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Morning Links: Winston Churchill Edition

Winston Churchill.



Collector Budi Tek, the founder of Shanghai’s Yuz Museum, revealed that he plans to donate most of his 1,500-work collection to an entity that will be a partnership with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Collaborative exhibitions and programming are set to begin in 2019. [ARTnews]

Lisa Fayne Cohen discussed her appreciation for Mark Grotjahn and her philosophy when it comes to collecting: “From the beginning, I not only wanted to have the best artists. I wanted to have the best representations. Really having the best work of a top artist is even more of a coup. I can say it proudly of this work.” [The New York Times]

The Talent

The new director of the Yale University Art Gallery will be Stephanie Wiles, who is currently director of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University. [ARTnews]

Melissa Chiu, the director of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., talked about her career with Time’s The Boss column. “One of the most important contributions museums can make today,” she said, “and one of the goals I have for my own work, is to bring greater attention to the voices of artists who are not yet recognized for the groundbreaking work that they do.” [Time]


A headline that one does not read every day: “Chicago mocks Houston’s new Anish Kapoor sculpture. You won’t believe what happens next.” Teaser: things got pretty heated! [The Architects Newspaper]

Actor and rapper Ice T shared his thoughts on critics. Spoiler: he’s not a fan! [@FINALLEVAL/Twitter]

Public Servants

Paintings by Winston Churchill are currently on view at Heather James Fine Art in Palm Desert, California. Later this year they’ll head to the gallery’s locations in San Francisco and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Painting was a “cathartic hobby” for the Prime Minister, his grandson said. [The Art Newspaper]

Entrepreneur Trevor Traina, son of arts patron Dede Wilsey, who is the president of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s board, has been confirmed as U.S. ambassador to Austria. [San Francisco Chronicle]


Edmonia Lewis was the “first black sculptress to gain fame on both sides of the Atlantic” but details about her life have long remained hazy. Researchers are working to tell her story. [Hyperallergic]

Artist Man Bartlett makes an appearance in this article about the perils, and joys, of deleting Facebook. [Wall Street Journal]

Public Art

Adrian Searle has five big stars for Michael Rakowitz’s Fourth Plinth commission in London’s Trafalgar Square, based on an ancient work destroyed by ISIS: “Riveted together from 10,500 empty Iraqi date-syrup cans, the relief sculpture has a disconcerting exactitude, with its polychrome wing on one side, the sheer gold wall and cuneiform inscription on the other, the god’s implacable face, its ruinous majesty.” [The Guardian]

And here are a number of photographs of the work and its unveiling. [The Daily Mail]

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