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Morning Links: Gurlitt Trove Edition

Hildebrand Gurlitt. COURTESY CIVIC MUSEUM ZWICKAU

Hildebrand Gurlitt.

COURTESY CIVIC MUSEUM ZWICKAU

GURLITT TROVE

After almost two years and $2 million, a German task force has declared that they have discovered the provenance of only five works from the Gurlitt trove. All five had been looted by Nazis. [The New York Times]

DISSIDENT ART

Edward Snowden’s bust—the one that appeared on top of a monument in Fort Greene Park—will be shown at the Brooklyn Museum next month as the second feature of a three-part exhibition of political art. [Forbes]

After refusing to sell Ai Weiwei a bulk order of Legos for a political project last October, claiming that Lego was a children’s toy and not a political unit, the Danish company has changed its policy, saying, “the Lego group no longer asks for the thematic purpose when selling large quantities of Lego bricks for projects.” Ai Weiwei calls this a “small victory for freedom of speech.” [The Art Newspaper]

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The 184 Grand Street apartment of late artist Duane Hanson is now on the market for $29,000 per month, with a Basquiat “SAMO©” tag thrown in on the fourth floor. [NY Post]

Art venue complex Artis—Naples has received a $15 million gift from Kimberly K. Querrey and Louis A. Simpson, the largest in its history. [USA Today]

Ben Davis weighs in on the question of whether one has to be rich to succeed as an artist. [artnet]

A COUPLE MORE LINKS

Here’s a review of “Global/Local 1960-2015: Six Artists From Iran” at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery. [The New York Times]

Kara Walker at Victoria Miro. [Contemporary Art Daily]

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