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Morning Links: Carsten Höller’s Bean Plant Project Edition

A slide work by Carsten Höller.


Rethinking the Workplace

Last night, ARTnews reported that Sotheby’s has removed a Richard Meier exhibition from its S2 Gallery in New York. The show was pulled following a New York Times report that detailed five women’s allegations of sexual harassment by the Pritzker Prize–winning architect. [ARTnews]

Guards at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. are reportedly claiming that the museum has created a hostile work environment. According to a Washington Post report, guards have complained of sexual harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. A representative for the museum said it could not discuss the complaints. [The Washington Post]


Carsten Höller thinks that vegetables have feelings. To prove it, he’s teamed up with the plant neurobiologist Stefano Mancuso for a show at the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi in Florence. Included in the show will be the corkscrewing slides Höller has become famous for, but there’s a twist: visitors will have to carry bean plants as they descend. [Artnet News]

The residents of Münster, Germany, have begun a series of initiatives to help raise money to keep in place a fountain sculpture made by Nicole Eisenman for Skulptur Projekte last summer. One such initiative is being led by the local brewery Pinkus Müller, which has developed a special “Fountain beer” that even comes with a label designed by Eisenman herself. [The Art Newspaper]

Making History

Artist Addie Wagenknecht chats with critic and influencer Antwaun Sargent about the power of black art today. “The unveiling of the Obama portraits was a really historic moment for blackness and for the history of art,” Sargent says. [Forbes]

Vogue reports from the opening of the Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden in Morocco, which is now just one of two institutions devoted solely to African art. “I think Morocco needs it, Africa needs it—we all need it,” Othman Lazraq, the museum’s president, said. [Vogue]

The Digital Sphere

Various arts institutions across America, from Creative Time in New York to the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, are flying a flag designed by Trevor Paglen today. The flag is called Weeping Angel and alludes to surveillance technology. [ARTnews]

Artland, a service that aims to connect buyers with gallerists, has raised $1 million in seed funding, making it an app to watch. Currently, the app has around 18,000 registered users. [TechCrunch]

In conjunction with his current exhibition at Perrotin gallery in New York, Artie Vierkant has created an augmented reality app called Image Object. The app makes it so that his works look digitally manipulated or obscured, and is meant to ponder what images of artworks do once they’re let loose online. [The Architect’s Newspaper]

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