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"Portrait of a Man" not painted by Frans Hals. Sotheby's

Portrait of a Man, which may not have been painted by Frans Hals after all.

COURTESY SOTHEBY’S

Modern Forgery

In 2011 Sotheby’s in New York brokered the $10 million private sale of a supposedly undiscovered masterwork by Frans Hals titled Portrait of a Man. Earlier this month, the auction house declared that the painting was actually a work of “modern forgery” (and reimbursed the buyer). [The New York Times]

Goings-on at the British Museum

Jonathan Jones’s high praise of “South Africa: The Art of a Nation” currently on at the British Museum: “Something grabs this exhibition, shakes it, and fills it with rage. History infects it. Far from being a benign celebration of South Africa’s arts, it is a story of human struggle and sacrifice.” [The Guardian]

How the now-restored Townley Venus had its thumb knocked off at the British Museum by some caterers during a corporate event. [The Art Newspaper]

Art in New York

“Taxidermy: Art, Science & Immortality” is an exhibition currently on at the Morbid Anatomy Museum in Brooklyn, where viewers can behold Walter Potter’s famed Kittens’ Wedding. [The Creators Project]

A profile of the New York artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles, a pioneer of the “radical practice of Maintenance Art” for which she is now enjoying a survey at Queens Museum. [Village Voice]

Smithsonian

David M. Rubenstein, cofounder of the Carlyle Group—a Washington D.C. based investment firm—has been elected chairman of the Smithsonian Institution board. [Washington Post via ArtForum]

Rubenstein’s first assignment? Work out where to fit the next museum on Washington’s fast-diminishing Mall. [Washingtonian]

Bonus

The proliferation of naked Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton sculptures is, at least according to this author, a sign that most Americans are “funnier, more spontaneously inventive and less vitriolic than the leaders it is being offered in this election.” [Bloomberg]

A look at the dying art form of Japanese candy sculpture. [BoingBoing]

Watch this video of a cross-continental Rube Goldberg machine. [Common Ground]

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