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Morning Links: Flint Arrowheads Edition

A Chert arrowhead from the Late Neolithic period.


New and Expanding Museums

Though the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s expansion plans have been shelved for now, Leonard Lauder said that he is not rethinking his gift of a bounty of Cubist paintings to the museum. Under a confidential agreement governing that donation, the museum, in the words of Times, “has until 2025 to create a suitable home for the Lauder material.” [The New York Times]

Not everyone in Santander, Spain, is pleased with the freshly constructed Botín arts center, which was designed by Renzo Piano, but museum officials are working to win over people in the area. Before it opened late last month, locals could get unlimited access to the place for a one-time €2 (about $2.27) charge. [The New York Times]

The Goldsmiths’ Company has donated £10 million (about $12.9 million) toward a new home for the Museum of London. Among the displays there will be the “Cheapside Hoard—a vast haul of jewelry and gemstones dug up by chance by workmen demolishing a house near St. Paul’s Cathedral in 1912.” [London Evening Standard]


Maria Garcia: “Immigration lawyers believe the State Department has been denying more artist visas after President Trump ordered heightened vetting for all visa applications earlier this year.” [The ARTery/WBUR]

In September artist Bosco Sodi will build a wall in Washington Square Park in New York with clay timbers that viewers can take apart. [The New York Times]


“Jan Fontein, an Asian art scholar who oversaw an ambitious expansion of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, as its director in the 1970s and ’80s, died” at the age of 89. His career was sparked by seeing flint arrowheads from ancient Rome in a museum. “That sounds dull,” he once said. “But I saw the arrowheads as direct messages to me. I envisioned a battle in all its mad glory.” [The New York Times]

Alexandra Alper: “Mexican artist Jose Luis Cuevas, who set out to shock a national art scene dominated by mural painters and once even put his own semen into an exhibition, has died at the age of 83.” [Reuters]

Market Action

More on the $300 million Gauguin sale that was apparently only a $210 million Gauguin sale: the seller, Rudolf Staechelin, alleges that Simon and Michaela de Pury misled him about potential higher offers for the painting. [The New York Times]

The Movies

Marianne Rendón is staring as Patti Smith in a Robert Mapplethorpe biopic that begins shooting this month. Smith, who penned an acclaimed memoir about her friendship with Mapplethorpe titled Just Kids, is not involved in the production. [IndieWire]


Here is extensive documentation of Kerry James Marshall’s retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. [Contemporary Art Daily]

Around the mid-1990s, Chris Ofili gave out business cards that read “ELEPHANT SHIT” on one side. [MatthewHiggs2015/Instagram]

In case you missed it: Chris Ofili’s Union Black, a version of the Union Jack made with red, black, and green, will fly over Tate Britain in October for Black History Month. “Some of the most complex and difficult subjects to speak about are easier to take on when they’re packaged in an attractive way,” Ofili has said of the work. [The Guardian]

A South Korean barista named Lee Kang Bin has painted copies of works like van Gogh’s Starry Night and Edvard Munch’s The Scream in coffee foam. [Business Insider]

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