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Morning Links: Artfully Removed Art Edition

Sam Durant’s sculpture Scaffold was removed and destroyed earlier this year.


Removed and Remembered

There have been various calls for certain pieces to be removed or otherwise disposed of this year, but what does one do with these works once they aren’t on view? For the New York Times, curator David Xu Borgonjon argues that destroying artworks must be an art unto itself. [The New York Times]

The conversation about removing controversial works has extended far beyond major city centers, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. In Pittsburgh, an art commission unanimously decided yesterday to remove a statue of Stephen Foster that many believe is racist. The work features a banjo-playing African-American man staring up at the famed songwriter. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]

Knight Landesman

Following news that former Artforum publisher Knight Landesman was the subject of a sexual harassment lawsuit, ARTnews reported stories from more women who have chosen to come forward. After ceasing communication with Landesman following advances via email, one artist recalled thinking, “I will never be in Artforum. I have burned this bridge.” [ARTnews]

ARTnews also reported last night that Michelle Kuo has resigned as editor-in-chief of Artforum. She will be replaced by David Velasco, who was previously the editor of the magazine’s website. [ARTnews]


Real-estate investor and collector Arthur Becker gives the Wall Street Journal a tour of his SoHo townhouse. If you visit his home, you’ll find a Mesopotamian artifact next to a Mel Bochner text painting. [The Wall Street Journal]

According to the Art Newspaper, a tiny, barely visible hole revealed a 19th-century Thomas Couture painting as being part of the Gurlitt trove, a group of works that many believe were looted by the Nazis. [The Art Newspaper]

Art Basel Hong Kong

This morning, ARTnews revealed the exhibitor list for the 2018 edition of Art Basel Hong Kong. Of the 28 galleries showing at the upcoming fair for the first time, half are based in Asia. [ARTnews]

Beyond the Museum

In a new interview, Nato Thompson discusses socially engaged art with Hyperallergic editor-in-chief Hrag Vartanian. “To what degree are we talking about the role of artists in civil society?” Thompson asks Vartanian. [Hyperallergic]

Hong Kong government officials are cracking down on street art, the South China Morning Post reports. Work by the French street artist Invader, for example, was recently taken down from a Hong Kong road. It’s only the latest in a series of removals. [South China Morning Post]

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