Berlin’s Humboldt Forum Opens, France Finalizes Return of Colonial Artifacts, and More: Morning Links from December 18, 2020

To receive Morning Links in your inbox every weekday, sign up for our Breakfast with ARTnews newsletter.


Listen beautiful relax classics on our Youtube channel.

A unanimous vote by France’s National Assembly has ensured the restitution of 27 colonial-era artifacts to Benin and Senegal within one year, but “will not create a legal precedent,” according to the French culture minister. [The Art Newspaper]

The Center for an Urban Future reports that New York’s immigrant-serving art organizations and immigrant artists, were hit hardest by the pandemic.  [Hyperallergic]

A New York district court judge has dismissed a $17 million lawsuit against Phillips auction house filed by the consignor of a Rudolf Stingel painting. [ARTnews]

With the holidays right around the corner, up to 40 jobs have been cut at Turner Contemporary. [Kent Live]


Christie’s auctioned a private visit to the Louvre, including a candlelit tour with director Jean-Luc Martine, for nearly $100,000. [Hong Kong Tatler]

Wood sculptor and basket maker Dorothy Gill Barnes has died from complications of Covid-19. [The New York Times]

In Remembrance 

James Tarmy makes the case that in some ways, the pandemic has upended the art market for the better. [Bloomberg]

Roland Reiss, a widely exhibited painter best known for his dioramas of the 1970s and 1980s, has died on the age of 91. [Artforum]

Art & Institutions

In his latest body of work, New York artist Lucky DeBellevue has imagined famous artists—from Monet to Munch—au naturel. [Interview Magazine]

Humboldt Forum in Berlin, one of the most expensive culture projects in Europe, was inaugurated this week. But you still can’t visit. [The New York Times]

Food insecurity across America is at an all-time high and artists, curators and art galleries are raising funds for those most in need. [The Guardian]


No votes yet.
Please wait...