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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on October 13, 2015

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On this week’s art crime blotter: Elizabeth Hurley sets off alarms at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Florida man’s giant chair sculpture angers neighbors, and Egyptian museum project under investigation for embezzlement.

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In 1974, French writer Georges Perec’s “An Attempt at Exhausting a Place in Paris” is part of the inspiration behind Kyle McDonald’s new online interactive Exhausting a Crowd.

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What are museums hiding in their pasts and inside their collection storage vaults? Some of those secrets (or just lesser-known facts) are being shared by institutions around the world this Museum Week through the hashtag #secretsmw.

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Stop Self-Censoring

by Jillian Steinhauer on January 29, 2015

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It’s been three weeks since two masked gunmen stormed into the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and killed 11 people. In that time there’s been self-censorship — quite a bit of it.

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The Designs of Dissent

by Cassie Packard on January 15, 2015

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LONDON — Two inflatable cobblestones, outsized and dully metallic, hang from the ceiling. It’s implicit: these are material agents of anarchy, the airborne heralds of revolution.

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For better or for worse, museums tend to be behind the times, arbitrating culture from some kind of temporal remove. The Victoria and Albert Museum in London is attempting to minimize that gap with a newly announced initiative called Rapid Response Collecting.

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The English Reformation of the 1530s wasn’t just an upheaval of the country’s spirituality as the Church of England severed its Catholic ties; it disrupted whole industries. One was the alabaster sculpture business of the Midlands.

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The Victoria and Albert Museum published a remarkable document online today: the Nazis’ inventory of “degenerate art” (entartete Kunst).

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LONDON — At the 2009 Venice Biennale, Elmgreen & Dragset converted the Danish and Nordic Pavilions into the stylish home of a mysterious “Mr. B.” This fall, the artist duo did it again, with “Tomorrow” at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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China has become famous for its shanzhai culture of imitation, and now, to a long list of arty knockoffs that includes everything from iconic paintings to pop art, we can add museum tickets. Specifically, tickets to the Louvre.

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