Morning Links: Lorde Cover Art Edition

The cover of the Lorde album 'Melodrama,' painted by Sam McKinniss.COURTESY TEAM GALLERY

The cover of the Lorde album ‘Melodrama,’ painted by Sam McKinniss.


Armory Week

Here’s what sold at NADA New York, which moved from the East River to West Soho. [ARTnews]

And at Independent New York, galleries saw encouraging sales during the second year in Tribeca. [ARTnews]

And here’s Jerry Saltz on Independent: “It’s the cool kids,” he said. “So you have to be cool about it.” [Vogue]

The Anton Kern booth at Independent was particularly rad, especially for Sonic Youth fans. Lee Renaldo, David Shrigley—what’s not to like? [ARTnews]

Sam McKinniss

The pop singer Lorde announced that she will be releasing her new album, “Melodrama,” this summer. The cover art is a portrait of the singer, in bed, by the artist Sam McKinniss. [NME]

McKinniss on how he met Lorde: “Well, actually, it was really sweet of her—she wrote me some fan mail. She got my email address from a mutual friend and just wrote a really nice, warm note about how much she likes my paintings. I was really kind of flattered.” [W]

Here’s a talk between the artist and Bill Powers about his show last fall at Team Gallery. [ARTnews]

Also, if you aren’t following McKinniss on Twitter—his handle is @wkndpartyupdate—now is the time to start. [Twitter]

As for the new Lorde single: It’s quite good! [Pitchfork]

Freeport in New York

A former parking lot in Harlem could become New York’s own tax-free art storage haven for collectors. [The Wall Street Journal]

But will it actually be a freeport on par with those in Geneva and Singapore? [artnet news]

Nina Simone

Adam Pendleton, Rashid Johnson, Ellen Gallagher and Julie Mehretu have bought the childhood home of Nina Simone. [The New York Times]

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