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Morning Links: Balloon Bouquet Edition

Tinkerbell with balloons from Party City.

PARTY CITY

Topsy-Turvy Affairs

Jeff Koons’s plan to donate a sculpture of a hand holding balloon flowers to Paris is being held up by various logistical issues, including fundraising (the donation does not include construction and installation). “Jeff Koons is a businessman, and we quickly understood that he was offering Paris to himself as a present,” one critic who is skeptical of the project said. [The New York Times]

There’s trouble in beautiful Boulder, Colorado, where a number of employees of the Museum of Contemporary Art resigned. Allegations have been flying about poor working conditions and an attempt by workers to “take over” the institution. [The New York Times]

A Modigliani expert is planning to publish an addendum to the 1958 catalogue raisonné compiled by Ambrogio Ceroni. In addition, art historian Marc Restellini is at work on a Modigliani catalogue raisonné of his own. [The Art Newspaper]

Institutions

Kassel plans to build a Documenta Institute that will “serve as a research centre and . . . host events, conferences, and exhibitions” related to the quinquennial affair. [The Art Newspaper]

A tantalizing headline: “Let’s slice open the biggest contemporary art museum in the U.S.” That museum: MASS MoCA. [Wired]

A preview of Joe Bradley’s upcoming show at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo. [The Buffalo News]

A Legend

Prodigy, one half of the Queens hip-hop duo Mobb Deep, died at the age of 42 of complications of sickle cell anemia. [Rolling Stone]

Here’s the video for the 1995 Mobb Deep classic “Survival of the Fittest.” [YouTube]

The Talent

Erin Coe, the director of the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, New York, has been hired as director of the the Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State. [The Post Star]

And More

Ben Hutchinson reviews Rüdiger Safranski’s recent biography, Goethe: Life as a Work of Art. [Literary Review]

Photos of Caleb Considine’s recent show at Galerie Daniel Buchholz in Berlin. [Contemporary Art Daily]

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