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Controversies

A former worker at the now-shuttered Marciano Art Foundation in Los Angeles has sued the private museum, alleging that it broke the law by laying off 70 employees without any advance notice. [The New York Times]

The British government is attempting to block the export of a Thomas Gainsborough painting that sold at Sotheby’s in London earlier this year, reportedly with the hope that a museum will acquire it. [The Guardian]

Meanwhile, France has successfully blocked the export of a Cimabue work that became the most expensive medieval painting to sell at auction in October. The French state now has 30 months to find the funds to acquire the work. [The Guardian]

The Year in Review

ARTnews deputy editor Andy Battaglia writes on the year in sound, from Hildur Guðnadóttir’s live performance of her score from Chernobyl to a Kevin Beasley–organized series at the Kitchen. [ARTnews]

History

For the first time in more than two centuries, Notre-Dame in Paris won’t host Christmas mass. [CBS News]

The Dutch dealer Jan Six is working on a five-volume book about Rembrandt, and he’s promised that it will offer new discoveries. [The Art Newspaper]

The Critics

Richard Brody considered the history of early animated films, which “took flight and became a distinctive and mysterious kind of aesthetic experience.” [The New Yorker]

Jillian Steinhauer reviewed artist Françoise Gilot’s new memoir, an “excruciatingly honest book” about her relationship with Pablo Picasso. [The Nation]

Adam Gopnik profiled artist and New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast, who is known for her humorous images of neurotic characters. “She has created a universe that stands at sharp angles from the one we know, being both distinctly hers and recognizably ours,” Gopnik writes. [The New Yorker]



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