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Morning Links: Okwui Enwezor Edition

Joan Jonas Poses with Okwui Enwezor.

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News
Okwui Enwezor, who was the first African-born curator to organize the Venice Biennale as well as the first non-European to curate Documenta, has died at the age of 55. [ARTnews]

At its May Impressionist and modern art evening sale in New York, Sotheby’s will offer Claude Monet’s Meules (1890), one of the artist’s classic haystacks, with an estimate of over $55 million. [ARTnews]

The Art Institute of Argosy University shuttered its doors, offering students resources to make up for the loss through the department of education. [10 News San Diego]

Singaporean performance artist and writer Lee Wen, best known for his 1992-2012 series “Journey of a Yellow Man,” has died at the age of 62. [Artforum]

The Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York has announced that Larry Ossei-Mensah, the recently named senior curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, will serve as guest curator for its first dedicated exhibition space for visual art, the Rudin Family Gallery, which is slated to open in October. [ARTnews]

Friday Reads

After Arata Isozaki won this year’s Pritzker Prize, Carolina A. Miranda writes about recently appointed MOCA Los Angeles director Klaus Biesenbach’s affection for the museum’s building, which was designed by the architect. [Los Angeles Times]

Filing taxes as a self-employed or freelance creative is largely dull and grating, but this vibrantly illustrated guide to income taxes for artists could make it a little more palatable.
[The Creative Independent]

Holland Cotter reviews “The World Between Empires: Art and Identity in the Ancient Middle East,” which opened at the Metropolitan Museum of Art earlier this week, writing, “Yes, imperial influence is there, and often strong, but far from being all-determining, each of the cultures considered borrows imperial symbols and styles, but partially, selectively, critically — grafting them onto local traditions. The results include distinctive new grass-roots hybrids, in which conflicted responses to domination, even outright resistance to it, can sometimes be read.” [New York Times]

Restoration and Repatriation

The Qila Mubarak, an endangered Indian palace dating back to the 18th century, is being restored in the northwest city of Patiala. [ARTnews]

The Netherlands’ Rijksmuseum has begun negotiations with Sri Lanka and Indonesia about repatriation of parts of its collection. [DutchNews]

The Polish government is threatening prison to New York art dealer Alexander Khochinsky for his possession of the 18th century oil painting Girl With A Dove by Antoine Pesne, which had been stolen by Nazi’s from a Polish museum in 1943. Khochinsky refuses to return the painting on the grounds that he believes he should be financially compensated. [New York Times]

Misc. 

Kaywin Feldman, who became the first female director of Washington DC’s National Gallery of Art this week, tells the Art Newspaper that when she was appointed, a colleague remarked, “There’s shattered glass on the floors of museums all across America.” [The Art Newspaper]

Joseph Kosuth’s neon piece WFT (San Francisco) has opened on the side of San Franscisco’s Civic Auditorium. [Datebook ]

Jerry Saltz has won the National Magazine Award for his piece, “How To Be An Artist.” [ARTnews]

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