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An anonymous work of protest art appeared on Jackson Avenue in Long Island City on Wednesday morning, but unlike much of the protest art that has been seen on the streets of US cities lately, this one targeted a very local and specific issue: Another work of public art.

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Post image for Women Artists Dominate in Art Basel Miami Beach’s Sculpture Park

MIAMI BEACH — Amid all the predictable fare in Art Basel Miami Beach’s Public sector, installed in Collins Park alongside the Bass Museum of Art — your Ernesto Neto hammock contraption, your Justin Matherly concrete-and-walker figure, your shiny bronze Elmgreen & Dragset provocation, your Georg Baselitz primitivist giant — is a set of bravura works by women artists.

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Post image for How Mosaics Are Shaping Haiti’s Future

When the 2010 earthquake hit Haiti, it leveled much of Jacmel’s colonial architecture, and the streets were given over to piles of rubble. In the wake of this disaster, visitors to the country’s cultural capital might be surprised to find that dozens of mosaics now enliven its walls, plazas, and public seating areas.

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Post image for Official Resigns, Contract Withdrawn in Houston Public Art Fiasco

A major art commission in Houston has been suddenly placed on hold, prompting the resignation of a director at the Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) and causing an outcry in the city’s art community, the Houston Chronicle reported.

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Post image for Feminists and WWII Museum Reach Armistice in Battle Over Controversial Statue

A French feminist organization has scored a partial victory in its petition to have a sculpture it claims is sexist removed from the exterior of the Mémorial de Caen, a World War II memorial and museum in the Lower Normandy city.

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Post image for Will Landmark Modernist Fountain in Bmore Soon Be No More?

Baltimore’s McKeldin Fountain, a fixture of the city’s inner harbor since water started cascading down its tiered basins in 1982, may soon be demolished.

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A beloved landmark by Italian artist Angiolo Vannetti that stood in a fountain in the center of Tripoli, Libya for more than 80 years was removed sometime during the evening of November 3 and the early hours of November 4.

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The Steve Jobs monument in St. Petersburg

A public statue of an Apple iPhone installed in St. Petersburg, Russia as a memorial to Steve Jobs was removed on Friday, allegedly in response to the tech company’s new chief executive, Tim Cook, coming out as gay.

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Minneapolis

Minneapolis won’t be getting any new public art next year if the city’s mayor gets her way.

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An eight-foot-tall sculpture of a wizard in a couple’s front yard has sparked a debate in the village of Oakland Mills, Maryland, about what constitutes appropriate neighborhood statuary, who has the power to decide what is and isn’t art, and whether or not the towering sorcerer could help lift the community out of economic depression.

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