In Brief

Another Vandal Hits Jeff Koons Retrospective

Last night, a graffiti writer identified by the New York Times as Christopher Johnson, 33, of Manhattan, vandalized a fourth floor wall of the Jeff Koons retrospective at the Whitney Museum of Art.

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In Brief

24-Hour Strike Affects UK Museums

by Mostafa Heddaya on October 16, 2014

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An all-day strike yesterday saw operations at a number of UK museums stopped or decreased as nearly 250,000 members of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union walked off the job over caps on pay and pensions, the Guardian reported.

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Post image for Islamic State Stymies Turkish Biennial

A Turkish biennial close to the Syrian border has been postponed due to the Islamic State’s ongoing assault on the nearby town of Kobani, The Art Newspaper (TAN) reported.

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Post image for Striking Mosaic Floor Found in Greek Tomb

Last month, archeologists uncovered two oversize marble caryatids and a colorful marble panel in a substantial tomb complex in Amphipolis, Greece. Now, after excavating behind the sealing wall that the caryatids were guarding, they’ve found a chamber with a large and largely intact mosaic floor.

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Post image for Bloomberg Foundation Will Award Cities Up to $1M Each for Public Art

Bloomberg Philanthropies, the foundation established by former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, announced yesterday an initiative that will see at least three cities receive up to one million dollars for public art programs.

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Whitney Studio, a Landmark in Need of Repair, Designated

The New York Studio School’s Whitney Studio in Greenwich Village has been designated a “National Treasure” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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Last weekend, a flash mob of singers interrupted a concert of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra to stage a “Requiem for Mike Brown,” the unarmed teenager who was shot and killed by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, this past August.

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Post image for Judge Overturns IRS on Artist Tax Deductions

A ruling by the United States Tax Court last week held that an artist employed as a professor could still claim tax deductions on her independent output, the New York Times reported.

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Post image for Curator Assaulted by “Paramilitary Thugs” in Kiev

A politically engaged Ukrainian curator was attacked and beaten in an incident in Kiev late last month, The Art Newspaper reported.

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Post image for Gehry Gets Frank on Labor at the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi

As labor conditions on Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island fall under ever-increasing scrutiny, Frank Gehry, the architect behind the Guggenheim’s outpost there, has issued a statement regarding his firm’s “substantial and on-going dialogue” on the issue.

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