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Morning Links: ‘Between a Craft Fair and a Gun Show’ Edition

The scene at this year's Art Dubai.COURTESY PHOTO SOLUTIONS

The scene at this year’s Art Dubai.

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Fairs

A look around Art Dubai, which artist Abbas Akhavan described as being “somewhere between a craft fair and a gun show.” [Artforum]

The fifth edition of Art Basel Hong Kong, which opens this Thursday after two days of previews, will act as a barometer for the Asian market. Sales in China are slowing down, but can the fair still succeed?[South China Morning Post]

The Scene at the Whitney

Whitney Museum director Adam D. Weinberg has issued a statement about why the National Endowment for the Arts is “irreplaceable.” [Whitney Museum]

Alexandra Schwartz writes on Jordan Wolfson’s extremely violent Whitney Biennial VR project. [The New Yorker]

Lives

Robert Silvers, the founding editor of the New York Review of Books, has died at 87. [The New York Times]

Around Europe

Artificial intelligence, plane crashes, and more appeared in Cécile B. Evans’s Tate Liverpool show, which closed this past Sunday. [Contemporary Art Daily]

Paris’s Centre Pompidou has plans to open a pop up museum in Shanghai’s West Bund cultural district. [The Art Newspaper]

Spiders

For his paintings, Michael Anthony Simon relies not on canvases, but on spiderwebs. Here’s how he makes them. [The New Yorker]

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