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A Keith Haring Mural Is in Danger: Last Week In Art

In art news, the Met announces record high attendance amidst financial difficulties, and a Keith Haring Mural is in danger of being torn down by developers.

by Nathaniel Ainley
Aug 8 2016, 4:30pm

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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:

+ A Keith Haring mural, painted on the walls of an old convent, is at risk of being torn down by developers. [Artforum]

+ Netflix released key art for upcoming their upcoming Marvel series, Luke Cage. [Hit Fix]

+ A street artist named Eddie Colla is suing online retailer, Touch of Modern, for trying to sell his works as Banksy originals. [TMZ]

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+ In Phanagoria, Russian archeologists found a message on an ancient Persian stele engraved by King Darius I, an old Persian king that ruled from 522 - 486 BCE. [The Art Newspaper]

+ The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York announces record breaking attendance numbers, racking up an estimated 6.7 million visitors last year. [The New York Times]

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+ Using a particle collider, specialists have solved a 100-year-old mystery regarding Edgar Degas’ Portrait of a Woman. [The Washington Post]

+ The kids who accidentally broke a 5,000-year-old Norwegian stone carving might face prosecution. [NY Daily News]

+ Germany’s culture minister announced his plans to reform the committee in charge of mediating ownership disputes over Nazi-looted art still in Germany. [The Art Newspaper]

+ Artist Domingo Zapata wrote a novel about an artist who seems to resemble Domingo Zapata and sold it Simon & Schuster’s Gallery Books publishing house. [Art News]

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+ An art exhibit in Venezuela honors Frida Kahlo’s 109th birthday with a show featuring 50 female Venezuelan artists. [Reuters]

+ A woman was arrested in a British airport for reading a book on Syrian culture. [BBC]

+ J. Crew is released new rash guards designed by Rob Pruitt. [Art News]

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+ A kinetic sculpture hovers over the crowd in Rio for the opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics. [Artnet News]

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+ A 90-year-old German woman filled out an empty crossword puzzle that was part of an artwork by artist Arthur Koepcke. After vandalizing the piece, she filed to copyright the ‘new’ artwork she claims to have made. [Artnet News]

+ French businessman Francois-Henri Pinault, owner of Christie’s, hopes to open a private museum in Paris by 2018. [Artforum]

+ Sotheby’s president and CEO Tad Smith announced the auction house’s sales are down 31% this year. [The Art Newspaper]

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

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