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Art News - Wednesday Art News - Friday, Feb 27
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+Police investigate $67m art heist
ABC News - Australia
Forensic specialists, detectives and uniformed police are investigating what is being described as one of Australia's biggest art thefts.

+Uffizi to double in size as Italy tries to outdo Louvre
The Guardian - UK
Italy is to try to turn the Uffizi gallery in Florence into Europe's premier art museum, with an ambitious 56m euro (£38m) scheme to double its exhibition space.
+Guard admits stealing O'Keeffe art, police say
Houston Chronicle - USA
SANTA FE, N.M. -- A security guard accused of trying to steal a Georgia O'Keeffe painting from the museum where he worked admitted he lifted an O'Keeffe from a nearby museum, authorities said.
+A mammoth makeover for the Met
International Herald Tribune
NEW YORK The Metropolitan Museum of Art is to create thousands of square feet of new exhibition space, including a grand Roman Court and renovated Islamic galleries, which will substantially increase the number of artworks it is able to display.

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+Lichtenstein returns to London gallery after 35 years
TheGaurdian - UK
It is 35 years since the last major Roy Lichtenstein exhibition in this country. Hayward Gallery exhibitions director Martin Caiger-Smith was too young then to get in.

Art News - Wednesday Art News - Wednesday, Feb 25
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+Saatchi buys stripper's Diana painting
The Guardian - UK
Charles Saatchi has never been afraid to take risks, but his latest acquisition could prove more controversial than Damien Hirst's pickled shark or Tracey Emin's dishevelled bed.

+Costco's newest deal: Art
Buying fine art can be intimidating. Not without reason, buyers expect to encounter arrogant dealers and lofty gallery prices.
+It may be art, but it's not Arthur
The late Arthur Ashe was a person of dignity. For a memorial to him at the National Tennis Center to have taken the form of a massive, naked figure is being seen as offensive by the editorial board of Black Tennis magazine.
+Reaching peace in art: Basic thoughts about diversity in our horrifying times
The Last Supper! Yes, THE Last Supper (shaam-e aakhar, in Persian) is the title of a fine work of art I purchased in Tehran and brought with me 2 years ago, on my way back to the U.S. from a trip I took to Iran,

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+Iran welcomes UK art exhibition
BBC News - UK
The first exhibition of British art to go on show in Iran since the Islamic revolution in 1979 opens on Tuesday.
The Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art exhibition includes works by many big names of UK art including Damien Hirst, Henry Moore and Gilbert and George.

Art News - Wednesday Art News - Monday, Feb 23
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+Sotheby’s contemporary: best sale ever in London
The Art Newspaper - UK
LONDON. Auctioneer Tobias Meyer was in playful mood as he steered Sotheby’s to a remarkable set of results for contemporary art in London on the evening of 5 February, the highest tally ever to have been reported by this department.

+In search of the real Caravaggio
The Guardian - UK
In an age of mechanical reproductions and electronic facsimiles, we go to art galleries so we can be in the artist's real presence. Staring at a girl with a pearl earring, we imagine we are communing with Vermeer (who turns out to look very like Colin Firth).
+Too many galleries, not enough art
The Art Newspaper - UK
The market today requires that young artists have global representation, but unless they embrace Warholesque production techniques few can keep pace with the demand this entails
+L.A. County Museum of Art has Johns' 'Numbers'
LOS ANGELES – The basic idea is simple. Take numbers and then paint, draw and render them in lithographs, etchings and virtually every other form the print can take. What Jasper Johns did with that notion is technically dazzling and thick with tantalizing philosophical implications.

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+Mickey in controversial 9/11 art
Art show organisers have defended a sculpture of Mickey Mouse flying a plane into the World Trade Centre, saying it was about "making you think".

Art News - Wednesday Art News - Friday, Feb 13
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+Anger at invitation to contemporary artist
The Guardian - UK
A row has broken out in the Spanish art world over plans to introduce contemporary art to the Prado museum, home to many of the best works of Velázquez, Goya and El Greco.

+Teacher fights back after suspension over art class pose
Star Telegram - USA
A high school art teacher who was suspended for asking a student to pose for classmates wearing only boxer shorts plans to fight for her job, her attorney said Thursday.
+She was a martyr to art
Telegraph - UK
Beatrice Cenci was a contemporary of Shakespeare's who might have been a tragic heroine of a Webster horror-play. She was beheaded in Rome in 1599, aged 22, for patricide, pleading in her defence that her father, Francesco, had cruelly imprisoned her and subjected her to incestuous rape.
+Proof! Finding love is an art
Buried beneath a collapsing white canopy just before the opening of Jupiter's ArtiGras festival last year, artist Anne London was missing something. Just a little something. Fortunately, fellow artist Tom Radca was there to help.

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+Artists Attuned to the Siren Call of the Sea
New York Times - USA
What constitutes a marine painting? John Zarobell asks that question in the catalog for "Manet and the Sea," an exhibition that opens on Sunday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art with 33 Manet seascapes.

Art News - Wednesday Art News - Monday, Feb 9
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+The mystery of the Lady in the Fur Wrap
The Guardian - UK
There is something very odd about the Lady in the Fur Wrap, among all the blue-white tortured bodies in the El Greco exhibition opening at the National Gallery next week. She is positively pink.
As part of the first major British exhibition on the work of the master, the National Gallery is about to peer under the Lady's sumptuous cloak to see what secrets she is hiding. The hope is to resolve once and for all the centuries-old arguments about whether she is genuinely the work of El Greco.

