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Morning Links: Gigantic Scimitar Edition

A scimitar.



Sam Durant’s controversial sculpture Scaffold will be taken down and burned in a ceremonial rite after an agreement reached yesterday by the artist, Dakota tribal elders, and officials from the Walker Art Center and the city of Minneapolis. [Minneapolis Star-Tribune]

How does the Scaffold imbroglio compare to the furor at the Whitney over the Emmett Till painting by Dana Schutz? [The New York Times]


MoMA’s new renovation design, to be unveiled fully today, carries an implicit message: “MoMA isn’t modern yet.” [The New York Times]

Christopher Knight writes a rave review of the big Dwan Gallery retrospective now on show at LACMA, this time with a room-size yellow Robert Grosvenor that “slices diagonally through the gallery at an oblique angle, like an improbable cross between a sunbeam and the straightened blade of a gigantic scimitar.” (Scimitar? Scimitar!) [Los Angeles Times]


The Felix Gonzalez-Torres show at David Zwirner in New York gets called “elegant and contemplative”—even if the avoidance of any mention of AIDS in the show description might be “an act of sterilization.” [Village Voice]

For a project called “Beautiful Boy,” Lissa Rivera takes pictures of her lover BJ Lillis dressed in women’s clothing. See some of the striking, romantic images on the occasion of a show opening at ClampArt gallery in Chelsea. [The New York Times]


Check out a good and probing Q&A with Bisi Silva, roaming curator and founding director of Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos. [Frieze]

The Obama Presidential Center’s first museum director will be Louise Bernard, who has worked as director of exhibitions for the New York Public Library and also helped with exhibition designs for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. [Chicago Tribune]


Google’s Arts & Culture team has been busy adding new bells and whistles to art-related search returns and inquiries on Google Maps—all now ready for a future that just keeps starting over and over again. [TechCrunch]

Cao Fei made the latest BMW Art Car, following in the tracks of 2016 creator John Baldessari (and, before him, the likes of Alexander Calder and Andy Warhol). [The Verge]


Louise Blouin is laying off her remaining full-time workers—at Modern Painters, Art & Auction, and—and inviting them to reapply for their jobs as contract freelancers instead. [New York Post]

Ogle seven of Zaha Hadid’s “most dazzling” creations. [The Independent]

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