News Recap: August 28, 2015

A weekly recap of art world news.

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Small German Town Upgrades Vending Machines From Cigarettes to Art
Landsberg, Germany has undertaken an innovative project to replace its public cigarette vending machines with miniature coin-operated art stores. After new laws restricted smoking in public, the machines were removed and are now being given a new life. Starting in September, the public will be able to purchase original signed and editioned artworks for €5. To start, six different works will be available from artists who competed to have their art included, and every three months the selection will be updated.
Read the full story (ArtNet News)

Instagram Expands Beyond the Square Format
Known for the square format, the popular social media platform Instagram will now allow rectangular photographs to be showcased without any cropping. The company has stated that almost 1/5 of photos uploaded to the site are not in the square format and moving forward can be shown in their original format through a simple adjustment.
Read the full story (Peta Pixel)

12-Year-Old Trips and Falls Through $1.5 Million Painting
During the “Face of Leonardo: Images of a Genius” exhibition in Taipei, a 12-year-old boy tripped and fell into a painting by Paolo Porpora, accidently punching his hand through the canvas. The oil painting titled “Flowers” is 350 years old and valued at $1.5 million. The exhibition’s organizers will not ask the boy’s family to pay for the restorations. “You break it you buy it” does not apply here.
Read the full story (The Guardian)