In Brief

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 A New-Wave ‘Little Mermaid’ Illustrated by Yayoi Kusama

If you most vividly remember The Little Mermaid as told by Disney, with the mermaid princess and her prince sailing off together beneath a rainbow, now is the time to revisit Hans Christian Andersen’s original fairy tale, which is much, much darker.

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Post image for Newly Discovered Ancient Mosaic of Chariot Race Is Most Complete of Its Kind

Archaeologists with Cyprus’s Department of Antiquities recently came across a rare, sweeping mosaic floor that depicts the ancient sport of chariot racing held in a Roman hippodrome.

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Post image for Our Prayers Are Answered as Beast Jesus Stars in a Comic Opera

It is the botched restoration that just keeps giving. Beast Jesus — the “Ecce Homo” fresco that now resembles a primate thanks to octonagerian restorer Cecilia Giménez — will make its stage debut this month.

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Post image for Woman Fills in Crossword Puzzle Artwork and Claims Copyright

A 91-year-old woman who has been under investigation after she filled out the blank spaces on a museum’s ~$88,468 crossword puzzle artwork in ballpoint pen is now claiming copyright of the work.

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Post image for Muslim Woman Deemed Suspicious for Reading a Syrian Art Book on a Plane

Airport officials in England detained a Muslim healthcare worker and interrogated her under the British Parliament’s Terrorism Acts — for simply reading a book on Syrian art and culture.

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Post image for Hunt for Colors with Pantone’s New Eyedropper App

Pantone has just released a new app, and using it feels a bit like an Easter Egg hunt for artists and designers.

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Post image for NRA Loses One as Apple Replaces Revolver Emoji with Squirt Gun

Come fall, Apple will pry the gun emoji from your cold, texting hands.

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Post image for “Shazam for Art” Yanked from App Store After Data Theft Controversy

Magnus, the much-praised mobile app that branded itself as the “Shazam for art,” is now off the market, following news that it operated using information grabbed from other art world databases as well as copyright claims by three German galleries.

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