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‘Oops, that wasn’t interactive art?’ S Korean couple vandalizes $440,000 painting (and more in art)


While we focus on Indian art, we can’t obviously function in a vacuum. It’s a small world and everything is connected, especially on the web. So, let’s train our spotlight across the world map to see what’s going on — from art trends to socio-political issues to everything that affects the great aesthetic global consciousness. Or, let’s just travel the world and have some fun!

Interactive assumptions


A couple vandalized a $440,000 artwork after mistaking it for an interactive exhibit at a mall in Seoul, South Korea. The canvas work had been made by American graffiti artist JonOne, and part of the installation included paint containers and brushes — but not for use! The visiting couple in their 20s, however, took these as signs for the public to contribute, and a surveillance camera captured the duo adding dark green splotches to the abstract rendition. Insider elaborates.

Gaitonde’s minimalism in life and art


While he set a new world record for Indian art just in March this year, the details of VS Gaitonde’s life are a bit more elusive. Born in Nagpur in 1924 to Goan parents, Gaitonde moved to a chawl in Girgaum, Mumbai, when he was six. In the book ‘Vasudeo Santu Gaitonde: Sonata of Solitude’, his younger sister Kishori recalls how brother “Bal” made sketches for his older sister’s school assignments. It was watching some family members paint the walls of the Saraswati temple in his ancestral village that sparked his interest in art. These and many more anecdotes are outlined by The Indian Express.

Art duo runs fishy exposé


A groundbreaking art duo of spatial practitioners, who call themselves Cooking Sections, have taken on a green cause — what we eat and its impact on our planet. Using installation and performance, the research-based practice of Daniel Fernández Pascual and Alon Schwabe explores overlapping boundaries between visual arts, architecture, ecology, and geopolitics. Now, they are taking on the cruel and excessive industrial farming of salmon, who end up deformed, blind, riddled with sea lice or driven to eat each other. The Guardian has the details.

Now, AI to analyze rock art


Machine learning seems to have opened some new doors indeed for archaeology. A study published in Australian Archaeology has tested different styles in rock art of human figures, created over thousands of years at Arnhem Land in Australia’s Top End — and these have been put through a transformative machine learning study to analyze style changes over the years. The reconstructed rock art chronology uses existing data sets of more than 14 million different photos of a wide range of things from animals to objects. SciTech Daily lays it out.

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