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A SFW piece from the Asian Art Museum's "Tomb Treasures" show.©NANJING MUSEUM

A SFW piece from the Asian Art Museum’s “Tomb Treasures” show.


Blasts From the Past

Facebook has forbidden the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco from advertising its current Han Dynasty show by promoting an article focusing on bronze dildos and jade butt plugs. [San Francisco Chronicle]

Peter Schjeldahl reviews the Whitney Museum’s “Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s” show, writing that it offers new ideas about art from that era. [The New Yorker]

Though the craze for emerging artists still isn’t over, collectors have also turned their attention to late-career veterans or recently re-discovered masters, like Ruth Asawa. [The New York Times]

Around Paris

The “Spider-Man” burglar, a.k.a. Vjeran Tomic, has been charged for the €100 million theft of paintings by modernist masters at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in 2010. [Agence France-Presse]

With Paris’s Centre Pompidou celebrating its 40th anniversary, Massimiliano Gioni, Iwona Blazwick, Philippe Parreno, and more reflect on the game-changing museum. [The Art Newspaper]

Trumpian Happenings

Here’s a scary and not entirely implausible idea: What if Donald Trump really does end money for the arts? The Times visualizes what will happen if his administration cuts funding to programs like the National Endowment for the Arts. [The New York Times]

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland’s director, Jill Snyder, has called Trump’s Muslim ban an “affront to our values.” []

What Malia Obama Did Today

Malia Obama found time to see Kerry James Marshall’s Met Breuer exhibition just before the show closed. [Page Six]


The market for animation art is growing. Cels from The Little Mermaid, The Simpsons, and other films and TV shows are doubling in value, and collectors are cashing in. [MarketWatch]

New York socialite Tracey Hejailan-Amon will not be getting her husband’s $25 million art collection, which includes work by Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol. [New York Post]

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