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Morning Links: Not-So-Old Scrolls Edition

Installation view of “The World of Jesus of Nazareth” permanent exhibit, at the Museum of the Bible, Washington, D.C. The museum removed some of its Dead Sea Scrolls from public view because “one may conclude that they are fake.”



Jim Carrey, actor turned artist, has a Maccarone gallery show in Los Angeles, so why not read a Los Angeles Times profile of him? Here’s what Michele Maccarone, the gallery’s owner, has to say about Carrey: “He’s a self-taught artist and there’s so much value in that.” [Los Angeles Times]

After making stops in Toronto and Tel Aviv, an “unauthorized” Banksy exhibition will touch down in Miami, where it will be on view during Art Basel week. Tickets cost at least $35.99. []

A Controversy in Saudi Arabia

Amid a controversy surrounding the disappearance and killing of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Russia is planning to stage a big Wassily Kandinsky show in Saudi Arabia. Though not yet scheduled, the show may align with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Riyadh. [The Art Newspaper]

Past Imperfect

After analyzing its Dead Sea Scrolls, the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C. has removed some of them from display because “one may conclude they are fake.” [The New York Times]

More than 6,000 people have signed a petition that calls for the replacement of a Martin Luther King, Jr. public sculpture in Buffalo, New York, alleging that the work doesn’t bear enough of a likeness to King. [The Root]


For a project that will be shown outside the New York Public Library in September 2019, Marc Quinn will collect the blood of more than 5,000 people—some of them refugees, some of them celebrities—and place them in two cubes. He aims to raise $30 million, to be put toward organizations benefitting refugee-support organizations. [The Guardian]

According to one report, the market for Italian Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi, famous for her violent scenes of female domination, is taking off. It’s possible that “the #MeToo movement has played a role in the current interest in her work,” curator Judith W. Mann said. [Artsy]

The Future

The Art Institute of Chicago has made 44,313 images available under Creative Commons Zero license. [Artnet News]

The Sundance Institute has named its Art of Nonfiction grantees and fellows, with artists Kevin Jerome Everson, Sky Hopinka, LaToya Ruby Frazier, and Leilah Weinraub among them. [Indiewire]

Correction 10/26/18, 11:40 a.m.: An earlier version of this article stated that Marc Quinn is seeking to raise $30 million for the execution of his new project. In fact, those funds will be put toward charities related to supporting refugees. The post has been updated to reflect this.

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