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Art Outlook: 22 May

22 May 2014

Some of the stories, reviews and discussions we’ve spotted online this week:

Man jailed for attempting to sell fake Damien Hirst paintings

A pastor in Florida has been sentenced to six months in jail and five years probation for attempting to sell on a group of Damien Hirst paintings after finding out they could be fake.

Plans for a new modern art wing at the Metropolitan Museum

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced plans to redesign the wing that houses its modern and contemporary collection, which was significantly augmented last year by the Leonard A. Lauder bequest of Cubist works.

St Paul’s Cathedral unveils a new altarpiece by Bill Viola

Video artist Bill Viola has created a new altarpiece, Martyrs, for St Paul’s Cathedral in London. The multi-screen work depicts four people silently enduring the power of the four elements, earth, air, fire and water.

9/11 museum opens in New York

Spencer Finch’s commission Trying To Remember the Color of the Sky on That September Morning is among the exhibits at the new museum, which moved visitors but has drawn significant criticism for its gift shop souvenirs.

UK museums fail to save a Le Brun portrait for the nation

Charles Le Brun’s A Portrait of Everhard Jabach and Family will go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art after UK museums failed to raise enough money to secure it for a British national collection.

Michael Schmidt wins the fifth Prix Pictet

Photographer Michael Schmidt was announced as the winner of this year’s Prix Pictet at a ceremony last night. He beat 10 other shortlisted artists, whose work is currently on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Wasting Away: Airbrushed Old Masters

How would some the most beautiful women from art history fare in a modern-day fashion shoot? Now we know…