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A 19th-century theater that’s been disused for over 80 years is preparing to reopen in London.

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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on August 16, 2016

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On this week’s art crime blotter: two men tried to steal a copy of a Banksy, a sculptural tribute to Trump was set on fire, and Alec Baldwin accused Mary Boone of selling him the wrong Ross Bleckner painting.

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Post image for Activists Protest Swizz Beatz’s Art Fair in the Bronx

Last weekend, the rapper and record producer Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean, along with Bacardi — for which he’s reportedly the new “global chief of culture” — staged an art fair in the Bronx.

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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 University Plans to Remove Two WPA Murals for Colonial Depictions

Two WPA murals at the University of Wisconsin–Stout are planned to be removed from public view due to their colonial views of Native Americans.

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Artist Claims Topshop Ripped off His Designs

by Claire Voon on August 12, 2016

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Azerbaijani artist Faig Ahmed has accused Topshop of plagiarism after discovering a T-shirt on the company’s website printed with an image that resembles his signature artworks.

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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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Art Movements

by Tiernan Morgan on August 12, 2016

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This week in art news: A painting of a pregnant woman by Lisa Yuskavage was censored on the cover of Vault magazine, Israel’s supreme court ruled that Franz Kafka’s manuscripts belong to the National Library of Israel, and Mark Wallinger installed a mirror on the ceiling of Sigmund Freud’s study.

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Post image for Evidence Mounts that Rembrandt Used Optics to Paint Self-Portraits

A new study of Rembrandt’s self-portraits provides more evidence to theories that the 17th-century artist, among other Old Master painters, used optics to produce his remarkably accurate works.

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