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“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music” exhibition at the Friedman Benda Gallery turns late-night culture into art… 

VENICE REPORT: Sir Anthony Caro’s Masterful Sculptures at Museo Correr sponsored by Bottega Veneta  

Sculptures of Gromit the dog attacked in public art vandalism wave

Hank Willis Thomas on defining what it means to be a black male in new art project, “Question Bridge: Black Males”

Daily Checklist: Sci-Fi Painter Sues James Cameron, UK Dads Attack Constable, and More 

The very idea of having Turrell works in Las Vegas seems oxymoronic, but yet…

Chicago Public Art Campaign Raises Awareness With 100 Sunken Buddha Heads 

Kate Moss Portrait Unveiled at Selfridges

Paddle8 Nets $6 Million From Team of Investors Including Damien Hirst

Hit by Fire, the Heidelberg Project Stands for Detroit’s Resilience

On May 3 we received a series of phone calls informing us that the Obstruction of Justice House, one of the Heidelberg Project’s major monuments, was on fire. Even though the project has been partially destroyed twice before, in 1991 and in 1999, each time by order of the city government, the blaze came as a complete shock. I got there about 8:30 a.m. and the Detroit Fire Department was carefully trying to contain the fire without harming the installation….

The Strange Case of Peter Doig: Art, Lies, and LSD

In the mid-1970s, while taking classes at Thunder Bay’s Lakehead University, an Ontario correctional officer met a runaway Scottish teenager, who had recently left his family in Montreal to find work with a gas drilling company. The youth stopped going to class and found himself at the Thunder Bay Correctional Center for a five-month stay on charges of LSD possession. While interned, he took classes in the center’s fine arts educational program; the same officer, Michael Fletcher, noticed the teenager working on a Surrealist-inspired desert landscape painting, and helped the young expat apply for parole, with Fletcher himself taking on parole officer duties. Inspired to support the youth and see his talents developed, Fletcher bought the then completed 34” by 41” canvas for $100 and found him a job through the Seafarers Union in Thunder Bay. The teenager, Peter Doig, headed off to art school in London in 1979 and would eventually become “Europe’s most expensive artist” (as billed by the Daily Mail), selling a painting this past February for £7.8 million ($12 million)….*Click Photo to Continue Reading*

Jean-Michel Basquiat, “Untitled,” 1981 (detail)

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