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Morning Links: Kanye West’s Watermill Center Gala Non-Appearance Edition



The Political Arena

For a show at the United Nations in New York, four North Korean painters put themselves in danger by submitting work without their government’s approval. [New York Post]

The Detroit Institute of Arts will commemorate its city’s 1967 uprising by showing home movies. These amateur films were all shot in 1967 by Detroit citizens. [Detroit Free Press]

A Mark Leckey video is the subject of a surprising Anthony Scaramucci pun. Leckey is pleased. [Twitter]

The Talent

Della Watkins, the executive director of the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Virginia, has resigned. [WSLS10]

After she finishes her tenure at the Taubman Museum in 2018, Watkins will become the new director of the Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, South Carolina. [The Post and Courier]

Sources at the Watermill Center Summer Benefit & Auction have revealed that Kanye West did not perform at this year’s gala because he was “no longer wanted,” according to one report. [New York Daily News]

Taking the Times to Task

Jerry Saltz addresses Robin Pogrebin’s New York Times profile of the painter Mark Grotjahn. [Vulture]

Alexandra Bell discusses her “radical edits” of the New York Times—blown-up images of the newspaper’s coverage of Michael Brown’s death, with various sentences highlighted. [The New Yorker]


Christie’s will have its first modern and contemporary Middle Eastern sale in London this October. Typically staged in Dubai, the sale was moved to London to internationalize the Middle Eastern art market. [The Art Newspaper]


With its latest update, Microsoft’s City Art Search app is the world’s most comprehensive art directory. [Digital Trends]

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