“Ram V. Sutar, 89, has already created more than 200 distinct statues, many of them massive. Now, he is a leading contender for the commission to produce the world’s largest statue: a 597-foot-tall rendering—which would be nearly twice as high as the Statue of Liberty—of Sardar Patel, an independence leader who played a crucial role in uniting India’s fractious states.” [The New York Times]“Why did a major new mural, commissioned by Theaster Gates’s new initiative, come down after only a month?” [Chicago via Artforum]Picasso’s ceramics studio in Vallauris, France, is badly in need of repair. [Le Journal de Dimanche via Artnet]“UK trusts and foundations that give millions of pounds a year to Scottish museums, galleries and heritage organisations face uncertainty over the effects on funding of the results of September’s referendum on [Scotland’s] independence.” [The Art Newspaper]A Conversation with Tania Bruguera: “I have the naïve idea that art can change reality.” [Cuban Art News]“Five paintings by classical Russian artist Isaak Levitan estimated to be worth about $2.1 million have been stolen from an art museum in central Russia.” [ITAR-TASS]“A plan to have part of Manhattan’s newest skyscraper dangle over a French Renaissance building owned by the Art Students League of New York in Midtown will go ahead, despite opposition from more than 200 members of the league.” [Daily News]Here’s a profile of Glenn Adamson, the director of New York’s Museum of Arts and Design. [Crain’s New York Business]Simon Faithfull set fire to his boat and let it sink to create an underwater installation. Great photo on this one! [The Independent]“In the early ’80s, I was so poor that I rented the front of my loft out to an art gallery, and he used to make elaborate doll houses and set them on fire there.” Marilyn Minter talks Robert Gober. [Art in America]
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