+Minister to study claims that museum has looted Nazi art
The Irish Times - Ireland
The Minister for Arts, Mr O'Donoghue, is to examine claims by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre that parts of the Hunt Museum collection in Limerick may have been looted by the Nazis, writes Arthur Beesley, Political Reporter
+For these homeless people, art of heart's sake - USA
One lit with the glow of soft firelight shows a red-bricked fireplace with mantle and a clock. The scene is something the artist would like to call his own one day.
Others show festively decorated houses, sun-dappled hills, a log cabin in a forest by a river -- scenes far from the reality the artists face every day, but places that remind them of easier and happier times.
+Flaky rock art reveals age in layers
ABC Science - Australia
Ancient rock art has been dated by analysing the rock surface beneath the paint rather than the paint itself, by Australian and U.K. researchers.

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+Tate Liverpool Collection: The Shape of Ideas
With great success at Tate Liverpool, the collection “The Shape of Ideas" it’s on exhibition until May 31. This art show examines small-scale sculpture, models and maquettes by some of the most important and innovative artists of the twentieth century.

Art News - Wednesday Art News - Friday, Feb 6
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+Artist finds peace in Ground Zero
The Guardian - UK
The handfuls of dust now lying on a gallery floor in Cardiff arrived last week moulded into a small white doll. The Chinese-American artist who carried it has already officially been branded a political dissident, and had a feeling customs officers might take a dim view of his travelling with a bag of white powder in his luggage.

+Art attack on PM Howard
Herald Sun - Australia
A PAINTING lampooning John Howard's friendship with George W. Bush has caused a political stink. Aboriginal artist Gordon Hookey's Sacred nation, sacred nation, indoctrination, on display at the Ian Potter Gallery in Federation Square, is offensive and inappropriate, its critics say.
+Heirs sue for return of Russian paintings
The Guardian - UK
They are among some of the most radical and seminal Russian paintings of the early 20th century, but were scattered worldwide by the turmoil of Stalinism and the second world war.
+Schaeffer will sell art before his shares
The Sydney Morning Herald - Australia
John Schaeffer won't let a fondness for 19th century European oils come between him and his 30 per cent stake in Tempo Services after the cleaning company unveiled its second profit warning in six months.

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+Artes Mundi - New International Visual Art Prize
Sunday March 28 2004 will see the awarding of the Artes Mundi Prize, one of the world’s largest awards made to an individual visual artist.
The Artes Mundi Prize is the first international visual art prize of its kind in the UK and one of the largest in the world to be awarded to an individual artist.

Art News - Wednesday Art News - Wednesday, Feb 4
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+Hostages taken in art heist
The Australian - Australia
A HEIST "worthy of a crime novel" in Paris netted a gang a haul of expensive paintings, cash and other valuables in a bold operation that involved several people being taken hostage, French police said today.

+Art's rough diamond dies
The Sydney Morning Herald - Australia
When the Australian painter Sam Fullbrook died yesterday aged 81, the art world lost one of its great contradictions.
Fullbrook's art was lyrical and light of touch. In contrast, the artist himself was said to be tough and incorrigible.
+Brush with law reveals art scam
The New Zealand Herald - New Zealand
The Consumers' Institute is hunting for Mr X - the man believed to be behind a long-running art fraud.
The man is believed to have netted hundreds of thousands of dollars by passing off mass-produced prints as original work by up-and-coming artists.
+V&A to open £5m gallery of Islamic art
The Guardian - UK
The V&A is to open a new gallery of Islamic art, thanks to a £5.4m gift from a Saudi company.
The gallery, which is scheduled to open in 2006, will house treasures from the museum's collection of more than 10,000 Islamic objects from the Middle East.

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+Serious collection of intimate art
The New Zealand Herald - New Zealand
I have never been to a gallery of erotic art. If there was an excuse for climbing the stairs in Barcelona we should blame great artists. After a couple of days poking around the nearby Picasso Nude Art and making the hike to the Fundacio Joan Miro to see elaborate squiggles with titles such as Naked Woman by a Window it was time to see real representational art where "naked" meant all kit off, real proper starkers.

Art News - Wednesday Art News - Monday, Feb 2
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+Art | A painter questions art's role - USA
Jörg Immendorff's art poses provocative questions: Who does the artist work for, and to what end? Does an artist have an obligation to society to be "useful"?

+In the picture on Lindsay
The Sydney Morning Herald - Australia
"As if Norman Lindsay would have had models living in his house attired in flimsy frocks! In those days, Rita Lee, his favourite model apart from his wife, Rose, used to go up to his house to pose. But it was nothing like the way it was shown in the film. That was just too absurd for words.
"I suppose the only good thing about the film was that it made a new generation more aware of Lindsay and his work.
+Art or obscenity? Body-painting in debate
China Daily - China
Body-painting was made known to ordinary people in the country in November, 2000, when a naked model, whose body was painted with pictures, appeared before audiences at a promotion event in Wuhan, capital city of Central China's Hubei Province.
+Stolen art recovered - Canada
TORONTO -- Five small ivory sculptures that were taken from the Art Gallery of Ontario two weeks ago in a brazen daylight heist have been recovered, to the relief of their owner. The palm-sized sculptures -- valued at $1.5 million -- were dropped off at the office of Toronto lawyer Dennis Morris, police said yesterday.

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+Exhibits celebrate Black History at A.C. art center - USA
ATLANTIC CITY - The Atlantic City Arts Center kicks off its celebration of Black History month with the opening of three new exhibitions at the Boardwalk facility.
An opening reception will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. today. Activities include a 2 p.m. performance by storyteller Michelle Washington Wilson.



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