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The top half of Lynda Benglis's advertisement in the November 1974 issue of Artforum. COURTESY THE NEW YORK TIMES

The top half of Lynda Benglis’s famous advertisement in the November 1974 issue of Artforum.

COURTESY THE NEW YORK TIMES

Find out what art icon Lynda Benglis has been up to in this interview with The Art Newspaper. (Hint: Benglis is currently showing work at the Hepworth Wakefield in Yorkshire until July 1, and has an exhibition of outdoor sculpture coming up at New York’s Storm King Art Center on May 16.) [The Art Newspaper]

De Young museum has discovered 200-year-old DNA in several African works, which could improve authentication by identifying which trees were used as materials. [The Art Newspaper]

Islamic State militants have destroyed the remains of an ancient  World Heritage Site, Hatra, which dates back to the second century B.C. [The Art Newspaper]

London-based graffiti artist INSA has invented a medium called “GIF-iti”—a series of painted images which are photographed and then looped in a GIF file.  [BBC News]

A Van Gogh landscape will be shown for the first time in 100 years. [The Guardian]

Read about the brands at Art Basel Hong Kong this year. [The New York Times]

Investors are expressing a growing interest in art funds, which give them access to enormously expensive works without having to buy them outright. [The Wall Street Journal]

Read this review of Zhang Huang’s version of Handel’s opera, Semele. [T Magazine]

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