Art Links: Museums Are Banning Selfie Sticks

Leighann Morris
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Bad news for obnoxious Instagrammers: major museums are banning selfie sticks. So far the US’ Smithsonian Institution, MoMA, Getty Center, MoCA and Paris’ Palace of Versailles have issued formal bans, and bans are pending at the Pompidou and the Louvre. [engadget]

Cons conned cons: A pair of Spanish brothers tried to sell a fake Francisco de Goya painting to a rich sheikh for $4.47 million, with an initial down-payment of $1.77 million. The brothers were unable to deposit the initial sum in the bank, however, because the bank notes were photocopied fakes. The sheik has since disappeared. [artnet]

The New York Times is trying to unravel the mystery behind this iconic photograph, taken by Gordon Parks at an airport in 1956. Can you help?  [NyTimes]

What does it feel like to perform a feminist cry-in at a museum? Find out here! [Hyperallergic]

Another set of art links, another complaint about The Guardian’s resident art writer Jonathan Jones. This week, he suggested that the Louvre Abu Dhabi should be celebrated despite the institution exploiting migrant workers. [TheGuardian]

Members of the group Artists For Justice for NYC performed a “die-in” at the Armory Show on Saturday. About a dozen participants said Eric Garner’s last words, “I can't breathe", before falling to the ground. The group were led out of the fair by security. [artnet]

A brilliant piece on the modern-day “Monuments Men”, who are attempting to save Syria’s ancient artefacts from ISIS. [MotherJones]

‘Gifthorse’ by Hans Haacke was unveiled on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square. It has an electronic tickertape showing stock prices, which is probably of no use to most. [LBC]

Fourteen treasures once destined for Adolf Hitler’s unrealised Führermuseum have found a Nazi-free home: the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. [BostonGlobe]

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