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Morning Links: Gritty Edition

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Galleries LambdaLambdaLambda, of Prishtina, Kosovo; Lulu, of Mexico City; Misako & Rosen, of Tokyo; and Park View/Paul Soto, of Brussels and Los Angeles have teamed up to form an outpost in Brussels, Belgium. [ARTnews]

Shan Goshorn, a Cherokee multimedia artist known for her progressive look at the craft of basket-weaving, died in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The artist was 61 years old. [New York Times]

Moscow residents are protesting Garage Museum’s involvement with controversial real estate development firm, PIK Group, which is known for allegedly “misleading clients, misinforming the public, falsifying documents, and moving ahead with construction projects despite environmental concerns,” according to a petition. [Artforum]

Prominent Voices

Vanessa Friedman, fashion director and chief fashion critic for The Times reflects on the culture of haute couture: “It’s about using this particular craft form as a wormhole into what’s going on in the world. The gowns themselves may not seem that relevant. But the issues they raise are.” [New York Times]

Artforum Editor-in-Chief David Velasco speaks with Artspace on why he decided to make hockey mascot “Gritty” the magazine’s cover star: “We’re going into 2019! I hope that Gritty and all the things associated with Gritty win.” (If you don’t follow the memes, don’t worry, it’s all explained.) [Artspace]

Roberta Smith reviews The Met’s “Epic Abstraction: Pollock to Herrera,” expressing disappointment with the show’s lack of creativity. “It represents a lack of vision that has, on and off for decades, plagued the Met’s collecting of recent art,” she writes. “Fixing it will take money, courage and commitment from several levels of the institution’s hierarchy.” [New York Times]

Goings On

This week, the Royal Academy presents “Art Is Part of the Equation,” featuring art made by the Art Club, an outreach program for people struggling with homelessness and mental health issues.
[The Art Newspaper]

A Manhattan judge has dismissed artist Robert Cenedella’s $100 million case against New York’s top arts institutions, alleging that said institutions are involved in a “pay-to-play” scheme with New York’s top galleries. When asked whether the suit was a performance piece, Cenedella’s lawyer said “Our client is looking to make it an even playing field for all artists…I wouldn’t say it’s a performance.”
[Hyperallergic]

The controversy continues in the small town/adopted hometown of Judy Chicago, Belen, New Mexico, which is in heavy dispute over whether to open up a museum dedicated to Chicago. The mayor is offering his salary to kickstart it, but locals object. [Albuquerque Journal]

‘Tis the season for some kitschy photos of American Christmas scenery, this time by photographer Jesse Rieser.
[Artsy]

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