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Post image for Researchers Prove Rare Mixtec Codex Is a Palimpsest

Less than 20 known precolonial codices from the area of modern-day Mexico exist, and researchers have recently uncovered hidden imagery beneath the pages of one.

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Post image for NYPD Arrests Performance Artist Who Threw Crickets and Worms in Subway Car

A “crazed woman” who threw live crickets and worms all over a crowded subway car in New York claimed the bug-throwing was a performance art stunt gone horribly wrong and was subsequently arrested by the NYPD.

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Post image for Group Calls for Greater Latinx Participation in the College Art Association Conference

The U.S. Latina/o Art Forum has just put out a call to action for all its members, urging them to “increase the representation of Latinx art at the 2017 Annual [College Art Association] Conference by submitting a proposal to present a paper.”

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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on August 30, 2016

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On this week’s art crime blotter: the makers of a Millennium Falcon–shaped shed struck back, a thief attempted to hold a sculpture ransom, and a painting of a nude man with a teapot set local prudes boiling.

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Post image for Pumping New Life into the Gleaming, Victorian-Era Relic that Rid London of Cholera

Although once charged with the incredibly unglamorous task of eliminating sewage from London, the Crossness Pumping Station boasts a stunningly ornate interior.

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Art Movements

by Tiernan Morgan on August 26, 2016

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This week in art news: a former Malian rebel leader pleaded guilty to cultural destruction at the International Criminal Court, Italy will give all teenage residents €500 to spend on culture for their 18th birthdays, and Banksy’s “Spy Booth” mural was removed and possibly destroyed.

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Post image for Chris Dercon, Formerly of Tate Modern, Receives Controversial Appointment in Berlin

Next year, the Volksbühne, Berlin’s second-largest state-owned theater, will welcome Tate Modern’s director Chris Dercon as its new head, following 25 years under the leadership of German director Frank Castorf.

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Post image for Deadly Earthquake Damages Historic Churches and Other Cultural Heritage in Central Italy

The town clock in the 13th-century bell tower in Amatrice, Italy, is frozen at 3:36 am, the time that Wednesday’s earthquake struck, exacting a death toll that now stands at 241.

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Post image for Peter Doig Wins Bizarre Court Battle, Proving He Didn’t Make a Painting

One of the most bizarre art authentication cases in recent memory came to a close yesterday with a federal judge’s ruling that Peter Doig did not paint a desert scene signed “Pete Doige 76.”

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Post image for 5Pointz Owner Reneges on Promise to Use Union Labor, Sparking Protest

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Long Island City yesterday to protest the almost complete absence of unionized workers at the 5Pointz redevelopment site — despite a promise by the project’s developer that he would only employ union workers for the job.

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