Morning Links: Art Basel Adidas Edition

Here's what we're reading this morning.

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Changing Climates

The author of a book called “The History of the Snowman” checks out a work by Fischli/Weiss, Snowman (1990), which is now installed on the roof of the Art Institute of Chicago. [The New Yorker]

Speaking of snow, perhaps… that’s a thing we won’t be seeing much of anymore? [The New York Times]

Art Fair Sneakers

Art Basel is suing Adidas after the shoe company released a special “Art Basel” edition at a party in Miami during the fair titan’s annual Florida bazaar. Apparently the kicks damaged the brand, but if you ask me, they look pretty chill. [The Miami Herald]

And speaking of Art Basel, the flagship fair in Basel, Switzerland, opens in less than two weeks’ time and will feature a number of panels in the Conversations sector, if you happen to be heading to the Rhineland. [Art Basel]

Gotham City 

Here’s a look at the Lenfest Center for the Arts, Columbia University’s new cultural hub, which was designed by Renzo Piano, who did the Whitney’s building in the Meatpacking District. Jason Farago leads us into the news quite nicely. “New York, New York, is the city so nice it got two of everything: two baseball teams, two decrepit airports and now two riverside art galleries designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano.” [The New York Times]

Some blocks down, and on the east side by the park, visitors to the Frick will be able to pay what they want as admission during certain hours on Wednesdays. [The New York Times]

And if you’re in town this weekend, maybe check out some of these shows on view. [The New York Times]

Out East

But if you’re not in town, there’s plenty to see in the Hamptons, including Rental Gallery, which opened last weekend in East Hampton. Rental is run by dealer and artist Joel Mesler (who is also a contributor to ARTnews) and the first show got a nice writeup in the local paper. [The East Hampton Star]

But don’t plan on going to the Hamptons for art fairs this year. Art Hamptons and Art Southhampton have both been canceled for 2017. [27 East]

On the Waterfront

Have you ever wondered how the whale at the Natural History Museum in New York gets cleaned? Click away! [The New York Times]

Superyacht Gallery has popped up at Saatchi Gallery in London, and it will “explore the world of superyachts through art, film and photography.” [Forbes]

There’s free admission at the Mariner’s Museum in Newport News, Virginia, until Labor Day. [WTKR]

Coming Up

Next week, the art world descends upon Kassel, Germany, for this year’s edition of Documenta, the vastly important quinquennial art exhibition. We will be there! But, what shall we all expect? Well, a lot of participatory art, for one thing. [Deutsche Welle]

And behold Ruby City, the forthcoming David Adjaye–designed institution in San Antonio that will hold the collection of the late local patron Linda Pace. The groundbreaking happened this week, and the place will open in mid-to-late 2018. The whole project will cost about $16 million. [MySA]

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