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Morning Links: Aruna with a View Edition

Aruna D’Souza’s new book.


Aruna with a View

The incisive art writer (and sometime ARTnews contributor) Aruna D’Souza wrote about the controversy around Dana Schutz’s Open Casket painting in the Whitney Biennial, on the occasion of the publication of her new book Whitewalling: Art, Race and Protest in 3 Acts. [The Paris Review]

Turning back the clock a bit, D’Souza talked about her book (and lots more) with former Queens Museum director Laura Raicovich in the latest iteration of “The ARTnews Accord.” [ARTnews]


The day before Robert Indiana’s death, an offshore shell company filed a copyright suit over his enduring “LOVE” sculpture. [CityLab]

“The German Lost Art Foundation said Tuesday it will begin developing guidelines for project funding that will include provenance research in museums, collections, and basic research.” [The Washington Post]

There’s a new high-concept performance piece coming into the world by way of a residency for two artists—Haroon Mirza and Jack Jelfs—at the big CERN Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. [The Guardian]


The five nominees for this year’s Belgian Art Prize withdrew on the grounds that proponents of the process were, as they saw it, “quick to dismiss them all as ‘straight, middle-aged, white, cosmopolitan males.’ ” [Artnet News]

In upstate New York, the beloved Storm King Art Center just opened “Indicators: Artists on Climate Change,” a group show featuring 17 contemporary artists who address the environment in different ways. [National Resources Defense Council]


Art Stage Jakarta 2018 was cancelled amid unrest in Indonesia—but organizers say the fair will return in 2019 after the next presidential election. [The Art Newspaper]

The Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale opens in Japan this summer in July. “Under the overarching principle of ‘human beings are part of nature,’ the festival aims to reveal the latent values of the region using art as a catalyst, communicate these to the world, and find a way to revitalize the region.” [e-flux]


“World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Ocean,” the first major exhibition dedicated to the arts of the Swahili coast in southeastern Africa at the Smithsonian’s African Art Museum, features “a farrago of artisanal splendors.” [Smithsonian]

The proverbial wall of collectors Ron and Ann Pizzuti was shown to the New York Times—with special attention to work by such artists as Titus Kaphar, Simone Leigh, Deana Lawson, Jim Hodges, Josiah McElheny, Tony Oursler, and more. [The New York Times]

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