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Morning Links: Alex Israel–Designed Bathing Suit Edition

Hans Ulrich Obrist wearing an Alex Israel–designed bathing suit.


2017 Wrap-Up

Here’s one way to kick off 2018: by looking at an Instagram the auctioneer Simon de Pury posted yesterday of Hans Ulrich Obrist wearing an Alex Israel–designed bathing suit. [Instagram]

But if you’re already feeling nostalgic for 2017, ARTnews has collected all of its year-end coverage, from a list of the best art exhibitions around the world to a look at the year’s finest memes. Also included is a Spotify playlist of some of our favorite music from this past year. [ARTnews]

For Filthy Dreams, Emily Colucci and Danielle Wu collect the most memorable art-world social media breakdowns of 2017. Their pick for the “Most Likely to Tweet Like a Conspiracy Theorist” might come as a surprise. [Filthy Dreams]

The Scene in Dubai

Artsy profiles Abdelmonem Bin Eisa Alserkal, the property developer and patron behind Alserkal Avenue, the fast-growing arts hub in Dubai. “I thought: ‘why not have more of a destination, or a community, of art galleries and creative businesses,’ ” Alserkal said of his reasoning for starting the hub. [Artsy]

The Talent

The January 2018 issue of Artforum is the first with David Velasco at the helm, and its theme is “The Use of Power.” In his editor’s letter, Velasco alludes to the allegations of sexual harassment against former publisher Knight Landesman, writing, “We’re still figuring things out at Artforum, as one sad man I once knew goes off, faces a fate of his own making. I don’t yet know how this future ‘us’ is supposed to look. But we will listen, and we will try, and when we mess up we’ll be in the mess together.” [Artforum]

The New York Times reports that the Foundation for Contemporary Arts will give $40,000 in grants to the poets Anne Boyer, Fred Moten, and Linda Robertson. Moten is the recipient of the organization’s first Roy Lichtenstein Award. [The New York Times]

According to a release, the Californian gallery Roberts & Tilton will rename itself following the death of its longtime partner, Jack Tilton. The gallery will now be known as Roberts Projects. [Press Release]

In the Studio

On the New Yorker’s website, a slideshow offers a look inside Paul Cézanne’s studio via a set of photographs by Joel Meyerowitz. The photographer is best known for his outdoors work, so “it may come as something of a surprise to learn that Meyerowitz recently headed indoors, to chase the ghost of another master of color and light,” Andrea K. Scott writes. [The New Yorker]


The Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio has purchased seven parcels of land west of its campus, the Toledo Blade reports. But don’t get too excited—the museum still isn’t sure what it will do with the land yet. [The Toledo Blade]

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