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Morning Links: Frank Sinatra Edition

A chanteur of an earlier era, as shown in Julie de Graag’s drawing Don José presenteert Carmen zijn borst, scène uit de derde acte van de opera Carmenc. 1894.

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The Market

Discussing his plans for his Los Angeles gallery, which opens later this month with an Ai Weiwei show, dealer Jeffrey Deitch said that while some succeeded in “driving me out” of his role as director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in the city in 2013, that was “not enough to topple my mission. This is like a museum-type space; I don’t need the board and all that trouble. I can do whatever I want here. I have zero bitterness. I love L.A.” [Los Angeles Times]

Around 300 objects once owned by Frank Sinatra and his fourth wife, Barbara, who died last year, will be sold by Sotheby’s. [Bloomberg]

Artists

To return to Ai Weiwei, the artist said during a talk that he plans to move to New York but he’ll live upstate, not in the city. “New York City is quite exciting, but not for the old men like me,” Ai said. “We walk too slow on the street, you know.” [The Art Newspaper]

The five finalists to design a memorial for Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King in Boston are: Yinka Shonibare; Hank Willis Thomas with MASS Design Group; David Adjaye and Adam Pendleton with FuturePace; Barbara Chase-Riboud with Michael Rosenfeld Gallery; and Krzysztof Wodiczko, Julian Bonder and Maryann Thompson Architects. [WBUR]

Cinema

The Fondazione Prada in Milan is hosting a conversation with directors Spike Lee and Dee Rees, curator Okwui Enwezor, and artist Theaster Gates, who has organized screenings of films about black life in the United States as part of his just-opened exhibition there. [The Hollywood Reporter]

R.I.P.

The storied French cultural theorist Paul Virilio has died at the age of 86. [Artforum]

Joseph D. Ketner II, who was chief curator of the Milwaukee Art Museum from 2005 to 2008, has died of cancer at the age of 62. [Journal Sentinel]

As part of its effort to publish obituaries for people it previously overlooked, the New York Times ran one for artist Ana Mendieta, who died in 1985 at the age of 36. [The New York Times]

Money

Reporters Tom Wright and Bradley Hope discussed Billion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the World, their new book about Jho Low, the businessman and art collector (he appeared on the ARTnews Top 200 Collectors list in 2014 and 2015) who has been accused of stealing billions from a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund, and whose whereabouts are currently unknown to the public. [Vice]

Justice

In 2012, Golf Digest ran an essay by, and profile of, Valentino Dixon, an artist who makes astonishing drawings of golf courses, despite never having played the game. At the time, Dixon was serving a sentence of 39 years to life on a murder charge, but while reporting the magazine raised questions about his guilt, and his conviction has now been vacated.
[Golf Digest]

Here’s Dixon describing his work six years ago: “I use a photograph as a starting point and then morph the image in my own way. Sometimes I’ll find a tiny piece of reference material, like a tree on a stamp or mountains on a calendar, and then imagine my own golf course with it. I find the challenge of integrating these visions very rewarding.” [Golf Digest]

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