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  • Brit Art's Queen Mum

    A cockney pub landlady has been named as one of the most influential figures in the contemporary-art world, along with Charles Saatchi, Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst, and a dozen American billionaires, writes Nigel Reynolds in The Telegraph.

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  • Fahlström Stolen from Baltic Centre

    A section of a work of art by Öyvind Fahlström has been stolen from the Baltic Centre in Gateshead, reports the BBC News. The ink drawing is part of a piece called 182 improvisations for night music and was removed from its metal hinges, leaving a gap in the larger work.

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  • Artists Short-listed for Alternative Turner Prize

    Three painters, two Internet artists, a sculptor, a photographer, and a graffiti artist have been short-listed for the Alternative Turner Prize, writes Fiachra Gibbons in The Guardian. The prize, which as yet has received little of the kudos and has none of the prize money of the original, has been set up to highlight “the plurality of art being created which the Turner Prize has not reflected in recent years.”

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  • Michaelangelo Drawing Put Under Export Ban

    The arts minister of Britain placed a temporary bar on the export of Study of a Mourning Woman by Michelangelo, which was recently discovered pasted into an album at Castle Howard in Yorkshire, writes David Lister in The Independent. The work is on offer at 7.5 million pounds (11.6 million dollars).

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  • Long-lost Painting Disappoints at Christie's

    The couple who discovered a John William Waterhouse painting from 1909 last year in their Ontario farmhouse refused to sell it for 2.9 million dollars, writes Sarah Schmidt in the National Post. Offered by Christie's London, the painting was expected to attract bids of up to 7.3 million dollars.

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  • Hirst Painting Joins Trip to Mars

    Damien Hirst has unveiled an artwork that will travel into space on the British Beagle 2 spacecraft journeying to Mars, reports the BBC News. One of Hirst's spot paintings will be used as a special instrument-calibration chart.

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  • Australia Arts Council Guidelines Spark Debate

    Some questions have emerged from the release by the Australia Council of guidelines for dealing with indigenous communities, writes Joyce Morgan in the Sydney Morning Herald. The guidelines include a section that asks artists to consider how their work will affect the indigenous group on which it is based, whether it “empowers” indigenous people or whether it reinforces negative stereotypes.

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  • Cleveland Museum of Art Plans Major Expansion

    The Cleveland Museum of Art plans a massive expansion and renovation, reports Steven Litt in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.With an estimated construction cost of 225 million dollars, the project already has a price tag more than twice that of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, also located in Cleveland and finished in 1995.

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  • Saatchi Derides Turner Prize

    Charles Saatchi, the most influential collector of modern art in Britain, has denounced the Turner Prize as “pseudo-controversial rehashed claptrap,” writes Catherine Milner in The Telegraph.

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  • L.A.'s Galleries Come into Their Own

    Despite its endemic sprawl and persistent inferiority complex, Los Angeles is the nation's second city for the visual arts, with commercial galleries making up a vital part of the scene, writes Suzanne Muchnic in the Los Angeles Times. With nearly one hundred that present public exhibition programs and keep their doors open during regular hours, Los Angeles is second only to Manhattan and well ahead of Chicago, its closest competitor.

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