Morning Links: TIME Person of the Year Edition

This year's TIME Person of the Year cover. COURTESY TIME

This year’s TIME Person of the Year cover.


TIME managing editor Nancy Gibbs explains why the magazine asked Irish artist Colin Davidson to paint Angela Merkel’s portrait for its “Person of the Year” cover. [TIME]

Barbara Rose interviews Claes Oldenburg. “My rule was not to paint things as they were,” he tells her. “I wasn’t copying; I was remaking them as my own.” [Interview]

Mary Boone discusses putting together Peter Saul’s latest show in Chelsea and the Pop artist’s late-career comeback. [The Observer]

Christopher Knight reviews the California African American Museum’s show “Hard Edged: Geometrical Abstraction and Beyond,” calling it “more a sketch than a finished show,” but “provocative” no less. [Los Angeles Times]

In October, performance artist Lech Szorper put himself in a cage to protest mass incarceration, and now he’s not the only artist making art about the subject—Titus Kaphar is also tackling America’s prison system in his new work. [The New Yorker]

Christopher Forbes, the vice chairman of Forbes, is selling his collection of French Second Empire art. The total value of his collection is between $3.3 million and $4.4 million. [The New York Times]

Chicagoan philanthropist Stefan Edlis talks about his wife and his major donation of 44 works of contemporary art to the Art Institute of Chicago. [Chicago Tribune]

Deborah Kass discusses her new show at Paul Kasmin Gallery, which includes paintings of lyrics from Katy Perry and Rolling Stones songs. [The New York Times]

In artist Molly Crabapple’s illustrated memoir, “art is a tool for action.” [NPR]

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