Murals Dedicated to George Floyd Appear Around the World, Ken Griffin Paid Over $100 Million for a Basquiat, and More: Morning Links from June 5, 2020

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UK arts organizations will file a class-action lawsuit against insurers, accusing them of failing to pay out on the coronavirus pandemic. [The Art Newspaper]

Cultural organizations have been dipping into their endowments, sometimes withdrawing millions of dollars in the struggle to stay afloat.  [Artforum]

Meredith J. Long, the influential Houston art dealer and philanthropist, has died at 91. [Houston Chronicle]

Art on Injustice

In the wake of the global protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis custody, murals dedicated to his memory have appeared around the world. [ARTnews]

Times writers suggest works that interrogate issues of police brutality and systematic racism. [The New York Times]

“I Am Not Safe, and This Country Is Not Kind’: Artist Adam Pendleton on the Floyd protests. [ARTnews]


Ken Griffin paid more than $100 million for Jean-Michel Basquiat’s 1982 canvas Boy and Dog in a Johnnypump[Bloomberg]

Musée d’Orsay in Paris has purchased Manet’s Head of a young man from Christie’s. [Le Figaro]

Artists & Institutions

The second edition of Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art has decided to transform its unfinished exhibition space into a film set. [The Art Newspaper]

The Guggenheim Bilbao in Spain reopened Monday—what was the experience like for the 80 visitors who came that day? [The Los Angeles Times]

Artist Titus Kaphar painted a grieving black mother for this week’s TIME cover. Read his statement to accompany the work. [TIME Magazine]


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