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Morning Links: Peking Duck Edition

A lovely dish of Peking duck.



Pete Wells has given a rating of “satisfactory” to the New York branch of the Chinese restaurant DaDong, which includes views of contemporary art alongside what many believe is Beijing’s best Peking duck. About that duck: “None of us had seen crisper skin — you could bounce a quarter off it,” he writes. [The New York Times]


This April, the Art Chengdu fair will stage its first edition, in China’s Sichuan province. Although the fair will be relatively small, with just 30 exhibitors participating, it has attracted a high-profile group of galleries, including Sadie Coles HQ, Antenna Space, and ShanghART Gallery. [South China Morning Post]

A Peter Doig painting of a house in a ravine is now up for auction for the fifth time in 16 years, this time at Sotheby’s with an estimate of about $25 million. And it’s only a part of a trend with collectors who are flipping works at high prices. [Bloomberg]

Read ARTnews’s report from the opening of the Spring/Break Art Show yesterday. As per usual, the fair is fun, weird, and totally different from everything else put on during Armory Week. [ARTnews]


It’s been almost a year since the controversy at the Whitney Biennial over Dana Schutz’s painting of Emmett Till’s open casket funeral, and museums have begun to reflect on how to handle outcries over works on view in their exhibitions. Amid a series of calls for the removal of sensitive artworks, Julia Halperin surveys how institutions across America have changed. [Artnet News]

The city of San Francisco will remove a monument featuring a fallen Native American man gazing upward at a white settler. “The Commissioners agreed that this racist and disrespectful sculpture has no place in the heart of our city,” the city’s Arts Commission wrote in a statement. [Hyperallergic]


James Luna, the installation and performance artist known for his incisive works about the commodification of Native American identity and culture, died earlier this month. His work has appeared at the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, among other notable venues. [Artforum]

Around New York

New York’s Swiss Institute will officially reopen, this time in the East Village, on June 21. The first exhibition in its new space will be “Readymades Belong to Everyone,” a survey of artists positioning objects within architectural spaces curated by Fredi Fischli and Niels Olsen. [Press Release]

The New York Times profiles Whitney Museum curator Barbara Haskell, who has become known for her monographs of American artists, including the recent Grant Wood retrospective. “It’s hard to imagine American art without her,” the museum’s director, Adam Weinberg, said. [The New York Times]

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