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A COURT IN IRAQ has overturned a decision that led to a 15-year prison sentence for a British man accused of smuggling antiquities, BBC news reports. He was accused of trying to smuggle a dozen stones and pieces of pottery out of the country. man, Jim Fitton, and his representatives have claimed that he intended to keep them as souvenirs and was encouraged to take them by a tour guide. Fitton stopped at Baghdad International Airport in March. The sentence had caused international protests. It is known that the court declared him innocent and ordered his release.
DECISION DAY. Holders of one Damien Hirst coins NFT has until 3pm today (BST) to decide whether to exchange it for the dot-covered artwork associated with it, or keep the digital token, Guardian reports. Exactly 10,000 of those tokens have been cut, and as of yesterday, about 4,180 have been swapped, the real replacing the virtual. The plan is for Hirst to destroy all the uncollected works – paintings on paper – by burning them in September at his home. Newport Street Gallery in London, according to Newspaper Art reports. In other NFT news involving famous artists, holders of Takashi MurakamiS ‘ Murakami. The flower sign that from July 10 will receive a special T-shirt, for NFT culture.
Incheon Airport in South Korea has canceled efforts to create a satellite of a major European museum, after a feasibility study highlighted budget constraints. The airport is said to have considered partners such as Center Pompidou, Tate ModernAND The Louvre. [The Korea Herald]
For a retrospective of the artist Glyn Philpott (1884–1937) in Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, England, curators changed the titles of some of Philpot’s closely observed portraits of blacks (an unusual subject for a white artist of his time) in order to clarify who they were. [The New York Times]
A 41-year-old Chinese artist, named after Brother nut “It has developed a knack for highlighting neglected environmental and social issues in China using quirky, social media-ready art that can slip through the cracks in China’s tightly controlled media environment.” The Christian Shepherd AND Vic Chiang write in a profile. [The Washington Post]
or Sotheby’s astronaut selling space memorabilia Buzz Aldrin pulled in $8 million, with a jacket he wore to Apollo 11 the mission will cost 2.7 million dollars. The house called the outfit “the most valuable American spaceflight artifact ever sold at auction.” [Associated Press and The New York Times]
Artist Devin Kenny published a digital artwork that was commissioned for Whitney Museum of American ArtS ‘ artport. The piece “explores artificial intelligence (AI) in the context of institutions of art, creativity, collaboration and work,” the museum says. [artport/Whitney]
Socialist and art collector Libya Mugrabi claimed she was robbed of half a million dollars worth of clothes, jewelry and other items while staying at a resort in Ibiza. [Page Six]
DECISIVE MOMENTS. Famous Italian photographer Ferdinando Scianna was profiled by Guardian , and he opens with so many great quotes that it’s almost impossible to pick a single line. But here is one. Discussing what he sees as a crisis in photography that has emerged in recent decades, Scianna said: “Today we all take photos with our phones, but they are background images. Even a selfie is not a self-portrait, but a kind of neurosis about a moment of existence that must immediately replace another, and so on. In any case, these days he’s “thinking about new books, exhibitions, working on my archive,” he said. [The Guardian]