Morning Links: The Affordable Damien Hirst Edition

Damien Hirst, 'Isovanillina.' (Photo courtesy the artist and Manifold Editions via ArtDaily).

Autopsy scheduled for Thomas Kinkade, the painter who died at 54 over the weekend. [Reuters]

Thieves stole Chinese artifacts from the Qing Dynasty, worth £1.8 million ($2.86 million), from the Oriental Museum at Durham University. [BBC]

Damien Hirst will unveil new work at the Affordable Art Fair. [ArtDaily]

Whoa! Eadweard J. Muybridge made the Google homepage today! He was born on this day in 1830. [Google]

“Historians also say appreciating architecture can require an education.” Robin Pogrebin looks at the fight over preserving Brutalist buildings, and MoMA architecture curator Barry Bergdoll offers fascinating history lesson on the style. [NYT]

LACMA director Michael Govan talks to the artist James Turrell for Interview. [Interview]

The Louvre is not participating in Google’s virtual museum tours. [Bloomberg]

Michael Kimmelman on the “Stein’s Collect” show at the Met, and Gertrude Stein’s shady Nazi beliefs. [NYRB]

Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh is displaying a very uncharacteristic Matisse. [WSJ]

Beginning Saturday, the Metropolitan Opera begins its full cycle presentation of The Ring, the anticipated 16-hour opera by Canadian director Robert LePage. Have any “Ring” stories to share or want to weigh in? Join the interactive discussion. [NYT]

Art forger Mark Landis explains how to forge work. [LiveScience]

See pictures of Thomas Kinkade’s house. [Patch]

Morning Links: The Affordable Damien Hirst Edition