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Morning Links: Tourist Tax Edition

(Courtesy MTA.info)

(Courtesy MTA.info)

“Out-of-town visitors, drawn to New York by the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection and three high-profile exhibitions, spent some $401 million this spring and summer, according to a study released Monday by the museum.” [WSJ]

And the Times goes back to August Hecksher to see how the museum’s fees originally started. [NYT]

Damien Hirst debuts new sculptures in (where else!) Qatar. [NYT]

“Art’s real-life couples.” [The Guardian]

Michael Wolff (!) on “why really rich men try to take over the art world.” [The Guardian]

“Chinese collectors warm up to Hong Kong art and antiques fair.” [The Art Newspaper]

The Detroit Institute of Arts is mulling a plan to ask Michigan to take over the institution to protect its collection from creditors. [NYT]

The Wall Street Journal is all over this Banksy craze. [WSJ]

Critics haven’t loved Breakfast With Lucian, Geordie Grieg’s new biography of the British painter: “this is the kind of intimate and unpretty memoir that Freud would have utterly loathed, and which its prurient readers will delight to read.” [The Independent]

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