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Morning Links: Angela Merkel’s Side-Eye Edition

A portrait of Angela Merkel by George W. Bush.COURTESY THE ARTIST

A portrait of Angela Merkel by George W. Bush.


Biennials, Quinquennials, and More

Little is known about Documenta 14, even though its Athens half opens on Friday. Still, here’s a little information about its concept, courtesy of artistic director Adam Szymczyk. [Artforum]

In 2018, the Windy City will host its inaugural “Art Design Chicago” spotlight, in which 25 institutions will showcase the city’s vibrant art scene. [The New York Times]

The first Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art is set to take place in 2018. Katerina Gregos is already attached to organize the Latvian city’s first biennial. [The Art Newspaper]

Angela Merkel

Artist and ARTnews contributor Greg Allen has started a Kickstarter to get an unnamed Chinese artist to paint Angela Merkel giving the side-eye, in the style of George W. Bush’s paintings. [Artspace]

New York Museums

The Museum of Modern Art’s restaurant, the Modern, may be known for its outdoor seating, but now it also has a cocktail cart that peddles gin-and-tonics. [The New York Times]

Because of a water leak, works in the Whitney Biennial—including Dana Schutz’s controversial Open Casket—were temporarily deinstalled yesterday. [Hyperallergic]

Around Europe

Thieves have stolen some $200,000 worth of jewelry from the Art Paris fair. [Fox News]

Adrian Searle gives five stars to Tate Britain’s “Queer British Art 1861–1967” show, which he calls “vital, fascinating.” [The Guardian]

A U.S. court will hear a lawsuit against Germany over Nazi-looted medieval works. Germany had previously asked for the case to be thrown out. [Reuters]

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