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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

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Morning Links: Overpriced Purses Edition

Expensive Bags

“Cities across the US are neglecting to enforce a law that requires property developers to help fund public art.” [The Art Newspaper]

“Dartmouth’s Hood Museum gets a $10 million expansion gift.” [New Hampshire Union Leader]

After a handbag specialist at Heritage Auctions left for Christie’s International, Heritage filed a lawsuit against Christie’s saying that the purse expert violated his contract and stole Heritage secrets. [NYT] Read More

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Morning Links: Telephone Edition

Telephones. (Photo by Airo_/Fickr)

Katya Kazakina profiles the art-collecting vice chairman of Blackstone, James Tomilson Hill. The epic collection of Renaissance and Baroque bronzes that he has assembled with his wife, Janine, is now on view at the Frick. “I am ferociously competitive as a collector, just like I am in my business,” Mr. Hill told the reporter. [Bloomberg]

The New York Post looks at “the overpriced world of bad art.” [NYP]

You can’t pre-order The Lego Movie on Amazon, but you can purchase Everett Raymond Kinstler portraits. [The Associated Press] Read More

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Morning Links: Google Edition

Courtesy of Mike Cattell/Flickr Creative Commons

Google launches Google Street Art. [NYT]

“Turns out that guy in the painting really is Rembrandt, analysts say.” [NYT]

The mystery of the “Slant Step”–a misshapen footrest of unknown origin, which captivated artists like William Wiley, Bruce Nauman and others–has been unearthed from the bowels of history. [LA Times]

The Frick plans Read More