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Morning Links: Sun Tunnels Edition

Partial installation view of Nancy Holt’s Sun Tunnels (1973–76).


Land Art

The Dia Art Foundation has acquired Nancy Holt’s Sun Tunnels (1973–76), which are located in the Great Basin Desert in Utah. Its Dia’s first earthwork made by a woman. [The New York Times]

Legal Matters

Cristina Ruiz: “France’s highest court has dismissed an appeal by French descendants of Peggy Guggenheim who sued the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in 2014, alleging that it had failed to respect the late collector’s wishes in its management of the Venetian palace and the Modern art collection it contains.” The plaintiffs had argued that the foundation should not have accepted and displayed at the Venice institution a gift of art from Rudolph and Hannelore Schulhof that required works from Peggy Guggenheim’s collection be taken off view for a period. [The Art Newspaper]

Liv Wynter has resigned as Tate’s artist-in-residence, citing what she views to be the museum’s “appalling response to sexual harassment and violence.” [The Art Newspaper]

Puerto Rico

Some experts say that it will cost tens of millions of dollars to repair museums in Puerto Rico that were damaged during Hurricane Maria. [The New York Times]


A group that is attempting to force right-wing billionaire Rebekah Mercer to leave the board of the American Museum of Natural History in New York for her funding of groups that dispute climate-change science planted satirical items in the museum’s gift shop as a protest. Among the products: postcards of Mercer (labeled as a “climate change denier”) and a “home fracking set” for children. [Huffington Post]

Museum Philanthropy

Paul J. Schupf has given $2 million to the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine, which will use the funds to open a space in the city’s downtown. [Press Release]


Art21’s latest film looks at the work of sculptor and installation artist Abigail DeVille. [Art21]

Performance Space New York (the East Village institution formerly known as Performance Space 122) is presenting a group exhibition on the storied writer Kathy Acker, curated by the space’s director, Jenny Schlenzka, and artist Bjarne Melgaard, who has also contributed a puppet show to the presentation. Melgaard said of Acker, “I thought that she was fascinating for her opinions and extreme sensibilities: the strength to be both soft and hard, and to be able to articulate complex problematics in a language that doesn’t make anyone feel inadequate.” [T: The New York Times Style Magazine]

The Talent

Architect Balkrishna Doshi, who helped develop low-cost housing in India, has won the 2018 Pritzker prize, his profession’s highest honor. He is the first Indian to receive the prize. [The Guardian]

Charlotte Laubard will be curator of Switzerland’s pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale. [Press Release]

Cristiana Perrella has been named the director of the Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci in Prato, Italy. She is a curator and critic, who led contemporary arts program at the British School at Rome for 10 years, until 2008. [Artforum]

Collector Julia Stoschek has won the 2018 Art Cologne Prize, which celebrates “exceptional performances in the communication of art.” [Press Release]

The American Kennel Club has hired Alan Fausel as head of AKC Cultural Resources. He’s previously held positions at the Fine Arts Museums in San Francisco and the Frick Art Museum in Pittsburgh. [AKC]

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