Thomas Hart Benton Heirs Allege Mismanagement of Estate, Stolen Chagall Heads to Auction, and More: Morning Links from December 18, 2019

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News

Luis Vargas Santiago, the curator behind Fabián Cháirez’s controversial “Gay Zapata” painting, argued that a compromise over the work’s display in Mexico City sets a dangerous precedent for freedom of expression.
ARTnews

Rina Lazo, a Guatemalan-born muralist who worked with Diego Rivera, has died at 96.
The New York Times

The heirs to Thomas Hart Benton are alleging that a Kansas City bank mismanaged the American muralist’s estate. (The bank has called these allegations “misguided.”)
The Wall Street Journal

A 1970s Marc Chagall painting that was once stolen and discovered only 23 years later will hit the block in Israel next month.
Israel Hayom

Artists

On the occasion of photographer George Rodriguez’s solo show at the Vincent Price Art Museum in Monterey Park, California, KCET offers an interactive tour of his studio.
KCET ArtBound

In 2018, ARTnews spoke with Rodriguez and Luis C. Garza about photojournalism in the 1960s and the legacy of the Chicano Blowouts of 1968.
ARTnews

The New York Times named its breakout stars of 2019, who include artists Michael Armitage and Heji Shin.
The New York Times

Longtime power couple Deborah Kass and Patricia Cronin chatted about how they first met and the interview that changed their lives.
Artnet News

Money

Scott Reyburn reported a “great wealth transfer” of some $15 trillion in assets, including art, that will be made from older to younger generations in the next decade. Will the heirs want that art?
The New York Times

Pro-Brexit artist duo Gilbert & George, who identify as “the artists of the disenfranchised,” are selling plates to help feed the homeless.
The Guardian

Elizabeth Alexander, the president of the Mellon Foundation, wrote that the organization decided against giving a grant to the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill because of the school’s plan to “give $2.5 million to the Sons of the Confederate Veterans to protect and display the confederate statue known as Silent Sam.”
The Chronicle of Higher Education

Misc.

During its €234 million renovation (about $260 million), the Boijmans van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam is readying an ambitious storage space.
The New York Times

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