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Brussels Museums Close Again, AAMD Clarifies Deaccessioning Guidelines, and More: Morning Links from October 28, 2020

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Museums in Brussels are closing again through mid-November as part of a newly instituted coronavirus lockdown in Belgium. [Artnet News]

In a new memo, Association of Art Museum Directors board president Brent Benjamin explained the industry group’s new guidelines about deaccessioning. While using the funds to support “long-term needs” is tempting, it should be discouraged, he said. [The Art Newspaper]

The Art X Lagos fair in Nigeria has been postponed in solidarity with protestors demonstrating against police brutality as part of the #EndSARS movement. [Artnet News]

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U.S. officials are demanding that the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco return two 1,500-pound decorative lintels that were allegedly taken from Thailand without a license. [San Francisco Chronicle]


Lauren Tate Baeza has been named curator of African art at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. She comes from Atlanta’s National Center for Civil and Human Rights. [Culture Type]

David Adjaye has won the Royal Gold Medal, a coveted architecture award. He is currently at work on buildings for Princeton University’s art museum and the Studio Museum in Harlem. [The Daily Princetonian]

War museums in the Netherlands are tightening their security after thieves have started going after Nazi paraphernalia held in institutions in the country. [The Guardian]


Three Alfa Romeo cars will appear in a Sotheby’s contemporary art sale in New York tonight. They’re priced at $14 million–$20 million. [The New York Times]

The collection of the late William Royall is headed to Phillips this December. His holdings were rich in Black art, with key works by Amy Sherald, Mickalene Thomas, and more. [Art Market Monitor]

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