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Gerard Jan Bos, Man drinkt een glas bier, 1882.


International Incidents

An Italian official is demanding that the Frick Collection in New York return a portrait of Prince Camillo Borghese by François Gérard, alleging that the museum’s export license was incomplete and did not specify that the work’s subject was the historical figure. The gallery that handled the sale said that the license complied with all applicable laws. [The New York Times]

Organizers of the Cuenca Biennial in Ecuador, which is set to open in November, are concerned about running a deficit and that $100,000 promised by the government has yet to arrive. As it is, that’s reportedly the smallest state contribution since the founding of the exhibition in 1988. This year, more than 50 artists from the country and abroad are included in the show. [The Art Newspaper]

Quotable Quotes

“If MOCA is going to participate in culture as a vital and meaningful institution, its leaders have to rethink all aspects of what it does and come up with a strategy for what the institution should look like in five, ten and 25 years,” said former MOCA Los Angeles director Richard Koshalek in a wide-ranging discussion about the institution. [The Art Newspaper]

“Art museums should not be satisfied with putting forth one particular narrative, because the world around us is so diverse,” said Valerie Cassel Oliver, the curator of Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, in an interview that touches on her career and her Howardena Pindell show. [Richmond Times-Dispatch]

“Young galleries are trying to play the same game as big galleries and failing,” said dealer and Independent art fair co-founder Darren Flook, who is planning to open a new project space in London. Shows by Tobias Spichtig, Robin Graubard, and Sean Landers are on tap. [Artforum]

“I nominate Martin Scorsese to direct the Donald Trump biopic. His body of work—Goodfellas, The Gangs of New York, etc.—suggests he has done a great job bringing similar characters to life on film,” Dan Rather tweeted. [@DanRather/Twitter]

Money Matters

In the fall, Christie’s will offer 200 works from the collection of Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson, the Bay Area collectors who donated more than 100 pieces to Stanford University in 2011. Among the lots is a David Smith estimated to sell for at least $10 million. In total, the works could bring more than $30 million. [Barron’s]

The season opener at Lévy Gorvy in New York, “Intimate Infinite,” will focus on “small gems from key collections,” Katya Kazakina writes. Brett Gorvy, who’s curating the show, said that, while artworks with giant prices can attract a great deal of attention, margins in the art trade are best for pieces priced from around $1.5 million to $5 million. [Bloomberg]

Emily Rauh Pulitzer has donated $5 million to the history of art department at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. [Press Release]

Potent Potables and Mellifluous Music

The Heurich House Museum in Washington, D.C., which is also known to some as the Brewmaster’s Castle, is hosting a show about the graphic design of craft beer brands based in the capital city. [WAMU]

A number of composers from around the world have been commissioned to write pieces inspired by visits to the Cleveland Museum of Art. “The dream is that the work is so strong and beautiful and distinctive that it’s going to live well beyond Cleveland itself and all of us,” said Tom Welsh, the museum’s director of performing arts. [Ideastream]

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