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Piano by John Broadwood & Sons, 1797.

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Past

“It almost sounded too good to be true: a Picasso painting stolen in one of the world’s most famous art heists had been found under a tree in a snowy Romanian forest. On Monday it emerged it was totally too good to be true, part of an elaborate and carefully staged piece of performance art by a radical Belgian theatre company.” [The Guardian]

Arshile Gorky’s first solo museum show in Italy will be presented in Venice at the Ca’ Pesaro museum around the opening of the Venice Biennale in May. [ARTnews]

Artists

New York magazine has a Q&A interview on the subject of “Ryan McNamara’s serious, messy, kinda gross art.” [Vulture]

Artist Nick Cave wonders: “Is there racism in heaven?” [The Guardian]

Christian Marclay is composer in residence at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in England, where he’s working on a piece for 20 pianos and presentations of works from throughout his career. “The thing about The Clock is that, in terms of my work, it’s an outlier,” he said. “Music is really my thing. It runs through almost everything I’ve done.” [The New York Times]

Jason Moran made a magazine, LOOP, for his show at the Walker Art Center. “Looking at jazz culture from an African American perspective, LOOP features the voices of Moran, his friends, family, and collaborators, including Steve Coleman, Matana Roberts, Kendrick Scott, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Greg Tate, and Cassandra Wilson, among others.” [Walker Art Center]

Phyllida Barlow and Anna Maria Maiolino had a conversation about “motherhood and machismo.” [T: The New York Times Style Magazine]

Exhibitions

Nadja Sayej has the story behind “Edge of Visibility,” an exhibition at the International Print Center in New York. “From works by Kerry James Marshall, Chris Ofili and William Kentridge, the artworks touch upon racial, social and political visibility, and what is often overlooked.” [The Guardian]

The New York Review of Books has an appreciation of “a spherical wide-eyed crab in a ridged armor swallowing Alexander the Great” and many other riches in the Metropolitan Museum’s centuries-spanning exhibition “Armenia!” [The New York Review of Books]

Here’s the exhibitor list for the 2019 edition of Untitled Art, San Francisco. Among the newcomers to the fair are Blain | Southern, Bortolami, and Galeria Enrique Guerrero. [ARTnews]

Misc.

Collectors Leon and Debra Black gave $40 million to the Museum of Modern Art, which will create a two-floor Debra and Leon Black Family Film Center. [The New York Times]

Architecture critic Michael Kimmelman took a look at the Ford Foundation’s reopened home—”a prescient example of civic architecture”—in New York. [The New York Times]

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