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Marina Abramović Hits Back at Satanism Allegations, Diddy Accused of Plagiarizing Kahlil Joseph, and More: Morning Links from April 22, 2020

Marina Abramović Hits Back at Satanism Allegations, Diddy Accused of Plagiarizing Kahlil Joseph, and More: Morning Links from April 22, 2020

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Controversies

After conspiracy theorists resurfaced claims that she was a Satanist, Marina Abramović has finally spoken out about the allegations. “I am an artist, not a Satanist,” she said. [The New York Times]

Last week, Microsoft deleted an ad for a new Abramović work after it was besieged by users who downvoted the video on YouTube. [ARTnews]

Some internet users have accused Diddy of copying a Kahlil Joseph work that appeared at the Venice Biennale last year. “Unfortunately, I do think that this is an example of plagiarism,” curator Helen Molesworth said. [Artnet News]

The Critics

Los Angeles’s Broad museum has laid off 130 employees in its visitor services and retail departments. The museum has said it is currently hoping to reopen in July. [Los Angeles Times]

Dealer Paula Cooper: “In the midst of such uncertainty, we must remain vigilant critics of political and social systems that fail us: voter suppression, executive corruption, deficient healthcare, prejudicial incarceration, underfunded social welfare programs.” [The Art Newspaper]

Money

The Mexican government has drastic changes to the budget for the National Fund for Culture and the Arts, an important system that offers funding to arts projects. Curator Cuauhtémoc Medina called the changes “catastrophic.” [El País]

A group of 30 prints by Gerhard Richter that sold in a charity auction to benefit the homeless raked in €650,000 ($709,000). [Monopol]

The Critics

Does Guardian critic Adrian Searle know that his negative criticism might cause some artists to feel hurt? Yes. Does he care? Well, only sort of. [The Guardian]

Art historian Michael Lobel considers how the Spanish flu pandemic in 1918 changed the shape of art history. [Artforum]

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