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Morning Links: Giant Spider Edition

Jan Vincentsz van der Vinne, A Spider, late 17th or early 18th century, watercolor.

COURTESY METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART

Museums

An enormous Louise Bourgeois spider sculpture will make the rounds at Brazilian institutions over the next year. Normally on view in the atrium of São Paulo’s Museum of Modern Art, the sculpture weighs about 1,540 pounds. [The Art Newspaper]

The Vatican Museums are currently hosting a survey of Russian art, which includes 54 works from Moscow’s Tretyakov Gallery. [The Moscow Times]

Yesterday, the Portland Art Museum in Oregon hosted its annual potluck Christmas dinner, which this year fed hundreds. [KATU]

The Year in Review

Take a look back at various auction records set this year, which saw the world’s most expensive car get sold at auction, among other pricey lots. [ARTnews]

The New York Times has collected some notable quotes from artists of all kinds who died in 2018. Who wouldn’t want to read what Robert Morris had to say about the importance of simplicity? [The New York Times]

Market

Connecticut’s Fernando Alvarez Gallery, whose owner was arrested earlier this year for placing a sculpture resembling a burnt heroin spoon outside Purdue Pharma’s headquarters, will close next month. The gallery’s director said it has plans to reopen elsewhere in a bigger space. [Stamford Advocate]

Changes

Andreas Beitin has been appointed as director of the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg in Germany. The museum’s previous leader, Ralf Beil, departed abruptly amid an internal dispute with the museum’s board. [Artforum]

“ ‘Globalization,’ ‘interconnectivity,’ and ‘diversity’ are more than museum ‘buzzwords’; they are the battles white supremacists are fighting. Thankfully, the Met and other major encyclopedic museums are enacting change,” notes one op-ed. [Hyperallergic]

Collecting

Here’s a guide to figuring out what color the wall behind an artwork should be. [The New York Times]

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