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The World Goes Blue, White, and Red for Paris

The French flag flies unwavering on landmarks across the world.

by Sami Emory
Nov 15 2015, 2:00pm

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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:  

+ Landmarks around the world lit up blue, white, and red this weekend in a global act of solidarity for the people of Paris. [USA Today]

+ The Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art’s upcoming exhibition will display a sweeping selection of western artworks, many of which have been stored away since the 1979 Revolution. [Vanity Fair]

+ The sculptor of the 9/11 Tear of Grief monument in New Jersey plans to construct a memorial for the victims of the Russian Metrojet plane that went down in Egypt in the end of October. [The Art Newspaper]

+ Russian Actionist artist Pyotr Pavlensky set fire to FSB (Federal Security Service) headquarters in Moscow; he was then detained and sent to jail for a sentence of 30 days, awaiting trial. [The Guardian]

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+ Laurie Anderson married Sophie Calle in slapdash style in San Francisco this weekend. (Reportedly, the proposal, impromptu ceremony, and “I dos” were all part of a performance; the marriage itself was not legally binding). [artnet]

+ This year marks the third annual Midnite Communion in Long Beach where metal artists come together for two days to display their dark and doomful works. [LA Weekly]

+ NYPD investigative etcher Jason Harvey’s forensic sketches get their chance to shine at “Fantasy Composites,” his new show at For Gansevoort. [New York Daily News]

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+ From now on, we’re getting our greens exclusively from the Getty Center’s new Salad Garden. [Smithsonian Mag]

+ Studies in the pigments of several Pollocks point towards possible forgeries. [The Art Newspaper]

+ Two of the Tyvek suits and gas masks worn by Breaking Bad’s Walter White and Jesse Pinkman are headed to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. [Variety]

+ Artworks are the new stocks and bonds. [CNN Money]

+ Amedeo Modigliani’s Nu Couché sold for the unreal amount of $170.4 million on Monday; Cy Twombly’s Untitled (NYC) sold for a record-breaking $70.5 million later in the week. [ARTnewsARTnews]

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+ “Why Malia Obama Should Study Art History.” [Artsy]

+ Two new electronic music museums are coming to Germany within the next two years. [Dancing Astronaut]

+ Deborah Kass’s OY/YO sculptures landed emphatically on the banks of the East River. [The New York Times]

+ The artist-run Republic of Zaqistan celebrates it’s 10th anniversary of independence. [Hyperallergic]

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+ Constant Dullaart is building fake Facebook profiles for thousands of the soldiers who fought in the American Revolutionary War—the real battle, however, is between the Dutch artist and Facebook’s policies. [BBC]

+ Artbit is an app that recognizes art, much as Shazam or Sound Hound does for music; useful for art history exams or second Tinder dates at the MET. [Haaretz

+ Jürgen Teller’s rustic photoshoot featuring Kim, Kanye, and hisself are going to be available for purchase at a selling exhibition at Phillips, London. [artnet]

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+ Spray-painted penises are showing up around Pakistan’s potholes to bring awareness to dangerously neglected roadways. [Alternet]

+ Performance artist Ulay is suing former lover Marina Abramovic for reportedly breaking their contract which manages the sales on their collaborative works. [The Guardian]

+ Meet Hillary Clinton’s biggest fan artist: Sarah Sole, of the blog Hillary and I. [Huffington Post]

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

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