Morning Links: Bad Boy Records Edition

Puff Daddy.


Let’s Get Litigious

Martin Shkreli is a former hedge fund manager who, in 2015, purchased the sole copy of the Wu-Tang Clan album “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin” through the online auction outfit Paddle8. But he’s better known as the pharmaceuticals executive who raised the price of the drug Daraprim—which treats parasitic infection—from $13.50 to $750. He is now on trial for securities and wire fraud. Yesterday, Shkreli’s attorney asked for Shkreli’s $5 million bail to be reduced, and the prosecutor responded, “He has a Picasso.” [The New York Times]

Here’s a long and entertaining take on the Vantablack saga—Anish Kapoor tried to seize exclusive control of the blackest black hue ever synthetically created, and invoked the ire of artist Stuart Semple. Semple is partial to pink. Read on. [Wired]


Vince Staples name-drops Kerry James Marshall, Robert Longo, Takashi Murakami and others in an interview about his new album. He also notes that he’s ready to have a show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and would also be open to the Met in New York. [New York]

Here’s a look at the burgeoning hip-hop underground, a deeply avant-garde set of internet-famous talents who nonetheless are edging toward mainstream acceptance. [The New York Times]

Puff Daddy—the art collector, musician and entrepreneur—discusses his documentary that chronicles the golden years of Bad Boy Records. [Complex]

Museums of the World

Sir Nicholas Serota has, according to this profile’s headline, “changed Britain.” “There is no individual who has done more to change the way this country sees art,” reads the story. [The Guardian]

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, is expanding underground, to the tune of $100 million. [WIVB News Buffalo]

The Dallas Museum of Art is trying to set a rather obscure world record: gathering the most Frida Kahlo lookalikes at the same place at the same time. It all goes down July 6, to coincide with the artist’s 110th birthday. [The Fort Worth Star-Telegram]

Art Fair Games

A look ahead at Condo New York, a fair wherein galleries from outside of New York occupy  the spaces of New York galleries. [Artsy]

Here are some more details about the Upstairs Art Fair, which will take place in Amagansett next month. [The East Hampton Star]

Going, Going, Gone

Christie’s is auctioning off the personal effects of the actress Audrey Hepburn, in London, in September. [Vanity Fair]

A Warhol self-portrait that is being called the artist’s “first selfie” is on the block at Sotheby’s next week in London. [The Huffington Post]

At the Movies

The poster for this year’s New York Film Festival will be designed by Richard Serra. [The Film Society of Lincoln Center]

Richard Brody voices support for a misunderstood auteur, Michael Bay. “Bay’s highest inspirations are those of a virtually experimental filmmaker of pure sensation; the rush of sensation is also a temptation for experimental filmmakers who often don’t keep their own images onscreen very long.” [The New Yorker]

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