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Morning Links: 18-Foot-Tall Edition

A statue of Paul Bunyan in Bangor, Maine.WIKIMEDIA

A statue of Paul Bunyan in Bangor, Maine.


Really Big Art

Anish Kapoor told the South China Morning Post that the vandalism of his work at Versailles last year was an “inside job” and that the response of officials at the palace was “pathetic.” [The Art Newspaper]

“The Sacramento Kings’ off-season acquisition is 18 feet tall.” Ben Cohen tells the story of how a Koons sculpture was purchased for the plaza outside the basketball team’s new stadium, and the controversy it generated in the city. [The Wall Street Journal]


The Neue Galerie in New York has reached an agreement with the heirs of a Jewish art collector whose 1914 Karl Schmidt-Rottluff painting was sold after his wife and son fled Nazi Germany in the 1930s. The work, which had been in the museum’s collection, was returned to the family and then bought back at fair market value. [The New York Times]

Jen Graves speaks with Ishmael Butler, the outgoing director of the Frye Art Museum in Seattle. [The Stranger]

Brett Abbott is stepping down as curator of photography and head of collections at the High Museum in Atlanta to become the director of collections and exhibitions at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas. [ArtsATL]

Nearly 100 people attended a yoga class at the Fresno Art Museum in California to benefit the Art of Life Cancer Foundation. [ABC 30]

An Extra-Large Bonus Section Because It’s a Slow Day

Here are images of “Gigi’s Underground,” Maggie Lee’s show at 356 Mission in Los Angeles. [Sex Life]

Flashback: a photo of Angelina Jolie’s divorce attorney, Laura Wasser, with an Ed Ruscha. [Bloomberg]

Trevor Shimizu and Shimon Minamikawa at the Green Gallery in Milwaukee. [Contemporary Art Daily]

“A theory of creepiness,” by Pam Weintraub. [Aeon]

In case you missed it: a brief history of the huge mythical lumberjack Paul Bunyan, and the sculptures that honor him. [The New York Times]

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