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Morning Links: Cynicism Edition

Jeff Koons in the new documentary The Price of Everything.



In a new court filing, Larry Gagosian’s attorney said that the collector Steven Tananbaum, who previously sued the dealer and Jeff Koons’s studio for the “non-delivery” of three of the artist’s sculptures, should have expected to wait years to receive the works he agreed to purchase for $13 million. [New York Post]

A. O. Scott reviews The Price of Everything, a new documentary about the contemporary-art market. “But while this colorful and inquisitive cinematic essay on the state of the art world is occasionally skeptical and consistently thoughtful,” he writes, “cynicism isn’t really on its agenda.” [The New York Times]

How did Paul Allen, the cofounder of Microsoft, who died earlier this week at age 65, build his collection? Katya Kazakina has the details. [Bloomberg]


Architect Kulapat Yantrasast, who is designing the new expansion of the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco: “If you’re confident in your work, you don’t always have to be present. You can take a backseat, and let people enjoy their life.” [Hyperallergic]

Unsound, an experimental music and art festival in Krakow, Poland, at which ARTnews presented four talks this year, garnered a rave reaction in the New York Times. [The New York Times]

Around New York

“At just the right moment—the #MeToo moment—[Sarah] Lucas shows us what it’s like to be a strong, self-determining woman,” Martha Schwendener writes in her review of the artist’s New Museum survey. [The New York Times]

More than 20 New York galleries are set to participate in the first edition of LES Art Week, which kicks off on October 17. LMAKgallery’s Bart Keijsers Koning said the event was organized to “show the Lower East Side as the forefront of the art world.” [The Art Newspaper]

New Projects

The duo Elmgreen & Dragset has strewn 100 starfish sculptures around the FIAC art fair in Paris. For the artists, the project refers to climate change. [The New York Times]

Ahead of an Edvard Munch retrospective at Tokyo’s Metropolitan Art Museum, Pokémon has issued a series of cards based on Munch’s The Scream. [Polygon]

Aria Dean on her new exhibition at Chateau Shatto gallery in Los Angeles: “The work has come out of an ongoing interest in the ontological and phenomenological structures of black being, and out of a desire to make art that models or draws on these same structures.” [Artforum]

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