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In Brief: MoMA to Stay Open Seven Days a Week, Book Deal for Sebastian Smee, VICE’s Tattoo Stars

• Tuesday is the traditional day of rest for New York’s Museum of Modern Art, but not for long. Beginning May 1, 2013, the museum will open to the public seven days per week. MoMA’s move to a seven-day schedule on a year-round basis comes after some testing of the Tuesday opening waters during summer months and holiday periods. Look for the expanded schedule to bring in even more visitors. Since the 2004 reopening in its renovated and expanded building, MoMA’s annual attendance has nearly doubled—from approximately 1.5 million visitors per year to nearly 3 million.

• A forthcoming volume that’s likely to land on the MoMA store shelves is Sebastian Smee‘s look at friendship and rivalry among artists. The Boston Globe art critic and winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for criticism will focus on four pairs whose rivalries propelled them to greater achievements: Edgar Degas vs. Edouard Manet, Pablo Picasso vs. Henri Matisse (OK, you saw that one coming), Jackson Pollock vs. Willem de Kooning, and Lucian Freud vs. Francis Bacon. The title is slated for publication next year by Random House. Smee’s freshly inked book deal was announced by Publishers Lunch.

VICE knows tattoos. The punk zine turned media juggernaut returns to the ink-slinging trenches for a new season of Tattoo Age. The hit web series scours the globe to profile the artists behind the most beautiful and interesting tattooing trends. The latest line-up consists of London-based Valerie Vargas and her eye-catching “lady head” tats, the versatile (and American-trained) Mutsuo of Osaka, Japan, and Thom deVita, who started tattooing in New York City in the 60s (when tattooing was illegal in all five boroughs), synthesizing his environment into his tattoos and creating quite possibly the most unique inking style of all time. Here’s a taste of the season two debut:

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