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Morning Links: Ai Weiwei Lifejacket Sculpture Edition

Ai's latest sculpture, which addresses the refugee crisis. AI WEIWEI/VIA INSTAGRAM

Ai’s latest sculpture, which addresses the refugee crisis.

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IN EUROPE

Ai Weiwei continued making work about the refugee crisis by covering a Berlin landmark with 14,000 lifejackets on Saturday. [The Art Newspaper]

Citing doubts about the attribution behind a couple works, the Prado has decided not to take two loans to its upcoming Hieronymus Bosch retrospective. [The Art Newspaper]

Julia Scher at Natalia Hug in Cologne. [Contemporary Art Daily]

IN TRANSIT

Both the confusingly named Paris Photo Los Angeles and FIAC Los Angeles fairs have been canceled due to “the absence of a mature market in terms of art fairs of this scale and scope.” [Artforum]

American Airlines and seven other airlines have been sued in relation to damage done to a Lucio Fontana painting as it traveled to last year’s Armory Show. [The Art Newspaper]

IN THE U.S.

The Federal Highway Administration has begun cracking down on crosswalk art, starting with street art in St. Louis about LGBTQ identity. [Smithsonian Magazine]

X-ray fluorescent spectometry has allowed scientists to digitally restore van Gogh’s famed painting of his bedroom to the state it likely was when he painted it. The colors are more contrasty, and the painting as a whole is brighter. [The Guardian]

Curator Stephen Gilchrist discusses his Harvard Art Museums show “Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia.” [WBUR]

Outside noises from the cold wind mixed with experimental music at a Contemporaneous concert at Pioneer Works last week. [The New York Times]

A BRIEF NOTE ABOUT KANYE WEST, WHO WOULD PROBABLY DEMAND HIS OWN CATEGORY, IF HE COULD ASK FOR IT

Pitchfork begins its review of Kanye West’s excellent new album The Life of Pablo with a comparison between the rapper and Pablo Picasso. (West has said that the title refers not to the modernist, but the apostle Saint Paul.) You have been warned. [Pitchfork]

That’s okay, though. Kanye West knows he’s an artist. [Twitter]

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