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China Returns Ai Weiwei’s Passport, Allows Him to Travel Again

Chinese authorities returned Ai Weiwei’s passport earlier today, after holding it for four years. The Chinese artist’s repossession of his passport will allow him to leave China for the first time since 2011, when Beijing authorities refused to let Ai … Read More


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Morning Links: Wes Anderson Edition

SF-based arts writer Kevin Harman is bringing the sixth edition of his self-curated pop-up Wes Anderson-inspired art show to New York. You can see “Bad Dads” at Joseph Gross Gallery beginning in early August. [Vogue]Documenta 2017 will be held in … Read More


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Jewish Museum’s ‘Television Project’ Series to Showcase the Largest Archive of Jewish Media Culture in the U.S.

The Jewish Museum will kick off a new exhibition series, “The Television Project,” with a show featuring works from the National Jewish Archive of Broadcasting (NJAB), the country’s largest and most extensive collection of broadcast materials from 20th-century Jewish media culture. … Read More


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Pierre Huyghe, Untilled (Liegender Frauenakt) [Reclining female nude], 2012, concrete with beehive structure, wax, live bee colony. MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK. PURCHASE/©2015 PIERRE HUYGHE/JONATHAN MUZIKAR

Here’s an Interview With the Person Who Takes Care of the Bees in Pierre Huyghe’s ‘Untilled’ at MoMA

Pierre Huyghe’s Untilled (Liegender Frauenakt) [Reclining female nude] (2012), which was recently acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in New York and is now on view in its sculpture garden, is a concrete female nude with a beehive for … Read More


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Louis Vuitton Ends Its 13-Year Relationship With Takashi Murakami

Louis Vuitton has announced that the company will be ending its 13-year relationship with Takashi Murakami—signifying either a final farewell to the Marc Jacobs era (1997–2013) or a fresh start for former Balenciaga creative director Nicolas Ghesquière, depending on where your … Read More


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The National Portrait Gallery will honor Aretha Franklin at its first ever Portrait Gala
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National Portrait Gallery Will Honor Aretha Franklin, Maya Lin, More at Inaugural American Portrait Gala

The National Portrait Gallery announced today that it will host its first-ever American Portrait Gala on Sunday, November 15, in the courtyard of its Washington, D.C., home. The event will honor five individuals with a new Portrait of a Nation Prize: baseball hall … Read More


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David Brooks on Dustin Yellin: ‘He’s a Product of the Highly Distracted Internet Age’

Dustin Yellin’s wacky art practice has been known to the art world for a while. So far, in 2015, he’s shredded $10,000 for a work at this year’s SPRING/BREAK, made twelve 3,000-pound works for the New York City Ballet, and held … Read More


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Morning Links: Thieving Librarian Edition

At the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, in China, a librarian admitted to stealing 140 paintings and replacing them with his own fakes. [ABC News]Could the latest Christie’s results show a slow in art sales? [Wall Street Journal]Pablo Picasso’s studio … Read More


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Christie’s Reports $4.5 Billion in Half-Year Sales

Christie’s released its half-year sales report Monday afternoon, recording £2.9 billion ($4.5 billion) in sales so far in 2015. This, according to Christie’s, is a new record for half-year sales for the auction house. It being late July and something … Read More


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Triple Canopy's "Pointing Machines III" at the Whitney Biennial in 2014. 
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Triple Canopy Archive Will Go to NYU’s Fales Library

On Monday, NYU’s Fales and Special Collection Library announced that it will acquire the archives of the young literary and art publication Triple Canopy. Birthed in 2007, the nonprofit magazine maintains an entirely online existence, with the exception of a handful of printed anthologies. … Read More


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Milwaukee’s Most Wanted: Midwest Mural of Scott Walker Sparks Dialogue

Last week in Milwaukee, a mural containing the face of controversial Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker with the words “down with the bitches and the hoes” was erected on the city’s South Side, Onmilwaukee reported last Saturday. The Milwaukee collective OATS … Read More


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LACMA Will Screen Steve McQueen’s New Kanye West Video

Kanye West’s long-promised new album is still nowhere to be found, but beginning Saturday the Los Angeles County Museum of Art will offer up a video for two tracks directed by Steve McQueen, Jori Finkel reported in The New York … Read More


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Margaret K. Hofer Named Director of New-York Historical Society’s Museum

The New-York Historical Society announced today that it has named curator Margaret K. Hofer the foundation’s vice president and the director of its museum. Hofer takes the reins at the museum from Brian Allen, who began his term as director … Read More