Touching Trayvon Martin Street Art, You Can Buy the Titanic at Auction, and More Must-Read Art News

 Touching Trayvon Martin Street Art, You Can Buy the Titanic at Auction, and More Must-Read Art News
Justin Nether's illustration of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin
(Courtesy Nether Street Art via Flickr)

– Trayvon Martin Inspires Street Art: Large-scale illustrations of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin — whose tragic murder has sparked national outrage — have begun to spring up on abandoned buildings throughout Baltimore. Every image features Martin's face covered by the hood of a sweatshirt. "If people see these images, and are affected by them, then maybe things will begin to change," said street artist Justin Nether. [Baltimore Sun]

– Titanic — the Whole Thing — Headed to Auction: Just in time for the 100th anniversary of its tragic sinking (and the re-release of James Cameron's blockbuster), the Titanic will be for sale. New York's Guernsey's auction house is taking bids through April 11 for the right to salvage the sunken ocean liner and all the artifacts on board. A Virginia court overseeing the sale — the lot, estimated at $190 million, is being sold by Atlanta's Premier Exhibitions, of "Bodies" exhibition fame, which has had the salvaging rights since 1994 — insisted that the boat and all objects in the wreckage be sold as one titanic lot. [WSJ]

Turkey Goes After More U.S. Museums: The Turkish government has requested that four American museums — the Cleveland Museum of Art, Harvard University's Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, the Getty Museum, and, as previously reported, the Metropolitan Museum — return artifacts acquired after the passage of a 1906 law giving Turkey rights to all antiquities in the ground. [HuffPo]

Marianne Faithfull Curates at Tate Liverpool: The British singer is putting together a show loosely inspired by her life with the help of first husband John Dunbar. Entitled "Innocence and Experience," it will include works by William Blake as well as Richard Hamilton's iconic "Swingeing London" (1967). [Guardian]

– Chipperfield Chips in on Van Der Rohe Design: The British architect David Chipperfield will lead a major renovation of Berlin's Neue Nationalgalerie, the only building Ludwig Mies van der Rohe built in Germany post-WWII. Work on the 1968 modernist landmark will begin in 2015 and last three years. [Bloomberg]

– Martha Rosler's Garage Sale Comes to MoMA: Looking to get rid of some of your stuff? Donate to artist Martha Rosler's "Meta-Monumental Garage Sale," a performance/real-life garage sale coming to the Museum of Modern Art in November. Trustees, museum staff, and museumgoers are all invited to offload their belongings, and Rosler will be on hand to oversee the haggling. [Art in America]

– Korea Auctions Corrupt Bank's Collection: Art seized from the now-defunct Korean savings bank Busan is being auctioned off after its chief executive borrowed more than $32 million from the bank , reusing the same artworks as collateral over and over. Now, the bank's collection, which includes work by Zhang Xiogang and Dan Flavin, is being sold to benefit its creditors. [FT]

– Nun Conservators Get into the Habit: The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston tapped a team of unorthodox conservators to help restore a series of 400-year-old thangkas, or Tibetan paintings: a group of nuns in Kathmandu.  The museum was unable to find the proper covering for the paintings, which are typically veiled, until it learned of the nuns, who sourced the appropriate material and sewed the veils for the exhibition. [TAN]

– Jorinde Voigt Wins Guerlain 2012 Contemporary Drawing Prize: The German artist beat out Marcel Dzama and Marc Bauer for the coveted award, which includes a €15,000 ($21,011) check. One of her drawings will also be gifted to the Centre Pompidou. [Connaissance des Arts]


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