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Murdoch Buys Stake in Art Basel’s Parent Company, MoMA’s Arts Educators Speak Out on Contract Cuts and More: Morning Links from July 10, 2020

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James Murdoch’s investment firm Lupa Systems is set to acquire one-third of the shares of MCH Group, the company that owns Art Basel. [ARTnews]

Poorly paid or newly unemployed, MoMA’s freelance arts educators speak out on recent contract cuts at the museum. [The Art Newspaper]

Sandra Jackson-Dumont, director of the hotly anticipated Lucas Museum of Narrative, has announced her hires for key leadership positions. [ARTnews]

After months of debate, France’s chief architect for historic monuments has ruled that the Notre Dame spire should be reconstructed exactly as it was before last year’s fire. [The Guardian]

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Jean-Michel Basquiat, 'Victor 25448', 1987.

How dangerous is visiting a library or museum during the coronavirus pandemic? The Texas Medical Association has created a graphic to help assess the risk. [Hyperallergic]

The Art Market

Zao Wou-Ki, Liu Ye Lead led Phillips $26 million Hong Kong contemporary evening sale, up by almost 10% from 2019. [Art Market Monitor]

With five months to go, Art Basel Miami Beach is still barreling ahead. But will this year’s edition survive Florida’s public health crisis? [Miami Herald]

Art and Institutions 

The pioneering Swiss Dadaist Sophie Taeuber-Arp is finally having a moment. [The New York Times]

Jerry Saltz walks us through his quarantine “obsessions”: two Renaissance depictions of the Last Supper. [New York Magazine]

In a new video, Forrest McGill, a curator at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, describes his favorite object in their collection —a piece that would allow viewers to “dream of a benign, well-ordered world.” [NPR]

Storm King Art Center, the beloved sculpture park in the Hudson Valley, reopens to the public on July 15. It’s also celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, a perfect time to revisit or discover its treasures. [The New York Times]

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