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Morning Links: Rockefeller Auction Edition

The Rockefeller auction was a “white glove sale” in which all lots sold.



The big Rockefeller sale at Christie’s last night pulled in $646.1 million, with records set for Monet and Matisse and a Picasso that went for $115.1 million. Read a full report of the starry evening at ARTnews. [ARTnews]

Michael D. Cohen, the lawyer for President Donald Trump, reportedly received $1 million from a company with ties to Russian oligarch (and art collector) Viktor Vekselberg. [The New York Times]

In an effort to help develop curators of color, LACMA is collaborating with the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University on a three-year program that combines academic training and work experience for the sake of “a new generation of diverse curators, directors and other museum professionals.” [The New York Times]

News of the Weird

“How video games inspired New Mexico’s wildest art collective.” Consider the wonders of Meow Wolf, which maintains “a 22,000-square-foot interactive space, a Victorian house, four tree houses, and art from more than 135 artists” in Santa Fe. [Variety]

There was a nudist tour of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. The dictates of temperature-control proved an issue. (It was cold!) [The New York Times]

Win Some, Lose Some

Philip Kennicott, the Washington Post’s art and architecture critic, likes the new home for the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. [The Washington Post]

An expansion plan for the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.—”two years delayed and costing some $50 million more than originally planned”—is now scheduled for completion by September 2019. [The Washington Post]


Two teachers at New York’s School of Visual Arts were removed from their duties after allegations of sexual misconduct. [The New York Times]

The Court of Arbitration for Art will launch next month at The Hague for the sake of resolving art disputes. [Artforum]

For Reading Pleasure

The Paris Review introduced a new monthly column, “The Big Picture,” for which Cody Delistraty will travel across Europe and look at art. For the first segment, “Inheriting a Legacy,” he considers “the complex burden placed upon the lovers, close friends, and heirs of famous artists after they die.” (Among those famous artists are Cy Twombly, Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko, and Donald Judd.) [The Paris Review]

“What do we mean when we call art ‘necessary’?” Lauren Oyler takes an interesting turn around a question that pertains to pop-cultural offerings appraised in terms of how necessary (or not) they might be. [The New York Times]

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