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Morning Links: Jeff Koons x Louis Vuitton Edition

A backpack designed by Jeff Koons for Louis Vuitton.COURTESY THE ARTIST AND LVMH

A backpack designed by Jeff Koons for Louis Vuitton.

COURTESY THE ARTIST AND LVMH

Politics

Julia Michalska reports: “The Polish historian Pawel Machcewicz has been dismissed from his role as director of the newly-opened Second World War Museum in Gdansk.” After a favorable court ruling, the country’s right-wing government plans “to create a new state-sanctioned institution.” [The Art Newspaper]

“You say you want to learn from Athens, well first open your eyes to the city and listen to the streets.” Activists in the Greek capital have written an open letter to Documenta, criticizing its organizers for not speaking out about recent evictions of artists and refugees. [Artforum]

Artists

“I just wanted to be a vagabond.” Anicka Yi, who will open a solo exhibition at the Guggenheim in New York later this month, discusses her itinerant career path and her art. [Cultured]

Awol Erizku, who is perhaps best known for recently photographing a pregnant Beyoncé, has two European shows on tap. The one at Ben Brown Fine Arts in London is a “defiantly anti-Trump show,” Jori Finkel writes, while the other, at Stems in Brussels, was inspired by the superb Future mixtape Purple Reign. [The New York Times]

Curatorial Studies

Visit with Lindsy Parrott, the director-curator of the the Neustadt, a Queens institution with a formidable collection of Tiffany glass. [Huffington Post]

The Newark Museum picked up a $750,000 grant to expand its permanent collection galleries. [Artforum]

A Marc Chagall ballet backdrop, long on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, has been removed and will be off view for four years. [The Philadelphia Inquirer]

Adventure

The indefatigable Adrian Dannatt reports from the Antarctic Biennale. [The Art Newspaper]

Jeff Koons has collaborated with Louis Vuitton. [Financial Times, The New York Times]

Bonus

Here are photos of a show by Sarah Ortmeyer at Potts in Los Angeles. [Contemporary Art Daily]

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