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UNDER SCRUTINY. On Monday, French officers detained for wondering two main archaeologists as a part of an ongoing investigation into alleged antiquities trafficking, Artnet Information and Libération record. That investigation has already resulted in fees in opposition to the Louvre ’s former president, Jean-Luc Martinez. The 2 archaeologists, who've now not been charged, are Noëmi Daucé, a curator on the Louvre, and Jean-François Charnier, an adviser for Afalula, a French workforce concerned about cultural tasks within the Al-Ula space of Saudi Arabia. It's reported that they're being requested about allegedly ignoring warnings concerning the chain of custody of 2 historical Egyptian gadgets whilst advising the Louvre Abu Dhabi on acquisitions. Neither has commented.

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Artist Nelson Stevens, an AfriCOBRA member recognized for developing inventively built, brilliantly hued portraits, died on July 22 on the age of 84. Stevens used to be a veteran activist and trainer, serving as a professor of artwork on the College of Massachusetts Amherst for greater than 30 years. [Diverse Issues in Higher Education via Tradition Sort]

The Seattle bankruptcy of the bird-focused Nationwide Audubon Society is losing Audubon from its title as a result of this is a tribute to artist and ornithologist John James Audubon, who used to be a slave proprietor. It'll make a selection a brand new title via the top of the yr. [Associated Press]

The Petersen Car Museum in Los Angeles is recently appearing items from a car-themed sequence that Andy Warhol used to be at paintings on for Mercedes-Benz when he died abruptly at 58. The artwork have by no means earlier than been proven in combination in america. [Los Angeles Times]

Artist Qualeasha Wooden replied “21 Questions” from Curbed. What construction would she like to revamp? The Guggenheim! Wooden: “It’s all the time gave the impression of a fever dream—this large, white swirling object that feels find it irresistible used to be thrown into the town for granted for what’s round it.” [Curbed]

French filmmaker Jean-Louis Remilleux restored an 18th-century Neoclassical palace with 105 rooms in Noto, Sicily. Graced with artwork and different delights, it's the topic of a sumptuous-looking new e book. [Architectural Digest]

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A PRETTY PICKLE. For a gaggle exhibition on the Michael Lett gallery in Auckland, New Zealand, artist Matthew Griffin created a piece that is composed of a McDonald’s pickle caught to the ceiling. As you'll be able to consider, other folks on the net have evaluations about this readymade paintings, Newshub reviews. “Waste of a excellent pickle,” one commenter mentioned. (Griffin, who's primarily based in Sydney, has a tradition that comes to greater than pickles, for the report, and he infrequently stocks enjoyable video items at the Instagram account @contemporaryary.) The display’s curator, Ryan Mooreadvised the Day by day Mail, “Other folks don’t must assume it’s artwork in the event that they don’t wish to. Anything else can also be an art work, however now not the entirety is. That’s regularly the purpose.” [Newshub and Day by day Mail]