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Morning Links: Leonardo DiCaprio’s LED Lights Edition



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Germany’s culture minister, Monika Grütters, said that the country will help “fund and set up a help desk for victims of sexual abuse and harassment in the country’s creative industries,” the Art Newspaper reported. [The Art Newspaper]


Lorna Simpson, whose first show at Hauser & Wirth opens next month in London, gets the profile treatment by Dodie Kazanjian in the pages of Vogue. “There’s a joke about a friend being someone who will help you move,” Glenn Ligon says. “But a true friend is someone who will help you move a body. Lorna is a true friend.” [Vogue]

In T: The New York Times Style Magazine, M.H. Miller profiles Steve Cannon, “the only blind gallery owner in the history of New York,” who founded A Gathering of the Tribes, the former art space and magazine. [T: The New York Time Style Magazine]


Philip Kennicott paid a visit to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, and wrote in the Washington Post that one gallery he encountered may be “the most ‘woke’ room in any mainstream American museum today.” [The Washington Post]

Carolina Miranda reported for the Los Angeles Times about taking one of the tours of the border wall prototypes organized by Swiss artist Christoph Büchel, who has proposed that they be designated on a national landmark. When asked about that idea on the trip, Miranda said, “I suggest that in the spirit of the border, where U.S. goods and ideas are constantly being recycled by Mexico, perhaps we should allow the residents of Tijuana to dismantle the prototypes and use them to build something new.” [Los Angeles Times]

Energy Policy

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation announced that it has partnered with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to replace all 309 incandescent light bulbs in Chris Burden’s beloved Urban Light sculpture—the outdoor piece that resembles a dense forest of vintage streetlights—with LED bulbs. The shift will result in savings over 10 years that equate to the planting of 61,199 trees, according to LDF. [The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation]


Mexican architect Frida Escobedo has been tapped to design the Serpentine Gallery’s next temporary summer pavilion, according to the New York Times. She’s the first women given the annual honor since 2000 (when Zaha Hadid handled the project) and is also the youngest ever: she’s 38. [The New York Times]


Sara Cwynar did the illustrations for the cover story of this weekend’s New York Times Magazine, about adolescents and pornography, as well as the magazine’s cover. [The New York Times Magazine]

Some Highlights from Twitter

Artist Richard Prince: “Koons should B the art director of Trumps parade. Think of it. It would B serious laughter. He’s already got 1/2the stuff. PeeWeeHerman master of ceremonies…” [@RichardPrince4/Twitter]

And, noting that it’s Monday, here are some inspirational words from artist Peter Fend: “After 8+ hours of sleep, ready to do what’s needed.” Good luck this week. [@PeterFend/Twitter]

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