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Morning Links: El Dorado Edition

'El Dorado,' 1966.

‘El Dorado,’ 1966.

Roberta Smith comes out against the possible sale of art from the Detroit Institute of Arts: “Merely considering a priceless collection as an ‘asset’—and encouraging the public to do so—is pernicious and predatory.” [NYT]

The U.S. returned six ancient looted artifacts to Afghanistan that were recovered by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s superbly named New York El Dorado Task Force. [NYT]

East Village artist Sur Rodney Sur dispenses advice at N.Y.U. [T: The New York Times Style Magazine]

“The accused ringleader of Romanian thieves who stole seven works by artists including Picasso and Matisse won’t reveal where five are stashed after his request to be tried in a Dutch court was denied, his lawyer said.” [Bloomberg]

Christopher Knight asks: How good is that new van Gogh? [Los Angeles Times]

The Contemporary Austin received a $9 million grant from Dallas’s Edward and Betty Marcus Foundation to commission site-specific works for its 12-acre lakeside estate. [Artforum]

During dawn raids, authorities arrest 19 people suspected of participating in a 2012 theft of Chinese art from three UK museums and an auction house. [The Art Newspaper]

A look at Visa Pour L’Image, the annual photojournalism festival held in the ancient French town of Perpignan. [Daily Telegraph]

Here’s the (very spare) latest from Oscar Tuazon, at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. [CAD]

Great new episode of Rap Show from KCHUNG Radio. [Sex Life]

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