News Recap: August 5, 2016

A weekly recap of art world news.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Photo by Arad via Wikimedia commons.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Photo by Arad via Wikimedia commons.

The Met’s Biggest Year Ever
The money might be tight, but it’s not for lack of attendance. New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that its fiscal year set a new record in attendance, with 6.7 million visitors passing through its three locations. This was the highest number since the museum began tracking admissions more than 40 years ago. Its popularity has not been enough to solve the museum’s financial woes, however.
Read the full story (The New York Times)

Old Woman Who Filled in Crossword Puzzle Art Claims Copyright
Remember that time when a 90-year-old visitor to the Neues Museum in Nuremburg, German filled in a crossword puzzle art piece by artist Arthur Köpcke. The Museum has removed her lettering from the work, and now she is claiming a violation of her copyright in the modified work, which she claims has increased its value.
Read the full story (Ars Technica)

Zika Comes to Miami, Frightens Art World
The U.S. Center for Disease Control issued a Zika Virus advisory for the Wynwood area of Miami, Florida, a neighborhood known for its density of art institutions. Given the dangerous virus’s explosive growth in South America and the Caribbean, art enthusiasts are concerned about its potential impact on Art Basel Miami Beach, slated to take place in December about six miles from the affected area.
Read the full story (ARTnews)