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Morning Links: Biennale-Loving Brad Pitt Edition

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The Biennial Circuit

Oh, this? Nothing much to see here—just Brad Pitt and artist Thomas Houseago casually checking out the Venice Biennale. [The Blast]

In her report on the first edition of osloBIENNALEN, Hili Perlson writes that the show is less a regular biennial-style show than it is a showcase for ephemeral art. “I don’t think you should strive to make visiting audience your primary goal,” the biennial’s director said. [Artnet News]

Museums

Maine’s supreme court has ruled that a lawsuit brought by the Portland Museum of Art against the caretaker of a deceased benefactor can move forward. The suit alleges that the caretaker dissuaded the benefactor from donating $2 million to the institution. [Press Herald]

Kathleen Bartels is departing from her post as director of the Vancouver Art Gallery after 18 years in the position. Daina Augaitis, the museum’s chief curator, will serve as interim director. [Vancouver Sun]

Market

MCH Group, the company that owns Art Basel, has sold its stake in the Art Dusseldorf fair to Sandy Angus and Tim Etchells, the cofounders of ArtHK. [The Art Newspaper]

A Swiss court has ruled that a collector did not illegally import a Leonardo da Vinci painting, and therefore the painting can remain outside Italy. [Bloomberg]

The Indigenous Fine Art Gallery has begun accepting Bitcoin from collectors looking to buy indigenous Australian art. [Yahoo! Finance]

The Critics

Peter Schjeldahl writes on two small exhibitions in New York’s Hudson Valley—one devoted to Thomas Cole, the other to Brice Marden. “Roughly a century and a half apart in history, the artists touched me with a sense of timelessness that, today, couldn’t be timelier,” Schjeldahl writes. [The New Yorker]

Leaving Home, Coming Home: A Portrait of Robert Frank, a new documentary about the titular photographer, is a New York Times critic’s pick. [The New York Times]

Walls

Laura Raicovich spoke to a bunch of curators and asked them about their favorite wall colors for showing art. [Hyperallergic]

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