Morning Links from August 9, 2019 -ARTnews

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The Market

Artist Richard Prince interviewed Lisa Spellman, whose 303 Gallery is toasting its 35th birthday this year. [Vulture]

Ginia Bellafante paid tribute to Dean & DeLuca and Barneys, two storied New York brands that are now in dire financial straits. [The New York Times]

The Law

“Lawyers for a teenager accused of throwing a six-year-old boy from the viewing platform at Tate Modern are to obtain psychiatric reports before entering a plea,” Haroon Siddique reports. [The Guardian]


Hans Ulrich Obrist on Marisa Merz: “Marisa never finished her sculptures—they were always in progress. She would constantly re-work and rename them in her studio.”[Frieze]

David Freedlander profiled Forensic Architecture, whose Triple Chaser video was at the center of the Whitney Biennial controversy. Its founder, Eyal Weizman, said: “My desire to be an architect was to use architecture as a social and political tool.” [Daily Beast]

Ai Weiwei has enlisted a team of researchers to go to Hong Kong to document rallies that have been ongoing for the past nine weeks over a proposed extradition bill.
[The Art Newspaper]


The Milwaukee Art Museum has received a Robert Indiana sculpture, The American LOVE (1966-99), as a gift and is set to unveil it in September. [WSJT]

Here are “24 moments that defined the Aspen Art Museum.” [The Aspen Times]

The Critics

Sebastian Smee: “Weeks have elapsed, and I’m still trying to figure out what happened when I visited the ­Matisse Chapel in Vence, France—why I responded as I did. Mystified, I keep coming back to the obvious: I wasn’t prepared.” [The Washington Post]

Here’s a guide to the art in New York’s Hudson Valley, from Art Omi to Jack Shainman’s The School. [New York Times]

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