Activists protesting severe pollution levels in Medellín, Colombia, aired their concerns last week with a striking public gesture: they strapped giant face masks onto a number of Fernando Botero sculptures in the famous Botero Plaza.
On this week’s art crime blotter: 14 members of a British museum-robbing ring were convicted, Christie’s sued collector Jose Mugrabi for failing to pay for a $37 million Basquiat he won at auction, and the NYPD seized a crate labeled “art” only to find it full of weed.
On this week’s art crime blotter: Brothers trying to offload fake Goya get conned, gallery manager siphons off $450,000 from Botero sale, and French thieves make off with the King of Siam’s crown.
Last week during Art Basel, collector Gary Nader unveiled the design for his new Latin American Art Museum (LAAM), ArchDaily reported. When the 90,000-square-foot space opens in Miami in 2016, it will finally give the “capital of Latin America” an exhibition hall worthy of its nickname.