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Morning Links: Authentic Facsimiles Edition

A Factum Arte staff member creating a facsimile of Tutankhamun's tomb. COURTESY FACTUM ARTE

A Factum Arte staff member creating a facsimile of Tutankhamun’s tomb.


Out of the Past

Could the future of art conservation be in creating facsimiles? For Factum Arte, a Madrid-based “digital mediation” workshop, authentically faking works can actually be a way to save them from the test of time. [The New Yorker]

A 65-foot-wide stained glass mural originally made for the secret police in East Germany in the early 1980s will be on sale at Art Basel Miami Beach. Its price: $21.4 million. [The New York Times]


Artnet, the online price database, has acquired Tutela Capital SA, a boutique firm that uses indices and algorithms to analyze the art market. [The Art Newspaper]


Peter Schjeldahl: “The more serious you are about modern art, the more likely you are to be stupefied by ‘Francis Picabia: Our Heads Are Round so Our Thoughts Can Change Direction,’ a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art.” [The New Yorker]

Tennis player Serena Williams toured the National Museum of African American History and Culture this past weekend. [The Washington Post]

The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia will begin work on an expansion in April. [The Daily Progress]

What Jeff Koons Did Today

Jeff Koons is creating a sculpture—an oversize hand holding balloon-like tulips—to memorialize the victims of terrorism attacks in Paris. The work will be a gift from the United States to France. [The New York Times]


The recent election causes Shannon Ebner to remember USA, her 2003 photograph of a sign in the desert that says NAUSEA. [Artforum]

A look at Maggie Lee’s latest show at 356 Mission in Los Angeles. [Contemporary Art Daily]

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