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Morning Links: Amerika Edition

Relief from a fallen wall, from the Palace of Apries in Memphis, 589–570 B.C.

COURTESY THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART

Shutdown

Mexican artist Jorge Méndez Blake has installed a wall of his own making at James Cohan Gallery in New York for an exhibition titled “Borders.” Embedded within it is a copy of Franz Kafka’s Amerika. [ARTnews]

In case you missed it, read Hirshhorn Museum board chair Daniel Sallick’s impassioned plea for the arts institutions affected by the ongoing government shutdown. [ARTnews]

Somebody in the Anchorage National Weather Service office took an artful approach to sneaking a hidden political message into a missive about meteorology. [The Washington Post]

Court

“Lawyers for Mary Boone, the veteran art dealer who is facing possible prison time for filing false tax returns, are asking that she be spared incarceration, saying her offenses were the product of trauma, not greed.” [The New York Times]

Dealer Anatole Shagalov and his company Nature Morte have issued a summons against New York’s Paul Kasmin Gallery, claiming $8.5 million in damages after the gallery, the summons contends, “published materials in 2017 falsely alleging an ownership interest in a work of art owned entirely by [Shagalov], and improperly and without legal justification recording a UCC lien on that same artwork.” [The Art Newspaper]

“Accusing Christie’s of bad faith, a South Korean gallery”—the Seoul-based shop One and J—“claims in a pair of lawsuits that the storied auction house sold a Francis Bacon painting at a ‘bargain-basement price.’ ” [Courthouse News]

Big

“Leonardo v. Rembrandt: Who’s the Greatest?” Guardian art critic Jonathan Jones throws down. [The Guardian]

The Shed, the multidisciplinary performance space being built in New York’s Hudson Yards, set an opening date of April 5. Among its early offerings will be “Open Call,” described as ”a project to present the works of 52 New York City-based emerging artists—it recalls MoMA PS1’s quinquennial exhibition ‘Greater New York.'” [The New York Times]

Museums

Former Queens Museum director Laura Raicovich, known for her political engagement, wrote a column titled “Museum Resolution: Dismantle the Myth of Neutrality.” [Walker Art Center Soundboard]

In November, Sunpride Foundation and the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre will present “Asia’s second and largest ever exhibition devoted to LGBTQ art.” [The Art Newspaper]

Tribute

The exhibition “No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man” will be going to the Cincinnati Art Museum in April. “One remaining question is whether, because the Cincinnati exhibit will end the same day that the actual 2019 Burning Man is ending in Nevada, there will be a public event marking that convergence. One local Burning Man veteran, who learned about the Cincinnati exhibit early, has wondered if it might be possible for a coinciding celebratory burning here.” [CityBeat]

Wendy Ramshaw, a pioneering artist who pushed the boundaries of jewelry, sculpture, installation, and design, died at 79. [The Guardian]

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