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Today's news from around the web 10.7.12


Andy's queen under the hammer A rare trial proof copy of Andy Warhol’s 1985 portrait of The Queen is to be auctioned at Bonhams Print Sale in London tomorrow. It is estimated at £40,000-60,000 and was his last print-portrait before his untimely death in 1987. Artdaily

Getty finances conservation of Rubens panel paintings The Getty Foundation is helping to fund the conservation of a 17th century masterpiece by Dutch artist Peter Paul Rubens. "Triumph of the Eucharist" is a series of panels that resides at the Prado Museum in Madrid. The Getty said it has awarded close to $390,000 to the museum for the conservation of the piece. LA Times

Documenta welcomes Occupy The Occupy movement has targeted a number of art institutions around the world through its "Occupy museums" spinoff. Although some institutions have regarded the movement as an unwanted presence, the German festival Documenta has laid out a virtual welcome mat for protesters. Read it here

Art world debates claim of 100 Caravaggio works Italian art historians claim to have discovered as many as 100 student works by a young Caravaggio that, if proven to be authentic, could be worth $900 million. The pieces have long been attributed to master Milanese artist Simone Peterzano, who taught in the late 1500s and whose pupils included Caravaggio. Read it here

Gallery sued for allegedly selling a forged de Kooning Wall St executive, John D. Howard, who paid $4 million for the work in 2007, asserts that the gallery paid only $750,000 for the painting, and days later sold it to him for more than five times that price. Lawyers state that “No genuine work of art by de Kooning with a $4 million retail sale value could be purchased in good faith for $750,000.” Read it here



Norman Foster repeats call for new airport Norman Foster has said the government should ditch any temptation to perform a U-turn on plans to build a third runway at Heathrow Airport and press ahead with building a new airport in the Thames Estuary instead. The architect is worried prime minister David Cameron might be reconsidering the decision to axe plans to build a third runway at Heathrow. Read it here

__Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Church restored __ When vandals ripped 56 of the 72 bronze letters from the facade of historic Unity Temple in Oak Park, Chicago the restoration foundation faced a monumental challenge as no record of their design existed. Read it here

__Will Self attacks ‘lickspittle’ architects __ Architects who worked on the Olympic Park should be ashamed of themselves, the writer Will Self told a literary festival. "They should retrain as dentists, where they would find a more suitable outlet for their sculptural skills." Read it here

How the Brits build cities In Icon's 100th issue, Kieran Long took a prescient look at the Olympic park not only to examine the site itself, but also to find out what it tells us about how the British make cities. Read it here



Since 2003, the Museum of Decorative Arts of Bordeaux organizes regularly exhibitions of design. This year, the museum presents the work of the venetian architect Tobia Scarpa and the work of his father, Carlo, who died in 1978 and with whom he was first an apprendice, then a business partner. Read it here

NoneAnyone for coffee? Using the ubiquitous paper cup, Atelier Chen Hung has created a fun, functional and economical retail setting for a pop-up shop in Brisbane, Australia. The design concept was to create an artificial landscape using an everyday object: the paper cup. Read it here

Sand man Over the last eight years Evewright has been developing his Walking Drawings project - a series of live experimental art installation drawings involving the public. Evewright creates large-scale drawings on the sandscapes along the British coastline, which are then brought to life when the public are asked to participate by walking the lines of his design. Read it here



Archive interview with Henri Cartier-Bresson American Suburb X uncovers a 1958 interview with the artist in which he reveals part of his modus operandi: "To me, photography is a simultaneous recognition in a fraction of a second of a significance of an event as well as of a precise organization of form which gives that event its proper expression. Read it here

Warhol photographer talks through new work in Russia Christopher Makos, who shot a series of portraits of a bewigged Andy Warhol in 1981, has paired his work with flower images, shot by creative partner, Paul Solberg's flower images, to come up with the series Andy Dandy. Read it here

Don't call Richard Kalvar a street photographer  "I’m not crazy about the term because it’s not necessarily done on the street. The pictures can be taken on a farm, at the zoo, in an office, and so on. Let’s say we consider the general category of 'unposed pictures of people 'and then the subcategory “with nothing particularly important going on.”

Sunil Janah dies It's been announced that Sunil Janah, an Indian photographer who achieved international fame with his pictures of the famine that devastated Bengal in 1943 and 1944, died on June 21 at his home in Berkeley, Calif. He was 94. Read it here