agreement Could Spell Disaster for Culture

We all know about NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, but TTIP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership currently being brokered between the United States and European Union, has received some attention in Europe and remarkably little in the US.

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Art Movements

by Tiernan Morgan on June 26, 2015

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This week in art news: a number of rock paintings were documented for the first time in Colombia’s Chiribiquete national park, David Shrigley designed a mascot for the Partick Thistle football club, and New York’s Stonewall Inn received landmark status.

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Post image for Artist Who Got Turkish President Fined Now Facing Four Years in Jail

Sculptor Mehmet Aksoy may have scored a victory earlier this year, when the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was fined about $3,800 for calling his unfinished “Monument to Humanity” a “monstrosity,” but now the artist is facing 56 months in prison for insulting the president.

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