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Portrait of Madame X by John Singer Sargent. COURTESY WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

John Singer Sargent, Portrait of Madame X, 1883–84.

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FAKE AMERICAN MASTERS

A Michigan art dealer, Eric Spoutz, has been arrested and charged with selling dozens of fake American masters. [NBC]

PHOTOS

England’s National Media Museum has announced plans to transfer more than 400,000 objects from the Royal Photography Society’s collection to the Victoria & Albert Museum, which will make the latter the largest collection of photography in the world. [Artforum]

HOW TO LOOK AT NAKEDNESS

In light of the Iranian president’s rather sheltered recent trip to Italy, Sebastian Smee writes about how to look at nakedness—in art, that is. “We make art, I think, as part of the process of fitting the things we learn into the wider reality of our existence,” he writes. “Not only our private existence, with all its desires, confusions, and fears, but our shared existence, which demands a certain order if we want to get along.” [The Boston Globe]

ESSAYS

Here’s an essay on Gregory Crewdson’s cinematic worlds. [Criterion]

And, a new Hito Steyerl essay to brighten your week. [e-flux]

INTERVIEW

The Brooklyn Rail interviews Lorraine O’Grady, touching on the philosophy of Flannery O’Connor, emotive Egyptian sculpture, and Michael Jackson’s genius. [The Brooklyn Rail]

REVIEW

Here’s a review of the group show “Office Space” at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, which “focuses on the soft power and absurdity inherent in the alienating strategies and the sometimes-productive ambiguity of the modern workspace.” [Rhizome]

A NEW JOB

Mari Spirito, a former director at 303 Gallery who founded Protocinema, has been named curator and director of a new Istanbul art space called Alt. [Artforum]

AND FINALLY

Leo Gabin at Peres Projects in Berlin. [Contemporary Art Daily]

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