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Today the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that the granite Ten Commandments currently standing on the state capitol grounds must be removed.

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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on June 30, 2015

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On this week’s art crime blotter: artist sues Starbucks over “Mini Frappuccino” design, staff at Spanish tourist destination use audio guides to launder money, and the creator of the giant inflatable rubber duck sculptures disowns one of his ducklings.

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Post image for Artist Who Got Turkish President Fined Now Facing Four Years in Jail

Sculptor Mehmet Aksoy may have scored a victory earlier this year, when the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was fined about $3,800 for calling his unfinished “Monument to Humanity” a “monstrosity,” but now the artist is facing 56 months in prison for insulting the president.

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Post image for Four Public Art Projects from LA to Albany Get Grants of Up to $1M

On Tuesday Bloomberg Philanthropies named Gary, Indiana, Los Angeles, Spartanburg, South Carolina, and the New York cities of Albany, Schenectady, and Troy as the recipients of its inaugural Public Art Challenge grants.

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Post image for Lessons from 30 Years of NYC’s Percent for Art Program

2015 marks the 30th anniversary of Jorge Luis Rodriguez’s “Growth” and the public art program that initiated its creation.

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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on June 23, 2015

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On this week’s art crime blotter: vandals attack San Francisco mural of same-sex couples, a jailed banker’s Basquiat gets repatriated, and an artist’s gunshot performance gets his Swiss gallery in trouble.

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Post image for Parisian Mural Successfully Provokes Right-Wing Vandals

A mural by the French street artist Combo in Paris has become the target of far-right vandals, including one nationalist blogger who filmed herself tagging the mural with the message, “Antiracism is a codeword for antiwhite.”

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Post image for A Biennial of Sculpture by the Danish Seaside

AARHUS, Denmark — Fifty-six site-specific sculptures now stand along the scenic coast of Aarhus, Denmark, brought together for the fourth edition of Sculpture by the Sea, the nation’s largest outdoor sculpture exhibition that occurs every two years.

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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on June 16, 2015

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On this week’s art crime blotter: Brigitte Bardot goes after artist for using her image, tourists snap naked group photo on sacred Malaysian mountain, and Russia crucifies trash Jesus.

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Post image for A Public Art Project Casts a Shadow Over Moscow, Crimea, and Ukraine

A towering statue of Vladimir the Great is causing a great deal of anger in Moscow and beyond.

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