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Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin

Roll Call of Dead Refugees Vanishes – Artist Banu Cennetoğlu’s The List, which records the names of more than 34,000 refugees killed seeking safety in Europe and was on public view for the Liverpool Biennial, has mysteriously disappeared from a local street, leaving organizers baffled. “We were dismayed to see it had been removed on Saturday night and would like to know why,” the biennial tweeted. The city council confirmed that none of its employees had removed the work. (Guardian)

The Battle Over Robert Indiana’s Legacy Gets Personal – Toward the end of his life, the American artist named his studio assistant, Jamie Thomas, as executive director of his foundation. But some question the former caretaker’s ability to look after the artist’s legacy or turn his home-studio on Vinalhaven into a museum. He’s been accused of intentionally isolating Indiana to take advantage of him and unwisely license his art. As lawyers head to court to wrest control of the artist’s legacy, Thomas isn’t commenting—nor is he invited to the artist’s memorial service on September 13. (New York Times)

Russia Orders Destruction of Anti-Putin Work – Activists are protesting an order by Russian authorities to destroy a framed print of 9 Stages in the Decompo