Morning Links

Morning Links: Baby Duck Edition

Theo van Hoytema, Ducks, 1873–1917.


The Market

Christie’s started the auction week in New York with a tepid Impressionist-modern sale that brought in $279.3 million, down sharply from the haul at the same event last year. Judd Tully has the full report. [ARTnews]

The Paris auction house Tajan is planning to offer a newly discovered double-sided Leonardo drawing for an estimated €30 million to €60 million euros (about $34 million to $68 million) in June. [The New York Times]

The Talent

Joining the board of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles are Adrian Cheng, Marina Kellen French, Simon Mordant, Sean Parker, and Julia Stoschek. [ARTnews]


John Leland profiled Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, the impossible-to-categorize artist who is battling chronic myelomonocytic leukemia. “When you’ve got a terminal illness, you think about what your legacy might be,” P-Orridge said. “My only answer is, we would hope that it would inspire people to see that they can do a life totally as they would like it to unfold.” [The New York Times]

Trevor Paglen’s satellite artwork, Orbital Reflector, is set to be launched aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara, California, on November 19. [Reno Gazette Journal]

Neil Genzlinger: “Oskar Rabin, a painter who was at the center of a group of dissident artists who defied the Soviet authorities in the 1960s and ’70s, died on Wednesday in Florence, Italy. He was 90.” [The New York Times]

Street art pioneer Blek le Rat has been tapped to paint six buildings in Waco, Texas. [Waco Tribune-Herald]


As part of efforts by museums in the Netherlands to study their behavior during World War II, the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam has identified 30 pieces with “questionable provenance,” meaning that they may have been looted or sold under duress. [The New York Times]

Melissa Gronlund on the new Jameel Arts Centre: “It’s almost mad, given the level of production here, that Dubai hasn’t had an art institution on this level before.” [The National]

The Berkshire Eagle notes that the job listing for a new director at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, makes no mention of the “New Vision,” a controversial plan for renovations and a shift in focus that involved the museum selling works from its collection. [The Berkshire Eagle]

The Hyde Collection in Glen Falls, New York, is currently showing a page from a Gutenberg Bible. [Crux]

The Critics

Anthony Lane looks at the rich history of Vincent van Gogh on film on the occasion of the release of Julian Schnabel’s new biopic, At Eternity’s Gate. “So far, there’s no sign of a van Gogh zombie flick, and Vincent has yet to join the Guardians of the Galaxy,” Lane writes. “Give him time.” [The New Yorker]

Peter Schjeldahl on the Whitney Museum’s Andy Warhol retrospective: “Love or hate him (I love him, if only because, coming of age as I did in the nineteen-sixties, I imprinted on him like a baby duck), he is not escapable.” [The New Yorker]


Here are photographs of Amy Lien and Enzo Camacho’s current exhibition at the Kunstverein Freiburg in Germany. [Contemporary Art Daily]

New Yorkers, take note! The annual Holiday Train Show opens at the New York Botanical Garden this coming Saturday, November 17. [NYBG]

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