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Art News — August 24, 2011

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Paint Torch, Claes Oldenburg, Park West Gallery

“Paint Torch” by Claes Oldenburg. Photo credit: PAFA

– Philly’s new giant paintbrush: The “Paint Torch,” a 51-foot-long sculpture of a paintbrush by Swedish artist Claes Oldenburg, was installed on Saturday at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Situated underneath the over-sized paintbrush is a 6-foot paint glob. The sculpture will be illuminated for the first time on October 1. {via PRNewswire}

– Stealing world’s most famous painting: This past Sunday, August 21, marked the 100th anniversary since the famous theft of the “Mona Lisa.” Amazingly, it took more than a day before the Louvre realized that the painting was missing. Perhaps even more surprising, Pablo Picasso was questioned as a possible suspect in the heist! Turns out Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece was stolen by Vincenzo Peruggia, an Italian handyman who sought to return the painting to his native country. {via AFP}

– Around town: Serving up art for a cause: The ninth annual Arts du Jour will take place Thursday, August 25 at the Royal Oak Farmers Market. This popular charity preview event for Arts, Beats & Eats will offer culinary delights and entertainment, with seventy-five percent of all proceeds going to benefit ten local charities. Hours: Thursday, 5:30 pm – 11 pm. For more info and to purchase tickets, visit www.artsdujourro.org.

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