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Morning Links: Damien Hirst in Las Vegas Edition

Damien Hirst in front of one of his spot paintings in 2012.


Recent Unveilings

Last week, the National Museum of the American Indian in New York opened its new imagiNATIONS Activity Center, which provides a space for elementary, middle, and high school students to learn about native peoples’ mathematical and scientific innovations. [The New York Times]

The central bar at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas has a new centerpiece: Damien Hirst’s 1999 sculpture of a shark divided into three parts and submerged in formaldehyde. The hotel bought the work, titled The Unknown (Explored, Explained, Exploded), from the artist. Hirst also designed all of the bar’s accoutrement—from the napkins to the cocktail stirrers—and nine of his spot paintings are on display near the shark. [Los Angeles Times]

Here are some views of Joan Miró’s country home, studio, and gardens, situated outside of Barcelona. [Vogue]

Demolition & Ephemera

Midcentury murals in Mexico City will be preserved after they’re extricated from their current home—a building damaged beyond repair after two earthquakes. [Hyperallergic]

Photographer Francesco Pergolesi captured the quaint storefronts and cluttered work spaces of artisans in the small Italian town where he grew up, and his work is on view at Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago. [Atlas Obscura]

New Frontiers

Helen Rosner considers 24-karat golden hot wings that are served at the Ainsworth restaurant in New York, Hoboken, and Newark—and the history of extravagant eating. She writes, “The megaphone of social media has allowed the recreational ingestion of gold to reach its peak as a form of conspicuous consumption.” [The New Yorker]

A new concentration at NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts, which focuses on time-based media conservation, launches this fall. Jillian Steinhauer details the year-long program and efforts by other art institutions and museums to tackle the latest technologies in art making, curation, and presentation. [The Art Newspaper]


A new study, “The Glass Runway,” examines gender imbalances in the fashion industry and works to present a solution. The study, conducted by the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Glamour, and McKinsey & Company, cites rather troubling statistics, like “only 14 percent of major brands are run by a female executive.” [The New York Times]

Germany has returned nine objects—including masks, a baby basket, and a wooden idol—to indigenous peoples in Alaska. These artifacts were taken illegally from a grave site during the 19th century. [Artforum]

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