Morning Links from October 21, 2019 -ARTnews

Keith Haring, Untitled (The Church of the Ascension Grace House Mural), circa 1983-1984.


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Surprise! The newly expanded Museum of Modern Art in New York opened its doors one day ahead of schedule on Sunday, offering free admission to visitors all day. [ARTnews]

Activists interrupted a party at MoMA on Friday to demand that the museum and its trustee Larry Fink cut their alleged ties to private prisons. “It’s not just divestment—it’s divest and reinvest,” one member of the group Decolonize This Place said. [ARTnews]


Ed Clark, who charted new frontiers for abstraction with his vibrant paintings, has died at age 93. [ARTnews]

Sculptor and installation artist Huang Yong Ping, whose work combined techniques from historical Chinese art and recent avant-garde movements, died on Saturday at 65. [ARTnews]

The Market

Ron Meyer, the vice chairman of NBC Universial and cofounder of Creative Artists Agency, has filed a $10 million lawsuit against dealers Susan Seidel and Jamie Frankfort, whom he claims sold him a fake Mark Rothko painting. [The Art Newspaper]

A Keith Haring mural removed from a stairwell at Grace House, a Catholic youth center on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, will be auctioned off at Bonhams in November. The Times takes up the question, “Is this right for a piece painted with the youth center’s enjoyment in mind?” [The New York Times]


Last week, President Trump attended a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new Louis Vuitton workshop in Texas that was also attended by heavyweight art collector Bernard Arnault, the founder of the brand’s parent company, LVMH. Critic Vanessa Friedman notes that the brand’s owner, LVMH, whose portfolio includes Dior, Marc Jacobs, Givenchy, and Sephora, has now become “the first major fashion group to so publicly align itself with the president.” [The New York Times]

Half-naked activists from the climate group Extinction Rebellion staged an intervention at the National Portrait Gallery in London to call attention to the museum’s ongoing relationship with BP. The protesters covered their bodies in fake oil and laid on the ground in a gallery housing an exhibition sponsored by the oil and gas company. [The Guardian]


The New York Public Library is staging a show of over 200 objects—including photographs, notebooks, letters, and more—from the novelist J.D. Salinger’s archive. “It ended up being a little more personal than I thought it would be,” the writer’s son Matt Salinger said of the presentation. [The New York Times]

Marquee Names

Take a look inside Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney’s neoclassical home in Old Westbury, Long Island, where the sculptor and heiress who founded the Whitney Museum in 1931 spent weekends and summers. [The Cut]

Actor Jennifer Lawrence married dealer Cooke Maroney, a director at Gladstone Gallery in New York, on Saturday. The ceremony was held at a mansion in Newport, Rhode Island. [USA Today]

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