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Iraq Issues Odd Zaha Hadid Stamps

by Claire Voon on June 23, 2016

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Zaha Hadid, who died of a heart attack nearly three months ago at the age of 65, is now commemorated in a new stamp issued by the Iraqi government.

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Post image for Anti-Trump Art Bus Dons Disguise to Deter Attacks from Confused Trump Haters

A few weeks ago, in Las Vegas, the T.RUMP Bus — a former Donald Trump campaign bus transformed into a traveling anti-Trump art project — got egged in a Walmart parking lot. Later, in Denver, a man spray-painted an inverted pentagram on its side.

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Post image for Guggenheim and British Museum Refuse to Work with Human Rights Groups on Abu Dhabi Projects

Many reports have emerged of harsh labor conditions during the construction of museums on Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island, but the cultural institutions involved are showing no interest in discussing these violations with leading human rights groups.

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Post image for Only Student Left in USC Roski’s MFA Program Drops Out

LOS ANGELES — It’s been a year since the entire incoming MFA class at USC’s Roski School of Art decided to drop out en masse, leaving the program with only one student this year, HaeAhn Kwon. In an open letter to Provost Michael Quick, Kwon announced today that she too would be leaving the program, citing “the devastating trajectory this school has taken.”

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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on June 21, 2016

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On this week’s art crime blotter: Turkish police seized Muammar Gaddafi’s $10-million dagger, “some feminists” attacked a mural of Bettie Page, and a pair of Spanish thieves amassed a trove of 10,000 artifacts.

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Post image for Leaked Police Report Cites Michael Jackson’s Art Books as Possible “Grooming” Tools

Yesterday, Radar Online published what appears to be a leaked version of an incomplete police report on Michael Jackson, and the document cites several contemporary art books apparently found at the singer’s home during a 2003 raid.

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Artists in England Form a Union

by Claire Voon on June 21, 2016

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England is now home to its first trade union for artists.

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Post image for Archaeologists Discover Medieval Cities Hidden Beneath Cambodian Jungle

With the help of lasers fired at the ground from helicopters, archaeologists have revealed medieval cities hidden beneath dense jungle near the ancient temple city of Angkor Wat.

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For wannabe Michelangelos, Sunday painters, and art class dunces alike, making art can help reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol, a new study suggests.

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Post image for Swedish City Evicts Art College, Leaving Its Future in the Balance

Today the Malmö Art Academy (MAA) in Malmö, Sweden, held an open house at the Mellersta Förstadsskolan, the 1898 building that has been its home for the past 21 years.

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