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“No one was like VERMEER” The great Jonathan Richman sings, which of course is true, but that hasn’t stopped people from cutting out fakes. Two, as it happens, are featured in an October show that National Art Gallery in Washington, DC, is in preparation Art Gazette reports. However, the exhibition actually focuses on the four NGA works by or attributed to the Dutch master that specialists were able to view during the pandemic shutdown. There were some revelations, but don’t worry: the two full Vermeers are still full Vermeers. In addition, one “attributed to” Vermeer, A girl with a red hat (1666–67), now confirmed as a complete Vermeer, Martin Bailey write. The NGA plans to release its findings on the other, Girl with a flute (1665–75), just before the opening of the exhibition: a curatorial provocateur!
NEW PUBLICATIONS. in the United Kingdom, Tate has named as its managing director Carmel Allenwho is currently the CEO of Tate Commerce, Planet Attractions reports. Alan previously worked as a creative director for various brands and in Condé Nast and on Guardian Media Group. Her new role includes publishing, retail, licensing and more. And in the lone star state, Dallas Contemporary has named Lucia Simek director of external affairs, newly created position, acc Dallas Morning News. She comes from Nasher Sculpture Centerwhere he is currently senior manager of communications and international programs.
Graffiti artist Dmitry Vrubelwho created a famous mural on the Berlin Wall in 1990 that depicted the late Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and leader of East Germany Erich Honecker kisses, died at 62. [ArtReview]
Kiki de Montparnassethe artist, cabaret performer and Man Ray muse who posed for his iconic (and record-breaking) photo The violin of Engr (1924), is the subject of a new biography by Mark Braudewho claims to have treated “her life as an ongoing work of art.” [The Associated Press]
The new Taipei Performing Arts Centerdesigned by OWN with a budget of $223 million, it finally opened, more than a decade after construction began. The very dramatic building is described by the firm (quite aptly) as a “planet jumping against the cube”. [CNN]
Architect Michael Chenco-founder of Design Defenderswhich works pro bono for community projects, has a Paul Mpagi – I’m Not Afraid photo above his sofa and loves Noguchi Museum in Queens. “It’s a museum that’s actually a garden,” he said. “What a wonderful idea.” Hear, hear! [Curbed]
This New York home features a Jean Prouvé chair, sculpture by Max Simon1930 Hermes lamp and a dining room table that’s also—wait for it—a ping-pong table, by Studio Sean Woolsey. [Architectural Digest]
DOGE IN HIS PALACE. Pour yourself another cup of coffee (or other beverage of your choice). Painter Anish Kapoor received the profile treatment from Rebecca Mead in New Yorker, and it’s a rich, long read. One basis for the story is the superstar’s inaugural show in the spectacular space he acquired for his foundation in Venice, which opened during the Biennale. “The truth of the matter is that I sell quite a bit of work every year and that allows me to keep going with ambition and doing stupid things like buying the damn palazzo,” Kapoor said. [The New Yorker]