News to Know: Must-Read Art World Headlines From March 17-21

 

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Scott Reeder, installation view from 356 S. Mission Road, Los Angeles, March 25 – April 6, 2014.
Photo: Joshua White/JWPictures.com. Courtesy the artist and 356 S. Mission Road.

VIEWER'S CHOICE
Will CEO Steven Murphy's “panicked" decision to sell the "Min" Fanglei vase privately for a reported sum in the realm of $30 million cause a coup d'etat from the house's Asian Art Department? They're perturbed to say the least, an inside source tells artnet News.

LONG FORM
Our reporter Rozalia Jovanovic headed to the city of angels to see why galleries in the city are betting big on the East Side. “Is it a sign that the Los Angeles art world is maturing," she asks, “or is this just a matter of course in the episodic and migratory nature of LA's perennially de-centered gallery scene?"

FAIR ENOUGH
With Dubai's penchant for all things luxe, one might expect a blight of bling, equally shiny art, and sky high prices at the city's hallmark fair, Art Dubai. Not so, says Coline Milliard. Perusing the fair this week, she finds that conceptually-driven work and prices under US$100k are the ticket to success in the Emirates.

CRITICAL
Our weekly roundup of gallery reviews sets its sights on Berlin this week. Alexander Forbes trains an eye on exhibitions by John Bock, Imi Knoebel, Alice Creischer, Yinka Shonibare, and Monika Sosnowska to see what's driving discourse in the German capital during the month of March.

WTF
And in what will surely go down as one of the great cautionary tales of the 21st century, a student in Italy accidentally dismembered a sculpture after jumping into its lap to take a selfie.

NEWS TO KNOW:
“Impolite" YBA Sarah Lucas Will Represent Britain at the 2015 Venice Biennale

Otto Piene and Lovis Corinth Lead Art Karlsruhe Sales

Fifteen Years After Theft, Alleged Rembrandt Painting Rescued by French Police

Swedish Print Museum Grafikens Hus Burns to the Ground

Patrick Cariou Drops Copyright Lawsuit Against Richard Prince