Link Love: John Baldessari leaves the MOCA, cats are taking over the world and Chuck Close’s legal dispute

The BROCA I mean MOCA keeps heating up: esteemed artist John Baldessari and five other board members have left the MOCA. (LA Times)

Meet the Hermitage’s 65 cat security guards (CBC)

Cats are taking over the world: the Walker Art Center launches Internet Cat Video Film Festival and wants your suggestions   (Art Info)

A dispute between legendary artist Chuck Close and digital artist Scott Blake, became the talk of the blogosphere this week after Close threatened legal action if Blake didn’t remove  his “Chuck Close Filter” – a web site that transforms photographs into Close’s signature pixelated style. (Wired)

Damien Hirst’s artwork is massed produced junk food: Burger King will display Damien Hirst’s “Flame Grilled” work in its Leicester Square Restaurant as it seeks to target tourists visiting London for the Olympics. (Brand Republic)

The world’s largest museum complex just got a little easier to navigate. The Smithsonian Institution has partnered with Google Maps (not the Google Art Project). (Huffington Post)

After much hype and anticipation Yayoi Kusama’s major retrospective at the Whitney opens (New York Times)

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