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Morning Links: ‘Plop Art’ Edition

Rachel Whiteread’s Untitled (Stairs), 2001, is not an example of “plop art.”



ARTnews has released its annual “Top 200 Collectors” list. [ARTnews]

“Top 200” collector Budi Tek wants China to make his Yuz Museum public, but legalistic restrictions currently prevent this from happening. [The Art Newspaper]

At Sotheby’s in London, Mario Testino will sell 300 works from his collection this September. The proceeds will go to the Museo Arte Testino in Peru. [Robb Report]

A Controversy in Brazil

An outcry from conservative critics has led Santander Cultural in Porto Alegre, Brazil, to shut down a survey of queer art. [Hyperallergic]

Pictures and Words

On the words “Latinx” and “Chicanx,” the genderless versions of “Latino” and “Chicano,” which are being used by many art publications (including this one) because of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. [The New York Times]

Google’s Cultural Institute has launched an archive of Latinx art and cultural history. [Jezebel]

In an interview with BBC News, Rachel Whiteread reminds us of that good old pejorative, “plop art,” in which artists create supposedly site-specific interventions—often corporate commissions—that have nothing to do with their sites at all. [BBC News]

The Critics

Adrian Searle gives Whiteread’s Tate Britain show five stars, calling it “both deadpan and affecting.” [The Guardian]

Andrea K. Scott on Kara Walker’s latest exhibition, at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. in New York: “Screw millennial obsessions with self-care and safe spaces—Walker wants your discomfort.” [The New Yorker]


Anna Boghiguian, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Trevor Paglen, Otobong Nkanga and Bouchra Khalili are the shortlisted artists for this year’s Artes Mundi 8 prize. [The Art Newspaper]

Art Festivals

Christine Eyene will curate the 2018 Casablanca Biennial. [Artforum]

Why not have a look at Ei Arakawa’s digital sculptures at Skulptur Projekte Münster? [Contemporary Art Daily]

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