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Post image for Greenpeace Activists Climb the British Museum to Protest BP Sponsorship

Today, the British Museum received a guerrilla re-branding from activists urging it to drop its sponsorship deal with BP, an agreement now in talks for possible renewal next year.

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Post image for Protesters Disrupt a BP-Sponsored Exhibition at the British Museum

Art activist group BP or not BP? yesterday staged a double intervention at the British Museum to protest BP’s sponsorship of Sunken cities, a new exhibition showcasing artifacts from two ancient, submerged Egyptian ports.

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Post image for Iran Arrests Eight Models for Posting “Un-Islamic” Photos on Instagram

Iran has arrested eight female models for posting photos on Instagram that authorities have deemed “un-Islamic.”

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Post image for Old Master Paintings Snatched from Verona Turn Up in a Forest in Ukraine

After six months, 17 Old Master paintings stolen from Verona’s Museo di Castelvecchio have turned up on an island in Ukraine.

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Post image for Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney’s Restored Studio Opens for Public Tours

When Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney set up her sculpture studio in Greenwich Village’s MacDougal Alley, one 1907 newspaper headline blared: “Daughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt Will Live in Dingy New York Alley.”

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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on May 17, 2016

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On this week’s art crime blotter: a psychedelic zebra sculpture was stolen and recovered, an arts organization shuttered following an embezzlement fiasco and lye attack, and vandals smashed a David Bowie painting.

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Post image for YouTube Pranksters Sentenced to Jail for Faking Art Heists at Museums

A group of British pranksters is facing jail time for staging a fake art robbery in the National Portrait Gallery last July, proving the consequences of going to pointless lengths to attain internet virality.

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Post image for Smithsonian Doubles Its Bill Traylor Holdings Ahead of 2018 Retrospective

Bill Traylor’s drawings and paintings were not recognized by the art world until decades after his death in 1949.

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Post image for W.A.G.E. Calls for New Museum to Fully Compensate Artists

Artist advocacy group Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.) is calling for the New Museum to receive certification to ensure all its artists earn fair pay as the building plans for expansion, funded by an ongoing $80 million capital campaign.

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Post image for China Will Publicly Shame Vandals Who Tag Mount Everest Base Camp

For those temped to leave graffiti on the base camp of the Chinese side of Mount Everest, known as Mount Qomolangma, think again: your name may appear on a public list, distributed to and publicized by news outlets.

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