After being dropped on the ground, this Jeff Koons balloon dog was declared a total loss.

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When Chinese artist Ai Weiwei dropped and shattered a pair of ancient Han Dynasty vases in 1995, the destruction was hailed as a landmark…

Vic Hislop’s sharks have been slaughtered on the beach for cat food and shown in the Tate Modern.

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Vic Hislop doesn’t kill sharks just for the money. He kills sharks because he really doesn’t like them. But of the 1,100 “senseless…

After 9/11, Alfredo Vilchis made a votive painting to help the US government catch Osama bin Laden.

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“I thank the Virgin of Guadalupe for the invention of Viagra so I can satisfy my wife who is 15 years younger.” Painted on a tin sheet…

Somali artists painting pro-government billboards do not sign their work due to death threats.

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For 21 years, Somalia was out of art. The country’s creative industries, once encouraged by the socialist regime’s constant demand for…

All official portraiture of North Korea’s reigning Kim family is made by Mansudae Art Studio.

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If you want to paint a picture of Kim Jong-un, you’ll need to get a certificate. Images of North Korea’s ruling dynasty – known as…

Paolo Frattini has to show a piece of art seven or eight times on television before someone buys it.

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Paolo Frattini does not like television sets, people who confuse the various kings of France, or modern art. “I can’t sell it,” says…

The Geneva Freeport is thought to hold one of the world’s greatest secret art collections.

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The problem with a painting by Gerhard Richter is that you can’t bite it to tell if it’s real. But if it is, it’s a safer buy than gold.…

Art is the most lucrative unregulated market in the world, after drugs.

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Ten thousand spectators enter the USA’s largest maximum-security prison every Sunday in October to see the rodeo at the Louisiana State…

Lois Gibson’s sketches have helped identify more than 500 criminals.

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“Art always stands at a distance from reality,” wrote American art critic Arthur C. Danto in his 2013 book, What Art Is. When Andy Warhol…

Julien Montenero sculpts directly onto his patients’ faces.

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Atelier Montenero is walking distance from Montmartre, near a neighborhood of small art galleries and cramped storefront artists’…