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Two African elephants.  COURTESY WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Two African elephants.

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Yves Bouvier, a Swiss businessman behind high-end free ports dedicated to storing and shipping art in Geneva, Luxembourg and Singapore, was detained in Monaco on Wednesday on suspicion of fraud. He is currently under investigation for fraud in the hundreds of millions of euros range, with high net-worth people in the UK, US, and Asia among his victims. [The Art Newspaper]

China’s State Administration of Forestry announced today that they would no longer allow ivory imports from Africa to enter the country for one year. This new policy  was instituted after China’s president, Xi Jinping, received a letter signed from Ricky Gervais and the David Attenborough, among others. [The Art Newspaper]

Murals, mosaics and ceramic works will not be a part of a drive to catalogue Britain’s sculptures and public monuments. [The Art Newspaper]

Islamic State militants have destroyed antique works of art at the Mosul Museum and the Nergal Gate Museum in Nineveh, in northern Iraq. The Islamic extremist group  released a five-minute video that shows them smashing dozens of large sculptures. [The Art Newspaper]

Read this new profile of the artist Hans Haacke, whose new statue will soon be on view in Trafalgar Square in London. [The Guardian]

Eddie Redmayne will play transgender artist Einar Wegener (who later became Lili Elbe) in The Danish Girl, set during Einar’s lifetime in the 1920s and due for release in 2016.[i-D]

Read Artforum’s take on this year’s New Museum Triennial. [Artforum]

Jeff Koons will build an $8 million public art piece for Sacramento’s new basketball arena. It’ll be the most the city has ever spent for a public art piece. [Artforum]

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