Mysterious smudge on Edvard Munch’s The Scream is candle wax Long thought to be bird droppings, researchers used X-ray diffraction to determine the origin of the stain on 1893 version in Norway’s National Museum.

Thieves steal nearly $2.6 million in materials from artist Anselm Kiefer’s Paris studio Items taken include lead sculpture of a stack of books weighing ten tons that was valued at $1.45 million and 12 tons of marble that cost over $1 million.

York Art Gallery visitors fall short of target Visitor numbers to York Art Gallery have fallen 100,000 short of expectations in the year since the gallery reopened with a £7.50 entrance charge following an £8m renovation.

Artists and museums sue Israel’s ministry of culture Protests against threats to funding based on policies that limit freedom of expression have flared throughout the summer.

Google returns literary blog data to Dennis Cooper Without warning, nearly two months ago Google closed the American artist and writer’s blog of 14 years hosted by Blogger, along with his Gmail account.

V&A announces details of Pink Floyd exhibition Victoria and Albert Museum to mark 50th anniversary of landmark London gig with laser light show and previously unseen concert footage.

Richard Prince faces fourth lawsuit over copyright infringement Artist and model Ashley Salazar filed lawsuit in June after she discovered that Prince had appropriated a mirror selfie decorated with cat memes from her Instagram account.

Tate paid ‘paltry’ £350k a year in BP sponsorship, figures reveal Arts body forced by tribunal to publish oil firm’s investment in galleries following pressure by environmental campaigners.

GCSE results confirm drop in take up of arts subjects New figures should be “a wake-up call to Government”, the founder of the Bacc for the Future campaign has said.

1. Edvard Munch, The Scream, 1893. Image: Creative Commons
2. Detail of the album cover for Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here. Photo: V&A

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