Morning Links

Morning Links: Wilbur Ross Edition




Following the arrest of Bangladeshi photographer Shahidul Alam on charges of making “provocative comments,” for voicing support for student protesters in the capital city of Dhaka, Billy Perrigo takes a look at ongoing efforts to suppress journalism in the country. [Time]

Former colleagues of Commerce Secretary and noted Magritte collector Wilbur Ross allege in various suits that he owes them millions. Forbes takes a deep dive into Ross’s many controversies. [Forbes]


Smithsonian Secretary David J. Skorton spoke about the utility of art—and a wide variety of other topics—with a cast of luminaries: artist María Magdalena Campos-Pons, critic Peter Schjeldahl, Menil Collection director Rebecca Rabinow, and David Marcus, the artistic director of Brooklyn-based theater Blue Box World. The conversation—as a transcript and a video—is available through the link below. [Smithsonian]

Robin Pogrebin looks at how a “growing number of museums are addressing diversity with new urgency.” [The New York Times]

Los Angeles

Carolina Miranda: ‘Art galleries are leaving Boyle Heights, but more anti-gentrification battles loom on the horizon.’ [Los Angeles Times]

A look at proposed changes to zoning in Boyle Heights, also by Miranda. [Los Angeles Times]

The Famous

Singer Ellie Goulding has gotten engaged to Caspar Jopling, who is the nephew of British art dealer and White Cube gallery founder Jay Jopling, and who works in corporate development and strategy at Sotheby’s in New York. [W]

Actor and musician Will Smith—not to be confused with Art in America Editor Will Smith—mused on an age-old question for his Instagram followers: “What is art?” [@willsmith/Instagram]

A scholar thinks most of the $450 million painting Salvator Mundi, attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, might actually have been painted by Leonardo assistant Bernardino Luini. [The Guardian]


After Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s floating sculpture, The London Mastaba (2018), is removed from the Serpentine Lake in London next month, Christo will fund a variety of ecological projects for the lake. [Artnet News]

This past weekend, the M Woods museum in Beijing hosted a cat adoption day as part of Beijing Adoption Day. [The Art Newspaper]

Flashback: In 2012, artist Darren Bader included cats in his MoMA PS1 exhibition that were available for adoption from the SaveKitty Foundation. [Artforum]

The Talent

The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art has named Vanessa Houser as its new director. She was previously in charge of fundraising at the Western Region of Children’s Miracle Network at Geisinger Health System and will be SAMA’s first female director. [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]

Alaina Claire Feldman will step down as director of exhibitions at Independent Curators International to become director of the Mishkin Gallery at CUNY Baruch. [CUNY Press Release]

Bonus Section

Here are photographs of Torey Thornton’s current show at Jeffrey Stark in New York. [Contemporary Art Daily]

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