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Roundup: Autry Museum refreshed, Old Masters faked, Wildenstein trial gets heavy

Roundup: Autry Museum refreshed, Old Masters faked, Wildenstein trial gets heavy
W. Richard West Jr., president of the Autry Museum of the American West, sits in one of the museum's new areas. (Richard Vogel / AP)

The continuing trials of Guy Wildenstein. Worries over a purported Old Masters forgery ring. And the Ghent altarpiece, refreshed. Plus: Rethinking the Autry Museum, David Bowie's art collection and Joseph Beuys does New Wave.

Louis Stettner, a photographer renowned for his photos of everyday people in New York and Paris, has died at the age of 93. New York Times

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— And poet, critic and performance artist David Antin, who taught at UC San Diego and was known for improvised "talk pieces," has also died. Artforum

French prosecutors have asked for a four-year prison sentence and a $276-million fine for art dealer Guy Wildenstein for allegedly concealing paintings in an attempt to avoid paying taxes. At the center of the scandal is a canvas by Caravaggio. Bloomberg, The Art Newspaper

— Doubts grow over the authenticity of almost two dozen Old Master paintings from European art collector Giuliano Ruffini, raising questions about a possible forgery ring. The Art Newspaper, Artnet

— Cuban-born artist Tania Bruguera, who was detained for attempting to stage a protest performance in Havana, says she will run for president … of Cuba. New York Times

The Ghent altarpiece is in the process of getting a serious cleaning — and according to Noah Charney it is looking pretty spiffy. The Guardian

St. Louis Contemporary Art Museum director responds to critics of a controversial Kelley Walker exhibition — as the curator who organized the exhibition resigns from his post. Artforum, Artnet

Hugh Davies, who for 33 years has been director of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, is retiring-from his day-to-day position at the museum — but will stick around to fundraise for the institution's long-planned expansion. San Diego Union-Tribune

William Poundstone looks at how the newly renovated galleries in the Autry Museum of the American West incorporate indigenous viewpoints. Los Angeles County Museum on Fire

Dorothea Lange's Depression-era Los Angeles. LAist

— The history of L.A.'s Wrigley Field. Los Angeles Times

— A look at the work of Los Angeles photographer Anthony Hernandez and how SFMOMA may be supplanting New York's MoMA as the place to see photography. New York Times

Anthony Hernandez stands before his mural-sized print "South Central," 2015, at SFMOMA.
Anthony Hernandez stands before his mural-sized print "South Central," 2015, at SFMOMA. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

— Critic Jonathan Jones says David Bowie's art collection is tasteful. Disappointingly so. The Guardian

— David Hockney's $2,500 book. Artnet

— Related but not: "Art is an 'alternative currency' of this historical moment. It seems to trade against a lot of misery." Artist Hito Steyerl, whose work was recently on view at MOCA Los Angeles, on art and its role in the neoliberal world. e-flux

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— And because the topic of art and gentrification is hot, hot, hot: a look at the case of Harlem and its rising wave of galleries by Seph Rodney. Hyperallergic

Washington's architectural one note: The glass box. City Paper

— Sort of related: A handy map to the capital's brutalist architecture. Citylab

— And because you need this: Joseph Beuys sings New Wave. Badly. YouTube

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