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Morning Links: Controversial Ai Weiwei Selfie Edition

Ai Weiwei and Alternativ für Deutschland parliamentary leader Alice Weidel.


Ways of Ai Weiwei

Ai Weiwei responded to Vanity Fair’s “Proust Questionnaire.” Maybe we shouldn’t trust his answers, though. Asked when he might lie, Ai replied: “When interviewed by Vanity Fair.” [Vanity Fair]

Meanwhile, Ai has been saddled with controversy yet again, this time after Alice Weidel, the parliamentary leader of the German conservative political party Alternativ für Deutschland, posted a selfie with him to Twitter. [Frieze]


Crain’s investigates the strange case of the Solow Art and Architecture Foundation, a nonprofit in New York that plays home to works from developer Sheldon Solow’s art collection. But the exhibition space is reportedly never open to the public, even though it’s been reaping the benefits of tax breaks afforded to nonprofits. [Crain’s New York]

Speculation has commenced over the current owner of Amedeo Modigliani’s painting Nu couché (sur le côté gauche), which is expected to sell for more than $150 million at Sotheby’s next month. The Observer reports that the seller may be John Magnier, who bought it for $26.9 million in 2003. [The Observer]

Playing It Cool

Berlin is luring artists from all over the world, from Trevor Paglen to Sean Scully. Paglen explains that his decision to move there from New York was partly because of the cost (just $1,200 a month for his studio) and partly because of the energy of the art community there. [The New York Times]

Artist Eric N. Mack and Metropolitan Museum of Art social media manager Kimberly Drew have made the “Dazed 100” list, a “definitive guide to the people whose moment is now.” [Dazed]

The First Family

Did Melania Trump and Brigitte Macron make a good impression by visiting an exhibition of Paul Cézanne portraits at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.? You be the judge. [The Washington Post]

Gallerist Emmanuel Perrotin was one of the attendees at a dinner honoring French president Emmanuel Macron that was hosted by Donald Trump. [Instagram]


The Institute of Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University has opened. Its first show is “Declaration,” a group show that features “challenging art that foregrounds provocative social questions.” [Hyperallergic]

Adrian Piper, whose work is currently the subject of a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, is not a fan of her Wikipedia page. She’s created her own version of her entry and posted it to her website. [Artnet News]

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