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Apr. 29, 2011

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* Jamaican Archbishop Donald J. Reece has complained about the propriety of a nude torso of Jesus made by artist Laura Facey, the Catholic News Agencyreports. [Image: Laura Facey, Body and Blood of Christ, 2011.]

* "The Sharjah Biennial will go on," says its sponsor, despite the removal of a "blasphemous" artwork and the firing of biennial director Jack Persekian, reports the Art Newspaper.

* The Honolulu Academy of Arts and Honolulu’s Contemporary Museum are slated to merge, with Stephan Jost -- currently director of Vermont’s Shelburne Museum -- taking over as director, according to the Honolulu Pulse.

* The Whitney Museum has unveiled an exhibition of its "Founding Collection" -- 100 rather conservative artworks dating from 1900-1935 -- notes Holland Cotter in the New York Times.

* Knowing the right fabricator is the real secret of contemporary art by Damien Hirst, Anish Kapoor and many others, says an extensive article on the subject in the Independent.

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