- Didn’t recognize an overbearingly handsome Republican presidential candidate in the above photo? Look again. [Young Manhattanite]
- Still under close watch by the Chinese government since his release in June, Ai Weiwei has nevertheless managed to co-produce a photo shoot for W Magazine at Rikers Island, Skyping notes as he watched from his laptop. [NYT]
- An eminently recognizable portrait of Charlie Lumley, neighbor and friend of Lucian Freud, sold for £3 million at Sotheby’s yesterday, several clicks shy of the £4 million pre-auction estimate. [The Independent]
- Did Van Gogh really kill himself? Biographers Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith have their doubts. More on the story from Morley Safer on “60 Minutes” this Sunday. [Culture Monster]
- “The G-strings have to stay on until daylight goes out,” said the lawyer of Andy Golub, who was granted permission by a Manhattan criminal court to body paint nude models in Times Square — but only after dusk. [Reuters]
- A painting by Jules Breton stolen during World War I from a museum Douai, France, has been returned to French authorities. Entitled “Une Fille de Pecheur” (A Fisherman’s Daughter), the painting had been missing since 1918. It was accompanied by a pair of keys and several unmatched socks. “Thanks. We’d been looking for those,” a spokesman from French customs said Thursday. [Art Daily]
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