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Morning Links: George Clinton Edition

George Clinton onstage in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2015.



At the Rockefeller sale last night at Christie’s in New York, a Diego Rivera painting sold for $9.76 million, a record for a work of Latin American art at auction. [ARTnews]

Many of the lots in the Rockefeller sale—like a tea caddy and an armchair—carry modest estimates, and Sopan Deb checked in with some of the people competing for them. [The New York Times]

Earlier this week a Monet painting of Paris’s Gare Saint-Lazare train station sold from the Rockefeller collection, for $32.9 million, at Christie’s in New York. Next month, the house will offer another Monet of the same subject at a London sale, estimated at £22 million to £28 million, or about $29.8 million to $37.9 million. [The Art Newspaper]

The Times column “Show Us Your Wall” ventures to the Hollywood offices of the animation studio Titmouse, which features “an original comic book page from ‘Dune,’ a signed watercolor of the singer George Clinton by Overton Loyd and a thrift store painting of Elvis in various stages in his career.” [The New York Times]


Director Sara Driver discusses her new documentary about the early years of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Boom for Real. [Interview]

The Frida Kahlo Corporation, which licenses the artist’s name and image, has sued her great-niece, arguing that she is falsely claiming to have the right to issue such licenses. [Hyperallergic]


In a wide-ranging interview the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s CEO, Daniel Weiss, when asked about the budget overrun at the Met Breuer, had this to say: “I think we could have done a better job at the beginning of outlining specifically what those goals are and figuring out what it’s really going to cost to run it. . . . But the programming success that we have had is an attestation to the Met’s ability to do interesting work in different contexts.” [Artnet News]

The Boston Globe checks in with the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, which is currently undergoing a $50 million renovation designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects/Partners. [The Boston Globe]

The Talent

The forthcoming Toronto Biennial of Art has tapped Candice Hopkins to be senior curator, Tairone Bastien to be curator, and Ilana Shamoon to be director of programming. [TBA]

Gorey Mania
Jed Perl places Edward Gorey, whose art and art collection are now the subject of a traveling exhibition, among the “creative spirits who take a seigneurial pride in standing somewhat apart from their time.” [The New York Review of Books]

Artist Sam McKinniss writes that “Gorey’s work is possessed by a sick, sophisticated sense of humor unmistakably tied to his famously gothic sensibilities.” [Artforum]

And More

Rob Pruitt’s Flea Market account on eBay is offering a variety of charming birthday cards from the 1960s. (Pruitt’s own birthday is coming up on May 17.) [rpsfleamarket/eBay]

Here are some photographs of Benjamin Reiss’s wild-looking show at Bel Ami in Los Angeles. [Contemporary Art Daily]

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