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Morning Links: Looted Coffin Edition

Lid of the coffin of Nedjemankh, first century BCE.

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News

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has returned a looted coffin from the first-century BCE to the Egyptian government. [The Art Newspaper]

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, which is slated to open in Los Angeles in 2021, has had a change in leadership. Don Bacigalupi, art historian and former director of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas, has stepped down from his role as the Lucas Museum’s founding president. [Los Angeles Times]

In case you missed it: ARTnews reported last week that Mariane Ibrahim is moving her gallery from Seattle to Chicago. “It’s dynamic and I like what’s going on there,” the dealer said of the Windy City. [ARTnews]

Artists

Photographer Nan Goldin has said that she will not show her work in a retrospective at the National Portrait Gallery in London if the institution accepts a £1 million donation from the Sackler family. The news follows various protests staged by Goldin and her activist group P.A.I.N., who have repeatedly drawn attention to the Sacker family’s connections to the current opioid crisis. [The Guardian]

Here’s a Q&A with Frank Stella about some of the works he’s selling at Christie’s this year—including David Hockney’s A Less Realistic Still Life (1965) and Helen Frankenthaler’s The Beach Horse (1959)—and a rather mysterious story associated with one of his “Black Paintings.” [The New York Times]

Prizes

The organization Artadia has named the six finalists for its 2019 Los Angeles awards. [ARTnews]

Essays

Hilton Als on “God Made My Face: A Collective Portrait of James Baldwin,” a recent group show at David Zwirner gallery that he curated: “I wanted to give Baldwin his body back, to reclaim him for myself and many others as the maverick queer artist that drew us to him in the first place.” [The Paris Review]

Photography

Self-portraits of Janice Guy from the 1970s and early 1980s are currently on view at Higher Pictures gallery in New York. In her review of the show, Andrea K. Scott writes that “the era of #MeToo has heightened our interest in seeing women control their own images.” [The New Yorker]

An upcoming exhibition at Fahey/Klein Gallery in Los Angeles will showcase photographer Nick Brandt’s newest project, which focuses on the environmental threats to wildlife in sub-Saharan Africa. [Los Angeles Times]

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