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Jonas Mekas.

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Controversies

An art historian and artist are protesting a decision by the St. Louis Art Museum to loan a George Caleb Bingham painting for a Trump inauguration luncheon. The 1854–55 painting, The Verdict of the People, shows a group of self-satisfied white men waiting for the results of an election. [The New York Times]

Milton Esterow, a former owner of ARTnews, on the battle over Peggy Guggenheim’s formidable art collection. [Vanity Fair]

Relationships

Mark Dion and his wife, Dana Sherwood, took part in the new New York Times feature “Show Us Your Wall.” [The New York Times]

Two artists talk about how an open marriage led to divorce. [The Cut]

The Talent

More on the shakeup at Louise Blouin Media, which was first reported in these pages. [New York Post]

The Milwaukee Art Museum has hired Casie Simpson as creative director. She held the same position at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville. [Milwaukee Business Journal]

Bonuses

That Vik Muniz! The artist has included restaurateur Daniel Boulud in his work for the Second Avenue subway in New York. [Eater]

Legendary filmmaker Jonas Mekas celebrated his 96th birthday at East Village bistro Lucien. Happy birthday, Mr. Mekas! [@James_Fuentes/Instagram]

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