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A HUGE $4.5 Million Gold Coin Was Stolen from a Berlin Museum

Plus, a a new website helps you protest defunding the NEA by sending faxes of artworks to congress.

A lot went down this week in the weird and wild world of Art. Some things were more scandalous than others, some were just plain wacky—but all of them are worth knowing about. Without further ado:

+ A 221-pound gold coin worth $4.5 million was stolen overnight from Berlin's Bode Museum. [artnet News]

+ Ag Galerie, the first-ever Iranian gallery scheduled to participate in the AIPAD photography fair this week, dropped out because of President Donald Trump's executive order on travel and immigration. [The New York Times]


+ A Los Angeles design firm launched a website that helps citizens protest the defunding of the NEA by faxing artworks to their congressional representatives. [Artforum]

+ Art dealer Perry Rubenstein plead no contest to charges of defrauding Michael Ovitz in the sale of two Richard Prince paintings. [The Los Angeles Times]

+ Artist James Rosenquist, one of the key members of the pop art movement, died at 83 on Friday. [Huffington Post]

+ A jury ordered Jack Shaoul of Universe Antiques to pay New York gallery owner Alex Komolov $1.1 million for selling him a fake Pierre-Auguste Renoir painting. [Page Six]

+ The demolition of the residence and studio of Chinese artists Shen Jingdong and Cao Zhiwen sparked a clash between over 100 public security personnel and 100 local artists in Songzhuang, Beijing. [ArtAsiaPacific]

+ The Philadelphia Museum of Art got started on its new Frank Gehry–designed expansion this week marking the start of their $196 million core project. [6abc] + The Turner prize abolished their age ceiling of 50, giving older artists a chance to win one of Britain's most prestigious art awards.  [The Guardian]


+ The late David Bowie's old Central Park South apartment is now on the market, and it comes with one of his pianos. [Gothamist]

+ The UK's Sky Arts television channel just launched an $1.25 million art fund called 'Art 50,' which will commission 50 artworks in coming years aimed at exploring what it means to be British post-Brexit. [Artforum]


+ Op art master and professor of art Julian Stanczak died at his home in Seven Hills, Ohio. [Associated Press ]

+ It would appear that Brooke Shields has a Keith Haring above her fireplace. [The New York Times]

+ N.W.A's Straight Outta Compton is one of the 25 selections selected this year for preservation in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress. [ARTnews, via]

+ The deputy director of construction at the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Mikhail Novikov, has been placed under house arrest for the next two months on charges of suspected fraud. [The Art Newspaper]

+ Robert "the cook" Gentile, one of the key suspects in the investigation of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist, recently plead guilty in court to an unrelated guns charge. [Hartford Courant]

+ The recording console used during the making of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon was sold for $1.8 million. [Rolling Stone]

+ Christie's auction house is challenging the French court's ruling regarding paying artist's resale rights. [The Art Newspaper]

Did we miss any pressing art world stories? Let us know in the comments below!


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