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Morning Links: The Christo Says No Edition

Christo in his studio with a preparatory drawing for The Mastaba, a project for the United Arab Emirates.WOLFGANG VOLZ/© 2012 CHRISTO

Christo in his studio with a preparatory drawing for The Mastaba, a project for the United Arab Emirates.



Christo is saying “no” to Trump with a dramatic exit from a proposed $50 million project in Colorado on which he has worked for more than 20 years. Out with fantastical dreams of fabric draped over the Arkansas River, in with protest.
[The New York Times]

Digital copies of Impressionist paintings will do for collector Henry Bloch, who hung simulacrums of classics on his walls after donating the originals to the Nelson-Atkins in Kansas City, Missouri. [The Wall Street Journal]

In the midst of a protest piece meant to continue for four years, actor Shia LaBeouf was arrested last night in Queens after a scuffle with an attendee. [CNN]


Hi, Hawaii—what nice contemporary art you have. [The New York Times]

Heads up—here are some winning pictures from a contest of aerial photography taken by drones. [The Guardian]

In Geneva, a new Responsible Art Market Initiative will take on the specter of illicit activity related to troubled provenance and money laundering. [Bloomberg]

An ice skater made accidental art on a lake. [Atlas Obscura]

In Memoriam

Harry Mathews, the heady Oulipo-group writer who authored the novels Tlooth and My Life in CIA as well as a book about masturbation titled Singular Pleasures, passed away at the age of 86. [The Paris Review]

Mary Tyler Moore, who turned the whole TV world on with her smile, is gone, at the age of 80. [The Guardian]


Damien Hirst scrawls a promissory note for Instagram for Hans Ulrich Obrist. (But is it true?) [Instagram]

Is the West Coast the best coast to go to art school? [The Observer]

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