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Morning Links: Lost In Orbit Edition

Space satellite orbiting the earth. 

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News

MoMA’s grand renovation will include a new screening series of films by mainly female and queer artists as part of its permanent display. [Indie Wire]

A sponsor for the Turner Prize, Stagecoach South East, has withdrawn after it was revealed the company’s owner had been involved with anti-gay activism. [ARTnews]

The second known likeness of Leonardo da Vinci has been found in sketch form, and will be displayed at Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace. [Bloomberg]

Some 28 pieces from the Michael Scharf family collection will go up for auction at Christie’s American Art sale this May. [ARTnews]

The Final Frontier

Trevor Paglen pens an essay on the apparent loss of his satellite-cum-artwork, Orbital Reflector, which launched into space in December and is no longer functional and has been lost in space. The artist writes, “With this being the state of affairs, I think of Orbital Reflector’s current state as being in a state of unknown possibility, like an unopened present circling through the night sky. And I, for one, will keep my eyes on the stars, knowing that at any moment, a new one might spring to life.” [Medium]

The Nevada Museum of Art, which launched Paglen’s satellite, stated, “At this point, it became clear that tracking Orbital Reflector, either before or after its inflation in space, would no longer be a viable outcome.” [Kolo 8]

Frieze Week

Here’s ARTnews’ coverage of TEFAF’s VIP opening yesterday. A $20 million Gauguin painting is in the mix. [ARTnews]

And also, coverage of 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair. [ARTnews]

And more! 

Karl Ove Knausgaard writes up Stephen Gill’s photos of birds in his new book “The Pillar”: “That they are never perfect, that they are forever improvising, that no fixed form exists in their lives, are things I have never thought of as applying to birds until I saw these photographs.” [The New Yorker]

Artist Zoë Buckman shows us her wall, which has work by  Tim Sidell, Toyin Ojih Odutola—and Buckman’s daughter, Cleo. [New York Times]

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