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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on February 2, 2016

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On this week’s art crime blotter: a disgraced antiquities dealer’s stash of loot was discovered, a fake Picasso was seized by Turkish police, and a stolen portrait of R2-D2 was returned.

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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on January 19, 2016

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On this week’s art crime blotter: a performance artist faces charges for pooping on the Israeli flag, Le Corbusier chairs are stolen in India, and a graffiti artist sues singer Kiesza for featuring his murals in a music video.

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Two years ago, French artist Orlan sued pop star Lady Gaga in French court for plagiarism over the singer’s cover art for her 2011 album Born this Way and the eponymous, award-winning music video.

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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on December 29, 2015

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On this week’s art crime blotter: photos of same-sex couples are vandalized, Justin Bieber’s street stencil campaign irks San Francisco, and a man wearing a panda hat steals art from a King Kong fast food restaurant.

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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on December 22, 2015

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On this week’s art crime blotter: a photographer sued Jeff Koons over a painting from 1986, an art thief tagged the artist in an Instagram post of his loot, and Nicolas Cage agreed to return a stolen dinosaur skull.

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On October 28 the Reiss Engelhorn Museum (REM) in Mannheim, Germany, filed a lawsuit against the Wikimedia Foundation for making high-resolution images of public domain artworks from its collection available for download.

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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on December 1, 2015

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On this week’s art crime blotter: a serial brain tissue thief strikes a museum, a suicidal man attacks a Picasso-inspired exhibition, and an art dealer’s grandson sues a gallery over a $25 million Modigliani.

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The Artist Is Pissed: Ulay Sues Marina Abramović

by Carey Dunne on November 12, 2015

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Marina Abramović, the world’s only household name performance artist — Shia LaBeouf notwithstanding — is being sued by her former collaborator and lover, the German artist Ulay.

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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on November 10, 2015

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On this week’s art crime blotter: a cow sculpture gets tipped, Warhol prints get ripped, and Lil Wayne’s collection gets raided.

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On November 20, 2013, an exhibition titled Miró in Istanbul opened at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University’s Tophane-i Amire Culture and Arts Center, but its two-month run was cut short when the objects on view were denounced as fake and it closed on December 20.

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