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Morning Links: Cocktail Shakers That Look Like Skyscrapers Edition

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Almost all of the students in Columbia University’s MFA Visual Arts program—51 students of 54 in the class—are demanding full-tuition refunds due to decrepit facilities and absentee instructors. The cost of tuition for the 2017-2018 year is $63,961. [Hyperallergic]

Two of three works controversially pulled from the Guggenheim Museum’s recent Chinese art survey in New York will be on view in the show’s next iteration at the Guggenheim in Bilbao. [Artnet News]

Two months ago, ARTnews reported that the Guggenheim was in the process of acquiring one of the pieces it removed from the New York iteration of the survey, Xu Bing’s A Case Study of Transference (1994), a video of a performance piece that shows two pigs—one stamped with false Chinese characters, the other stamped with false English words—mating. [ARTnews]

The New York Times has the story of a “disconcerting discovery made by a small art museum in the South of France: More than half of the works in its collection were fakes.” [The New York Times]


Architecture critic Martin Filler penned an appreciation of “Cult of the Machine: Precisionism and American Art” at San Francisco’s de Young Museum and its “cocktail shakers that look like skyscrapers, skyscrapers that look like cocktail shakers, paintings that resemble photographs, cars reminiscent of zeppelins.” [New York Review of Books]

At Tate Modern in London, “Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art” is an “epic exhibition” that shows “how masters from Man Ray and Mondrian to Maya Rochat transformed reality in their laboratory-like dark rooms and studios.” [The Guardian]

The Paris Review has a rich array of images from a new 300-page monograph devoted to the self-taught Czech artist (and onetime dental technician!) Anna Zemánková. [The Paris Review]

At its gala in New York last night, Bomb magazine announced plans to raise $15 million over the next three years for an endowment. A total of 25 artists and estates, including Jasper Johns, Vik Muniz, R. H. Quaytman, and Amy Sillman, have said they will help out. [ARTnews]


“The Artsy Vanguard is a new, annual list of the most influential talents shaping the future of contemporary art practice.” [Artsy]

Page Six checked in on the opening of John Mellencamp’s new exhibition at ACA Galleries in New York. “Guests at the Waverly Inn dinner included Michael Avedon, Lorraine Bracco, Ricky Clifton, Alex Coslov, Drew Hauser, Omar Hernandez, Charlotte Kidd, Tim Okamura, Bruce Resnikoff, Amy Sacco, Oberon Sinclair and John Sykes.” [Page Six]


The artist Sam McKinniss got a banana with a strange sticker. [Twitter]

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