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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on August 23, 2016

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On this week’s art crime blotter: a cycling-themed cow statue goes missing, one art dealer sues another over a Jeff Koons sculpture, and a former guard takes the Metropolitan Museum to court.

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Post image for Interactive Maps of the Metropolitan Museum Offer Fresh Views of Its Permanent Collections

It’s fun to wander around the Metropolitan Museum of Art without a paper guide, but students in the School of Visual Arts’ MFA Visual Narrative program have created a number of creative, interactive maps for the museum well worth consulting.

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Post image for Two Colossal Hellenistic Statues Will Stay at the Met for Two More Years

A couple of ancient giants are extending their American debut by two years.

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Post image for J.M.W. Turner’s Unloved Late Paintings; or, The Whales

Some days ago — never mind the count — having not much purpose in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and nothing in its galleries otherwise to interest me, I thought I would wander a little and found myself in the most watery part of the institution.

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Post image for A Serpentine Example of Aztec Body Modification Slithers into The Met

The Aztec rulers often expressed their power with body modification, such as labrets pierced through the lower lip.

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Post image for The Ambiguity of Films Left Unfinished

An unfinished film can be any number of things.

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Post image for The Praise and Prejudices Vigée Le Brun Faced in Her Exceptional 18th-Century Career

The daughter of a pastelist and a hairdresser, Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (1755–1842) painted and befriended Marie Antoinette, escaped the horrors of the French Revolution, and forged a career as one of the 18th-century’s greatest portraitists.

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Post image for We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes: Manhattan’s Psycho Summer

New York City is creeping towards a psycho kind of summer.

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Post image for The Mug Shot’s Origins in Debunked 19th-Century Science

French criminologist Alphonse Bertillon believed each person’s physical measurements were as distinct as their fingerprints, and devised the first modern mug shots as part of his classification system in the 19th century.

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Post image for The Met Breuer Traces the Unfinished to the Deliberately Incomplete in Western Art

At a press preview earlier this month, Sheena Wagstaff, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s chairwoman for modern and contemporary art, said that “arguably only the Met” could put on a show like Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible.

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