Heat Waves, Hot Topics: A Tale of Two DIAs

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Some great links from around the Internets.  Stay cool people.

DIA drama over deaccessioning plan.  Try to say that three times, fast.

Also, Detroit has officially filed for bankruptcy.  This does not bode well for the Detroit Institute of Art.

A member of the Hong Kong Legislative Council has announced that he plans to fight future art funding endeavors. Spoil sport. I was lucky enough to visit to Hong Kong last summer.  The trip was incredible, particularly because of noticble investment the city has made in developing publically available art.  It would be a shame to see this pass.

Graffiti art knows no bounds in Iceland where the police are looking for the parties responsible for painting giant words on the rocky landscape in the Myvatn region.  The Environmental Agency of Iceland has called the act “nature terrorism”.

A Finnish museum has refused a request from the Iraqi government to return six artifacts which were donated to the museum in the 1970s.

Over in the UK, Freddie Mercury’s estate had a spat with Go Go Gorilla charity over a gorilla statute painted in the likeness of the singer.  The estate claimed that the clothing, “worn” by the gorilla, breached their copyright on the iconic suit.

The US has confirmed its commitment to restoring relations with UNESCO after withdrawing support in October 2011.

A stolen Picasso may have turned up, albeit in ash form.

 

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