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Museums See Different Virtues in Virtual Worlds

LIKE vodka and fun-house mirrors and trips to Japan, the Internet can make you feel bigger than you are. And it can make even the oldest-school art museum wonder: Could our collection reach the villages of China and the universities of Peru and perhaps a prison or two? Could it touch those who have no chance of entering our physical doors? Could it spread to the whole world? This is an account about how two New York museums seized this dream — and how one of them clings to it still, while the other has found that the Internet’s true value isn’t in being everywhere but in enhancing the here. Red the full New York Times article here.

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Pablo Picasso hidden portrait found beneath famous painting 'The Blue Room'
A hidden portrait has been unearthed beneath Pablo Picasso’s masterpiece “The Blue Room”. Read more here. READ MORE

Could Vermeer's Paintings Be 350 Year-Old Color Photos?
Tim Jenison, a Texas-based inventor, attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in the art world: 
How did Dutch master Johannes Vermeer manage to paint so photo-realistically 150 years before the invention of photography? Here's how he conducted his experiment... READ MORE

Draw My Left! No, No, My Other Left! A Hidden Bias In Art History Revealed
Why is it that in thousands of portraits done all over the world, artists emphasize the left side of the subject's face? There's a bias here, and it's hiding in our brains. NPR reports... READ MORE

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Banksy's Latest Depicts Spying, Right Outside the UK Intelligence HQ
What's alleged to be Banksy's latest piece of artwork has popped up on the side of a house in Cheltenham, and it depicts security agents spying on a public phone—right round the corner from the UK's intelligence center, GCHQ. Read the full article here... READ MORE

Presidential Portraits: George W. Bush Reveals Never-Before-Seen Paintings

Former President George W. Bush's portraits of world leaders such as Blair, the former British prime minister, Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Dalai Lama and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai are on display at his presidential library in Dallas.The exhibit, "The Art of Leadership: A President's Personal Diplomacy," includes photographs and other memorabilia from Bush's visits with these leaders. USA Today reports.....

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A Tiny Renoir, Stolen In The '50s, Finally Comes Home
It has the makings of a great mystery: artwork stolen from a prominent museum, plus the FBI, a beautiful woman and an intrepid reporter. But this isn't fiction; it's a strange, true tale of how a painting by Pierre-Auguste Renoir has now safely returned home to a Baltimore museum. NPR reports... READ MORE

Portugal’s Move to Sell Miró Works Raises Debate of Preservation vs. Privatization

LISBON — Since the onset of the euro crisis a few years ago, the Portuguese government has shed assets including its airport management company, a highway operator and the national postal service. But when it came to selling off a collection of works by the Catalan artist Joan Miró, for some it was a step too far. The government’s announcement that it would sell the collection through the auction house Christie’s in London set off intense discussion as to what kind of assets governments should be allowed to sell, and whether a nation’s cultural heritage should be off limits.

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