In Brief

Post image for FBI Warns of ISIS-Looted Artifacts Hitting the US Market

Antiquities looted by terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria are entering the art market, prompting the FBI to release a flyer soliciting dealers’ and collectors’ help in halting illegal trade.

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Post image for The Tyranny of the Instagram Square Is Over!

Instagram has broken its self-imposed mold and is now allowing users to bypass the square photo format in favor of landscape and portrait-oriented images.

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Post image for In Germany, Your #Foodporn Is Now the Property of the Chef

Think twice before you Instagram your Michelin star-studded meal — at least, if you’re dining in Germany, where even the food on your plate may be subject to copyright law.

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Post image for Soda-Swigging Schoolkid Punches Hole in 17th-Century Painting

A trip to an art exhibition in Taipei ended in a less-than-ideal manner for a 12-year-old boy, who tripped and broke his fall by sticking his fist through a painting — thereby realizing everyone’s worst museum-related nightmare.

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Post image for Chicago Mayor Flattered, Kapoor Even Madder, as “Cloud Gate”-Gate Continues

Officials in Karamay, China, have not announced plans to remove a blatant copy of Anish Kapoor’s “Cloud Gate” that opens to the public this month, which means “Cloud Gate”–gate is far from over.

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Post image for Two Confederate Statues May Be Removed from Their Prominent Perches

Today, efforts to relocate two statues — both of Confederate President Jefferson Davis — to local history museums were announced.

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Post image for The San Francisco Police Department Has an Instagram Officer

If The Wire ran on television today, one of the characters would probably be an Instagram officer.

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Post image for Performa Announces 2015 Commissions, All but One for Male Artists [UPDATED]

Thus far, the performance art biennial has announced a total of eight commissions and nine names — and among them, only a single woman.

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Post image for Divers Denounce Japanese City’s Shallow New Mascot

Late last year Shima, a city of about 50,000 located 100 miles east of Osaka in Mie Prefecture, unveiled a new municipal mascot.

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Post image for Designing Money You May Not Want to Spend

Perhaps it’s a sign that paper money has entered its late rococo period as the revolution of digital currency makes bills feel as arcane as fax machines, but there’s been a recent burst of creativity as designers and artists are tackling banknotes as a medium.

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