A carving of a horned devil bought for a record price as a Gauguin by the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles has been downgraded to an attribution status of “unknown.” [The Art Newspaper]
New Yorker writer Hua Hsu considers “what we lost in the Museum of Chinese in America fire.” [The New Yorker]
The restorer of the Ghent Alterpiece lamb that has gotten a lot of attention online dropped some science at the opening: “A lot of misunderstandings have been propagated by absolutely stupid tweets taken completely out of context.” [The New York Times]
Latifa Echakhch, a rising star focused on art about immigration and alienation, will represent Switzerland at 2021 Venice Biennale. [ARTnews]
The podcast Reveal has an episode dedicated to the famous $80 million forgery case that brought down Knoedler & Co., once the country’s oldest gallery. Journalist Gisele Regatao talks to one of the victims who purchased some of the 40 fake works sold as well as investigators, lawyers, and even Pace Gallery president Marc Glimcher. [Reveal]
Making a compelling case against the impossibility of art representing the realities of Nazi concentration camps, Jason Farago wrote about the work of self-taught Austrian artist Ceija Stojka, “a member of the Roma minority (sometimes derogatorily called ‘Gypsies’), who turned the ordeals of the camps into an art of immense power.” [The New York Times]
On the occasion of an exhibition for him at the Pompidou Center in Paris, here’s a profile of Christian Boltanski, an artist who “tried to talk to whales in hope that they might divulge the earth’s secrets, carried out detailed scientific investigations to disprove chance, and in his latest show, questions whether death might be better than life.” [Forbes]
The city of Santa Fe denied a permit for mural art depicting the plight of Palestinian children. [Truthout]
A meeting will be convened in Australia next month for federal and state authorities and industry to discuss the unethical treatment and exploitation of Aboriginal artists. [The Guardian]
Conservative columnist Madeline Fry is not happy about Yale’s decision to revise its introductory art-history survey—a move she suggests makes it “time to throw out the Sistine Chapel ceiling, The Night Watch, and The Starry Night.” [The Washington Examiner]
The opening of the new Munch Museum in Oslo has been pushed back from spring to fall. [The Art Newspaper]
Jason Polan, an ambitious New York artist who sketched visitors to MoMA, died at 37. [ARTnews]
The Canadian painter Gordon Smith who died in Vancouver at the age of 100. [The Art Newspaper]
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