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Post image for Art Teacher Claims She Was Fired for Saying “Vagina” During Georgia O’Keeffe Lesson

A substitute teacher in West Michigan was allegedly fired last week for using the word “vagina” while introducing a class of eighth graders to the very vaginal paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe.

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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on April 26, 2016

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On this week’s art crime blotter: artists demand their work back from LA’s bankrupt Ace Gallery, a billionaire collector realizes she’s been missing a Picasso since 2009, and art dealer Perry Rubenstein is arrested and charged with embezzlement.

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Post image for ISIS Destroys Two Gates in Ancient City of Nineveh

Members of ISIS have destroyed two large gates in Iraq’s ancient city of Nineveh, which once served as the capital of the Neo-Assyrian empire.

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Post image for J.M.W. Turner to Light Up the British £20 Note

J.M.W. Turner, the great English landscape painter who obsessed over light, will be featured on the new £20 banknote in the UK.

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Post image for Plagued by Castrating Vandals, a Public Sculpture Gets a Detachable Penis

Heracles is famous for his sexual prowess, but one nude statue of him in a park in France will now largely go phallus-free.

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Post image for Cheery Skeleton Mosaic Found in Turkey Says, “Enjoy Your Life” [UPDATED]

Reclining by a wine jug and a portion of bread, a cup in one bony hand, the skeleton on a 3rd-century BCE mosaic discovered in Turkey has a simple message for its viewers: “Be cheerful, enjoy your life.”

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Post image for Iran Forces Jailed Artist to Undergo Virginity and Pregnancy Tests [UPDATED]

The Iranian artist sentenced to 12 years and nine months in prison for her satirical cartoons critical of the Iranian government was forced to repeatedly undergo virginity and pregnancy tests last year.

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Post image for Photographer Zwelethu Mthethwa’s Murder Trial Set to Resume This Month

CAPE TOWN — Eva Kumalo, the victim’s mother, has lost three jobs since the trial began. Mthethwa is still represented by the same three galleries.

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Art Movements

by Tiernan Morgan on April 22, 2016

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This week in art news: the Metropolitan Museum intends to offer buyouts and cease new hires to curtail its multimillion-dollar deficit, a rug designer found one of the UK’s largest Roman villas buried in his backyard, and Maurizio Cattelan prepared to install a solid gold toilet at the Guggenheim.

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Post image for How Sketchy Is the V&A’s “No Sketching” Policy?

People are up in arms about signs at the Victoria and Albert Museum banning not just photography but also sketching in its latest temporary exhibition, Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear.

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