Интерпол выпускает приложение для краж произведений искусства, ремонт Филадельфийского музея искусств Фрэнка Гери завершен, и многое другое: Morning Links from May 7, 2021

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INTERPOL, THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL POLICE ORGANIZATION, has gone into the app business. The group’s new ID-Art app lets users upload photographs of artworks, which are then checked against its database of stolen pieces via image-recognition technology, Forbes reports. (Звучит как забавный способ убить время на художественной ярмарке). В случае совпадения, всплывающее окно позволяет уведомить власти. Эта штука обладает серьезной функциональностью: It can also be used to create a private inventory of work (to make reporting easier in the event of theft), and it can be used to help highlight at-risk heritage sites. Interpol said that, during the app’s testing phase, Italian Carabinieri used it to identify two stolen statues that were available for sale online.

Горячая тенденция: ARTWORKS BEING DESTROYED as part of various NFT schemes. Reuters reports that the British street artist Nathan Murdoch recently painted a giant mural, took a photo of it, then covered it with paint. His plan: sell it as a print (on eBay) and as an NFT. (The print seems like a bit of a hedge, but never mind.) A few days ago, the crypto king Brock Pierce also burned a Domingo Zapata painting (with the permission of the artist), making a video that will become an NFT. (Page Six has the full story, and an image of the fire.) And then there was the bizarre effort to sell an NFT of a Basquiat drawing with the buyer given the (almost certainly illegal) invitation to destroy it. Наследство художника воспрепятствовало этому. These seem like signs of a healthy culture.


After four years of construction, Frank Gehry’s renovation and expansion of the Philadelphia Museum of Art opens to the pubic today. [Designboom]

Emergency grants of $1,000 are being offered to New York City–based artists with disabilities by the New York Foundation for the Arts. [The New York Times]

Кроме того, в Нью-Йорке есть городские власти.

And New York City is creating a $25 million program to commission artists to create works throughout the five boroughs. The City Artist Corps, as it is being called, aims to generate 1,500 jobs. [The New York Times]

It’s a big moment for the artist and musician Lonnie Holley, who has two shows in the Hamptons, and who just joined the powerhouse Blum & Poe gallery. [The New York Times]

Artist Adriana Varejão, who currently has a show of her sumptuous, and sometimes discomforting, paintings at Gagosian in New York, discussed her work, meat, and her Oscar Niemeyer–designed home in Rio de Janeiro in a new interview. [Обои]

A new exhibition about Napoleon has gone on view in a museum that is part of the Waterloo Memorial in Belgium, and it includes the bathtub he used in exile on Saint Helena “for between an hour and an hour-and-a-half” each day, according to an organizer. В среду исполнилось 200 лет со дня смерти французского императора. [AFP/ArtDaily]


SOME PEOPLE THINK IT WAS A BAD IDEA for the town of Noto, Japan, to spend about $274,000 in pandemic stimulus on гигантская скульптура кальмара, with the aim of attracting tourists and highlighting its local fishing industry, Reuters reports. The ARTnews take: the sculpture is captivating, squid is delicious, and given the amount of press this faux controversy has generated, Noto is now on the map!

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