|The sacking of Carthage continues|
- Deposed dictator Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali used and abused Tunisia’s cultural heritage to decorate his villas, including taking objects from the Bardo Museum, and looting archaeological sites.
- The newest suit attempting to prevent the shifting of the Barnes collection relies on the documentary “The Art of the Steal”, but they still have no legal standing and might vexatious enough to force the Friends into paying the Barnes Foundation’s legal bills.
- David Byrne writes beautifully about houses and bikes.
- A case of University censorship of faculty art.
- The heirs of Baron Mor Lipot Heerzog have filed suit in the United States seeking the return of works of art from Hungary. Hungary has asked the suit be dismissed.
- Protesting the no-photo policy at the Musée d’Orsay.
- Great news, a $500,000 grant for preservation of the Watts Towers.
- Noah Charney sees two ways of looking at the Google Art project.
- Stiff penalty because of a life of privilege: in Seattle an art dealer was sentenced to four years in prison (more than the standard range) for conspiring to steal art.
- David Ascalon sets a groundbreaking precedent after his public art was altered, and he sought a remedy under the Visual Artists’ Rights Act.
- Works by Monet, Marquet, and Boudin—recovered in Buenos Aires—after they had been stolen in 1999 and appeared on an interpol database.
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