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Morning Links: Chris Christie Portrait Edition

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Drama

Jeff Koons and Gagosian are being sued by collector Steven Tananbaum after Tananbaum allegedly failed to receive three Koons sculptures he purchased. The suit claims “fraudulent financial routine that harkens the name Ponzi.” Tananbaum purchased one of the sculptures all the way back in 2013. [ARTnews]

A fountain in Kalamazoo, Michigan, is slated for removal after the community rallied to point out its racial implications. The modernist fountain depicts an armed white settler crowding over a Native American. [Hyperallergic]

The Bath Museum was robbed yesterday, and a haul of Chinese antiquities is now missing from the English museum. [The Art Newspaper]

New Jersey governor Chris Christie has chosen the portraitist that he’ll sit for once he leaves office: Australian painter Paul Newton. The portrait will reportedly cost more than any other governor’s portrait has ever cost, as Newton is typically commissioned by royalty.   [North Jersey]

Friday Reads

A feature on Faraday Okoro, the Nigerian filmmaker who won the Tribeca Film Festival’s million-dollar grant, describes his film “Nigerian Prince,” completed with guidance from Spike Lee. [New York Times]

An essay on Berenice Abbott, Jazz-Age photographer, goes deep on her collaborative relationship with Man Ray. [The New York Review of Books ]

Learn more about Arturo Galansino, the innovative director general of Italy’s Palazzo Strozzi. He’s been combining the Old Masters with contemporary works by the likes of Louise Bourgeois, Ai Wei Wei, and Jeff Koons.  [The Economist]

Pop Culture

Which David Bowie subway pass did you snag? The MTA released five limited-edition passes in collaboration with the Brooklyn Museum yesterday, and lines to get them haven’t been so long since the Barbara Kruger edition. [Gothamist]

According to his Twitter novel, Kanye West will be releasing two new albums, the first one June 1, then a collaboration with Kid Cudi on June 8.  [New York Times]

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