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Morning Links: Big Black Edition

(Courtesy Touch and Go Records)

Peter Zumthor has tweaked plans for his $650 million redesign of LACMA’s campus in order to protect the fossil-rich La Brea Tar Pits. [NYT]

Bernard Arnault will open his Frank Gehry-design museum this October in Bois de Boulogne, just west of Paris. [The Art Newspaper]

George Lucas will build his private museum for his collections of illustrations and comic art in Chicago, after failing to win approval in San Francisco. [NYT]

Bigblack.tif: Greg Allen on Wade Guyton’s recent activities. [Greg.org] Read More

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Morning Links: Offensive Sculptures Edition

The Virgin Mother

Nicholas Penny, the director of London’s National Gallery, is retiring. [The Daily Telegraph]

“Jerry Rothman, sculptor who pushed artistic limits, dies at 80.” [Los Angeles Times]

Aby Rosen’s neighbors in Old Westbury are pushing Rosen to purge his estate of sculptures that they find offensive—including Damien Hirst’s 33-foot The Virgin Mother, which depicts a pregnant woman whose skin has been peeled off of one side of her body. [Page Six] Read More

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Morning Links: William Holman Hunt Edition

'Isabella and the Pot of Basil' by . (Courtesy Christie's)

The William Holman Hunt painting that the Delaware Art Museum deaccessioned to help right its finances made a not-too-hot $4.25 million against an $8.4 million–$13.4 million estimate at Christie’s London. More sales are said to be on the way. [The News Journal]

Here’s a profile of a gentleman who provides free consultation services for the Instagram accounts of cultural institutions. [NYT] Read More

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Morning Links: Ultra Violet Edition

Ultra Violet: the artist, author and Andy Warhol superstar dies at 78.

Here’s the Times obituary for Ultra Violet. [NYT]

UPDATE: Guo Jian, the Australian artist who was detained in China following his comments and Tiananmen Square diorama topped with minced pork, has been deported home. [The Guardian]

Art galleries surrounding Santa Monica’s Bergamont Station are bring asked to change to their “funky-but-chic” character for something more sophisticated in hopes of generating “more substantial tax and lease revenues for the city.” [LAT] Read More