Morning Links: Maybe It’s a Murillo Edition

495px-Autorretrato_de_MurilloThe market for Modigliani, a favorite for forgers, is an absolute mess. [NYT]

Artist Kysa Johnson has filed suit over artworks that she made for the Empire State Building’s concourse level in 2000 that have now gone missing. In the suit, she alleges that the Empire State Realty Trust told her the works “could not be located, were likely destroyed and therefore could not be returned.” [NYT

Does the world need the Swarovski Whitechapel Gallery Art Icon award? [FT]

Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University has fired the director of its Miller Gallery, Astria Suparak. She had been with the museum since 2008 and “ran the most exciting program in the city,” according to Carnegie Museum of Art curator Dan Byers. The university said it is taking the program in a “new direction.” [Artforum

Little dog bites man here: “Art Stolen by Nazis Goes to Auction” [WSJ]

Here’s a profile of Richard Deacon, who’s having a retrospective at Tate Britain. [The Guardian]

A priest claims to have discovered a lost painting by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, though experts are divided over its authenticity. [The Art Newspaper]

“When a Yorkshire businessman bought a reclining nude attributed to Marc Chagall for £100,000, he hoped the painting would provide a tidy nest-egg for his family. Instead, 20 years later, he faces the prospect of watching his sizeable investment being burnt in front of a French magistrate.” [The Guardian]

A more in-depth look at the Getty’s purchase of the Kitchen’s archives. [LAT]

Alistair Smart doesn’t really like Renoir. [Telegraph]

Morning Links: Maybe It’s a Murillo Edition