Morning Links

Morning Links: Political Art Edition

The White House in 1917.

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New York

Art dealer Mary Boone, who was recently sentenced to 30 months in prison for tax evasion, will close her gallery. The final exhibitions at her two spaces in Manhattan will open in March and close April 27. [ARTnews]

Art collectors Yelena Ambartsumian and Miroslav Grajewski met in 2016 at a reception for junior associates of the Museum of Modern Art. As a married couple, they’ve continued to acquire new pieces, including paintings by Andre Butzer and Bernhard Buhmann. Ambartsumian said, “The more we collected, the more we came to trust each other, and the more we fell in love.” [The New York Times]

Venice

This year, Ghana will participate in the Venice Biennale for the first time. The exhibition, titled “Ghana Freedom,” will feature work by Felicia Abban, John Akomfrah, El Anatsui, Ibrahim Mahama, Selasi Awusi Sosu, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. [ARTnews]

Paris

The Atelier des Lumières, a digital art venue in the French capital, has expanded to South Korea. Culturespaces, the museum management company that owns the enterprise, also plans to open another location showcasing experiential art in Bordeaux in 2020. [The Art Newspaper]

#MeToo

Five of the women who have accused architect Richard Meier of sexual misconduct talked to The Real Deal about how his firm hasn’t made substantive changes since the allegations were reported last year. Although he said he would “step back” from daily goings-on, Meier continues working at the company. [The Real Deal]

Opinion

An article on the shortcomings of political art in the age of Trump. “I’m grateful that artists are responding creatively to the current moment, but why do so many of their efforts miss the mark?” Jillian Steinhauer asks. [The New York Times]

Photography

A piece on Alejandro Cegarra’s series of images focused on political and social unrest in Venezuela. Jon Lee Anderson writes, “A native of Caracas, Cegarra depicts life in his home town as precariously strung-out and pared-down, shorn of any softness.” [The New Yorker]

Graciela Iturbide, who currently has an exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, discusses her photographs of Mexico, which she began taking four decades ago, and projects on the horizon. “My work is egocentric,” the artist said. “I am showing how I interpret things through all the influences in my life.” [The Guardian]

Here’s a Q&A with Nina Katchadourian. “Seat Assignment,” her series of photos, videos, and animations created on airplanes, figures in her solo show at Fridman Gallery in New York. [The Cut]

Books

A look at Roswitha Mair’s biography of the twentieth-century abstract artist Sophie Taeuber-Arp, which Jed Perl says has “an easy, agile pace.” [The New York Review of Books]

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