Morning Links

Morning Links: Peter Paul Rubens’s Castle

Rubens, looking quite debonair in a 1623 self-portrait that now resides in the British Royal Collection.


On the Market

An estate outside Brussels, where Peter Paul Rubens lived and worked near the end of his life, is for sale for €4 million, or $4.93 million, which frankly seems like quite a steal since it features “a 700-year-old stone manor Rubens briefly owned and three other 18th-century residences,” not to mention a moat that can be crossed via a stone bridge. [Mansion Global]

Pace will represent the estate of the late, great artist Vito Acconci in conjunction with Art Agency, Partners. [Artnet News]

Off the Market

A rather attractive teapot from the 1760s sold for $806,000 at an auction house in Salisbury, England, trouncing its high estimate by a factor of more than 25. [The New York Times]

The Law

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that American victims of a 1997 suicide bombing in Jerusalem do not have the right to seize artifacts in Chicago museums from Iran, which defaulted on a $71 million judgment that resulted from a lawsuit against the nation for being involved in the attack. [Courthouse News via Artforum]

The trial of Lee Mulcahy, the artist charged with littering for leaving items that he said were sculptures (like a bicycle and various springs) outside the Aspen Art Museum, has been postponed. The artist is calling on the judge’s recusal. Jason Auslander reports, “Much of Wednesday’s pretrial hearing involved Mulcahy’s efforts to turn the trial into a discussion centering on the question of what is art.” [The Aspen Times]

A rancher and attorney in Texas has filed suit against Customs and Border Protection and the Texas Rangers after he discovered they had placed a video camera on his property without his permission. The two groups have threatened him with arrest refusing to return the camera. [Ars Technica]


A power outage that affected 2,400 customers forced the Portland Art Museum in Oregon to close for the day yesterday. [KOIN6]


Jori Finkel reports that craft is a hot, hot, hot topic at the College Art Association’s annual conference, which runs in Los Angeles into this weekend. “I think this all says we are finally at the point that we can stop talking about craft as underdog,” Namita Wiggers, the director of the Critical Craft Forum, said. [The Art Newspaper]

Small Bites

Here’s a cooking show focused on the eating habits of artists. In this episode: Vincent van Gogh, who seems to have eaten quite a bit of bread (and sipped no small amount of absinthe). [The Art Assignment/PBS Digital Studios]

The New Yorker‘s restaurant critic, Hannah Goldfield, goes long on the history of queso, and discusses Chipotle’s efforts to offer it. [The New Yorker]

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