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Morning Links: Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector Edition

A screenshot from the game Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector by Hit-Point. VIA THE NEW YORK TIMES

A screenshot from the game Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector by Hit-Point.

VIA THE NEW YORK TIMES

CATS 

The art historical background of Neko Atsume; or, “why am I obsessed with a game about collecting cats?” [The New York Times]

PRIVATE DEAL

Billionaire Ken Griffin has paid approximately $500 million for two Abstract Expressionist paintings in one of the most expensive private art deals in history. [Bloomberg]

CANCELLATIONS

The Melbourne Art Fair has been canceled due to “failure to attract international collectors, little national interest, and the withdrawal of three major galleries from exhibiting.” [The Guardian]

Judges have canceled Russia’s top art prize, the Innovatsiya (Innovation) Prize, after dissident artist Pyotr Pavlensky was nominated, and then removed from the running by the award’s organizers. [Smithsonian]

INFRASTRUCTURE 

Tania Bruguera, the first artist-in-residence for the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs in New York, will be performing Referendum in Union Square on March 6. In it, she will try to ascertain how the public feels about border control by asking them to vote “yes” or “no” regarding the abolishment of borders. [The Art Newspaper]

Artists, engineers, and architects have collaborated to revamp Düsseldorf’s U-bahn stations with ad-free art. [The Guardian]

PICABIA

More details about MoMA’s upcoming Picabia retrospective, “Our Heads Are Round So Our Thoughts Can Change Direction”: [The New York Times]

AND

Here’s Thomas Hirschhorn at Chantal Crousel. [Contemporary Art Daily]

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