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Model for Michelangelo's Pieta Found

12-inch sculpture was covered with tape

(Newser) - A US art historian says he’s found the model for Michelangelo's great statue the Pieta at the Vatican, the Daily Telegraph reports. An Italian art collector picked up the 12-inch terracotta model at an antiques shop; before restoration, it was covered in paint and dotted with Scotch tape. But... More »

Nazi-Era Trove of 'Degenerate Art' Discovered

Subway diggers find stash of long-lost sculptures

(Newser) - A stash of sculptures that survived both the Nazis and Allied firebombing has been found by workers digging a new subway line in Berlin. The sculptures, all from early 20th-century artists, were on a list of "degenerate" artworks shunned by the Nazis for having Jewish or otherwise non-German influences... More »

Giacometti Sculpture Sells for Record $104.3M

'Walking Man I' squeaks by Picasso's record price

(Newser) - Alberto Giacometti's "Walking Man I" sculpture has sold at Sotheby's for $104.3 million, breaking the record for the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction. The previous record-holder was Picasso's "Boy With a Pipe," which sold for $104.2 million 6 years ago, the Wall Street ... More »

Senegal's $30M Statue May Need to Add Clothes

Government considers covering female figure's legs

(Newser) - Senegal's government is considering taking action against one of its most prominent women for a hemline that's too high—by about 30 feet. Having spent $30 million on a giant statue of an African family meant to tower over the capital Dakar, President Abdoulaye is considering a costly revision because... More »

Banksy Strikes Again— With Huge Museum Show

(Newser) - Controversial artist Banksy has mounted a huge show at his hometown Bristol City Museum—but the secretive vandal is nowhere to be seem, the Times of London reports. The exhibition was planned in secret through Banksy’s representatives. “We couldn’t even tell the council and the whole thing... More »

Italy's $4M 'Michelangelo' Triggers Furor

(Newser) - Did Michelangelo actually create a small (16-inch) wooden carving of a crucified Jesus or did the Italian government get taken for a $4 million ride? Some experts believe passionately that the piece, now on exhibit in Naples, is the work of the master. But as the BBC reports, others blast... More »

Hipster Jesus Unveiled

Jesus given jeans and a trim for British church's new statue

(Newser) - A Catholic church in Britain has given Jesus a 21st century makeover, the Daily Telegraph reports. Uckfield Catholic Church's "Jesus in Jeans" sculpture, to be hoisted to the top of its bell tower this week, depicts a rockin' Jesus with a trim haircut and sporting baggy jeans. The design... More »

Jacko Has Boyish Taste in Art

Neverland property loaded with sculptures of boys

(Newser) - Michael Jackson is fighting to keep his possessions off the auction block, and now we know why. TMZ has a list of everything on his Neverland ranch property, and it includes lots of creepy-sounding art. Among the pieces: "boy with accordion," "boy sitting on bricks," "... More »

'Demon Horse' Divides Denver

Critics stampede to complain about sculptire of 32-foot mustang with blazing red eyes

(Newser) - A fierce controversy has reared up in Denver over a gigantic blue mustang that looms at the gateway to the city's airport, reports the Wall Street Journal. Naysayers complain that a "terrifying" 32-foot sculpture with glowing red eyes isn't the kind of first impression Denver should be giving visitors.... More »

Iraq Takes Down Shoe Sculpture

Government rejects monument's 'political motives'

(Newser) - The large, shoe-shaped sculpture made to honor an Iraqi journalist’s gesture of defiance against former President Bush was removed from the garden of a Tikrit orphanage just a day after it was put up, CNN reports. The government requested the removal, and sent police to supervise. “We will... More »

Gee, Beav, Sculpture by Wally at the Louvre

(Newser) - Eat your heart out, Eddie Haskell. Tony Dow, best known as the actor who portrayed the Beav's big brother, Wally, in the '50s TV series Leave It to Beaver, will have one of his abstract sculptures on display at the Louvre. Several sculptors from the Karen Lynne Gallery, including Dow,... More »

Vatican Objects to Image of Frog on Crucifix

Calls it 'desecration,' but Italian museum won't take it down

(Newser) - Despite objections from the pope, a sculpture of a crucified frog will continue to hang in an Italian museum, board officials said today. The Vatican slammed the work, called Feet First, as a blasphemous attack on Christianity. But museum officials cited artistic freedom and said its German creator considered the... More »

NY Sculptor Builds Fortune Out of Legos

Making art for Trump, others generates 6-figure income

(Newser) - For New York artist Nathan Sawaya, earning a six-figure salary is child's play. That's because Sawaya makes his living creating arresting sculptures from Lego blocks. Once a stressed-out Wall Street attorney, he began building the whimsical pieces at night as a way to unwind. Now, he tells Portfolio, he gets... More »

Stumbling Museum Visitor Smashes $12K Sculpture

Ceramic Costa Rican totem at summer exhibition shatters to floor

(Newser) - A 9-foot ceramic totem was smashed to smithereens after a visitor to London's Royal Academy lost her balance yesterday and tumbled into the work, the Guardian reports. The "Five Frauleins" in the work by a noted Costa Rican sculptor now number four. Museum officials are discussing the damage with... More »

Architects Vie for Best Wobble

Abandoning profession's firm foundations, designers cook up gelatin gems

(Newser) - Don’t accuse them of playing with their food; the finalists in the 2008 London Festival of Architecture’s Jelly Design Contest aren’t fooling around. Using what Americans would call gelatin, “a vast range of architectural motifs and techniques have been used to spectacular effect,” an event... More »

Panel Rips MLK Statue, Says He Looks Like a Dictator

Fed commission calls 28-foot sculpture too much like totalitarian art

(Newser) - A federal arts panel is demanding changes to a colossal statue of Martin Luther King Jr. planned for the heart of Washington because commissioners think King looks too "confrontational," almost like a dictator, reports the Washington Post. The 28-foot-tall statue is to be the centerpiece of a 4-acre... More »

Sculpture Thieves Seek Scrap Metal

Commodity prices driving thefts; more artists steering clear

(Newser) - A wave of sculpture thefts has little to do with the pieces’ artistic merit: Police believe they’ve been stolen for their valuable copper content, the Wall Street Journal reports. In the past 18 months, three public artworks displayed in Brea, Calif., have disappeared—and the trend is appearing across... More »

Cubs Unveil Statue, See Error of They're Ways

Team immortalizes Banks; fans take up proofreading

(Newser) - Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich didn't even have to ask: A Cubs representative greeted her with "We're going to fix it. That's all I can say." And sure enough, less than 24 hours after the unveiling of a statue honoring legendary infielder Ernie Banks, the legend on its... More »

Aaaay! Milwaukee to Cast Fonz in Bronze

Art gallery closes in disgust

(Newser) - Milwaukee’s about to get way cooler. Thanks to private donations and teenagers who bought “Bronze the Fonz” T-shirts, the tourist bureau has raised $85,000 to erect a permanent bronze tribute to Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli, the leather-jacketed biker in the Milwaukee-set '70s hit sitcom “Happy Days.... More »

Lion Sculpture Fetches Record Price at Auction

3¼-inch Guennol Lioness goes for $57M, nearly double last mark

(Newser) - A limestone sculpture of a lioness standing at only 3¼ inches sold at auction in New York yesterday for $57 million, smashing the record price for a sculpture, the BBC reports. The Guennol Lioness, believed to have been carved 5,000 years ago in Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq and Iran), topped... More »

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