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The New York Times took an in-depth look at the recent freezing of assets belonging to Isabel dos Santos, the daughter of Angola’s president, and her husband Sindika Dokolo, who recently appeared on ARTnews’s 50 Collectors to Watch list. “A trove of more than 700,000 documents obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, and shared with The New York Times, shows how a global network of consultants, lawyers, bankers and accountants helped her amass that fortune and park it abroad.” [The New York Times]

A researcher called a recently authenticated self-portrait by Vincent van Gogh the “only work Van Gogh is known to have painted while suffering from psychosis.” “The Oslo picture is quite unlike van Gogh’s other 35 self-portraits, in depicting him as a disturbed soul. Not surprisingly, the attribution was seriously questioned.” [The Art Newspaper]


A petition to have ancient rock-art sites in Utah listed in the National Register of Historic Place was denied—thus jeopardizing extensive work to document petroglyphs and pictographs left by ancient Native Americans. [The Salt Lake Tribune]

“Art made for Instagram is taking over festivals—and taking us away from the experience of it.” [The Guardian]

CNN surveyed “the fraught business of removing and selling street art murals.” [CNN]


Artist Hugh Hayden has a show of racially incisive art at Bainbridge House, a 254-year-old building recently acquired by Princeton University that now plays home to artworks that “respond to the Black experience in America over the last 300 years—including Bainbridge House’s own history with slavery.” [NPR]

Carolina A. Miranda wrote a profile of Gabriela Ruiz, a “breakout art star” in L.A. who “plays with body and identity” in her first solo show at the Vincent Price Art Museum. [Los Angeles Times]

Lucas Museum of Narrative Art director Sandra Jackson-Dumont talked to the L.A. Times about the recent acquisition of some 37,000 items documenting African-American cinema history. “This particular body of work will help us cement certain relationships that will further animate the work that we want to do, not only at our building but also in communities,” she said. [Los Angeles Times]


David Lynch, filmmaker and artist, released a 17-minute short film with a talking monkey to celebrate his 74th birthday. [IndieWire]

In case you missed it, here’s a report from a suitably odd gallery dinner for Lynch a couple months ago. [ARTnews]


Statistics for students studying the humanities in the U.K. have dropped—including “a particularly rocky 28.5% drop over the decade” for art history. [The Art Newspaper]

Natasha Stagg wrote about the new SFER IK museum—an eco-minded home for exhibitions and retreats—designed by Roth Architects in Tulum, Mexico. About the designer: “His goal is to get people to be more aware of their surroundings by stepping into or otherwise experiencing his fantastic architecture. His ideas are acutely influenced by ayahuasca ceremonies, of which, I’ve heard, he has participated in over one-hundred.” [Artforum]

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