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essie Benton, daughter of the American regionalist Thomas Hart Benton (1889–1975), has filed a lawsuit against Kansas City’s UMB Bank this week, accusing it of mismanaging Benton’s multimillion-dollar estate and leaving more than one hundred artworks from the estate unaccounted for. The bank’s practices, she alleges, “have resulted in an excess of millions of dollars in damages to the Benton Trusts.”

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‘A Master of the Gestural Brushstroke’: the Legacy of Ed Clark

Ed Clark, a painter and innovator of the post-war abstract art movement, has died at age 93. Clark was a fixture in the New York art scene of the 1950s, frequenting the Cedar Tavern alongside peers like Mark Rothko and Willem de Kooning. Though his career didn’t yield the same level of market success in the decades following the downtown New York painting boom, Clark’s work has sparked renewed interest from critics and collectors alike in recent years.

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Germany plans photography archive

Germany plans photography archive to preserve ‘visual memory of our society’ –  Culture minister Monika Grütters enlists international experts to help create a central institution but critics question necessity and feasibility.

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Mapplethorpe Foundation Endows Fellowship at Guggenheim

The Guggenheim Museum in New York has received an endowment from the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation to fund a conservation fellowship for photography at the museum. Fellows will use the museum’s photography collection for research, as well as work to preserve it.

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Which Mega-Gallery Took on the Most Artists Over the Past Three Years?

If it seems that Hauser & Wirth has been taking on artists and estates left and right lately, ARTnews found that the numbers back that up. The most recent one to move to the mega-gallery—the estate of sculptor John Chamberlain, announced earlier this week—makes a total of 24 artists or estates taken on in the past three years. That slightly edges out Gagosian, 13 years older and commonly understood to be the most powerful of the megas, which took on 21 artists and estates during the same period.

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