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Morning Links: Elbowed Picasso Edition

Pablo Picasso, Le Marin, 1943.


Around New York

A life-size rhinoceros by Urs Fischer is coming to Midtown Manhattan this week as part of an exhibition by the artist called “Things,” organized by the Gagosian Gallery. [The New York Times]

Charles Ray, the Los Angeles–based sculptor, has a new show at Matthew Marks Gallery. Here’s a look at his process and some of his new work. [The New York Times]

On the shortcomings of the Guggenheim’s recent two-day event called “Culture and Its Discontents,” which was meant to address recent controversies, debates, and protests surrounding the museum and other cultural institutions. [Hyperallergic]

Auction Buzz

Steve Wynn, once again, has damaged a work by Picasso on his hands. In 2006, Wynn accidentally put his elbow through his Picasso painting Le Rêve (1932). “The nature or extent of the damage” to Le Marin (1943) was not made known to Bloomberg, but the painting has withdrawn from auction this week. It was valued at $70 million. [Bloomberg]

An examination of shifting prices of big-ticket items in the art market. [The Wall Street Journal]

Repatriation & Restitution

An exhibition titled “Looted Art? Provenance Research on the Collections of the MKG” at the Hamburg Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe puts the institution’s Benin bronzes on full view. The museum, however, has no current plans to return the artifacts to Nigeria. [The Art Newspaper]

A report commissioned by former French culture minister Audrey Azoulay found that France has exhibited “a lack of communication and transparency” and “weak responses and inaction” when it comes to returning Nazi-looted art. [Artforum]


British architect Will Alsop died on Saturday at age 70. He is best known for his design of Peckham Library in London. [The Architect’s Newspaper]

On the Move

The Jade Buddha, which has been on tour for the last decade, will travel to the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, a sacred Buddhist monument, in Bendigo, Australia, and there the statue will remain. [The Guardian]

Beyoncé donated her Glenn Spiro ‘Papillon’ ring to the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and it went on view last week. [Hyperallergic]

Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s St. Bibiana lost her right ring finger in transit from the Galleria Borghese to the main altar of the Church of Santa Bibiana in Rome. [The New York Times]


Behold photographer Michael Northrup’s intimate, dreamy portraits of his wife, Pam. Noting the couple’s divorce in 1988, Alexandra Schwartz writes, “In a sense, he has traded places with the viewer, who, coming fresh to these old pictures, encounters a long-vanished relationship for the first time.” [The New Yorker]

Two artists have been recreating iconic photographs in the form of miniature models for about six years, and they’ve released a new book showcasing their work. [Atlas Obscura]

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