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Morning Links: Suspicious Banana Painting Edition –

Installation view of “Mamma Andersson: Memory Banks,” 2018–19, at Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati. An unexpected painting showed up in the show, leading some to believe it was a work by Banksy.



A Leonardo da Vinci retrospective coming to the Louvre later this year won’t include three paintings owned by the Uffizi Galleries. The Italian government has blocked those loans because “giving the Louvre all those paintings would mean putting Italy on the margins of a great cultural event.” [The Art Newspaper]

In a statement, the Stedelijk Museum and Beatrix Ruf, who left the museum amid accusations of conflicts of interest, have “agreed to leave the past behind.” [ARTnews]

Nancy Princenthal writes on a group of R. H. Quaytman paintings now on view at the Guggenheim Museum that draw inspiration from Hilma af Klint’s abstractions. [Art in America]


Carmen Hermo, an associate curator in the Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, reflects on what the late art historian Sister Wendy taught her. [Artnet News]

On the Horizon

Artadia and the Marciano Art Foundation have joined forces to launch the Marciano Artadia Award, which comes with $25,000 and is given annually to a Los Angeles–based artist. The first winner will be named in March. [ARTnews]

The British Museum will stage an exhibition devoted to Edvard Munch’s prints, with rarely traveled works from the collection of the Munch Museum in Oslo included among the 80 works on view. [The Art Newspaper]


Did Banksy hang a painting of a banana in the middle of a Mamma Andersson show at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati? [Cincinnati CityBeat]


According to Forbes, Ai Weiwei’s Life Cycle—an installation about the refugee crisis now on view at the Marciano Art Foundation—is the “art event of the season in Los Angeles.” [Forbes]

Aventura Mall in Florida aims to become a destination for art, and already it’s on its way to achieving that goal—the mall snatched up a Robert Indiana Love sculpture at a Christie’s sale last month for $1.87 million. [Architectural Digest]

The Law

The U.S. Supreme Court said it won’t hear a case involving the heirs of a Jewish art collector who were seeking action against the Hungarian government over artworks seized during World War II. [Associated Press]

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