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Morning Links: Increasingly Fake Edition

Anna Uddenberg, Cutesy Counts, 2015, mixed media.



Anna Uddenberg discusses her sculptures, which combine models of female bodies and furniture in a state where “everything is becoming increasingly fake.” [Vulture]

At the University of North Carolina Charlotte, a figure could be seen hanging from a tree by a noose. That figure caused an uproar on campus—and it now turns out that it was a “student of color’s final art project.” [The Charlotte Observer]


The Los Angeles Times’s editorial board urges institutions and collectors to start the process of returning Nazi-looted art. “It’s the responsibility of all museums, art galleries, auction houses, and collectors to establish provenance before they purchase a work, and to take steps to determine whether the work they hold could have been stolen,” they write. [Los Angeles Times]

Nestled deep in a new profile of Ellen DeGeneres is word that she and her partner, the actress Portia de Rossi, own works by Tracey Emin, Richard Serra, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. [The New York Times]


Ahead of opening his show at the Whitney Museum this weekend, Kevin Beasley, a self-described “weird scientist,” discusses his new work, which features a century-old gin motor as its centerpiece. [The New York Times]

Mike Nelson, who previously represented Britain at the 2011 Venice Biennale, has been commissioned to create a large-scale work for Tate Britain’s central galleries. [The Guardian]

The St. Louis Art Museum has acquired a small Caspar David Friedrich landscape for $2.75 million. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

The Talent

The Fondazione Merz in Italy has named the 2019 nominees for its Mario Merz Prize for art and music. [ARTnews]

The Portland, Oregon–based organization Convergence 45 has named Lisa Dent as the artistic director of its 2018–20 program. Dent is currently director of cultural production at the New York arts center Powerhouse Workshop. [Press Release]

Nino Mier Gallery, of Los Angeles and Cologne, Germany, now represents Blair Saxon-Hill, who earlier this week was named a winner of a Joan Mitchell Foundation grant. [Press Release]

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