Henri Matisse photographed in 1933.

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Losses

Two missing Henri Matisse cut-outs are at the center of a difficult and intricate case currently being appealed in France. [The Art Newspaper]

Si Newhouse, the chairman emeritus of Condé Nast and an important art collector, died this past weekend at age 89. [Vogue]

Oddities

The strange case of a performance at the São Paulo Museum of Modern Art that involved a naked man, a four-year-old girl, and objects based on Lygia Clark sculptures. [The Sun]

The Los Angeles Scene

Over the past couple years, as its deputy director and chief curator, Naima Keith has transformed the California African American Museum into a nationally known institution. Some, including Hammer Museum director Ann Philbin, are calling her a visionary. [Los Angeles Times]

The Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles searches for its place in a growing and vibrant downtown LA art scene. [Los Angeles Times]

Collecting

The times are tough, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture is collecting—protest ephemera, that is. Here’s a look at how institutions around America are keeping up with political movements in Ferguson, Charlottesville, and elsewhere. [The New York Times]

In China, a group of young collectors, many of whom have yet to turn for 40, are influencing a growing art scene. [CNN]

Old Spaces, New Developments

Tate St. Ives’s extension may not look like much from the outside (residents in the British town are supposedly pleased, though), but on the inside, some significant changes have been made to re-up a tired institution. [The Guardian]

Art Basel Miami Beach will be held at the Miami Beach Convention Center for five more years. That guarantees the fair will be held there until 2023. [Miami New Times]

Restricted for years to only the institution’s members, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Trustees Dining Room opened to the public this past June. See what you can expect to eat there, including “well-cooked, if not over-seasoned” scallops. [Bloomberg]

The Talent

Emily Liebert has been appointed associate curator of contemporary art at the Cleveland Museum of Art. [Cleveland.com]