Morning Links: Ironic Art Fans Edition

(Courtesy El Pais)

The AFP reports on “ironic art fans” who have launched a petition to preserve the painting of Jesus that was recently restored rather poorly by a woman in Spain. [AFP]

A Rembrandt etching worth more than $8,000 was lost in the mail. A Norwegian gallery was attempting to save money by shipping it without proper insurance. [Reuters

Afrika Bambaataa wants to open a hip-hop museum in New York. [NME]

“MPs and peers have blown a staggering £230,000 of taxpayers’ cash on art [in the past year].” [The Sun]

Ai Weiwei on New York: “Before I came to New York, I only knew this is the heart of capitalism, the most sinful city. Of course, I am crazy [excited] to go since I hate Communists. I thought, that’s a place I would love to go. But I knew nothing about New York—all of my impressions came from Mark Twain and Walt Whitman.” [Smithsonian Mag]

Artwork by Frank Zappa and the Beatles (one painting was done by all four of them) will be up for auction at Phillip Weiss Auctions. [ArtDaily]

Morning Links: Ironic Art Fans Edition