Congratulations, Monday Readers!
The Super Bowl is over, and we muddled our way through it. Anyone who still hasn’t seen the halftime show with Bruno Mars can watch it here. Anyone interested in what Richard Prince was doing during that time can find out here.
Here’s everything else you need to read this morning:
- Ralph Esmerian, current prisoner and former chairman of the Folk Art Museum, is serving a six-year sentence for fraud. In order to appease his creditors, Sotheby’s hosted an auction of works from Esmerian’s private collection. The sale fetched $13 million. [Bloomberg]
- More Sotheby’s news: In order to keep up with auction-house rival Christie’s, it seems Sotheby’s might be opening up an office in India “soon,” though we’re not sure when “soon” will actually be. [The Economic Times]
- Lots of Modigliani fakes out there, and there’s no inventory of his work that’s trustworthy or complete. That’s created a lot of problems in the Modigliani market, which are reported here. [The New York Times]
- Two doge-lovers find true love at last when they meme-speak post-coitus. (This one’s so NSFW.) [Reddit]
- Philip Seymour Hoffman has died at age 46. The Wire has a nice summary of the great performances that would have been. [The Wire]
- 5,000 words on Ezra Klien, Wonkblog, his love of charts, and his new news venture. Worth a read. [New York Magazine]
- The never-ending debate on separating art from artist rages on as Woody Allen’s daughter candidly discusses the details of her reported abuse. [Salon]
- Contemporary art and the Church of England. [Frieze]