Drunk, Peeing Woman Punches $30 Million Clyfford Still Painting, Kate Middleton Names Art Charities, and More

Drunk, Peeing Woman Punches $30 Million Clyfford Still Painting, Kate Middleton Names Art Charities, and More
Clyfford Still's "1957 J No. 2 (PH 401)," 1957
(Courtesy Clyfford Still Museum)

– Night at the Museum: A 38-year-old Denver woman was arrested yesterday for drunkenly leaning against a $30 million painting at the recently-opened Clyfford Still Museum, punching it, sliding down it, and then urinating on herself. "It doesn't appear she urinated on the painting or that the urine damaged it, so she's not being charged with that," said a spokeswoman for the Denver District Attorney's Office. It is unclear to what extent the painting has been damaged. [Denver Post]

– Duchess of Cambridge, Patron of the Arts: After months of speculation as to what cultural organizations the art history grad would choose to support, Saint James's Palace has announced that Kate will be devote her attention to the National Portrait Gallery and the art therapy charity The Art Room. [BBC

Ai Weiwei's Tax Review Request Accepted: Chinese authorities have agreed to review the $2.4 million fine imposed on this dissident artist following a challenge to the case. Ai's lawyers submitted a 9,000-page document highlighting several inconsistencies and violations of China's tax code on the part of authorities. [AFP]

Get Ready: Multitasking and eyeroll-inducing actor James Franco has sold his first novel, "Actors Anonymous," to Amazon Publishing. A follow-up to his 2010 book of short stories, "Palo Alto," the novel will be published in 2013. "Like James himself, this novel transcends categories," said senior Amazon editor Ed Park. [NYT

Censorship in Istanbul: The withdrawal of a piece by Bubi Hayon from Istanbul Modern's private auction triggered a heated debate during a panel discussion accompanything the museum's exhibition "Dream and Reality: Modern and Contemporary Women Artists from Turkey." Panelist Mürüvvet Türky?lmaz announced that she would remove her piece from the show in solidarity with Hayon, as did several other artists. [Art Review]

Let the Backlash Begin: Art Fag City's Will Brand writes a post for posterity on Damien Hirst's global spot painting exhibition at Gagosian, panning it before it has even opened. "I’m going to lay this down, just to clarify, so that nobody from the future gets confused: we hate this shit ... they’re just some weird meme for the impossibly rich that nobody knows how to stop." [AFC]

Street Art Theft: A panel by artist Moody hanging at the Lower East Side's Woodward Project Space, an outdoor venue for street art, was stolen yesterday. [Hyperallergic]

– “A Bottomless Pit”: L.A. Times critic Christopher Knight reviews the book “Return of the Repressed: Destroy All Monsters, 1973-1977,” a collection of hundreds of previously unpublished works by the ‘70s performance art group featuring artist Mike Kelley. [LAT

– Artprice Tackles Online Auctions: The publisher of art market information will launch an online auction service this month, thanks to the recent lifting of restrictions on French auction houses. [AuctionBytes]

– Leonardo’s “Sense of the Sacred”: Just what is it that fascinates us about Leonardo? An essay by renowned art historian T.J. Clark seeks to answer this question by juxtaposing the two versions of the “Virgin of the Rocks,” now on view together for the first time at London’s National Gallery. [London Review of Books]

– Pop(ulist) Portraiture: Ron Paul may be running for the Republican nomination, but now he has something in common with Democrat president Barack Obama: both are subjects of pop-inspired street art. A bright portrait of the GOP nominee recently appeared in Beverly Hills. [ITA]

– RIP Cartoonist Ronald Searle: The creator of the St Trinian's cartoon series died at his home in Draguignan, France. The 91-year-old cartoonist had a known influence on the drawings of Pat Oliphant, Matt Greoning, and even John Lennon. [Independent]