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Morning Links: $600 Million Edition

A briefcase filled with a large amount of money.PUBLIC DOMAIN PICTURES

A briefcase filled with a large amount of money.


New Beginnings

Former Serpentine Galleries co-director Julia Peyton-Jones, who is 64, is now a mother. [The Evening Standard]

The Cleveland Triennial, which is on tap for 2018, has named Jamie Hardis exhibition director and Lisa Kurzner associate curator. Jens Hoffmann and Michelle Grabner are its artistic directors. [The Architects Newspaper]

Jutta-Annette Page, senior curator of glass and decorative arts at the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio, has been hired to be executive director of the forthcoming Barry Art Museum at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. [The Virginian Pilot]

Politics—or Trump, Art, Museums, and Money

Here’s a look at the activities of Rebekah Mercer, the Trump donor who has financed climate-change denial efforts and who sits on the board of the Museum of Natural History. [The New York Times]

Wilbur Ross, Trump’s pick for Commerce Secretary, has disclosed $336 million in assets, including more than $50 million in art. He’s a big Magritte fan! [Bloomberg]

Legal Trouble

Sotheby’s is suing the collector Lionel de Saint Donat-Pourrières, alleging that a painting he sold through the house is not, in fact, a Parmigianino. [The New York Times]

Early yesterday morning, a BMW crashed into Eden Fine Art in SoHo in Manhattan. Police are searching for the driver, who had stolen the car and fled the scene. [Gothamist]


Adam Nagourney profiles Michael Govan, the director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, who is trying to raise $600 million for a Peter Zumthor expansion. [The New York Times]

Five firms have been placed on a shortlist to design a $34.5 million new building for the Shepparton Art Museum in Australia. [Architecture AU]


The LeRoy Neiman Foundation has donated what it termed a “priceless assortment” of works by its namesake artist to the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville. [Courier-Journal]

The latest issue of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s magazine, Open Space, has been edited by ARTS.BLACK. [Open Space]


Alan Schmalz at Truth and Consequences in Geneva. [Contemporary Art Daily]

Artist and gallerist Jen Dalton discusses her practice, Brooklyn, and quite a bit more. [The Conversation Art Podcast]

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