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Post image for Earthquake-Proofing Michelangelo’s Statue of David

After more than 250 small earthquakes shook Italy last week, the Italian Ministry of Culture announced it will spend €200,000 (~$245,000) on an anti-seismic base to secure Michelangelo’s statue of David, the Agence France-Presse reported.

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Historic Home Dumps $100 Million Cézanne

by Benjamin Sutton on December 22, 2014

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The Edsel and Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan, a wealthy suburb north of Detroit, sold a Paul Cézanne painting for $100 million last year, the historic home’s 2013 tax forms recently revealed.

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Post image for Brooklyn Museum Mural Irks Self-Appointed Spokesman for All Hindus

The centerpiece of Chitra Ganesh’s new Brooklyn Museum exhibition, a mural that depicts the Hindu goddess Kali, has provoked the ire of the president of the Universal Society of Hinduism.

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Post image for Brooklyn Store Under Fire for Native American Headdress Logo

The clothing retailer Scumbags & Superstars, which has a storefront space in Bushwick and an online store, has come under fire for its “disrespectful” appropriation of Native American imagery in its logo and merchandise.

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Post image for Tate Digitizes 52,000 Artifacts from the Lives of British Artists

Around 52,000 letters, sketchbooks, photographs, and other ephemera of 20th-century British artists will be accessible online by next summer. The first 6,000 items were revealed this month as part of the Tate Archive.

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Post image for Boat Bearing JR Artwork Rescues Drifting Migrants

Sometimes art and life converge in miraculous ways. That happened last week in the Mediterranean, where drifting migrants were rescued by a cargo ship plastered with an image by French artist JR, the Wall Street Journal reported.

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Post image for After Outcry, Flickr Stops Selling Prints of Creative Commons Photos

In response to photographers’ criticisms, Flickr has stopped selling photos uploaded by users under the Creative Commons “commercial attribution” license through its Flickr Wall Art site.

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Art Movements

by Tiernan Morgan on December 19, 2014

Jacob Lawrence, The Migration Series (1940-41)

This week in art news: Smithsonian digitization, street artist Blu destroys one of his own murals, and MoMA decides to display a 60-panel work of art for the first time in twenty years.

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Post image for Jeff Koons Sued by French Ad Guy for Plagiarism

At what point does artistic appropriation become copyright infringement? A Jeff Koons sculpture has reopened the 50-year-old debate.

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Post image for After Harrowing Rescue, Timbuktu Manuscripts to Go on View in Brussels

Sixteen original 15th- and 16th-century Malian manuscripts will go on display Friday at the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, The Art Newspaper reported.

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