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Artists Sign Open Letter Rallying Against Brexit Vote

May 24th, 2016

David Cameron, via ArtnetA large group of artists, among them Tracey Emin, Anish Kapoor and Jeremy Deller, have signed an open petition opposing the vote on a British exit from the EU.  “From the smallest gallery to the biggest blockbuster, many of us have worked on projects that would never have happened without vital EU funding or by collaborating across borders,” the letter reads. “Leaving Europe would be a leap into the unknown for millions of people across the UK who work in the creative industries, and for the millions more at home and abroad who benefit from the growth and vibrancy of Britain’s cultural sector.”
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Romanian Government Raising Funds to Buy Brancusi Sculpture

May 24th, 2016

The Wisdom of the Earth sculpture, via The GuardianThe Romanian government has launched a crowd-funded campaign to buy a nationally treasured Constantin Brancusi sculpture that is currently for sale.  “I am calling on Romanians to take individual responsibility because I want Brâncuși to unite us, not divide us,” prime minister Dacian Cioloș said.
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Researchers Study Damage to Paintings Caused by Centuries Old Soap Bubbles

May 24th, 2016

Francisco de Goya, via C&ENAn article on the challenges for conservators in fixing microscopic eruptions on Old Masters paintings, caused by metal soap bubbles forcing their way to the surface of the piece.  “Every paint has its own peculiar chemical composition,” says physicist Jaap Boon.
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