Morning Links: Unfulfilling Drama Edition -ARTnews

Installation view of Cathy Wilkes’s British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, 2019.


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Venice Biennale Watch

ARTnews’s Sarah Douglas and Andrew Russeth are reporting from the Venice Biennale. Continue checking back throughout the week for reports and thoughts of work on view at the exhibition. [ARTnews]

Of Cathy Wilkes’s British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, Adrian Searle writes, “Wilkes’s work may aim for something tender and melancholic, but teeters on the verge of a horrible drama that is never arrived at.” [The Guardian]

Currently on view at the Scottish Pavilion is a new film by Turner Prize–winning artist Charlotte Prodger that reflects on growing up as a queer teenager. [The Guardian]

The Rich and Famous

With pressure mounting against Warren B. Kanders, the vice chairman of the Whitney Museum’s board, Hyperallergic investigates the practices of several other board members at the institution—Nancy Carrington Crown, Pamella G. DeVos, and Kenneth C. Griffin. [Hyperallergic]

Asked why he is selling works from his collection at Sotheby’s later this month, Yusaku Maezawa, who ranks on the “ARTnews Top 200 Collectors” list, tweeted, with a smiley face, “I have no money. I spend it so quickly.” [Bloomberg]


“At art fairs, the chairs are just as considered as the art.” Kyle Chayka ponders what furniture is and isn’t allowed at a fair like Frieze. [WSJ Magazine]

Here’s a look inside the market for Zao Wou-Ki’s art. Prices for the late artist’s paintings have spiked dramatically in recent years. [Artnet News]

Art in Transit

To celebrate the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s birth, a museum in Fabriano, Italy, has secured a loan of a painting by the artist from the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. The painting is one of only 15 that scholars accept are by da Vinci. [The Art Newspaper]

Miami Beach has spent $7 million on public art as part of a planned makeover of the city’s convention center. “The idea of having significant pieces of art really makes [the city] a destination for people who want to meet, and part of something that’s uniting,” Miami Beach’s mayor, Dan Gelber, said. [CityLab]

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