Fake Deitch Strikes L.A., Ansel Adams Case Gets Felonious, and More Must-Read Art News

Fake Deitch Strikes L.A., Ansel Adams Case Gets Felonious, and More Must-Read Art News

A Deitchpleganger on the Loose: A Twitter account under the name @FakeDeitch has started dashing out hilariously on-point parodies of the dealer-turned-director, earning 196 followers so far — with many, many more surely to come if that "Downfall" video was any indicator of the market for Deitch burlesques. (Also, remember Fake Steve Jobs.) A sample from the puckish newcomer: "Do you think Dan Flavin would mind if we changed his fluorescent lights into tanning lights for the Jersey Shore stars?" Another: "Do I have to bring my Koons puppy indoors? How do you say that in Spanish? / @latimes Heat wave to hit LA this weekend." [LAT]

Add a Felon into the Mix: This is the newest development in the case of the contested garage-sale-bought Ansel Adams negatives,as it turns out that the galleriest who originally appraised them at astaggering $200 million and is handling related sales has a criminalrecord. [NYT]

A Bourgeois Burglary!: Someone nabbed a part of a Louise Bourgeois statue in a New Orleans park to sell as scrap metal. The work is worth an estimated $2.7 million. [Nola]

A Remarkable Life: Bernard Knox, who has died at 95, machine-gunned for the left in the Spanish civil war, blew things up for the OSS in occupied France, then manned secret missions for them in Fascist Italy before coming across Virgil's "Georgics," a line of which drove him to devote his life to studying the classics, becoming an expert on Sophocles and the founder of Harvard's Center for Hellenic Studies. Of course, he was a foe of multiculturalism, too, but he was old. [NYT]

The Baldessari Retrospective Makes the Wall Street Journal Wonder: "Why do conceptual artists continue to employ finite resources and materials, not to mention occupy valuable space in museums, when, unlike other artists, the conceptual artist has an infinite amount of perfectly adequate space available to make and exhibit art in his or her head?" Good point. [WSJ]

Making a Dent in $830 Billion: Upcoming Lehman Brothers art auctions could provide $16 million in funds to creditors of the bank, though the bankrupt firm has a long way to go before it can pay off its debt claims. [Bloomberg]

"Caravaggio's Sensual Art Is Baroque Film Noir": Critic Martin Gayford takes a look at the Italian master's work on the 400 anniversary of the painter's death. Gayford seems to like it. [Bloomberg]

"A Library and a Laboratory": The Miami Art Museum's new leader, Thom Collins, says he is ready to guide the institution through its formidable expansion plans. Meanwhile, Miami art collector and MAM critic Martin Z. Margulies has given $5 million to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. [PBPulse]

Musical Chairs in the Mountains: The Wheeler Opera House and other Colorado institutions are said to be eyeing the building that the Aspen Art Museum may vacate if a proposed expansion goes forward. [Aspen Times]

Hanging at the Art Museum: In a hot trend piece, Edward Sozanski notes that art museums are building more communal spaces, not more galleries, seeking to attract a larger audience. This is news. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

What Recession?: The galleries that are weathering the rather dour economic climate (oh wait, the art-buying wealthy are doing just fine) are moving into plusher real estate in New York. [Bloomberg]

Making It Rain: German and Italian museums have reported above average attendance for many recent shows, thanks to star turns by artists like Neo Rauch and Caravaggio. [Artforum]

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Obama speaks in favor of the "Ground Zero Mosque." [LAT]