Morning Links: Zhang Daqian Is King Edition

Lingerie models staging a publicity stunt at the Musée d'Orsay. (Etam Lingerie)

For the record: it is not okay to send lingerie models to the Musée d’Orsay for advertising purposes. [The Daily Mail]

Jillian Sackler has given $5 million to support the endowment of the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, named for her deceased husband, and the Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. “Many philanthropists donate money to found an institution and then leave it up to officials to worry about the operating costs,” Patricia Cohen writes. “Not Dame Jillian Sackler.” [NYT]

Chinese artist Zhang Daqian dethrones Picasso as the top cumulative auction earner for 2011, with $506.7 million of his work moving on the block. Also: last year, China represented 39 percent of the total art auction market. [BusinessWeek]

Greg Allen writes on the fascinatingly complicated history of Rauschenberg’s Erased de Kooning Drawing (1953), and we’re just going to leave it at that, at the risk of giving anything way. []

Ben Davis asks, “Should we let more artists starve so some can succeed?” [Artinfo]

A reality check on the “very, very slowly” emerging market for art in India. Indians want foreign art, and the government imposes a 30 percent duty on sales of imports. The India Art Fair opens Jan. 25. [The Hindu Business Line]

Drawing connections between Rivera and Miro’s murals. [WSJ]

And, in other mural news, a campaign is growing to re-paint a large scale Keith Haring in Australia. [The Art Newspaper]