Morning Links

Morning Links: Who Is Beyond The Law? Edition

Barbara Kruger, “Know Nothing. Believe Anything. Forget Everything.”



The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum have announced that they will not use money from groups tied to the Saudi government to support programs on Middle Eastern art, responding to the allegations that Saudi operatives killed the dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi earlier this month in Istanbul. [New York Times]

Olu Oguibe’s obelisk Monument to Strangers and Refugees, (2017), which he made for Documenta 14, will officially remain in Kassel, Germany, after months of fighting over its placement. Though it had been installed in the Königsplatz, a central point in town, it will now be installed in the Treppenstraße pedestrian zone. [Artforum]


Simone Leigh has won the 2018 Hugo Boss prize. [ARTnews]

Ara Guler, the Turkish photographer known for capturing his hometown of Istanbul, has died at the age of 90. [New York Times]

The Hans Nefkens Foundation has announced an award for emerging video artists from South Korea. The winner will be picked from a shortlist of 30 artists, and will receive $15,000. [Press Release]

A New York art consultant and a Florida interior designer are alleged to have stolen the identity of an 80-year-old retiree in order to defraud Sotheby’s of $5 million. The FBI claims the two used their victim’s identity to acquire a Mark Rothko for $6.4 million and an Ad Reinhardt for $1.16 million. [AP]

Nasty Women

Barbara Kruger is installing a new version of the mural that she made in 1990 for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. The mural, Untitled (Questions), reads in part: “WHO IS BEYOND THE LAW? WHO IS BOUGHT AND SOLD? WHO IS FREE TO CHOOSE? WHO DOES TIME?” [Los Angeles Times]

Jenny Holzer gets the profile treatment, and speaks about the added impact of her truism “Abuse of power comes as no surprise” in the Trump era. She says of her political work, “It’s not so much left, right, center as it is about what happens to people in the world . . . People do the same ghastly and good things time and time again.” [The Cut]

Friday Reads

Jerry Saltz reviews a new documentary about the art market, The Price of Everything. “Welcome to the art world of 2018.” he writes. “A place of cravenness and tropospheric wealth, yet a world that still provides comfort, safe spaces for people to do their work, take chances, assert themselves, step outside themselves, act, and maybe do ‘something meaningful.’ ” [Vulture]

According to Banksy, his instantly infamous shredding stunt at Sotheby’s in London earlier this month didn’t actually quite go as planned. [The New York Times]

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