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Morning Links: John McEnroe’s Sex Life Edition

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Comings and Goings

Julia Joern, who has been a partner at David Zwirner Gallery for a decade, will be departing due to health issues. Joern headed up communications at Zwirner during the period when it expanded globally and transitioned from New York mainstay to international powerhouse. [ARTnews]

The Centro Botin, the new Renzo Piano-designed gallery that appears to levitate, has opened in Salamanca, Spain. [The Guardian]

The Art Gallery of Ontario has acquired 522 Diane Arbus photos. [Artforum/ARTnews]


On episode 88 of The New Yorker Radio Hour, the magazine’s editor-in-chief, David Remnick, speaks with Ai Weiwei about “the complex relationship between the U.S. and China.” [The New Yorker]

Here’s a very generous look, courtesy of a conservative publication, at the artwork of George W. Bush, who often paints portraits of the foreign leaders he dealt with during his time in the Oval Office. The critic compares Bush to Lucien Freud, and suggests that his work be included in the next Whitney Biennial. [The Weekly Standard]

Holland Cotter takes stock of Documenta 14, examining “its focus on political issues that Western Europe has recently been feeling the brunt of firsthand: racism, resurgent nationalism, metastatic capitalism and the violence fueled by all three.” [The New York Times]

New York Nightlife

In a memoir, the tennis star and art collector John McEnroe claimed that Andy Warhol would interfere with his sex life by making it harder for him to talk to women at fancy New York parties. According to McEnroe’s book, Warhol “always seemed to be up in everyone’s face with his camera, being a pain in the ass.” He goes on: “I remember thinking, ‘Who is this weirdo with the fake hair? Why is he waving his camera around when we’re here at 3 in the morning? Isn’t there a place that could be off-limits?” [Page Six]

Alan Vega largely avoided the art world while he was alive, and became better known for playing Max’s Kansas City and CBGB with his band Suicide. Now, a year after his death, his artwork is attracting more attention. [The New York Times]

Museum Mishaps

The American Writers Museum in Chicago doesn’t have many books in it. [The Washington Post]

A guy crashed a Mercedes into the City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

The oft-delayed planning for George Lucas private museum continues with a vote at the Los Angeles City Council tomorrow. [The Los Angeles Daily News]

Museum Triumphs

Here are the 20 most-visited museums on earth. Coming in at number one: The National Museum of China in Beijing, edging out the Louvre for the top spot, which it held for the four years prior. [CNN]

Susanne Klatten—the BMW majority shareholder who, with a fortune of over $22 billion, is Germany’s richest woman—announced plans to open a private museum in Bavaria this weekend. [artnet news]

Christopher Knight calls “The Inner Eye: Vision and Transcendence in African Arts” at LACMA “perhaps the most flat-out beautiful museum exhibition in Los Angeles so far this year.” [The Los Angeles Times]

Pride Weekend

New York City has chosen Anthony Goicolea as the artist to create the first-ever official monument to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people commissioned by the State of New York. It will take the form of nine boulders in Hudson River Park. [The New York Times]

In honor of Pride Weekend, the Met had a silent disco in the Temple of Dendur that paid tribute to house pioneers David Mancuso and Frankie Knuckles. [The Met]


Ottessa Moshfegh pays tribute to the writer Jean Stein, who died last month. [Artforum]

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