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Post image for UC San Diego Plans to Convert Art Gallery into Classrooms, Sparking Protests

The University of California, San Diego’s University Art Gallery is celebrating its 50th anniversary, but this may also prove to be its last year.

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Art Movements

by Tiernan Morgan on May 27, 2016

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This week in art news: Qatar’s royal family settled a legal dispute with Larry Gagosian over a Picasso sculpture, Rome put out an emergency call to corporations and philanthropists for €500 million to preserve its landmarks, and street artist JR made the Louvre’s glass pyramid “disappear.”

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Post image for 472 US Writers Sign Open Letter Against Donald Trump

Some 470 US writers — including big names like Stephen King, Amy Tan, Dave Eggers, Cheryl Strayed, and Pulitzer Prize–winner Junot Díaz — have signed an online petition to oppose the candidacy of Donald Trump for president.

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Post image for In Response to Artist Protests, Brazil Reinstates Culture Ministry

Brazil’s interim president Michel Temer will reinstate the country’s Ministry of Culture next Monday following a string of protests initiated by local artists and cultural organizations.

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Post image for Smithsonian Hosts Emergency Meeting About Paris Auction of Indigenous Remains and Objects [UPDATED]

This afternoon, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC, hosted an emergency meeting of tribal leaders, government representatives, and NGO officials to call for a halt to a Monday auction in Paris that involves human remains and sacred indigenous objects.

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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on May 24, 2016

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On this week’s art crime blotter: an SFMOMA café started selling half-baked copies of art-themed desserts, torch-carrying protesters raided Stonehenge, and cops got in trouble for a making a sand sculpture of a nude murder victim.

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Post image for Have Hokusai, Will Travel: Japan’s New Passports Feature Ukiyo-E Master’s Prints

Japanese citizens are set to receive new passports, and they will salute Katsushika Hokusai, the renowned ukiyo-e printmaker and painter.

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Post image for Kids Smash Art at Glass Museum While Adults Stand by Filming

Just when you’d thought you’d seen it all when it comes to art-breaking mishaps (selfie seekers, I’m looking at you), along comes this incredible footage from China of two boys fracturing a sculpture in the Shanghai Museum of Glass.

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Post image for Virginia Arts Commissioners Threaten to Defund Museum Over “Anti-Christian” Paintings

Members of a Virginia arts commission are calling a pair of Mark Ryden paintings blasphemous and threatening to slash funding for the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art for including them in a forthcoming show.

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Art Movements

by Tiernan Morgan on May 20, 2016

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This week in art news: bronze statues and coins were salvaged from a Late Roman shipwreck, artist Pyotr Pavlensky was convicted of vandalism over a pro-Ukraine performance, and the Brooklyn Museum offered employee buyouts to help close its $3 million budget deficit.

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