(CBS Baltimore)

Finders doesn’t always mean keepers: A judge has ruled that woman who picked up a painting by Renoir for $7 at a flea market must give it back to the Baltimore Museum. It turns out that the piece was stolen in 1951, and as such, still belongs to the museum. Hey, at least she has a story about owning a great work of art for a little while, at least. [via The Wire]

Artist Turns 4.7 Million Hacked LinkedIn Passwords Into 8-Volume Book

Artist Turns 4.7 Million Hacked LinkedIn Passwords Into 8-Volume Book

Remember back in 2012 when someone hacked LinkedIn and revealed that millions of user passwords had been stored in plain-old cleartext? German artist Aram Bartholl has compiled, printed and bound 4.7 million passwords into “Forgot Your Password?,” an eight-volume set that visitors to next month’s Unpainted media art fair in Munich will be able to thumb through. [via Boing Boing] [More]

(News 12 Long Island)

It’s A Good Day When You Find $30M Worth Of Rare Art In The Attic

It’s always nice if you can afford to buy say, a nice little cottage on Long Island, a getaway to escape reality and just enjoy the peace and quiet. One man spent $300,000 to buy just such a bungalow out in Bellport, N.Y. and found his reward for doing so would be more than some R&R — it’d be about $30 million worth of art. [More]

The red paw and the other three illustrations originally posted on this Kickstarter project came from a Google Image search.

Using Other People’s Images To Market Your Skill As An Artist Is Probably Not A Good Idea

A couple weeks back we suggested that a bit of Google Image research can help prevent consumers from investing in a Kickstarter project that isn’t legitimate. But one project creator thought it would be okay to use results of a Google Image search to promote her ability as an artist. [More]

Artists Adds $0 Tags To Her Clothes, Reshelves Them

Artists Adds $0 Tags To Her Clothes, Reshelves Them

Artist Jess Dobkin takes her clothes, attaches realistic-looking tags that say “free” on them, and puts them back on the shelves at the original stores she bought them from. She calls the project, “Restored,” and made a cheery video about it. [More]

Painting Of Chase Branch On Fire eBays For $25,200

Painting Of Chase Branch On Fire eBays For $25,200

Tapping into popular sentiment, Alex Schaefer’s painting of a Chase bank on fire just sold on eBay for $25,200. Part of what drove up the price was online buzz after police questioned him while he was painting it, asking him if he planned to do what the painting depicted. [More]

L.A. City Councilman Proposes Making Spray Paint Buyers Provide Addresses, IDs

L.A. City Councilman Proposes Making Spray Paint Buyers Provide Addresses, IDs

Los Angeles is a city crawling with artists and graffiti vandals, and both sectors — as well as other folks who like to paint stuff for legitimate reasons — are big on buying spray paint. In order to keep closer tabs on the graffiti types, the L.A. City Council is proposing a law that would require anyone who buys spray paint to submit their address and identification so police can keep the information on file. [More]

Brian Ulrich's Fluorescent Consumer Hellscapes

Brian Ulrich's Fluorescent Consumer Hellscapes

I’m a sucker for artistically rendered photographs of consumer behavior, which is why I was so excited to hear that Brian Ulrich has a new series up called Retail. Hi-gloss shops populated by dystopic consumers drenched in fluorescence, framed by an expert hand? Count me in, especially if there’s a BOGO! [More]

Artist Gets $100,000, Uses It To Paste 100,000 $1s On The Wall

Artist Gets $100,000, Uses It To Paste 100,000 $1s On The Wall

What would you do if you were awarded $100,000? Quit your job? Pay off the mortgage? Produce that disco-rollerskate version of Tristan and Isolde you’ve always been talking about? If you’re German artist Hans-Peter Feldmann, you use it to put up 100,000 $1 bills on the walls of the Guggenheim. [More]

Artist Sculpts Skull Out Of McDonald's French Fries

Artist Sculpts Skull Out Of McDonald's French Fries

Did you think that no good could ever come from the McDonald’s dollar menu? Not so. Check out the art of Christopher Chiappa, who made arc and skull sculptures from burgers and fries, photographed himself with them, and calls the diptych “McMiracles.” It’s certainly healthier than eating them. [More]

Indulge Your Artistic Passions While Keeping The Bills Paid

Indulge Your Artistic Passions While Keeping The Bills Paid

Inspired by a Francis Ford Coppola) interview, Trent at The Simple Dollar started thinking about what it takes to live as an artist today. Unless you’re blessed enough to be able to indulge your passion on a national stage and pay your bills, you probably have to work a day job in order to make ends meet. [More]

Gold Pills Makes You Poop Gold

Gold Pills Makes You Poop Gold

Now you can make your own Golden Poo trophies at home with the line of Gold Pills by Citizen:Citizen. For just $425, these 24k gold leaf filled capsules will “turn your innermost parts into chambers of wealth.” [More]

See All 37 Twinkie Ingredients Beautifully Photographed

See All 37 Twinkie Ingredients Beautifully Photographed

Photographer Dwight Eschliman has posted lovely photographs of all 37 of the ingredients inside a Twinkie. Each sits on a plate and is shot from above and boast rich tones and textures, reveling in an unexpected complexity that contrasts how we normally think about the icon junk food. This one is FD&C Yellow #5. [More]

Relive Your Fondest Retail Memories With New Graphic Novel

Relive Your Fondest Retail Memories With New Graphic Novel

Have you worked retail? You might be amused by a new book called Hello Do You Work Here?, a collection of illustrated true stories about crazy-making customers. [More]

See The Fortune 500 Magazine Cover That Was Too Brutally Honest To Run

See The Fortune 500 Magazine Cover That Was Too Brutally Honest To Run

Fortune magazine commissioned artist Chris Ware to design a cover for their 2010 Fortune 500 issue, so he did. Unfortunately, what he delivered was a detailed, funny, and biting commentary on the current state of our economy–with banker types dancing on the top of mega-buildings that spell out “500,” a factory in Mexico churning out big box merchandise, and a “401k cemetary.” Fortune rejected it, but hasn’t provided any comment on why. Well, okay, it’s probably self-evident why they killed it, but it’s still funny. [More]

Sand Art Portends Economic Apocalypse

Sand Art Portends Economic Apocalypse

Is the Icelandic volcano ashsplosion actually just another of the seven seals bursting before The Economic Rapture envelops us all? These guys seem to think so. I like how they say, “Thanks.” [More]

Self-Auctioning Black Box Will Set You Back At Least $6,858

Self-Auctioning Black Box Will Set You Back At Least $6,858

Artist Caleb Larsen’s latest creation, A Tool to Deceive and Slaughter, isn’t likely to appeal to traditional art collectors, who tend to like to hold onto their purchases for a little while. That’s because Larsen’s black cube is programmed to try to re-sell itself as soon as a new owner takes posession — and buyers are contractually obligated to let it do so. [More]

Artist Transforms Target Shopping Cart Into Furniture

Artist Transforms Target Shopping Cart Into Furniture

I haven’t been to Target in a while, but it looks like they’re starting to upgrade their shopping carts. Maybe they should convert the old ones to stylish chairs and lamps, the way this artist did, and sell them. [More]