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“NOBODY WAS LIKE VERMEER”, great Jonathan Richman sings, which of course is true, but that hasn’t stopped people from hitting fakes. Two, it turns out, are included in an October issue that the National Art Gallery in Washington, DC, prepares, the art diary reports. However, the exhibition actually focuses on the four NGA works that are by or attributed to the Dutch master, which scholars were able to examine during the pandemic shutdown. There have been a few revelations, but don’t worry: the two full vermeers are still full vermeers. Additionally, one “attributed to” Vermeer, girl in red hat (1666-1667), is now confirmed as a Vermeer in his own right, Martin Bailey writing. The NGA plans to reveal its findings on the other, girl with a flute (1665-1675), just before the opening of the exhibition: a curatorial cliffhanger!

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NEW DISPLAYS. United Kingdom, Tate appointed its managing director Carmel Allencurrently CEO of Tate Commerce, Planet Attractions reports. Allen previously worked as a creative director for various brands and at Condé Nast and the Guardian Media Group. His new role encompasses publishing, retail, licensing, and more. And in the Lone Star State, Dallas Contemporary named Lucie Simek Director of External Affairs, a newly created post, according to the Dallas Morning News. She comes from Nasher Sculpture Centerwhere she is currently Senior Director of Communications and International Programs.

The summary

graffiti artist Dmitri Vrubelwho created a famous mural on the Berlin Wall in 1990 that depicts the late Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and East German leader Erich Honecker kiss, died at age 62. [ArtReview]

Kiki de Montparnassethe artist, cabaretist, and rayman muse who posed for her iconic (and record) photograph The Violin of Ingres (1924), is the subject of a new biography by Marc Braudewho maintains that she has treated “her life as an ongoing work of art”. [The Associated Press]

New Taipei Performing Arts Centerconceived by AMO with a budget of $223 million, finally opened its doors, more than a decade after construction began. The very spectacular building has been described by the firm (correctly) as “a planet moored against the cube”. [CNN]

Architect Michael Chenco-founder of Design Advocateswho does pro bono work for community projects, has a Paul Mpagi Sepuya photographing above his sofa, and loves the Noguchi Museum in Queens. “It’s a museum that’s basically a garden,” he said. “What a wonderful idea.” Hear hear! [Curbed]

This New York home features a Jean Prouve chair, sculpture Max Simon1930s Hermes lamp, and a dining room table that’s also—wait for it—a Ping-Pong table, for Sean Woolsey Studio. [Architectural Digest]

the kicker

A DOGE IN HIS PALACE. Pour yourself another cup of coffee (or another drink of your choice). Artist Anis Kapoor got the profile treatment of Rebecca Mead in the New Yorker, and it is a rich and long read. A mainstay of the story is the superstar’s inaugural show in the large space he acquired for his foundation in Venice, which opened during the Biennale. “The truth is that I sell a good chunk of my work every year, and that allows me to carry on with ambition and do stupid things like buy a goddamn palace,” Kapoor said. [The New Yorker]


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