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“NO ONE WAS LIKE VERMEER”, big Jonathan Richman sings, which of course is true, but that hasn’t stopped people from making fakes. Two, as it happens, are included in an October show that National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, is preparing, Newspaper Art reports. However, the exhibition actually focuses on the four NGA works that are by, or attributed to, the Dutch master, which specialists were able to examine during the pandemic shutdown. There have been some revelations, but don’t worry: Two complete Vermeers remain complete Vermeers. In addition, an “attributed” to Vermeer, The girl with a red hat (1666–67), now confirmed as a complete Vermeer, Martin Bailey write. NGA is planning to reveal its findings to the next, The girl with the flute (1665–75), just before the exhibition opens: a curatorial cliff!
NEW POSTS. In the United Kingdom, Tate has appointed as managing director Carmel Allenwho is currently the CEO of Tate Commerce, The attractions of the planet reports. Allen previously worked as a creative director for various brands and at Condé Nast AND 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, a newly created position, according to Dallas Morning News. It comes from Nasher Sculpture Centerwhere she is currently senior manager of communications and international programs.
Graffiti artist Dmitry Vrubelwho created a famous mural on the Berlin Wall in 1990 featuring the late Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and the leader of East Germany Erich Honecker kissing, died at the age of 62. [ArtReview]
Kiki de Montparnasseartist, cabaret performer and Man Ray the muse who posed for his iconic (and record-breaking) photograph. Ingres’ violin (1924), is the subject of a new biography by Mark Braudewhich argues that she treated her “life as a continuous work of art”. [The Associated Press]
New Taipei Performing Arts Centerdesigned by OWN with a budget of $223 million, it has finally opened, more than a decade after construction began. The highly dramatic building has been described by the firm (aptly) as “a planet connected to the cube”. [CNN]
Architect Michael Chena co-founder of Design lawyerswhich does pro bono work for community projects, has one Paul Mpagi – I’m not afraid picture on his couch, and he loves it The Noguchi Museum in Queens. “It’s a museum that’s basically a garden,” he said. “What a great idea.” Listen, listen! [Curbed]
This New York City home features a Jean Prouve chair, sculpture by Max Simonof the 1930s hermes lamp, and a dining table that is also—wait for it—a ping-pong table, nearby Studio Sean Woolsey. [Architectural Digest]
A DOG IN HIS PALACE. Pour yourself a cup of coffee (or another beverage of your choice). Artist Anish Kapoor received profile treatment from Rebecca Mead IN The New Yorker, and it is a rich and lengthy read. A staple of history is the superstar’s inaugural show in the grand space he acquired for his foundation in Venice, which opened during the Biennale. “The truth of the matter is that I sell a good chunk of work every year, and that allows me to carry on with ambition and do stupid things like buy a bloody mansion,” Kapoor said. [The New Yorker]