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Morning Links: Amaro Edition

A “Four Seasons” enamel liqueur service from around 1710 by silversmith Elias Adam, with enamels attributed to Johann Jacob Priester I that are based on copper engravings by Jean-Baptiste de Poilly after paintings by Pierre Mignard.

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Artists

Paul and Damon McCarthy will premiere two wild-sounding new Westerns in Los Angeles during Frieze. [ARTnews]

Through his Sky High Farm in Upstate New York, Dan Colen has been working with “local food banks and Food Bank for New York City to bring good, healthy food to people without access to it.” [Garage]

Thessaly La Force spoke with Hiroshi Sugimoto about the 7,700-square-foot apartment he designed in Manhattan. [T: The New York Times Style Magazine]

Kevin Beasley gets the video treatment from Art21 in a profile that goes behind the scenes of his multifarious practice. [Art21]

Museums

In order to save money, the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture in Spokane, Washington, has taken steps to lay off five employees. [The Spokesman-Review]

Next month, the Ford Foundation will open a gallery at its famed Midtown headquarters, which was designed by Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates and recently renovated. [ARTnews]

Drexel University is reportedly in talks to acquire the collection of the Philadelphia History Museum, which suspended its operations last year as the result of funding cutbacks from the city. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Meet Brian Houck, the grounds and gardens manager at the Getty Center, whose duties include caring for Robert Irwin’s Central Garden (1997), a work that contains north of 500 plants. [Artsy]

The Market

Christie’s reported that its sales totaled $7 billion last year, the biggest number it’s ever rung up. [The Art Newspaper]

Food and Drink

Big news regarding dining options at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: New York chef John Fraser has created five dishes for the museum’s dining room and its Balcony Bar in the Great Hall has been redone with a new focus: amaro beverages. [The New York Times]

Restaurant critic Pete Wells offers advice on how to lodge complaints with restaurants instead of releasing anger via review sites. [The New York Times]

The Most Serene Republic

Belu Simion Fainaru, Dan Mihaltianu and Miklos Onucsan will rep Romania at at the Venice Biennale this year, in a show curated by art historian Cristian Nae. [The Art Newspaper]

Cosmos Shiridzinomwa and Georgina Maxim have been confirmed to represent Zimbabwe at the big show. [The Art Newspaper]

The Talent

Jessica Levin Martinez, the head of the Division of Academic and Public Programs at the Harvard Art Museums, has been picked to be the next director of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. [Ithaca Journal]

The Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto has selected Rosina Buckland to be its curator of Japanese art and culture. [Artforum]

Potpourri

A new podcast called Promise No Promises! has been released by the Women’s Center for Excellency, a collaboration between the Art Institute at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basel and the Instituto Susch. Chus Martínez and Quinn Latimer are at the helm. [e-flux]

Texas Congressman and potential presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke apparently once worked as an art handler in New York—”a Picasso here, a samurai sword there,” Matt Flegenheimer reported. [The New York Times]

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