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Post image for On Track to Privatize 400 Jobs, National Gallery Outsources Management of Museum Wing

On Monday, the National Gallery of London transferred security services for its Sainsbury Wing over to the private security company CIS. The move is the latest in a bitter dispute over the privatization of a huge number of jobs at the museum: 400 of 600 positions, or two-thirds of the museum’s entire staff.

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Post image for UK Relents After Blocking Syrian Artist’s Visit

After initially preventing him from traveling to the UK, the British government has granted Syrian-born, Sharjah-based artist Thaier Helal’s second visa application, allowing him to attend the opening of his first solo show in London.

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Post image for Secret London Crime Museum May Open for First Time in 150 Years

London’s infamous and off-limits “Black Museum” of macabre crime artifacts may finally open to the public as the Metropolitan Police faces budgets shortcomings.

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Post image for Epic Done Right: Anselm Kiefer in London

LONDON — Anselm Kiefer’s retrospective comes at an odd cultural moment.

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LONDON — In the Natural History, Pliny the Elder discusses the origins of sculpture by telling the story of Butades of Corinth, the first Greek modeler of clay.

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Post image for Martha Rosler Tackles the Problem of Representation

LONDON — In the ’70s, photographer (and videographer, and rigorous cultural critic, and possible genius) Martha Rosler brought a critical eye, politically and philosophically, to the medium’s seductive pretenses of objectivity.

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A Fete Worse Than Death 2014

LONDON — Genius, unskilled manager, talented art dealer, troublemaker: the figure of Joshua Compston is one of inconsistencies and contradictions, even 18 years after his death.

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Post image for The Ruins, Rubble, and Architecture of War in Art

The architecture of war is more accurately the ruins it leaves behind, but there are structures to this destruction. An exhibition at the partially reopened Imperial War Museum in London is looking at both the rubble and the building of war.

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Post image for Pyschedelic Plans for a Post-Apocalyptic Paris

Out of apocalyptic ruin, a Parisian street-sweeper imagined his city rising again with staggering spires grasping up to the skies. These artistic “blueprints” by Marcel Storr were long secreted away, but recent exhibitions have brought this restless new world into the public eye.

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Post image for Artists Reflect on Death’s Eternity and Ephemerality

HONG KONG — You have to hand it to Richard Harris, whose collection is currently on view at London’s Wellcome Collection in an exhibition of some 300 works titled Death: A Self-Portrait. As far as collectors go, this is a show that gets right to the core of why a collector collects. It is an answer Robert Hughes skillfully extracted from Alberto Mugrabi in five minutes flat: Immortality.

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