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Morning Links: ‘Murky Art World’ Edition

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.



According to a Bloomberg report, despite having a “minimal amount” of money to her name, Angela Gulbenkian was brokering various deals by using a connection with the Lisbon’s Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation—which told Bloomberg it “does not have any relationship” to her. Bloomberg frames the story as one of what can be the “murky art world.” At the center of a new lawsuit is an alleged $1.4 million payment to Gulbenkian from an art advisory firm for a Yayoi Kusama sculpture that never arrived. [Bloomberg]

Nato Thompson’s advice for viewing the Seattle Art Fair, for which he served as artistic director this year: “Breathe. Every art fair should come with a disclaimer for people who walk in and feel confused, like they don’t know what’s going on and they think everybody else knows what’s going on: ‘Nobody understands what’s going on.’ ” [The Seattle Times]

The Talent

Rhana Devenport will be the new director of Adelaide’s Art Gallery of South Australia. In the course of the institution’s 137-year history, Devenport will be its first female director. [Artforum]

Charles Saumarez Smith will leave his position as secretary and chief executive at London’s Royal Academy of Arts to become Blain|Southern gallery’s senior director at the end of this year. [The Art Newspaper]


A Republican politician has called Cheech Marin’s planned center for Chicanx art in California a “stoner art museum,” causing many to react with outrage. [The Press-Enterprise]

According to a certain set of spectators in China, the country’s younger artists aren’t making work that’s very political. Whereas it was once the norm to make sociopolitically inclined art in China, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art director Philip Tinari said, now artists want to think about art as “aesthetic practice.” [The Atlantic]

Shock Value

With a book of the Marquis de Sade’s collected writings having recently been published, have a look at some of the engravings depicting sadism that once accompanied his literature. (They’re NSFW, obviously.) [The Paris Review]

Around New York

An unpublished chapter from The Autobiography of Malcolm X has been bought for $7,000 at auction by the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. [The New York Times]

Jon Caramanica, of the New York Times, calls the Red Bull Arts New York gallery’s Rammellzee show a “bracing survey.” There’s still time to catch the show before it closes in late August. [The New York Times]

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