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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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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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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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Between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning vandals sprayed yellow paint on Anish Kapoor’s sculpture “Dirty Corner” (2011–15), the centerpiece of his current exhibition at Versailles and a work the artist recently likened to “the vagina of the queen.”

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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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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on June 2, 2015

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On this week’s art crime blotter: Colorado cops target artist who stacks stones, Chinese authorities not pleased about Forbidden City nude photo shoot, and murder weapon turns up in London museum.

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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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On Friday two tourists visiting the northern Italian city of Cremona broke part of an 18th-century sculpture they were climbing to take a selfie.

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A tag painted by the Swedish-Portuguese street artist and nightclub owner André Saraiva on a rock in Joshua Tree National Park has sparked an investigation after he posted a photo of it on Instagram on February 25.

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Michael Asher’s understated drinking fountain sculpture on the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) campus was recently destroyed by a masked vandal, but officials at the school plan to rebuild it.

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