Morning Links: Condom Portrait Edition

Niki Johnson’s portrait of Pope Benedict XVI made of condoms is naturally sparking controversy. [TIME]Josef Helfenstein, the director of the Menil Collection, will leave his position at the Houston museum to become the director of the Kunstmuseum Basel. [The New … Read More

The new Whitney.


Whitney Museum Board Elects New President, Co-Chairs

The Whitney Museum’s board of trustees has elected Laurie M. Tisch and Neil G. Bluhm as co-chairs and Richard M. DeMartini as president. All three will begin their new positions this week on July 1. Tisch and Bluhm will succeed … Read More

The centerpiece flag of William Pope.L's show, Trinket, which Lamar repurposed at his BET awards performance
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William Pope.L Flag Makes an Appearance at Kendrick Lamar’s BET Awards Performance

If you caught a glimpse of the BET awards last night, you might have recognized the gigantic American flag which waved furiously behind Kendrick Lamar during his performance of “Alright.” Prior to last night, that same flag, which measures an … Read More

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Morning Links: Art Portal Edition

The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto will be moving into the first two and a half floors of the Tower Automotive Building, which will be renovated by late 2016 or early 2017. The move will cost the museum … Read More

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De Wain Valentine polishing Gray Column, 1975–76, in his studio. ©THE ARTIST/ARTISTS RIGHTS SOCIETY (ARS), NEW YORK, 2015/COURTESY DAVID ZWIRNER, NEW YORK AND LONDON

‘Big Pieces of the Sky and Ocean’: De Wain Valentine on His First New York Solo Show in 30 Years

In 1961, De Wain Valentine came to New York with slides of his work. When he showed them to gallery directors, the first response was always some variation on, “This is really interesting work. What is it?” So Valentine told them: … Read More

David Sweat and Richard Matt are still at large.


Morning Links: Escaped Convicts Edition

Volkswagen Group of America will be the lead sponsor of educational programming at MoMA for the next two years. During this time, it  will also support major exhibitions at both MoMA and MoMA PS1, including the latter’s forthcoming local artist … Read More


Kounellis Horses Have First U.S. Showing at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise

In 1969, shortly after Rome’s Galleria l’Attico moved into a new location in the city, a former garage on Via Beccaria, the Greek artist Jannis Kounellis ushered in 12 horses and tethered them to the walls, helping to inaugurate the space. But now that storied hallmark of … Read More

Golden Rule, 1961. Cover illustration for The Saturday Evening Post, April 1, 1961.


Norman Rockwell Museum Honors UN’s 70th Anniversary With Exhibition

In 1952—at the peak of the Cold War, and two years into the Korean War—Norman Rockwell drafted an image of the United Nations, intending to portray the young organization and its Security Council members as a global symbol of hope. … Read More

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Alex Nemerov Named Chair of Stanford Art & Art History Department

Stanford announced today that art historian Alexander Nemerov has been named the new chair of its Art & Art History Department. His tenure begins this fall.Nemerov has been a part of Stanford’s faculty since 2012, most recently serving under the … Read More


Warrant Issued for Shepard Fairey’s Arrest in Detroit

The Detroit Free Press reports that a warrant has been issued for the arrest of street artist Shepard Fairey, whose work has mysteriously appeared, without authorization, at 14 locations around Detroit. The Detroit police have accused Fairey of $9,000 worth of … Read More


Morning Links: Misogynistic Appropriation Edition

Zak Arctander appropriated a photograph by Arabelle Sicardi and Tayler Smith, and his version ended up in The New Yorker. Sicardi and Smith strike back. [Jezebel]Billionaire collector Adrian Cheng is supporting a series of exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary … Read More

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Carlyle Group Macher David M. Rubenstein Joins NGA Board

Changes are afoot in the governance of the National Gallery of Art (NGA) in Washington, D.C., with David M. Rubenstein, the philanthropist and CEO of the asset-management firm the Carlyle Group, joining its board of trustees for a 10-year term.Meanwhile, Victoria Sant … Read More


Bureau Gallery to Stage 20-Day Video Series Starting June 26

Between June 26 and July 31, the downtown New York gallery Bureau will stage a daily durational video screening called, naturally enough, “The Daily Show.” Each day, a guest will provide eight hours of moving-image programming, screening whatever they feel like. This … Read More

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Nicholas Buffon Teams With Gobby on Music Video

Harlem-based drummer/producer Gobby has once again collaborated with contemporary artist Nicholas Buffon to create a karaoke-style music video, this time for “Quickie,” a track off of 2014’s Beats by Gobby.This video maintains the same DIY feel of their last video … Read More