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Morning Links: Harry Styles Edition

A Harry Styles wax figure at Madame Tussauds in Berlin.



Artist Nan Goldin and other activists staged an action at the Harvard Art Museums on Friday afternoon as part of their ongoing efforts to draw attention to allegations that Purdue Pharma and members of the Sackler family have helped fuel the opioid crisis. [ARTnews]

The Market

Dealers of Asian art in the United States are organizing against tariffs of 10 percent that the Trump administration has proposed placing on Chinese art and antiques as part of its ongoing dispute over trade with China. “Ordinarily, there are no customs duties on art or antiques,” one pro-trade group has written. “It is considered in the public interest to bring art and literature to the U.S.” [The Art Newspaper]

Sotheby’s will sell the art, memorabilia, and watches of the late actor Robin Williams and his ex-wife, Marsha Garces Williams, on October 4 in New York. Among the lots is a robe worn by Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001), which carries a low estimate of $10,000. [Bloomberg]


The introduction last week of the Culture Pass program in New York, which allows library cardholders to reserve free tickets to arts institutions, has been met with huge demand. Many institutions sold out quickly, and libraries have seen big increases in applications for cards. [The New York Times]

The Princeton University Art Museum is taking over the historic Bainbridge House in the New Jersey town and will use it as office and gallery space. [The Princeton Packet]

The Art Center of Waco in Texas has named its programming coordinator, Claire Sexton, as its director. [Waco Tribune-Herald]

A museum of sign art will open in Tucson, Arizona, in the fall. [KGUN9]

Remarkable Events

New York dealer David Killen says that he discovered six paintings that he believes are by Willem de Kooning, and one by Paul Klee, after purchasing the contents of an abandoned storage locker in Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey, for $15,000. “Life is full of extraordinary discoveries,” he said. “I’ve paid my dues. I’m ready for membership in the million-dollar club.” [New York Post]


Zadie Smith writes about the artist Henry Taylor: “Taylor thinks primarily in colors, shapes, and lines—he has a spatial, tonal genius.” [The New Yorker]


The beloved Los Angeles Times restaurant critic Jonathan Gold died of pancreatic cancer on Saturday at the age of 57. Gold had studied with, and been an assistant for, Chris Burden, and for a period made visual art. [The New York Times]

In 1998, Gold discussed his performance work with the radio show This American Life. [East of Borneo/TAL]

Anne Olivier Bell, who was involved with rescuing European art from the Nazis during World War II, died. She was 102. [Artforum]


Artist Theaster Gates and musician Harry Styles seem to have met after a Styles concert in the Windy City. Gates wrote: “Harry Styles rocked Chicago! Thank you man for your gift and friendship and vision.” [@theastergates/Instagram]

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