Speed Read: The Top 10 Art News Stories for September 29–October 3

From Hong Kong's protest art to a flock of fake Rodins.

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Detail of Ciara Phillips installation for the Turner Prize exhibition.
Photo: @thisisnowfeed/Instagram.

1. Businessman Accused of Faking Thousands of Rodin Bronzes
That bargain-rate Rodin bronze in your backyard that the nice gentleman from Gruppo Mondiale sold you? We have some bad news for you.

2. Hong Kong Protests Panic Auction Houses on Eve of Sales and Artists Design Logos for Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution
Protesters in Hong Kong taking part in the so-called “Umbrella Revolution” threatened to derail the city’s auction season, and made some inventive art while doing so.

3. See the Best of Vienna Fair 2014
Are you of the sort who thinks that Austrian art tends to be, how shall we say, a little drab? Prepare to have your mind blown.

4. Court Ruling on Art Estate Taxes Could Save You Millions
Learn all about “fractional interest,” the hottest tax loophole for wealthy collectors and their families.

5. Is the Turner Prize Just a Publicity Machine? JJ Charlesworth Takes on the Tate
If you want to win your office’s Turner Prize betting pool (everyone does those, right?), put your money on Duncan Campbell. So says JJ Charlesworth in his first review for artnet News.

6. Mexican Drug Lord Posing as Art Dealer Arrested
A little Ecstasy with that Tracey Emin? Héctor Beltrán Leyva catered to all of his buyers’ needs.

7. Artist Uses Grindr to Make Pancakes
No word on whether he used Tinder or Grouper to make salad.

8. News Scandal Erupts Over Fake “Invisible Art” Stunt
We don’t see what’s so controversial about invisible art.

9. “A Proximity of Consciousness” Celebrates Art and Activism in Chicago
Thus begins the great “which city spawned social practice art?” feud of 2014.

10. Artist Creates Giant Face on Washington DC’s National Mall
We’d hate to think what part of its anatomy the nearby Washington Monument represents.


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