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Morning Links: Awe-Inspiring David Hammons Sculpture Edition

A rendering of the project, looking west from Gansevoort Peninsula.



Holly Block, the Bronx Museum of the Arts’s executive director, died this past weekend. “Holly didn’t need a cultural plan to know that diversity is essential,” Ford Foundation director Darren Walker said. [ARTnews]

Unlike many museum officials, Laura Raicovich, the president and executive director of the Queens Museum, has made politics a priority. “Neutrality is a fiction,” she said in a new interview. [The New York Times]

Beijing’s Ullens Center for Contemporary Art has been bought by the private equity firm Lunar Capital. Philip Tinari will continue to be the institution’s director. [South China Morning Post]

Hyperbolically Lauded Sculptures

Peter Schjeldahl writes on David Hammons’s proposed sculpture for Pier 52—an idea, Schjeldahl says, “that’s so good you fear it.” [The New Yorker]

A flashback: Fifty years ago this week, Time declared Tony Smith the “most dynamic, versatile and talented new sculptor in the U.S. art world.” [Time]


A close look at Miguel Quismodo’s design for Magazzino, a museum in Cold Spring, New York, that exhibits Italian art from the collection of Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu. [Designboom]

Art Festivals

Münster residents liked Nicole Eisenman’s Skulptur Projekte fountain work so much, they want to find a way to keep it. [The Art Newspaper]

Los Angeles’s Desert X biennial will return in 2019. At the helm this time around will be not only Neville Wakefield, but also the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles’s Amanda Hunt and curator Matthew Schum. [Los Angeles Times]

The Mystery of Leonardo

Leonardo da Vinci wanted to know everything, as a new Walter Isaacson biography reveals, but even centuries down the line, we still have so many questions about the Renaissance artist’s career and work. [The New Yorker]


Jessica Kreps is now a partner at Lehmann Maupin gallery. [ARTnews]

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