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Morning Links: Dinosaur Fossil Edition

A roughly 66-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex fossil that sold for $8.3 million at Sotheby’s in 1997 to the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.


The Market

Later this month, Tehran will play host to Iran’s first art fair, Teer Art, which will feature 11 exhibitors from the country. The Iranian government says that there are now 150 galleries of contemporary art in the nation, up from ten five years ago. [The Art Newspaper]

The Talent

Lyndel King, who has been director of the Weisman Art Museum at the the University of Minnesotasince 1981, will step down in 2020. She oversaw the opening of the institution’s Frank Gehry-designed home in Minneapolis in 1993. [StarTribune]

Andrea Schlieker, the director of commissions and external projects at White Cube since 2012, has been named director of exhibitions and displays at Tate Britain. [Artforum]

Pamela Williams-Lime, the director of the Trout Museum of Art in Appleton, Wisconsin, is stepping down after six years on the job. [The Post-Crescent]

Market Practices

Julia Halperin reports that the standard auction-house photographs of a young woman posing alongside a lot for sale (often quite awkwardly) may soon not be quite so common: “The world’s two largest auction houses, Christie’s and Sotheby’s, say they are working to ensure a greater diversity in photographs of works destined for the auction block,” she writes. [Artnet News]

Accessions and Deaccessions

Two former trustees of the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, spoke out against the institution’s recent sale of works from its collection by Norman Rockwell, Francis Picabia, and Alexander Calder. [The Berkshire Eagle]


It’s that time of week again: “Show Us Your Wall” in the Times. This week’s subject is collector and philanthropist Charlotte Wagner, who has a great Alice Neel portrait above the fireplace in the Cambridge, Massachusetts, apartment that she shares with her husband, Herbert S. Wagner III. “She invested the time to truly see her subjects and to reflect their humanness in her work,” she said of Neel. “Her work reminds me to always live my values, as she lived hers.” [The New York Times]

The podcast 99% Invisible looks at the history of Emeco’s beloved 10-06 Navy chair (if you don’t know the name, you still know the chair), and the multitude of copies and variants it has spawned. [99% Invisible]

In the Landscape

Annie Godfrey Larmon looks at how climate change is affecting key pieces of Land Art—and thinks about how it should shape our understanding of those works. [Even]

The market for dinosaurs fossils is booming, with speculators paying people to dig up their land and some examples selling for seven figures. [Planet Money]

Earlier this week, a dinosaur fossil sold for $2.36 million at the Aguttes auction house in Paris, “much to the dismay of many paleontologists.” [Live Science]


Here’s a deep dive into Sunday at the Museum, the new resto at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, which also provides an overview of recent trends in museum dining. Fun fact: the museum vetoed chef Deuki Hong’s plans “to install a fermentation room for pickles and condiments—given the centuries-old art on display, there are tight controls on biological materials.” [San Francisco Chronicle]

And More

Through the link below, photographs of Arthur Jafa’s current show at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in New York, which runs through June 10. [Contemporary Art Daily]

Some advice on life from Jeff Koons: “If you trust in yourself, you’re . . . in the position to experience the transcendence and becoming of success.” [The Art Newspaper]

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