Morning Links: Chinese Censorship Edition

Ai Weiwei in Bejing last year, after a court rejected his appeal on a tax fine. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

“[Aby] Rosen is something of a Shiva-like figure in the arts world — hailed and pilloried as both preserver and destroyer.”  His latest art controversy concerns the 33-foot-tall “beyond-naked pregnant woman with an exposed fetus” by Damien Hirst that he has plunked down on his lawn in Old Westbury, N.Y. [NYT] Read More


Chuck Close Talks George W. Bush and Ai Weiwei Has a Hard Time Saying ‘No': At the Brooklyn Artists Ball

Guests Enjoying Candy Installation by Flour Shop (c) Elena Olivo

The gala circuit, as it gathers steam in early spring, can make one feel somewhat cynical. The succession of grandiose speeches, anemic benefit auctions and bags of cutesy swag induce a mild malaise. “This one feels upbeat,” said artist Jenny Holzer, one of the honorees at the annual Brooklyn Artists Ball on Wednesday, as she surveyed the room. It was true, the mood at the museum that night was buoyant. Perhaps it was the relief that the April snow the night before didn’t stick around, but people seemed to be enjoying themselves. As always, some women took the word “ball” and ran with it: sweeping floor-length gowns in Easter egg hues abounded. Read More

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MoMA Offers a Sugar Rush as Blood Orange, Jamie xx Play the Armory Party

Jamie xx. (Courtesy Getty Images)

Normal Red Bull, sugar-free Red Bull, even Red Bull Total Zero: these were the drinks that greeted arrivals to last night’s Armory Party at the Museum of Modern Art, proffered by waiters standing in formation like the caterers at a fashionably late-night funeral. Never before has a fête been so upfront about—and accommodating of—its guests’ extreme exhaustion.  Read More


Prepping Kehinde Wiley Show, Jewish Museum Plans Downtown ‘Wallscape’


The Jewish Museum announced today that its Kehinde Wiley exhibition, “World Stage: Israel,” which is set to open on March 9, will include a special painted “wallscape” in downtown Manhattan, on either Houston or Canal Street, though the exact location is yet to be decided. The outdoor piece represents a new direction for the Upper East Side institution, museum representative Anne Scher said today, and “a very different way of promoting an exhibition.” Read More