Morning Links

Morning Links: Sackler Funding Edition

The National Portrait Gallery in London, which agreed with the Sackler Trust to call off a £1.5 million donation last week.

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The Sacklers

The Sackler Trust in the United Kingdom said it will pause new philanthropic giving. The news follows several institutions saying they will not accept gifts from the family, some of whose members are owners of Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of the painkiller OxyContin. [ARTnews]

The Guggenheim Museum said on Friday it would join the institutions declining Sackler funding. [ARTnews]

Activism

The activist group Decolonize This Place took to the Whitney on Friday evening to protest Warren B. Kanders’s position as vice chairman of the museum’s board. The action, which marks the beginning of a nine-week-long series of interventions, took place in the “Andy Warhol—From A to B and Back Again” exhibition. [ARTnews]

And here’s a timeline of the controversy surrounding Kanders, who owns the defense manufacturing company Safariland. [ARTnews]

Museums

A rediscovered portrait of Harriet Tubman will soon go on view at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. [The Art Newspaper]

Two locks of an Ethiopian emperor’s hair will be returned to the African country from the National Army Museum in London, where they have been housed since 1959. [Atlas Obscura]

Artists

Here’s a piece on Cy Gavin, who lives and works in upstate New York and has shown work at the Whitney Museum, MASS MoCA, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, and elsewhere. “I don’t want my work to be predetermined and static,” he said. “I want there to be space for the painting to assert itself.” [Columbia Magazine]

A look inside Jonas Wood’s studio in East Hollywood, where he keeps a monumental basketball sculpture by Paa Joe. [T: The New York Times Style Magazine]

And More! 

The Guardian dives into the business of shipping masterpieces and the “intricate logistical web that reaches across the globe” that supports exhibitions. [The Guardian]

Rumaan Alam writes on “The Three Chairs That Define Childhood,” including Marcel Breuer’s Wassily Chair, Marco Zanuso’s Child’s Chair, and Peter Opsvik’s Tripp Trapp Chair. [The New Yorker]

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