Morning Links: Damaged and Dead Sculptures Edition

art 2045880c Morning Links: Damaged and Dead Sculptures Edition

"When the Roof Begins to Leak" by Martin Kippenberger. (Courtesy EPA)

A cleaning person “destroyed” a Kippenberger sculpture valued at more than $1 million in Dortmund, Germany, by removing what appeared to be a stain on the work. “It is now impossible to return it to its original state,” a museum spokesperson said. As some have noted, saying the work has been destroyed is a bit much, since the entire sculpture is, in fact, intact, and one imagines the museum will be able to retouch the work. [Telegraph]

Art.sy, the web company that bills itself as the Pandora for visual art and is supported by Dasha Zhukova and Wendi Murdoch, among others, just raised $6 million. [TechCrunch]

“Following the Smart Art Money”: Kelly Crow takes a look at what Lily Safra, Scott Black and other collectors and art experts recommend buying at this uncertain moment in the market. [WSJ]

Mary Hunt Kahlenberg, a pioneer in the field of Native-American textiles, died in Santa Fe, New Mexico, at the age of 71. [NYT]

The Metropolitan Museum of Art acquired painting by German Renaissance artist Hans Schäufelein. [Inside Art]

The Getty Museum has been sued by the Armenian Orthodox Church over allegedly stolen illuminated manuscripts. [LA Times]

A sculpture of Ai Weiwei, apparently dead on the ground, “has resulted in dozens of calls to the police to report a death in Bad Ems,” Germany. [Washington Post]