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Morning Links: Naked Gala Edition

Julia Chaplin gives us a look at the parties that surrounded last week’s contemporary art auctions in an article that features Larry Gagosian “circling shark-like amid the well-coiffed art patrons” and an appearance by Observer contributor and collector Adam Lindemann. [NYT]

After attending a rehearsal for Marina Abramovic’s planned gala-as-artwork extravaganza at MOCA Los Angeles, Yvonne Rainer released a final letter, continuing her criticism of the piece. A variety of supporters added their names, including artists A.L. Steiner, Moyra Davey, Mary Kelly, Liz Deschenes, Rachel Harrison and Zoe Leonard; Artists Space director Stefan Kalmar; writers Julie Ault and bell hooks; and others. [Artforum]

On Saturday, Marina Abramovic’s gala-as-art extravaganza at MOCA L.A. went ahead as scheduled. “We wanted an event and we got one,” Jeffrey Deitch told us. [Gallerist]

Roberta Smith sounds off on the “cacophonous, synergistic, sometimes biarre colossus of exhibitions,” Pacific Standard Time. [NYT]

The Wall Street Journal calls the $1 billion sold in the fall art auctions “respectable.” [WSJ]

In case you missed it the first time around–and since everyone seems to have an opinion–read the most detailed and interesting account of Alice Walton’s Crystal Bridges, which opened to the public over the weekend. [New Yorker]

Here’s an early review of Laurel Nakedate and James Franco’s Performa piece. [Jerry Saltz’s Facebook, scroll down]

Here is some video documentation of that gallery strip poker game. [NY Post]

The FT’s lunch column sits down with London’s Helly Nahmad. [The Financial Times]

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