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Morning Links: Le Freeport Edition

Le Freeport. COURTESY LE FREEPORT

Le Freeport.

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A look inside Luxembourg’s 237,000-square-foot art-storage facility, Le Freeport, which has garnered controversy for possibly doubling as a space for illegal activity. [Wall Street Journal]

The Dutch government has pledged €80 million ($89.3 million) toward the purchase of two Rembrandt portraits. “Rembrandts like these, I mean they just don’t happen,” said Taco Dibbits, the director of collections at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. [The New York Times]

After Grand Rapids City Hall refused to show his controversial installation involving ashes of holy texts, Syrian-American artist Nabil Mousa is struggling to compete in ArtPrize. [MLive]

Tom Finkelpearl, New York City’s Commissioner of Cultural Affairs, is taking a leave of absence for treatments for cancer. [The New York Times]

Former Detroit Institute of Arts director Graham Beal is now a visiting professor at Michigan State University. [MSU Today]

Henry Taylor at Carlos/Ishikawa. [Contemporary Art Daily]

We Go to the Gallery, a picture-book spoof of the art world, has earned its author Miriam Elia critical acclaim—and some legal trouble. [The Guardian]

National Endowment of the Arts chair Jane Chu visited Fresno, California, where she saw a performance by the Youth Orchestra of Fresno and spoke with local art teachers. [The Fresno Bee]

A new play dramatizes one woman’s use of art therapy to deal with the trauma of being raped. [The Daily Pennsylvanian]

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