News Recap: June 3, 2016

A weekly recap of art world news.

Sugar Land selfie sculpture, courtesy of Sugar Land Parks and Recreation

Sugar Land selfie sculpture, courtesy of Sugar Land Parks and Recreation

Selfie Sculpture As Public Art in Texas
The town of Sugar Land, Texas has erected a bronze statue of two girls taking a selfie as part of a 10-piece collection donated by a city resident. Located directly outside the city hall building, the sculpture was approved for public art by citizen committees as it depicts activity “common in the plaza.” Unsurprisingly, many passersby have taken their own selfie with the selfie statue.
Read the full story (PetaPixel)

Louvre and Musée d’Orsay Closed due to Seine Flooding
In a drastic measure to preserve artworks from the flooding in Paris, both the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay have closed early and will remain closed for a few days to relocate artworks in the flood zones to higher floors. Six weeks’ worth of rain fell in 24 hours on the France-Belgium border, causing thousands of residents to call emergency services.
Read the full story (ArtNet News)

Seven People Arrested in Spain for Theft of Francis Bacon Paintings
Five Francis Bacon paintings were stolen last July in a professional operation that occurred while the owner was out of town. The owner is reported to have been a close friend of Bacon. This past February, British private investigators received an email with photographs of the paintings and an inquiry about if they were stolen. Analysis of the photos determined the camera used was owned by a rental company, which supplied the customer’s details. The customer was arrested, along with a Madrid art dealer and his son. The five paintings are estimated to be worth over $27 million.
Read the full story (The Guardian)