Morning Links

Morning Links: 67 Dinner Sets Edition

Not a dinner set, but rather an English wicker picnic hamper from the early 20th century, being sold at Christie’s from the Rockefeller Collection. Its estimate: $5,000 to $10,000.


Auction Action

Kelly Crow previews the upcoming sale of the Rockefeller Collection at Christie’s, which could be the first estate auction to top $1 billion. The lots include works by Picasso, Hopper, and O’Keeffe, as well as “67 porcelain dinner services, including a Sèvres set that Napoleon had taken with him in exile on Elba.” Something for everyone. [The Wall Street Journal]

Museum Directors

Andrea K. Scott takes the measure of Max Hollein, who has been tapped to be the new director of the Metropolitan Musuem of Art in New York. [The New Yorker]

Everyone is wondering: Will Philippe Vergne continue on as director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles? The Hollywood Hills manse that he and his wife, Sylvia Chivaratanond, have lived in is on the market for $4 million. No one is commenting. [Los Angeles Times]

Carol Cadou has been hired as the new director and CEO of the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library in Delaware. [Delaware Public Media]


Critic Sebastian Smee writes about women artists, like Marisol and Sheila Hicks, who have not yet gotten proper recognition in the United States. [The Washington Post]

Artist Hans Van de Bovenkamp discussed his art collection and his life for the “Show Us Your Wall” column in the Times. “I also have gotten to know so many artists who became friends,” he said. “Some have passed away, like de Kooning. “Bill and I were neighbors in the Springs—and friends when he was sober.” [The New York Times]


Lonely Planet takes a look at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum’s new cafe, which is called Sunday at the Museum. (It’s actually open every day but Monday.) There is Korean fried chicken, as well as avocado toast (on Japanese bread). [Lonely Planet]

New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells goes on the attack against ice cream sundaes in his most recent column, which also features luscious photographs of very large ice cream sundaes. [The New York Times]


On May 12, dealer Larry Gagosian will be one of the recipients of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, which celebrates “individuals who have made it their mission to share their wealth of knowledge, indomitable courage, boundless compassion, unique talents, and selfless generosity with those less fortunate.” [Asbarez]

And More!

Please enjoy these photographs of Qiu Zhijie’s current show at the Lund Konsthall in Sweden. [Contemporary Art Daily]

Today at 1 p.m. Eastern Time, Nicki Minaj will release two new songs. [UPI]

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