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Post image for Russians Vote to Dress Up “David” Replica to Appease Local Prudes

St. Petersburg residents will vote on how to dress a replica statue of Michelangelo’s “David” that came to the city in May, following a complaint from a woman who said his nudity “spoils the city’s historic appearance and warps children’s souls.”

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Post image for More Than 40 Artists and Designers Accuse Zara of Plagiarism

A week ago, Los Angeles-based artist Tuesday Bassen posted a photo on Instagram contrasting her original designs for pins and patches with alleged ripoffs sold by Zara, the international clothing brand.

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Post image for 1,400-Square-Foot Roman Mosaic of Hercules’s Labors Found in Cyprus

Construction crews working on the sewage system beneath the southern coastal city of Larnaca in Cyprus recently found themselves face-to-face with Roman-era scenes of toil: a large-scale mosaic floor of the Labors of Hercules dating to the 2nd century CE.

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Art Movements

by Tiernan Morgan on July 29, 2016

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This week in art news: the European Court of Human Rights threw out a lawsuit calling for the return of the Elgin Marbles, BP slashed its cultural funding by £2.5 million, and a digital artwork commissioned by the Hammer Museum was mistaken for advertising.

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Post image for Detroit Institute of Arts Launches Initiative to Deepen Collection of African American Art

Last week, the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) acquired “Bird” (1990), a striking sculpture by David Hammons.

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Post image for Anti-Gentrification Coalition Calls for Galleries to Leave LA’s Boyle Heights

LOS ANGELES — The latest development in the debate over art and gentrification in Boyle Heights took place earlier this month, when a public forum was held at the Pico Gardens complex, part of the largest public housing bloc west of the Mississippi.

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Post image for Study of 500 Years of Still Lifes Confirms We’ve Long Had an Appetite for Exotic Foods

The Dutch loved painting lemons; Italians, oranges and pears. Meanwhile, artists from the US and France were the most likely to incorporate the humble cracker into their canvases.

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Post image for Leonardo da Vinci’s Earliest Notes on Friction Found in Previously Overlooked Marginalia

Some scribbles dismissed in the 1920s by the then-director of the Victoria & Albert Museum as “irrelevant notes and diagrams in red chalk” were recently revealed to represent Leonardo da Vinci’s first record of the laws of friction.

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Post image for Photographer Files $1 Billion Suit Against Getty for Licensing Her Public Domain Images

In December, documentary photographer Carol Highsmith received a letter from Getty Images accusing her of copyright infringement for featuring one of her own photographs on her own website.

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Post image for Jersey City Censors a Public Artwork It Commissioned

Jersey City officials have painted over a contentious artwork that the city’s public arts program commissioned, prompting calls to tighten what critics view as a highly ambiguous, if not essentially nonexistent, citywide public arts policy.

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