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Post image for Victoria & Albert Amasses World’s Largest Photography Collection at Regional Museum’s Expense

Last week, the Science Museum Group (SMG) and the Victoria and Albert Museum announced what they deemed “a historic agreement”: 400,000 objects from SMG’s three-million-strong photography collection, held at the National Media Museum in Bradford, England, will be moved to London’s V&A.

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Post image for Rent a Re-creation of Vincent van Gogh’s Bedroom on Airbnb — Just Don’t Chop Off Your Ear

Now available for rent on Airbnb is a full-size, 3D replica of Vincent van Gogh’s famous painting “The Bedroom” (1889), complete with rustic twin bed, pale violet walls, copper-green wood floor, and straw hat on a peg.

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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on February 9, 2016

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On this week’s art crime blotter: an art dealer was accused of flogging forgeries, Airbnb renters stole their hosts’ Banksy print, and Egyptian authorities arrested three men for selling chunks of the Giza pyramids to tourists.

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Post image for Dhaka Art Summit Censors Pro-Tibet Artwork at Chinese Ambassador’s Request

Nangdrol, an 18-year-old Tibetan living in Sichuan Province, China, penned a farewell letter on February 19, 2012.

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Post image for Why the Closing of the Museum of Contemporary Craft Is a Major Loss

The next time you find yourself hate-reading a fawning profile of a photogenic young Brooklyn potter whose hot-pink-rimmed wares are transforming the “stuffy world of ceramics into a cool new craft” (or something to that effect), navigate yourself away from there, and instead visit the website of the Museum of Contemporary Craft.

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Post image for Michelangelo’s Tuscan Villa Could Be Yours for $8.4 Million

The deeds to Michelangelo’s old Tuscan villa, a three-structure complex complete with Renaissance-age fixtures, functional wood-burning fireplaces, and an olive grove, could be yours for just $8,369,602.

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Art Movements

by Tiernan Morgan on February 5, 2016

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This week in art news: Utah moved closer to designating “Spiral Jetty” its official state artwork, the Queens Museum announced it will give legendary punk group the Ramones a retrospective, and a mouse died at the Museum of English Rural Life after crawling into a historic mousetrap.

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Post image for New York Times Sues PowerHouse Books for Copyright Infringement

The New York Times is suing independent publisher PowerHouse Books and its CEO, Daniel Power, over a series of images appearing in a book that’s highly critical of the Gray Lady’s coverage of war.

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Post image for Egypt Bans Teen Who Climbed and Took Photos Atop the Great Pyramid of Giza

One teenager’s daredevil stunt to procure aerial photographs and video of the Egyptian desert has earned him a lifelong ban from the country.

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Post image for Michelangelo Worked Through Acute Arthritis in His Later Years, New Study Says

An article published this week by the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine suggests that Michelangelo Buonaroti suffered from osteoarthritis for the last 15 years of his life.

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