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An anonymous photograph titled The Opera Box, 1855–65.

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Geopolitics

Lucia Borgonzoni, the under secretary for culture in Italy, who is a member of the right-wing League party, is not pleased about France’s efforts to borrow works from the county for a major Leonardo show next year that is tied to the 500th anniversary of his death. The Times explains her position: “France had treated Italy with ‘a lack of respect’ and like a cultural ‘supermarket’ by ‘sending a shopping list’ of the works it wanted to borrow—essentially everything.” The director of the National Gallery of Parma said, “It’s a total Italian soap opera.” [The New York Times]

Russia’s State Hermitage Museum is planning to open outposts throughout the country and is also at work on projects in Barcelona and China, Alison Cole notes in a piece about Mikhail Piotrovsky, who’s led the institution for more than 25 years. [The Art Newspaper]

Year in Review

Andrea K. Scott looked back on art in New York in 2018, beginning with a consideration of the word justice. [The New Yorker]

The top 10 apartment sales in New York together totaled $500 million, with the top spot going to a roughly 9,000-square-foot unit in 520 Park Avenue, which went for $73.8 million. [Bloomberg]

Celebs

Kanye West met up with James Turrell at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams to view Turrell’s work there. Tyler the Creator was also on hand. An upcoming show at Mass MOCA takes its name from a West line: “Suffering from realness.” [The Berkshire Eagle]

Items once owned by Elvis Presley, as well as concert memorabilia, will hit the block at Graceland next month as part of celebrations of the singer’s 84th birthday. [Associated Press/Las Vegas Review-Journal]

The Talent

Here’s Valerie Hillings on her first two months on the job as director of the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, her history in the state, and more. [The News & Observer]

The newly announced 2019 artists in residence and writing fellows at the Red Bull Arts Detroit include Holly Bass​, Pamela Council​, Kearra Amaya Gopee​, Andrew Berardini​, Brian Droitcour, and more. [Artforum]

Sports

The fact that people with tattoos typically do not own the copyright to their body art has presented some complicated issues for videogame developers looking to present realistic depictions of players. [The New York Times]

Beverages

Beer drinkers, rejoice: art writer Tyler Green recapped the 12 best beers he drank in 2018. [@TylerGreenBooks/Twitter]

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