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Forgin' ahead | Geoffrey Spilman, the son of a vicar, has sold hundreds of fake paintings through the internet auction site eBay, a Sunday Telegraph investigation has discovered. Mr Spilman, 48, is churning out three pictures a week and selling them from his council flat in Rugby, Warwickshire. The paintings can sell for several hundreds of pounds each and are largely copies of modern artists. They come with forged signatures. ....
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/10933016/Rogues-gallery-of-fake-art-on-eBay.html
Geoffrey Spilman has sold fake works through several eBay identities and was arrested and cautioned in 2012. Among the artists whose work has been copied are Adrian Heath, Mary Fedden and LS Lowry
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Spring Cleaning | Before and after images of  Cailebotte’s Paris Street. Rainy Day (1877).  The Art Institute of Chicago’s six-month restoration of Gustave Caillebotte’s painting revealed surprises ...

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Spring Cleaning | Before and after images of  Cailebotte’s Paris Street. Rainy Day (1877).  The Art Institute of Chicago’s six-month restoration of Gustave Caillebotte’s painting revealed surprises. A previous restoration left the sky duller and more one-dimensional. As a result of the varnish removal, curators now believe Caillebotte is likely to be viewed more as an Impressionist and less a traditional realist. More, including video of the cons...
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Restitution  | How is Nazi #looted_art returned? 
"The process of claiming #looted #art is often opaque, ad-hoc, expensive and uncertain. Different countries follow different rules and there is no international arbitrator to resolve disputes. ...."

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Muses and markets | In her new book Melanie Gerlis, the Art Newspaper market editor argues that Art is just about the riskiest 'investment' there is. "When I began working in the art market in 2005, after a decade of working with investment banks, private equity firms, stock exchanges and hedge funds, I was convinced that the rules of these financial players could be applied fairly easily to art, to produce a more efficient system of trading. Why couldn’t art be commoditized?"

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/articles/Is-art-really-a-good-investment/31417
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Advent I |   "Auch mit gedämpften, schwachen Stimmen"  (Also with muted, weak voices ...) Seventh movement (soprano aria) from cantata BWV 36 "Schwingt freudig euch empor" (Soar joyfully aloft), performed by the J. S. Bach Foundation of St Gallen. Soloists: Nuria Rial (soprano) und John Holloway (violin). Text and translations:
http://emmanuelmusic.org/notes_translations/translations_cantata/t_bwv036.htm 

J. S. Bach - Cantata BWV 36 - Schwingt freudig euch empor - 7 - Aria (J. S. Bach Foundation)
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Dead tree media | In the wake of the US surveillance scandal Russia is planning to adopt a foolproof means of avoiding global electronic snooping: reverting to paper.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/11/russia-reverts-paper-nsa-leaks
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Cryptanalysis | Calling all historians of cryptography and stenography, Sherlockians (see “The Dancing Men”), and other amateur detectives! Identify and translate marginal annotations in a mystery script and win $1,000. 

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Cryptanalysis | Calling all historians of cryptography and stenography, Sherlockians (see “The Dancing Men”), and other amateur detectives! Identify and translate a mystery script and win $1,000.  The collection of Homer editions in the Special Collections Research Center – the  Bibliotheca Homerica Langiana(BHL) – includes a copy of the rare 1504 edition of Homer’s Odyssey that contains, in Book 11 (narrating Odysseus’s journey into Hades) handw...
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2014-05-05 ”Daniele Metilli, an Italian computer engineer and software developer, is the prize winner .… Working with Giula Accetta, a colleague who is proficient in contemporary Italian stenography and fluent in French, Mr. Metilli identified the mystery script correctly as the system of tachygraphy invented by Jean Coulon de Thévénot in the late 18th century. …" more ... 
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Re-creation | Robert Green spent three years chasing original printings of the Dove's Press and has made a digital re-creation of the Dove's face available at typespec. ...

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Jaw-jaw | Intelligent conversation with Nicholas Penny, the director of London’s National Gallery & “the leading art historian of his generation.” Topics include scholarship, contemporary art, blockbuster exhibitions. “If you said to someone 20 years ago that you were going to the National Gallery this weekend, they would have assumed you meant you were going to see the permanent collection. Today, it will elicit the question: What’s on?” ...

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Breaking news | By the time that Elaine Treharne, a medievalist at Stanford, purchased the manuscript from a colleague it resembled not so much a book as an old, empty wallet. The devotional had been taken apart—“broken” is the industry term—not a hundred years ago, but within the last three years. Its leaves had been stripped for individual sale by a modern-day dealer. The creative dismantling of texts is probably as old as the written word. people were recycling pieces of early books even before the invention of the printing press ....

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/currency/2014/01/broken-manuscripts-and-scattered-leaves.html?
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Detail: Store, Clarke County, Virginia
Frances Benjamin Johnston, photographer, (1884 - 1952)
Sepia-toned glass lantern slide, 3 1/4 x 4 in., ca. 1930-39.
Slide for lecture ‘Stories Old Houses Tell.’
Image produced for the ‘Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South'.
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Library of Congress, Washington, D.C
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Privacy | This does throw into question all the denials of intentional co-operation in mass surveillance by Verizon, Microsoft, Google etc. Since 1998 Xmission rejected dozens of law enforcement requests, including Department of Justice subpoenas, on the grounds they violated the US constitution and state law. "I would tell them, please send us a warrant, and then they'd just drop it." 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/09/xmission-isp-customers-privacy-nsa
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"History started badly and hav been geting steadily worse."
 Nigel Molesworth, "as any fule kno."
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