U.K. Appoints Commissioner to Head Up Britain’s Arts Recovery Post-Coronavirus, and More: Morning Links from May 21, 2020

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The United Kingdom has appointed Neil Mendoza to serve as the country’s Commissioner for Cultural Recovery and Renewal, where he’ll head up a task force aimed at reviving the arts in a post-coronavirus Britain. [The Art Newspaper]

After nearly a decade working with mega-gallery Hauser & Wirth, Australian sculptor Ron Mueck is now represented by Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, which has locations in London, Paris, and Salzburg. [ARTnews]

An Italian accountant named Claudia Borgogno recently won big at a charity auction. A winning raffle ticket made her the new owner of a Picasso still life, valued at $1.1 million and donated by David Nahmad. [AP]

Opinions

Simone J. Wicha, the director of the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, Texas, writes about how the creative approaches the museum has taken to avoid any staff layoffs. [The Wall Street Journal]

Artist Anish Kapoor argues that India’s government is using the coronavirus pandemic to rush through a redevelopment of the country’s parliament buildings, designed by Edwin Lutyens.  [The Guardian]

Terry Teachout, the Journal’s drama critic, wonders what “what the arts in America will look like” if small arts organization close because of the pandemic.  [The Wall Street Journal]

Artists

New Yorker art critic Peter Schjeldahl remembers the artist Susan Rothenberg, who died earlier this week. He writes, “In an era preoccupied with what to do in art and how to do it, Rothenberg addressed and answered a rarer question: Why?” [The New Yorker]

See a slideshow of some of Susan Rothenberg’s best paintings. [ARTnews]

Zanele Muholi, Titus Kaphar, Kara Walker, Lorna Simpson, and more artists share images of the art they have created under lockdown. [The New York Times Magazine]

Julia Weist has spent the last year as the Public Artist in Residence for New York’s Department of Records and Information Services. “I’m interested in spaces owned by the public that may be abstract or immaterial,” she said. [The Art Newspaper]

Market

Art collector and gallerist Adam Lindemann is reportedly trying to sell his Montauk home, which once belonged to Warhol, for $65 million.  [The New York Post]

Source: artnews.com

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