Morning Links: Penthouse Edition

Bob Guccione. (Photo by David Montgomery/Getty Images)

Bob Guccione. (Photo by David Montgomery/Getty Images)

Virginia Dwan, whose gallery will be the subject of a show at the National Gallery of Art in 2016, talks about her career. [Artforum]

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation has given $5 million to support the Yale School of Art, “naming in perpetuity the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Dean.” The foundation’s total gifts to Yale now total almost $14 million. [Yale News]

Artist Margaret Wharton has died. [Artforum]

“Last night’s [London] tally represented an 18 percent increase from Sotheby’s contemporary art auction a year ago and fell within the firm’s estimated range, as 47 of 57 lots were sold.” Top lots: Warhol, Richter. [Bloomberg]

“George Clooney, Bill Murray and Matt Damon back return of Elgin marbles.” [The Guardian]

“The Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice put to rest a 40-year-old mystery this week when a work dubiously attributed to Léger was revealed by Italy’s Institute of Nuclear Physics to be a fake made after 1959.” [The Art Newspaper]

“The erotic art collection of Bob Guccione, the late founder of Penthouse magazine, has been at the centre of a number of recent disputes. But Jeremy Frommer, the former Wall Street banker who, in 2012, bought the bulk of Guccione’s art and assets, including oil paintings, sketches and erotic photographs that had been stored in sealed lockers and held by creditors, says he is close to settling two legal cases involving his rights to the collection.” [The Art Newspaper]

“Obama picks low-profile arts center executive to chair the NEA.” [LAT]