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Guy Defaces Rothko Mural in Broad Daylight

'Black on Maroon' vandalized at Tate Modern

(Newser) - A man sat in front of a Mark Rothko mural at the Tate Modern yesterday and—in front of a number of onlookers—defaced the painting with black paint. "By the time we turned around he was pretty much finished with his tag," says one museumgoer, who tweeted... More »

Damien Hirst Plastic Skull: Yours for $58K

'Hallucinatory Head ' on sale at Tate Modern gift shop

(Newser) - We get it. You've always dreamed of owning Damien Hirst's diamond-encrusted human skull , or maybe his diamond-encrusted baby skull , but you just don't have the scratch. Well if you swing by Damien Hirst's new exhibit at the Tate Modern, you can now have the next best... More »

World's Most Photographed Landmarks

Guess what comes in ahead of the Statue of Liberty?

(Newser) - Quick, what would you rather take a picture of on a trip to New York: the Statue of Liberty or the Apple store? Turns out most people would choose the Apple store—at least if we’re talking about the one on Fifth Avenue with a nifty-looking cube atop it.... More »

Saddam's Army Modeled on... Darth Vader

Baghdad monument may have been inspired by Star Wars

(Newser) - American artist Michael Rakowitz has devoted an exhibition at London's Tate Gallery to one Star Wars fan George Lucas probably doesn't want to brag about. Rakowitz explores Saddam Hussein's interest in Star Wars and other science fiction—including pages from the dictator's own fantasy novel—and helmets and uniforms from... More »

New Museum Piece Shows Viewers Total Blackness

Miroslaw Balka's How It Is , at the Tate Modern, displays the void

(Newser) - The Tate Modern's latest installation is an enormous steel container—100 feet long, 43 feet high, and 30 feet wide—that envelops visitors in total darkness upon entering. How It Is, by Polish artist Miroslaw Balka, is lined with a suede-like material that is 10 times darker than black paint.... More »

Museum Yanks Nude Photo of Tween Brooke

Pic may violate child porn laws in Britain

(Newser) - The Tate Modern has yanked a nude photo of a young Brooke Shields from an exhibit following a visit by police investigating whether the picture violates child pornography laws in Britain. The controversial photo by New York artist Richard Prince shows a heavily made-up 10-year-old Shields standing naked in a... More »

Photo of Nude Tween Brooke Shields Stokes Controversy

Critic slams display as 'magnet for pedophiles'

(Newser) - A nude photo of 10-year-old Brooke Shields set to appear in an exhibition at the Tate Modern is drawing criticism from child-safety advocates. The photo, by Richard Prince, shows a heavily made-up Shields standing in a bathtub looking into the camera. Prince has said the work, Spiritual America, comments on... More »

Ouch! In London, Art Hurts

Installation at Tate Modern causes at least 15 injuries to unsuspecting visitors

(Newser) - A high-profile installation at the Tate Modern has won critical praise and drawn crowds, but Doris Salcedo's Shibboleth 2007 has also caused trouble, the London Times reports. Some 15 people were injured in a month while viewing the work, a crack in the floor of the gallery large enough to... More »

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