Morning Links: Twerking Edition

The face that launched a thousand twerks — Miley Cyrus at the infamous 2013 VMAs. COURTESY ANDREW H. WALKER/GETTY IMAGES

The face that launched a thousand twerks — Miley Cyrus at the infamous 2013 VMAs.


For his new “Producers” series, sculptor Xavier Veilhan convinced Daft Punk to unmask themselves so he could make 3D scans of them, which he then used to create wooden sculptures of the pair. Veilhan also has a double exhibition, “Music,” opening this week at Galerie Perrotin’s New York and Paris locations. [The Creators Project]

The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art in Tennessee has appointed Emily Ballew Neff as its new executive director. [Artforum]

The Grolier Club is showcasing the works of printer Aldus Manutius in an exhibition titled “Aldus Manutius: A Legacy More Lasting Than Bronze.” The show includes almost 150 Aldines, or books off of the press that Aldus founded in Venice in 1494. [The New York Times]

Queen of Bounce Big Freedia has an art show at World of Wonder in Hollywood called “Twerk of Art.” As you may imagine, butts of all shapes and sizes are the focus.  [The LAist]

The Philadelphia Museum of Art will close its South Asian galleries through 2016. [Artforum]

Kirsten Pai Buick, professor at the University of New Mexico, has been named the winner of the 2015 David C. Driskell Prize, for “her groundbreaking research on a broad range of historical and contemporary subjects as well as her commitment as a professor.” [Artforum]

Andy Warhol’s great-niece, fashion photographer Abby Warhola, is making a feature-length documentary called Uncle Andy in collaboration with her partner, the artist Jesse Best. The pair were able to record 10 hours of interviews with Warhol’s brother Paul Warhola before he died last year, and have been interviewing other family members for the past eight years. To help fund the film, Warhola and Best are launching a Kickstarter with the goal of raising $175,000 in 31 days. [Artforum]

The New York City Ballet’s attempt to draw younger audiences with art is working. “There seemed to be an explosion of young men in knit caps and young women in leather pants watching as New York City Ballet recently performed a trio of Balanchine classics. In fact, the average age in the David H. Koch Theater seemed to have dropped by years, if not decades.” [The New York Times]

Meet Mehdi Ghadyanloo, the “Banksy of Tehran,” who is soon to have his first exhibition in the UK. [The Guardian]

According to data firm Artprice, global art sales broke a new record in 2014 with $15.2 billion’s worth of art sold, a 300% increase over the past decade. China remains at the top of the market. [The Telegraph]

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