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Morning Links: Pablo Escobar Edition

Pablo Escobar.



According to an ArtTactic report, details of which were published by the Art Newspaper, the Indian art market grew 13% in the past year. It estimated to be worth something in the range of $223 million. [The Art Newspaper]

The Dallas Art Fair has revealed the exhibitor list for this year’s edition, ARTnews reported this morning. This year’s fair will be its tenth-anniversary edition, and will include nearly 100 exhibitors. [ARTnews]

The Talent

ARTnews reported last night that Brett Littman, the director of the Drawing Center, will head up New York’s Noguchi Museum. It’s something of a homecoming for him—he previously worked in Long Island City when he was deputy director of PS1. [ARTnews]

Strange Dealings

The Hollywood Reporter tells the story of a Dubai art dealer and how he uncovered what may be a cache of artworks that once belonged to the drug lord Pablo Escobar. The dealer allegedly attempted to authenticate the works he came across, by Pablo Picasso, Fernando Botero, and others, but ran into difficulties when he didn’t have the necessary provenance information. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Sotheby’s and the collector Anatole Shagalov are in the middle of a legal battle over a $6.5 million Keith Haring work, Bloomberg reports. Shagalov claims that he planned to pay for the work in installments, but then Sotheby’s demanded it all at once. [Bloomberg]


On Medium, Geeta Dayal remembers the experimental filmmaker Paul Clipson, who died this past weekend, by publishing a full-length version of an interview previously printed by KQED. “I’m just a film fanatic,” Clipson said. “I love film — just the history, everything.” [Medium]

The Joy of Loans

For the New Yorker, Peter Schjeldahl writes on the Frick Collection’s exhibition of 13 paintings, all on loan from Auckland Castle, by Francisco de Zubarán—a pleasant surprise, he notes. The paintings “constitute a terrific feat of Baroque storytelling: movies of their day.” [The New Yorker]

The Akron Art Museum in Ohio will now start allowing Akron-Summit County library card holders to borrow works from its own holdings, according to Among the works up for loan: pieces by Mark Mothersbaugh, John Sokol, and others. []

Nail Art

Jenny Bui, who designs Cardi B’s nails, tells Cosmopolitan about her sudden acceptance by a mainstream crowd. “People used to call my nails ratchet because of the big bling, but now everybody does it,” she says. “I’m known as the Queen of Bling.” [Cosmopolitan]

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