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Miami museum visitor accused of breaking $1 million Ai WeiWei vase

By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - Miami police have arrested a man who they say smashed a $1 million vase by Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei to protest that the city's newly opened museum is only displaying international art. Dominican-born Maximo Caminero, 51, was arrested and charged on Sunday charged with criminal mischief after picking up one of the 16 brightly painted vases at the Perez Art Museum Miami and throwing it to the ground when confronted by security, according to a police report.

Jewish 'Monuments Man' accepts medal from German hometown

A Jewish member of the "Monuments Men", a team of experts who rescued Nazi-looted artworks during World War II, accepted a medal from his German hometown at the weekend, media reported Sunday. Harry Ettlinger, 88, who had already attended a red-carpet screening of George Clooney's new "The Monuments Men" movie about the group at the Berlin film festival last week, received the so-called Staufer Medal at an art museum in Karlsruhe, southwestern Germany.

Tomandy gallery in Frederick exhibits 3D-printed artwork by Tony Karp

FREDERICK, Md. - Tony Karp, 75, has worked as a writer, photographer, builder and in computers. He now works as a 3D artist in a genre he calls techno-impressionism, using computers and digital printing to create photographs and animation. He has worked for NBC, Disney and was nominated for an Academy Award in 1970 for a computerized zoom lens that was used to shoot the opening scene of "The Godfather." His work is currently on exhibit at the Tomandy Gallery at 25 E. Patrick St. in downtown Frederick. He lives in Haymarket, Va. ___ — When did you get into 3D artwork?

Google Doodle speaks words of love

Google got into the Valentine's Day spirit on Friday with a search page "Doodle" featuring recorded tales of real-life love, including a moving vignette from a married gay couple. Cartoon candy hearts adorned the Internet titan's main search page in an interactive Doodle that let visitors click on each image to hear romantic short stories. The virtual sweets held audible treats from people sharing touching experiences under themes including "Puppy Love" and "Blind Date."

Germany debates draft law on Nazi-looted art

Germany's parliament debated a law Friday to help return Nazi-looted art to their rightful owners or their heirs, following the recent shock discovery of a stash of long-lost masterpieces. The draft bill brought by the southern state of Bavaria, where the art hoard was found in a Munich apartment, would remove a 30-year statute of limitations that so far could protect people in possession of contested artwork.

Germany debates draft law on Nazi-looted art

Germany's parliament debated a law Friday to help return Nazi-looted art to their rightful owners or their heirs, following the recent shock discovery of a stash of long-lost masterpieces. The draft bill brought by the southern state of Bavaria, where the art hoard was found in a Munich apartment, would remove a 30-year statute of limitations that so far could protect people in possession of contested artwork.

Lab detectives help expose art fakes

In under two weeks, the art world has been rocked by cases of forgery in which paintings with a potential value of millions were unmasked as worthless fakes. The two episodes, entailing a bogus Marc Chagall and a Ferdinand Leger, have shed light on the expanding role of forensic scientists in probing the authenticity of works attributed to masters. "For years, scientists played only a marginal part in these assessments," said Gerard Sousi, founder of the Art and Law Institute, a Paris-based organisation that specialises on legal issues in art.

Artifact taken from Montreal museum found in Edmonton; 2nd item still missing

MONTREAL - Quebec police say an artifact dating from the fifth century BC has been found in Edmonton after being stolen in Montreal more than two years ago. The fragment from a Persian bas-relief sculpture was recovered last month in an apartment. It was taken from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in September 2011. The object has an estimated value of $1.2 million. Quebec provincial police held a news conference in Montreal today and said the artifact was found with help from the RCMP and the public.

Canon says to buy U.S.'s Molecular Imprints

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Canon Inc said on Friday it would take over Austin, Texas-based Molecular Imprints Inc, which develops nanoimprint lithography systems, in a bid to strengthen its chipmaking equipment business. Canon has carried out joint development of next-generation semiconductor lithography systems, which plays a key role in the chip fabrication process, with Molecular Imprints and a major semiconductor maker since 2009.

Bacon oil painting breaks Christie's record

A portrait by British artist Francis Bacon depicting his lover and muse George Dyer sold for over £42 million ($70 million, 51 million euros) at Christie's in London on Thursday, a European record for the auction house. Oil masterpiece "Portrait of George Dyer Talking", painted at the height of Bacon's powers, was first shown in Paris in 1966 -- the year of its creation -- and then at the artist's legendary first museum retrospective at the city's Grand Palais five years later. The exhibition opened two days after Dyer had committed suicide.
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