Were the Sex Pistols Paleolithic Cave Painters?, Logarithm Proves Successful Male Artists Get Laid a Lot, and More

Were the Sex Pistols Paleolithic Cave Painters?, Logarithm Proves Successful Male Artists Get Laid a Lot, and More

– Sex Pistols Graffiti Dubbed Part of British Heritage: Archaeologist John Schofield has argued that the pictures scribbled by the punk band the Sex Pistols on the wall of a central London flat in the 1970s are of great historical significance. Mostly drawn by John Lydon (also known as Johnny Rotten), the graffiti depicts members of the band as well as their manager, Malcolm McLaren. "The building is undoubtedly important, and could meet criteria for listing or for a blue plaque, if not now then in time," said the scientist. The report also compares the wall-scratchings to paleolithic cave art, which Jonathan Jones feels goes a bit too far. [Telegraph]

– Annals of Useful Research: We know there’s inequality between female and male artists in the art market, but how about in the bedroom? According to a new study, an investigation of the sex lives of 236 visual artists revealed that “more successful male artists had more sexual partners than less successful artists, but this did not hold for female artists.” In other words, being successful and male helps you get laid, while being successful and female doesn’t. The study also found that the average number of sexual partners among the artists surveyed was 10.67.  [Guardian]

 

– “You Are a Career Criminal by Any Definition”: An “old fashioned judge” who counts Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot as her favorite painter handed down a stringent sentence for Thomas Doyle, the former art thief who was arrested because of his “cockamamie scheme” to swindle a buyer using his girlfriend’s Corot — which then got left in the bushes near the Mark Hotel (it’s a long story). [NYT]

– Breakfast With Lucian Becomes Book: Late British painter Lucian Freud will be the subject of a forthcoming memoir by Geordie Greig, the editor of the London Evening Standard, titled “Breakfast With Lucian.” The book will recall the many Saturday mornings Freud spent with an intimate group of friends, including Greig himself, at Clarke’s restaurant in London. [NYT]

– Picasso Thief Comes to New York: Brazen art thief Mark Lugo, whose theft of a Picasso drawing from a San Francisco gallery captivated the art world this summer, is on his way to New York. Having served his time in California, he will be taken to New York to face charges of lifting artwork and fine wines. Meanwhile, the San Francisco gallery owner says he no longer plans to sell the Picasso drawing — it has brought him so much foot traffic that keeping it on display is more valuable than the art itself. [APExaminer]

– Hou Hanru to Curate Auckland Triennial: The fifth-annual Auckland Triennial will be curated by Hou Hanru. The Chinese curator and critic has previously served as curator of the Lyon Biennale, the Istanbul Biennale, and the Venice Biennale. [Artforum]

– Delays for 9/11 Museum?: The planned 2012 opening of the 9/11 Museum at the World Trade Center will likely be pushed back due to a dispute over hundreds of millions of dollars in unexpected costs related to redeveloping the site. Officials from the Port Authority, which is building the museum, have said privately that they are concerned about the museum having enough money to finish the job. [WSJ]

– Acquavella Has a Braque-buster: Attendance at Acquavella Galleries’ “Georges Braque: Pioneer of Modernism” exhibition, which opened last month, has totaled about 16,000. On weekends, the gallery estimates it sees about 1,000 visitors a day, many of whom wait in line outside the gallery’s Upper East Side townhouse for a chance to see the show. [Bloomberg

–  Hefty Insurance Bill for Tate's Diamond Skull Display: To secure Damien Hirst's "For the Love of God" during the two months of its presentation in Turbine Hall, London's Tate will have to dish out an extra £200,000 in insurance and organize 24 hour surveillance. Valued at £50 million ($78 million), the diamond-covered platinum cast of an 18th-century cranium has so far never been shown for more than a few consecutive days. [ArtLyst

– New Egyptian Galleries at the Ashmolean: Next Saturday, Cambridge's venerable museum will unveil six new galleries hosting collections from Ancient Egypt and Nubia. With 40,000 artifacts, these collections are among the most significant in the UK. The new galleries will allow the display of pieces kept in storage since the Second World War. [Press Release]

– Laure Prouvost Wins Max Mara Prize for Women: The French-born, London-based artist and filmmaker will receive the prize of a six-month residency in Italy at Rome's American Academy and Biella's Pistoletto Foundation. The resulting work will be exhibited at the Whitechapel Gallery in London, and at the Maramotti Collection in Reggio Emilia, Italy, in 2013. The shortlist included Spartacus Chetwynd, Christina Mackie, Avis Newman, and Emily Wardill. [Press Release]

– In Case You Missed It: Check out the latest art-historical internet meme, which inserts the image of John Pike — the campus policeman caught on film pepper-spraying peaceful protesters at UC Davis — into great works of art. [ITA]

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