Morning Links

Morning Links: Stolen Jade Artifacts Edition

A large hunk of jade. (Not stolen.)



The Wall Street Journal looks at how collector and D.C. power broker Tony Podesta “lost it all.” For a while, his now-shuttered firm, the Podesta Group, was paying part of his curator’s salary, and he billed the company more than $300,000 to rent works from his collection. [The Wall Street Journal]

Flashback: in late 2016, when emails surfaced showing Marina Abramovic inviting Podesta to “a Spirit Cooking dinner at my place,” a truly bizarre conspiracy theory was hatched in right-wing media. [ARTnews]


Tate’s newly opened archives reveal the board discussions that led to the creation of Tate Modern and Tate Britain. On the eve of the U.K. signing the Maastricht Treaty to join the European Union, one trustee, Gilbert de Botton, suggested that a separate institution for British art “in the context of increasing Europeanisation might no longer be appropriate” [The Art Newspaper]

Cristina Ruiz reports that, early on Tuesday morning, “four masked men broke into a museum in south-west England and stole precious jade and gold artifacts as well as many other items.” [The Art Newspaper]


Sheila Hicks and Anicka Yi chatted recently about scent, art conservation, and their practices. “Honestly, I don’t expect my work to survive 100 years,” Hicks said. “Let it perish if it’s perishable. It’s like an emotion. Can you preserve an emotion for 100 years?” [Interview]

Eleven works by the great James Castle (1899–1977) were discovered in crevices in his onetime home in Boise, Idaho, which is being converted into a cultural center. “I think everyone’s reaction in the room was pretty hushed,” Byron Folwell, an architect involved in the project said, adding, “We were kind of in awe. There wasn’t a lot of exuberant yelling.” [The New York Times]

Elliott Puckette has a show coming up at Paul Kasmin in New York. Merrell Hambleton visits her studio.
[T: The New York Times Magazine of Style]


Someone has been putting up fake advertisements for President Trump’s embattled personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, on New York City subways. The “sassy posters”—as AM New York terms it—even feature a link to a working website. “Got problems?” the copy reads. “Call The Fixer.” [AM New York]


ArtPrize, the annual art competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has named the jurors for its upcoming tenth edition. They include CCA Wattis curator Kim Nguyen, for the outstanding venue category; Carmen Hermo, for installation work; and ARTnews‘s own Alex Greenberger, in the time/performance-based category. [ArtPrize]

And More!

Please enjoy these photographs of Erika Verzutti’s recent show at Misako & Rosen in Tokyo. [Contemporary Art Daily]

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