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Morning Links: ‘Random Darknet Shopper’ Edition

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Curator of the yet-to-open West Kowloon museum M+, Tobias Berger, who has worked there for the past four years, will leave in May to become head of the cultural center in Hong Kong’s Central Police Station (CPS). [The Art Newspaper]

Democrats introduced two bills this week in US Congress with the end of improving the lives of artists. One of them wants to introduce droit de suite, or artist’s resale royalty, in the U.S., while the other asks that artists be allowed to deduct fair market value from works donated to museums from their taxes. [The Art Newspaper]

Meyer Vaisman’s “In History – In Future – Meyer Vaisman – Meir Ben David – 5774” at Portikus Gallery in Frankfurt. [Contemporary Art Daily]

Jackson Pollock’s “Black Pourings” series will be shown at the Tate Liverpool on June 30 and then at the Dallas Museum of Art in November. [The New York Times]

ISIS has created a market for “terrorist art.” [Fox News]

For an exhibition called “Random Darknet Shopper” at Kunst Halle St. Gallen in Switzerland, art collective !Mediengruppe Bitnik created a robot and gave it $100 in bitcoins to purchase things on the internet. It bought a Hungarian passport, a baseball cap fixed with a hidden camera and 120mg of MDMA in the form of 10 yellow pills, which were delivered to the exhibition. [The Independent]

The Denver Museum has reinstated Linda, John DeAndrea’s popular 1983 hyperrealist sculpture of a sleeping woman, for her own show  “Starring Linda: A Trio of John DeAndrea Sculptures” starting this Sunday. [The Denver Post]

Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts won a three-month loan of Albert Bierstadt’s 1870 painting Puget Sound on the Pacific Coast in a Super Bowl bet with Seattle Art Museum. If the Clark had lost the bet (if the Seattle Seahawks beaten the New England Patriots), they would have sent Seattle Winslow Homer’s 1900 painting West Point, Prout’s Neck. [The Boston Herald]

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