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Morning Links: Aby Warburg Edition

Art historian Aby Warburg, founder of the Warburg Institute, around 1900.

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Real Estate

Collector and dealer Adam Lindemann is creating a 12-story building in Downtown Los Angeles that will feature 140 live-work lofts. Johnson Fain is designing the project. [Curbed Los Angeles]

Developer Uri Vaknin is hoping to bring an art museum to Sin City, arguing that it is “the final ingredient for Las Vegas to claim its destiny as a world class city.” [Las Vegas Review-Journal]

Remembrance

Patti Smith looks back on her long friendship with Sam Shepard, the playwright and actor who died on Sunday at the age of 73: “[M]ost often he would call from his place in Kentucky, on a cold, still night, when one could hear the stars breathing. Just a late-night phone call out of a blue, as startling as a canvas by Yves Klein; a blue to get lost in, a blue that might lead anywhere.” [The New Yorker]

Acquisitions
The Bass Museum in Miami Beach is now the proud owner of a Petrified Petrol Pump by Allora & Calzadilla. [The Art Newspaper]

Raf!

Bob Colacello profiles Raf Simons, the man behind the reboot of Calvin Klein: “Even the dog bed just outside his office door, for his Beauceron, named Luka, is a work of art, covered in the same Sterling Ruby splattered canvas as the showroom walls.” [Vanity Fair]

In case you missed it, A$AP Mob has a new song called “Raf” that features A$AP Rocky, Playboi Carti, and Quavo. [Spin]

Legal Matters

Kanye West is suing various insurance companies for nearly $10 million, alleging that they have not paid claims that stemmed from the artist canceling his tour last year as the result of a “debilitating medical condition.” [The New York Times]

Rotem Bides, an art student in Israel, claimed that she stole items from the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps to display in her art, leading to that work being removed from a show at her college. She later released a statement saying she, in fact, had not stolen items from the camps, and the works are now part of the show. Here’s the story of her art. [Haaretz]

The Talent

Bill Sherman has been tapped to be director of the Warburg Institute at the School of Advanced Study at the University of London. He’s currently director of research and collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum. [The Art Newspaper / Artforum]

Collector Budi Tek has been awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur by the French government. [The Art Newspaper]

And More

Correction: Yesterday’s ARTnews Today newsletter incorrectly stated that Robert Ryman played trumpet. In fact, Ryman played tenor sax, as he explains in this wide-ranging 1972 interview. [Archives of American Art]

Contemporary Art Daily has begun its August Review, its “annual look back at this season’s key exhibitions.” [CAD]

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