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Morning Links: David Geffen’s Giving Edition



The Philanthropy of David Geffen

Entertainment mogul David Geffen will give a cool $150 million toward the construction of a Peter Zumthor–designed building at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. That means that LACMA’s director, Michael Govan, has lined up $450 million of the $650 million he needs to break ground on the project. [Los Angeles Times]

Lincoln Center has canceled plans to spend $500 million on a total renovation of David Geffen Hall, and will instead seek more modest ways to improve the space. The building’s name donor, who had committed to giving $100 toward the project, will reportedly still follow through with that donation. [The New York Times]

For the uninitiated, here’s Geffen’s Instagram, which features appearances from Dasha Zhukova, Martin Short, and Oprah. [@davidgeffen/Instagram]

The Market

A 900-year-old Chinese porcelain bowl sold for about $38 million at a Sotheby’s in Hong Kong on Tuesday. [CNN Money]

Here’s a look at painter Howard Hodgkin’s personal collection, which will go to auction at Sotheby’s later this month. [The New York Times]

San Francisco–based collectors Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein discuss their holdings, which include a later Picabia painting and a Calder. A show of photographs they have donated to SFMOMA goes on view there next year. [The New York Times]


Artist and filmmaker Barbara Hammer has an action-packed schedule right now that includes an upcoming show at Company gallery in New York, which, she said in an interview, “is going to feature 29 photographs that were made during the ’70s—pictures of lovers, motorcycle trips, landscapes, and film stills, among other things. Andrew Durbin, the gallery’s director, selected the works from thousands of black-and-white negatives. The process took months. He is very patient!” [Artforum]

Rosanne Cash calls on country musicians to stand up to the National Rifle Association. [The New York Times]

Science That Is Somewhat Art-Related

How does nature create wonderfully spherical rocks, you ask? Well! Here is your answer. [Atlas Obscura]

“The Nobel Prize in Chemistry . . . has been awarded to three scientists for their pioneering work developing new methods of visualizing biomolecules, such as the Zika virus.” [CNN]

And More

Artist and writer Greg Allen has created a new work called Untitled (Mnuchin Gallery), which was inspired by the activities of Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, son of art dealer Robert Mnuchin. []

Here’s art by Noguchi Rika at the Tokyo gallery Taka Ishii, hosted on the newly redesigned Contemporary Art Daily. [CAD]

Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier discusses the birth of a meme. [The Players’ Tribune]

Pete Wells gives two glowing stars to the restaurant Oberlin in Providence, Rhode Island. Note well: It’s only an 8-minute walk from the RISD Museum! [The New York Times]

In case you missed it: “Trump boys chasing wounded boar around White House.” [The Onion]

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