North Africa's Biggest Street Art Ever: Last Week in Art

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A lot went down this week in the weird and wild world of Art. Some things were more scandalous than others, some were just plain wacky—but all of them are worth knowing about. Without further ado:  

+A 6,400-square-foot mural by RUN became North Africa’s largest street artwork. [Huffington Post]

+Van Gogh to get a facelift. [The Art Newspaper]

+After protests, BP has ended its sponsorship of the Tate. [The Guardian]

+Street artist JR is going to make the Louvre’s famous pyramid disappear. [The Observer]

+The Tate Modern will display Elton John’s photography collection, which includes works by the likes of Man Ray and Berenice Abbott. [The Telegraph]

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+Israeli artivists built a 10-foot-tall vagina sculpture for International Women’s Day. [Huffington Post]

+HBO released a trailer for their upcoming documentary on Robert Mapplethorpe. [SPIN]

+If you’ve got around $30,000, you can buy the chair J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter in. [CNET]

+Shots were fired at a Berlin LGBT museum. [LGBTQ Nation]

+Welcome to swoon city: Colin Firth’s Mr. Darcy shirt is coming to America. [The New York Times]

+Alas, the 3D scan of the Nefertiti bust may be a hoax. [Hyperallergic]

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+ Growth in the global art market is stalling after many boom years. The time to buy that Picasso is now. [The Guardian]

+ The American murderers of French street artist Bilal Berreni were sentenced to lengthy prison terms. [ArtNet]

+ Cat ladies and gents, rejoice: The Worcester Art Museum has a new exhibition celebrating artistic representations of our feline friends. [Smithsonian Magazine]

+ Instagram disabled the account of the artist who made these gorgeous portraits of presidential candidates. [ArtNet]

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