Kate Moss Takes Over the Musée d'Orsay, Guggenheim Impostors Spiral Into Court, and More Must-Read Art News

Kate Moss Takes Over the Musée d'Orsay, Guggenheim Impostors Spiral Into Court, and More Must-Read Art News

Kate Moss Takes Over Musée d’Orsay: A gargantuan, 3,000-square-foot ad for Yves Saint Laurent's "Parisienne" perfume now covers the cherished Impressionist art museum, as administrators look to cover costs for a current renovation in these cash-strapped times. [Artforum


Guggenheim Impersonators Charged!: Three crooks posed as scions of the Guggenheim family, in an attempt to con everyone from George H.W. and George W. Bush to the Coca-Cola company, courting marks with bogus investments in gold, oil, and diamonds. David Birnbaum and Vladimir Zuravel appeared in a New York court on Monday, but Catarina Toumei, who hails from California, remains at large. Each faces up to 20 years in prison. The story begs the question: "Vladimir Z. Guggenheim?" Really? [Telegraph


Jihad Jane Guilty: Suburban Philadelphia's Colleen Renee LaRose, aka Jihad Jane, aka Fatima LaRose, has pleaded guilty to plotting to kill Lars Vilks, a Swedish cartoonist who had angered Muslims by drawing Mohammad's head on the body of a dog for an art show. The 47-year-old woman, accused of also helping foreign terror suspects, faces a life sentence. Her co-defendant, Jamie Paulin-Ramirez, pleaded not guilty. [NYT]

A "Dear Miss Manners" Mystery: A reader wrote the Utah Herald Extra's advice column to say that some time ago she bought an artwork from a "major New York gallery" by an artist who recently had a show at a "major American museum" that led to a "long essay" in a "literary magazine." The reader had been trying to donate the artwork to "a city-owned art museum" (perhaps in Utah?) but had been rudely rebuffed by the director, and now wonders whether or not to "change my will." Any guesses who the artist is? [Herald Extra

Graphic Material: Online literary mag Words Without Borders has dedicated February's edition to the art of the graphic novel. See, in beautiful virtual form, sophisticated graphic novels from around the world, from the likes of Rutu Modan and Igal Sarna ("War Rabbit"), and Eom Jeong-Hui and Ko Im-Hong ("The Secret of Frequency A: An Incredible Disaster") [Words Without Borders]


James Franco Vortex of Self-Referenciality Spins Out of Control: If you think those Pepsi Twist commercials were mind-boggling, try this on for size: performance artist/Oscar host/musician/grad student/fill-in-the-blank James Franco is helping teach a class at Columbia College Hollowood, on himself. "Master Class: Editing James Franco... with James Franco" will be taught by Franco friend Tyler Danna, who will help students create a documentary about Franco, with real Franco footage. Franco will weigh in via Skype. [CNN]

Just in Time for the Super Bowl: The nonprofit public art heavies at Creative Time have released an epic report on the state of the Dallas art scene in collaboration with Southern Methodist University. Long in the works, the report is notable for breaking down the components of a successful art scene into handy bullet points, giving guidance to the Texas burg on where it is at with regard to each of them, from "Experienced art writers featured daily in primary news media," to "Residency programs for national and international artists to create in Dallas," to — of course — "Public art to engage broad audiences and activate public spaces." [FrontRow]

Kim Kardashian Calls Kruger Porn: The pop icon (we're not totally sure why she's famous, to be honest) took it all off for last year's W magazine art issue, and since then she's been complaining that the Barbara Kruger-led photo shoot was unladylike since you can see her nipples inside the mag. We're more intrigued by the Kruger-treatment — with its white font on red banner design — on the cover. It reads, "It's all about me I mean you I mean me" across Kardashian's ladyparts. [NYM]

Non-Google Online Art Archives: Now that we've all been struck with Google Art Project mania, we just want more, more, more great resources for viewing art online. And the Telegraph has obliged us with a comprehensive list of such web image libraries. [Telegraph]

Plus, Take the Google Art Quiz!: The Google Art Project's zoom feature has inspired Jonathan Jones to test readers on their ability to recognize artworks by their details, large and small. (We got 6 out of 7, but hey.) [Guardian

John Miller Wins Wolfgang Hahn Prize: Given by the Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst at Cologne's Museum Ludwig, the award entails a one-person show at the museum, which will acquire one of Miller's works. Past recipients include Cindy Sherman, Mike Kelley, Pipilotti Rist, and Peter Doig. [press release]

RIP Artist Alan Uglow: An abstract painter of bright geometric canvases, whose work evidenced a love of literature (in the recorded readings that accompanied their showing on at least one occasion) and soccer (some of his works resembled pitches), Uglow passed away at 69. [NYT]