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A COURT IN IRAQ overturned a verdict that led to a 15-year prison sentence for a Briton accused of smuggling antiquities, BBC News reports. He had been accused of trying to smuggle a dozen stones and potsherds out of the country. The man, Jim Fitton, and his representatives maintained that he intended to keep them as souvenirs, and that he had been encouraged to take them by a tour guide. Fitton was arrested at Baghdad International Airport in March. The sentence sparked an international outcry. The court reportedly declared him innocent and ordered his release.
DECISION DAY. Holders of a Damien Hirt Currency NFT has until 3pm today (BST) to decide whether to exchange it for the dot-covered artwork linked to it, or keep the digital token, the Guardian reports. Precisely 10,000 of these tokens have been minted, and since yesterday some 4,180 have been traded, with the real replacing the virtual. The plan is for Hirst to destroy all uncollected works—paintings on paper—by burning them in September at his Newport Street Gallery in London, according to art diary reports. In other NFT news involving famous artists, holders of Takashi Murakamiit is Murakami.Flower token from July 10 will receive a special T-shirt, by NFT culture.
Incheon Airport in South Korea gave up establishing a satellite of a major European museum, following a feasibility study which revealed budgetary constraints. The airport would have considered partners such as the Centre Pompidou, Tate Modernand the louver. [The Korea Herald]
For an artist retrospective Glyn Philpot (1884-1937) to Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, England, curators changed the titles of some of the closely observed portraits Philpot made of black sitters (an unusual subject for a white artist of his time), in order to elucidate who they were. [The New York Times]
A 41-year-old Chinese artist named nut brother “has developed a knack for shining a light on neglected environmental and social issues in China using original, social media-ready performance art that can slip through the cracks in China’s tightly controlled media environment” , christian shepherd and Vic Chiang write in a profile. [The Washington Post]
A Sotheby’s sale of space memorabilia of an astronaut Buzz Aldrin carried $8 million, with a jacket he wore for the Apollo 11 mission goes for $2.7 million. The house called the garment “the most valuable American space artifact ever sold at auction.” [Associated Press and The New York Times]
Artist Devin Kenny released a digital work that was commissioned for the Whitney Museum of American Artit is harbor art. The piece “explores artificial intelligence (AI) in the context of arts institutions, creativity, collaboration, and work,” the museum explains. [artport/Whitney]
Socialist and art collector Libbie Mugrabi alleged that she was robbed of half a million dollars worth of clothing, jewelry and other personal effects while staying at a resort in Ibiza. [Page Six]
DECISIVE MOMENTS. The famous Italian photographer Fernando Scianna was profiled by the Guardian , and it unclogs so many great quotes that it’s almost impossible to select a single line. But here is one. Discussing what he sees as a photography crisis that has emerged over the past few decades, Scianna said: “Nowadays we all take pictures with our phones, but these are background images. . Even a selfie is not a self-portrait but a kind of neurosis of a moment of existence which must immediately supplant another, and so on. In any case, these days, he “thinks about new books, exhibitions, working on my archives,” he says. [The Guardian]