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Morning Links: Stephen Colbert Edition




Some major museums are doing shows of art from Burning Man, the annual festival in the desert of Nevada. [The New York Times]

Here’s a profile of Adrian Cheng, the collector and retail magnate whose growing number of K11 Art Malls feature both shopping and exhibition spaces. [Artsy]

The Talent

Ellina Kevorkian has been hired as director of artistic programs at the Soap Factory in Minneapolis. She was previously artistic director for residency programs at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska. [Press Release/The Soap Factory]


The Modern Art Museum in Rio de Janeiro said that it will unload a Jackson Pollock painting valued at around $25 million in order to become financially self-sustaining. As you might suspect, opinion is divided on the plan. [Artforum]

Martin Gammon, a former Bonhams employee, filed a “friend of the court” brief in the ongoing case over the Berkshire Museum’s attempt to sell off as many as 40 of its works. He argues that the museum should not be allowed to sell its American holdings. [The Berkshire Eagle]

The Biennial Circuit

Lynn Hershman Leeson, Jonas Mekas, and Mark Dion are among the 99 artists and collectives that will be sending work to Latvia for the first Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art. [ARTnews]

Stephen Colbert

Three works that Late Show host Stephen Colbert made as part of a segment where he visited an art therapist are now available for sale on eBay, with all the proceeds going to the American Art Therapy Association. Fans of David Shrigley and Michael Krebber may find a lot to like here. [eBay, eBay, eBay]

In other Colbert news, the comic recently worked out with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “I’m cramping and I’m working out with an 85-year-old woman,” he said at one point. [The Hill]


Kyle Chayka looks at the design of increasingly popular “all-day cafes,” many of which “share the same natural light, blond wood chairs and copper details that have come to evoke a kind of Scandinavian-inflected, aspirational millennial apartment.” Among them is De Maria, the Downtown Manhattan eatery named after the great Minimalist artist Walter De Maria. [T: The New York Times Style Magazine]


At least four youths, who apparently do not know fear, climbed onto the roof of Daniel Libeskind’s very angular Denver Art Museum. No one seems to have gotten hurt. [The Denver Post]

Flashback: People just love climbing art museums in Colorado! (It’s a very sporty state.) Climbers caught scaling the Aspen Art Museum were fined and ordered to perform community service in 2014. [Co.Design]

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