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    Morning Links: Louvre-Iran Deal Edition

    The Louvre at night. COURTESY WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

    The Louvre at night.

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    WEST MEETS EAST

    The Louvre has signed a deal with Iran for the purpose of “[planning] for exchanges of exhibitions, publications, scientific visits, and training sessions, as well as archeological digs” until 2019. The agreement also stipulates that the looting of artifacts must cease. The first exhibition will focus on the Qajar Dynasty at the Louvre Lens. [The Art Newspaper]

    The Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries will open the first major show on the history of the Koran in the United States, exhibiting more than 50 texts from Arabic countries, Iran, Turkey, and North Africa. [The Art Newspaper]

    BOSCH AND BOUVIER

    Hieronymus Bosch has been credited with the painting The Temptation of St. Anthony, which was previously thought to have been created by his workshop or a follower. The painting currently hangs in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. [New York Times]

    Here’s the story of Yves Bouvier; or, how “an art world insider made a fortune by being discreet.” [New Yorker]

    AP ART HISTORY

    “The College Board is changing the AP course to reverse the cultural and racial bias found in the art world…” [The Atlantic]

    Walter Martin of The Walkmen remembers his art history classes, and tells NPR how John Singleton Copley’s painting Watson and the Shark inspired a song on the album. [NPR]

    AI WEIWEI

    Ai Weiwei posed as a drowned Syrian infant refugee. [The Guardian]

    FINALLY

    Here’s Diane Simpson and Lesley Vance at Herald St. [Contemporary Art Daily]

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