Film and video artist Harun Farocki has died at the age of 70. [Artnet]Artist Devin Leonardi has died at 33. [Artforum]The benefactors of Lucien Freud’s $161 million fortune—presumably his many, many children—will remain secret. [The Daily Telegraph via Artnet]Jori Finkel tells the story of André Level’s 1914 sale of Picasso and Matisse, “the first and greatest art fund.” [The Art Newspaper]Mead Carney, the first commercial gallery has opened in Porto Montenegro, “the Monte Carlo of the Adriatic.” The gallery’s debut show, “The Shock of the New,” includes works by Damien Hirst, Gerhard Richter, and Richard Prince. [The Art Newspaper]Here’s a profile of Fiona Tan tied to her retrospective at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art. “It’s a worldwide problem in art today, how much exposition you do, how much signage you do,” she said. “I’m always having this discussion with museums in the West: asking them to take down signs, to explain less, to let the visitors look.” [The Japan Times]The Wall Street Journal asks artist couple Janis Provisor and Brad Davis how they travel as a couple. [The Wall Street Journal]ARTbnb offers “free” lodging in a quaint Spanish village! You just need to donate a sculpture at the end of your stay. [Daily Mail]Philanthropist Wayne Reynolds, “the star witness for the group trying to block the plan to break up the Corcoran Gallery of Art” in Washington, D.C., is really enjoying his time on the witness stand in the court case concerning approval of the museum’s plans. “You can’t close a $2 million to $5 million [budget] gap at an institution like this?” he said of the museum’s leadership. “I could do it at a dinner party.” [The Washington Post via @TylerGreenDC]The New York Times has issued a statement saying it is unconcerned by arts reporter Carol Vogel’s use of language very close to that found on Wikipedia. [The New York Times]In case you missed it: Kerstin Brätsch at Gavin Brown. [Contemporary Art Daily]The Jewish Museum has a new website. [The Jewish Museum]
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