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Morning Links: Extinction Edition

Ernest Edwards, An extinct moulin, ca. 1850, in or before 1866, published in Hereford Brooke George’s The Oberland and Its Glaciers: Explored and Illustrated with Ice-axe and Camera (1866). Click to enlarge.


The Market

Judd Tully reports from the opening of Frieze London, where dealers like Kavi Gupta, David Zwirner, and Jack Shainman were notching up sales. [ARTnews]

Advertising entrepreneur Free Richardson and Yasiin Bey—the rapper once known as Mos Def—have opened a gallery in the South Bronx called the Compound. Up first is a solo show by Jonathan Mannion, who “has been something of hip-hop’s house photographer since the ’90s,” Max Lakin writes. [The New York Times]


In an essay for the catalogue accompanying the Bill Traylor now on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kerry James Marshall writes, “I wonder, given the differential experience of black and white people in America historically, as well as the absence of a truly independent Black philosophical system that codifies artistic values, if it is possible that even black Americans and white Americans observing from the same social strata really see the same thing when they look at the creations of . . . institutionally minted ‘modern’ black artists,” like Thornton Dial Sr., William Edmondson, and Traylor.

For Harper’s Bazaar, Kimberly Drew spoke with Mickalene Thomas, who contributed new portraits of her partner, Racquel Chevremont. [Harper’s Bazaar]

Pierre Huyghe interviewed Hans Ulrich Obrist, who said, “I want to resist extinction every day, be that through exhibition-making or through campaigning to save handwriting on Instagram.” [The Art Newspaper]


After a devastating fire last month at Brazil’s National Museum in Rio de Janeiro, efforts are being undertaken to chart a way forward for the institution, including a crowdfunding campaign, a temporary show of artifacts that survived the damage, and work stabilizing the rubble. [Smithsonian]

Some curators have defended Luke Willis Thompson, the Turner Prize nominee some activists have criticized for his focus on violence against black people in his work. [The Art Newspaper]

Helsinki’s Ateneum Art Museum, which focuses on Finnish art from the 19th century up to the 1960s, will start showing more modern and contemporary art, according to its new director, Marja Sakari, who’s joined the institution from the nearby Kiasma contemporary art museum. [YLE]

After being closed for more than two years for construction work, the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art at the University of Indiana in Bloomington is scheduled to reopen next fall. [Indiana Daily Student]

The Talent

Hanh Ho, who owns Cydonia Gallery in Dallas, has been hired as curator of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona. [Phoenix Times]

The Milwaukee Art Museum has hired Nikki Otten as associate curator of prints and drawings. She’s joining MAM from the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, where she was a curatorial fellow. [Artforum]

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