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U.K. Art Institutions Face Another Lockdown and More: Morning Links from November 2, 2020

U.K. Art Institutions Face Another Lockdown and More: Morning Links from November 2, 2020

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After accusations of sexual misconduct were leveled against Aydin Aghdashloo, a solo exhibition of the artist’s work in Tehran has been canceled, and Tehran Auction is reportedly considering pulling his work from a sale planned for December. [The New York Times]

The Yarat Contemporary Art Space in Baku, Azerbaijan, closed an exhibition of work by Ahmet Ögüt after the artist called the institution’s use of his name on a banner next to the Azerbaijani flag a “propaganda tool” in the Azerbaijan-Armenia conflict. [The Art Newspaper]

An edition of Jasper Johns’s print Flags I (1973), featuring his iconic American flag image, has been donated to the British Museum in London. [The Guardian]

Art institutions across the United Kingdom will be forced to close until December 2 as the country faces a new wave of lockdown measures. [The Art Newspaper]

The Market

Sotheby’s achieved $141 million at its Impressionist and modern auction last week, with works by Alberto Giacometti, Vincent van Gogh, Marc Chagall, and other marquee names having been sold. [Art Market Monitor]

And here’s an analysis of Sotheby’s October contemporary sale, which totaled $283.9 million. [Art Market Monitor]


Congolese collector Sindika Dokolo has died at age 48 in a diving accident. [ARTnews]

Doran Ross, a former director of the Fowler Museum at UCLA and a scholar of Ghanaian arts, has died at 73. [Los Angeles Times]


Critic Barry Schwabsky writes on the controversial postponement of a Philip Guston retrospective by four museums in the United States and United Kingdom: “To many of the people who run our museums—not art people but bean counters—art is merely branding for the institution.” [The Nation]

Art & Artists

Henry Taylor discussed an unfinished painting depicting the his brother and several airplanes: “If I’m painting, I’m feeling good. So what inspired me? Just being allowed to paint. I don’t need a lot of inspiration, I just need time. Because there’s always something for me to paint.” [T: The New York Times Style Magazine]

The “Bob Ross Experience,” a permanent exhibition and workshop series, has opened in Muncie, Indiana, where the famed television host filmed his painting show for about 10 years. [The New York Times]

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