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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on May 19, 2015

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On this week’s art crime blotter: vandals attack Lego superhero statue, New York cops blast police brutality artwork, Cuban paintings stolen in Miami heist.

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Post image for Philanthropist and Jury Clash Over Design of Controversial Warsaw Memorial

A controversial competition to build a monument in Warsaw to Poles who helped Jews during the Holocaust just got a little more controversial after the founder of the organization behind the project denounced the winning design.

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On Tuesday morning civil rights lawyer Ronald Kuby and NYC Park Advocates president Geoffrey Croft held a press conference in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Park demanding the return of the sculpture bust of NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden that three artists illegally installed there last week.

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Post image for Rogue Light Artists Revive Brooklyn’s Lost Edward Snowden Monument

After an unauthorized sculpture bust of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was installed and quickly removed in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Park, the Illuminator shone a ghostly version onto its empty pedestal.

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In the wee hours of Monday morning, three artists and a team of helpers illegally installed a bust of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Park.

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Post image for Crystal Balls of Cast-off Technology Illuminate a Park in Manhattan

Experiencing Paula Hayes’s Gazing Globes in Madison Square Park is recommended for after sunset, when the spheres are illuminated in the night like crystal balls of divination.

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New legislation to be submitted to the New York City Council on Tuesday could bring an end to a decades-long debate surrounding democracy and public art.

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MANAGUA — Most people will advise you, on touching down in Managua, to rent a car and drive as fast out of the Nicaraguan capital as you can.

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Does a city with no residents need public art? Absolutely, according to University of New Mexico (UNM) adjunct professor Sherri Brueggemann, who first heard about the Center for Innovation, Testing, and Evaluation (CITE) plan last year.

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Post image for Central Park’s 212 Paths in One Public Sculpture

Tatiana Trouvé mounted 212 giant spools of rope onto three steel structures in Doris C. Freedman Plaza, with each rope representing one of Central Park’s winding walkways.

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