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Steve Jobs’ Turtleneck Is Getting Auctioned Off: Last Week in Art

Also last week: Burning Man vandals, or vigilantes?
Steve Jobs wearing his trademark jeans and black turtleneck combo. Via

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:

+ Julien’s Live auction house is holding an online auction of personal items owned by Steve Jobs. Items for sale include one of Jobs' famous black turtlenecks, a bathrobe, and some of his electric razors. [artnet News]


+ The New York Times ended its theater, restaurant, and arts coverage for the tri-state area this week, a move that comes with the layoffs of a number of longstanding contributors. [Deadline]

+ 30 works from their private collection were donated by artist Ed Ruscha and his wife Danna to the University of Oklahoma Art Museum. [Artforum]

+ Researchers have finally cracked the mystery behind the mysterious white smudge on Edvard Munch’s The Scream. What was previously thought to be bird poop has been identified as wax, most likely from a candle in Munch’s studio. [NY Daily News]

+ Despite a scathing State of Conservation report, the UNESCO World Heritage Site Committee decided not to put Venice on its list of World Heritage in Danger sites. [The Art Newspaper]

+ A group of vandals cut power lines and flooded one of Burning Man’s luxury 'plug-n-play' campsites. [The Guardian]

The White Ocean sound camp, pictured above, before it was vandalized on Wednesday night. Via

+ The United Talent Agency is opening up a 4,500 sq. ft. artist and exhibition space in Los Angeles. [Deadline

+ A group of Israeli artists, museum directors, and art educators filed a lawsuit against the country’s ministry of culture, Miri Regev. [The Art Newspaper]

+ Björk’s new exhibition, Björk Digital, opened last week at the Somerset House in London. [W Magazine]

Björk dances amongst volcanic rocks in Iceland in this screenshot from the film Black Lake by Andrew Thomas Huang. Via 

+ Two Romanian homeless women went in front of the Criminal Court of Meaux for attempting to steal the lead sheets from a Anselm Kiefer statue valued at 1.3 million pounds. [Le Parisien]


+ In the wake of July's failed military coup, Turkey’s fifth Canakkale Biennial has been canceled. [The Art Newspaper]

+ Photographer Nathan Lyons has passed away at 86. [The New York Times]

The Chandos portrait. Via 

+ The National Portrait Gallery is considering cleaning the Chandos portrait of William Shakespeare, a procedure that could cost the bard his beard. [The Art Newspaper]

+ New York Central Art Supply Inc., America’s oldest art supply store, closed its doors after 111 years of service. [artnet News]

Arthur Streeton - Sydney Harbour (1907). Via 

+ Sydney Harbour, a landscape by Australian painter Arthur Streeton, sold at auction for $2M this week. [The Guardian]

+ An English tourist has accused the Elliot Stevens art gallery of the Waldorf Astoria for selling him $100,000 worth of knockoff statues. [NY Post]

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


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