Morning Links: Burnt Painting Edition

Liliane Lengrande, Apocalypse par le feu, 1987–1991. JULES-HENRI LENGRANDE/VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Liliane Lengrande, Apocalypse par le feu, 1987–91.


Prices for art are rising, but can it last? The leader of the Blue Rider Group, a part of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, warns, “[Art] valuations right now are very high. We are going to see a cooling-off period.” [Nasdaq]

Peter Schjeldahl reviews the American Folk Art Museum’s show “Art Brut in America,” which, he says, “leaves hanging the question of a gray zone between outsider genius and insider professionalism.” [The New Yorker]

The Westfries Museum in Holland announced yesterday that 24 paintings and 70 pieces of silverware stolen in 2005 are now being offered for sale in Ukraine. The combined value of the stolen works: $5.4 million. [U.S. News]

As Art Basel waged on over the weekend, Cynthia Daignault burned one of her paintings in a trashcan. “It’s sort of disempowering the object and empowering the experience and human interaction and these events that will be social each time that we do it,” she said. [W Magazine]

A look at Clifton Benevento’s booth at NADA, which included work by Wu Tsang and D’Ette Nogle. [Contemporary Art Daily]

Researchers at the University of Houston observed 431 viewers’ brain activity as they looked at a Dario Robleto piece at the Menil Collection. [Wall Street Journal]

Miami Heat player Amar’e Stoudemire sheds some light on his collecting habits. “If you educate yourself, it can be an investment down the road…It’s better than buying a car because once you drive it off the lot it depreciates,” he said. [Esquire]

When San Francisco’s BART transit system refused to let artists show their work outside a station, the American Civil Liberties Union stood up for them. [SFGate]

Art curator Victoria Nicodemus was fatally hit by a car in Brooklyn on Sunday. She was 30. [DNAinfo]

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