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Surfing Madonna, the mosaic installed under an Encinitas bridge on April 22, 2011, which is now classified as graffiti and slated for removal by the city


June 7, 2011

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* The mystery artist who created a mural depicting Our Lady of Guadalupe on a surfboard -- painted under an Encinitas bridge in April and slated for removal by the city -- has revealed himself to be 58 year-old local resident Mark Patterson, reports the North County Times.

* New York Times architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff is “moving on” at the end of this month to write a book, according to the Architect’s Newspaper.

* Treviso-based art restorer Luciano Buso claims that the venerated Turin Shroud was in fact the work of pre-Renaissance painter Giotto, and he has published a new book on the subject, writes Michael Day in the Independent.

* Unseen portraits of a young Princess Elizabeth taken by celebrated photographer Cecil Beaton are scheduled to go on view at London’s Victoria & Albert in February, reports the Guardian.

* Last week, artist Mike Brenner shaved his head outside the Milwaukee Art Museum -- in the style of detained Chinese artist Ai Weiwei -- to protest the institution’s forthcoming exhibition organized with China, writes jsonline.

*IBM and the Metropolitan Museum of Art have announced that they are testing a new network of “wireless environmental sensors,” designed to prevent damage to artworks, at the Met’s Cloisters branch, according to NPR.

* Residents of the SoHo "art district" in Manhattan met on Tuesday to discuss plans to loosen out-of-date zoning laws that require neighborhood loft tenants to have a certificate from the city proving they are “working artists,” reports WNYC.

* In today’s increasingly transnational culture, many artists and curators “chafe” at the idea of national representation embodied by the National Pavilions at the Venice Biennale, writes Jori Finkel in the Los Angeles Times.

* The Michael Werner Gallery has sued Carnegie Museum trustee James H. Rich in a dispute over a Peter Doig painting that goes on the block at Christie's London on June 28, 2011, reports the New York Observer.

* RIP M.F. Hussain, a movie billboard artist who rose to become India's most famous painter before going into exile during an uproar over nude images of Hindu icons, died at age 95 on Thursday, June 9, 2011, reports the New York Times.

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