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Morning Links: Frank Ocean’s Kerry James Marshall Album Art Edition

The album art for Frank Ocean's new song, 'Lens.'COURTESY GENIUS

The album art for Frank Ocean’s new song, ‘Lens.’


Art Brussels 2017

The 35th edition of the biggest art fair in Brussels took place over the weekend, with 144 galleries selling work to collectors from Europe and the world over. [The Art Newspaper]

Emily McDermott picks out ten of her favorite works from the booths. [Interview]

And across town, the Brussels edition of the New York-based fair Independent hosted 65 galleries—including Clearing, Canada, Gladstone, David Zwirner, and other familiar faces—in its second edition. [The Wall Street Journal]

Galleries on the Move

Anton Kern opened his new space in Midtown last Thursday with a show of work by Wilhelm Sasnal, and here are some pictures of the install. [Purple Diary]

Berggruen Gallery in San Francisco moved to new digs in January, and it’s easy fodder for a real estate slideshow. [The Robb Report]

Self Help Graphics & Art inspired many galleries to move to the once-dodgy hamlet of Boyle Heights, in Los Angeles, but now it’s being accused of spurring on gentrification. [Los Angeles Magazine]

Market Watch

Christie’s celebrated its new Los Angeles flagship in Beverly Hills with a cocktail party, but not before a “mad dash” to get everything in order before opening the doors. [The Hollywood Reporter]

A recent decision by the United States Tax Court says that auction houses often undervalue work to “curry favor” with the owner and win the consignment. [The New York Times]

A David Hammons flag could net $1 million for Phillips at its May evening sale in New York. [Phillips Auction House]

Scott Reyburn looks at the importance of lower-tired fairs, or regional fairs. They’re becoming increasingly key in a marketplace where, as one commentator put it, “The big collectors don’t really travel across time zones any more.” [The New York Times]

Album Covers

An eagle-eyed observer noted that the cover art for Frank Ocean’s new single, “Lens,” appears to be inspired by Kerry James Marshall’s A Portrait of the Artist As a Shadow of His Former Self (1980), which is a highlight of the touring exhibition “Kerry James Marshall: Mastry.” [The Fader]

While we’re on the topic of album art, we’d be remiss to not direct you to this interview with Kenneth Cappello, the photographer who is responsible for the absolutely spectacular cover of Lil Yachty’s debut record, “Teenage Emotions.” [XXL]

At the Museum

For some reason, this year’s NFL Draft will take place at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Thanks to “Rocky,” the museum does have a connection to boxing, but its affiliation with the gridiron is less clear. [The Philadelphia Inquirer]

Christopher Knight reviews the Carl Andre show at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. [The Los Angeles Times]

Across town, LACMA added nine new works to its permanent collection. [LACMA]

An investigation into the trend of museums displaying art not just inside the building, but also outside the building. Brilliant! [The New York Times]


Blake Gopnik talks about the state of art criticism. [It’s All Journalism]

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