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In Retrospect: The Rotterdam Art Thieves Are Stuck With Binders Full of Masterpieces

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Join us every Saturday as we peruse binders full of our favorite blog posts of the week, in retrospect.

— In retrospect, we think the Whitney Museum should honor the just-deceased conceptual artist Michael Asher by re-staging his infamous 2010 Biennial piece for its entire intended one-week duration.

— In retrospect, we think Mitt Romney’s “Binders Full of Women” comment may have unleashed the biggest art meme of the year — bigger than “Beast Jesus” — especially if it continues to inspire actual artworks like “Painter of Pancakes” Dan Lacey’s syrupy portrait.

— In retrospect, Newsweek might not have had to go online-only if it had commissioned more artists to create awesome covers like Roy Lichtenstein’s explosive painting for 1966’s Pop art issue.

— In retrospect, while the Rotterdam Kunsthal heist netted an impressive trove of pieces by Picasso, Monet, Gauguin, Freud, and others, they’re going to have a hell of a time unloading all that hot loot.

— In retrospect, Italian culture minister Lorenzo Ornaghi should probably have named someone to whom he doesn’t have close professional ties — rather than Giovanna Melandri — to be the new director of the National Museum of 21st Century Arts (MAXXI)

— Benjamin Sutton

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