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British Artist Stranded at Sea After Shipping Firm Collapses

Rebecca Moss calls it 'completely ironic'

(Newser) - When British artist Rebecca Moss set out to sea for a 23-day adventure last month, it was to to "explore the comedic potential of the clash between mechanical systems and nature," as the Guardian puts it. Little did she know just how real things were about to get.... More »

Verdict Is In for Artist Who Insists He Didn't Paint Picture

Peter Doig emerges victorious in odd art-world case

(Newser) - A case Artnet.com calls "one wild ride" may finally be over after a federal judge ruled Tuesday that artist Peter Doig wasn't the painter of a painting owned by an ex-corrections officer—and that the man and his art dealer couldn't sue Doig for foiling plans... More »

Artist: I Was Attacked Over Nude Trump Painting

'I am scared for America,' says Illma Gore

(Newser) - From death threats to an alleged attack: Artist Illma Gore, whose unflattering pastel drawing of Donald Trump in the buff is hanging in a gallery in London, says a Trump supporter punched her in the face on a Los Angeles street as she walked near her home on Friday. Gore,... More »

British Artist Marries ... a Rock

Tracey Emin says the stone is waiting for her at home, and that it's 'not going anywhere'

(Newser) - British artist Tracey Emin, known for work that is confessional and "so wincingly personal that actually interviewing her seems slightly redundant," as Post Magazine puts it, has announced that last summer, at her home in France, standing under an olive tree, and wearing her father's white funeral... More »

Ellsworth Kelly Didn't Expect the World to Love His Art

Ellsworth Kelly started out painting WWII tanks

(Newser) - Ellsworth Kelly, widely seen as one of the greatest artists America has ever produced, has died at his home in upstate New York after 70 years of creating his own style of abstract art. He was 92. Kelly started out in an artistic US Army unit in France during World... More »

Cop Stumbles on Pricey Art in Old Meth Lab

Work by American Indian artist Al Momaday worth over $30K

(Newser) - An Albuquerque officer searching a former meth lab stumbled upon artwork by late American Indian artist Al Momaday that was worth more than $30,000 and likely was stolen, according to police. Police say the officer found the valuable prints last week during a protective sweep of the condemned apartment... More »

Why Banksy Might Be a Woman

Kriston Capps at Citylab makes her case

(Newser) - An upcoming HBO documentary about the ever-elusive street artist Banksy is worthwhile for fans, but "it doesn't cast a light on who Banksy is or what she looks like," writes Kriston Capps at Citylab . That's right, what she looks like. For a variety of reasons, Capps... More »

Meet the Sweet Woman at Center of Massive Art Fraud

Margaret Keane painted 'big eyes' works, but husband took credit

(Newser) - In its interview with 87-year-old Margaret Keane, the Guardian points out that the polite woman "is the last person you’d expect to be a participant in one of the great art frauds of the 20th century." But she is indeed, thanks to her "big eyes" paintings... More »

Meet the Woman Who Can See 100 Times the Colors You Can

Concetta Antico is a tetrachromat: her eyes have four cones

(Newser) - If you're a tetrachromat—which, odds are, you aren't—you can see more colors than the rest of us, thanks to an extra structure in your eyes. The structure, known as a cone, detects certain light wavelengths. With three cones, most of us can see about a million... More »

Live and Let Die Villain Dead at 84

Geoffrey Holder was an artist with a varied career

(Newser) - Geoffrey Holder, a multi-talented dancer, artist, director, actor, and composer best known for his role as a Bond villain, died in New York yesterday of complications from pneumonia, the New York Times reports. He was 84. An unmistakable presence, Holder stood 6'6" and possessed a booming voice with a... More »

Scientist Unlocks a da Vinci Secret

'The Lady with an Ermine' has 2 previous versions hidden beneath it

(Newser) - Among Leonardo da Vinci's most famous paintings is a portrait of a woman holding an ermine, but a new analysis shows there's a lot more to it than that. The portrait features Cecilia Gallerani, the mistress of the "white ermine," as da Vinci patron the Duke... More »

Tiny Monet: Autistic Girl, 5, Sells Paintings for Thousands

Iris Grace may struggle to communicate with words, but not on canvas

(Newser) - When Iris Grace Halmshaw's parents first supplied their daughter with painting supplies, they hoped it would be a fun way for the autistic girl to express herself. But instead of stick figures, Iris Grace immersed herself in abstract impressionist painting for hours at a time, often depicting movement in... More »

Protester Smashes $1M Weiwei Vase in Miami Museum

Tells police he's angry that local artists don't get represented

(Newser) - A South Florida artist is facing a criminal charge after police say he smashed a $1 million vase at Miami's new art museum to protest what he called its favoritism for international rather than local art. Maximo Caminero, 51, was charged with criminal mischief after Sunday's incident at... More »

Art School Is a Tragic Ripoff

Noah Bradley: It's a crime to pay $246K for an art education

(Newser) - Move over, law school : There's a new worthless degree in town, at least according to Noah Bradley. The artist, writing on Medium.com , gets right to the point: "Art school is a waste of your money" (emphasis his). Though Bradley himself attended two prestigious art schools, he's... More »

Texas Millionaire Hit With 11 Counts of Child Molestation

Stanley Marsh 3 faces 20 years in prison

(Newser) - Texas millionaire and eccentric artist Stanley Marsh 3 has been charged with 11 felony counts of child molestation. Police sought the 74-year-old, whose claim to fame is his "Cadillac Ranch" display along a Texas interstate, following a series of lawsuits saying he paid 10 teens to perform sex acts.... More »

Hirst Exhibition Killed 9K Butterflies

Animal rights groups slam British artist

(Newser) - British artist Damien Hirst, famous for his works using pickled and dismembered animals, has once again angered animal rights groups—this time for a work that used live creatures. His "In and Out of Love" exhibition at London's Tate Modern allowed visitors to observe the lives of butterflies... More »

Ai Weiwei's Design Firm Loses License

Artist says needed documents were confiscated

(Newser) - Days after losing his last appeal in a tax case , embattled Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei is facing another legal battle. China has canceled his design firm's business license because he hasn't re-registered the company, the BBC reports. But the artist says he couldn't re-register after officials confiscated... More »

Ai Weiwei Loses Final Appeal in Tax Case

Dissident must pay $2.4M fine—or face jail

(Newser) - Ai Weiwei lost his second appeal against a $2.4 million tax evasion fine today, settling the case for good. Now, if he doesn't shell out the remaining $1.05 million, the dissident artist could face jail time—and he says he's not paying, Reuters reports. To pay... More »

Art World About to Be Swimming in Warhols

Warhol foundation to auction off 20K works

(Newser) - We've got bad news for art collectors who've invested heavily in screen prints of soup cans: Their value might be about to plummet, because Andy Warhol's estate is selling out. The Andy Warhol Foundation is dumping its entire collection—more than 20,000 works—in a move... More »

Ai Weiwei to Thousands of Supporters: Please Sue Me

Dissident artist's unusual move comes on heels of tax-case loss

(Newser) - Ai Weiwei today lost his challenge against tax evasion charges and the $2.4 million fine China has slapped him with—but he once again wasn't allowed into court to make his case, he says. Police barred him from attending today's court date, calling him to explicitly tell... More »

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