NEWS Morning Links: When Murakami Met Kanye Edition

At the Movies

There’s a new biopic about Touko Laaksonen, the artist who is known as Tom of Finland. This review says that the film “certainly doesn’t water down Laaksonen’s distinctive aesthetic, nor does it downplay the role of this unassuming Finnish man as an icon of gay liberation.” [The Guardian]

Here’s a look at how the recent film Alien: Covenanttook inspiration for its shots from iconic paintings. [io9]

Lost and Found

Willem de Kooning’s Woman-Ochre—which has been missing since it was stolen from the University of Arizona Museum of Art in 1985—appears to have resurfaced at a Silver City, New Mexico, furniture and antiques shop. [The New York Times]


In response to the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, the mayor of Louisville, Kentucky, will look at the public art in his city to make sure there are no works that “could be interpreted as honoring bigotry, racism, or slavery.” [WHAS 11]

The United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., was one of many institutions and politicians to offer an clear condemnation of the white supremacists and neo-Nazis who marched on Saturday. “Neo-Nazism in any form is antithetical to American values and has no place in American society,” the statement reads. [The Huffington Post]

Jeffrey Loria

The art dealer Jeffrey Loria has officially sold the Miami Marlins, which he has owned since 2002, to an investment group led by former New York Yankee Derek Jeter. [The Miami Herald]


The MCA Chicago’s Twitter account has a truly epic Flashback Friday that takes us back to the historic first meeting between Takashi Murakami and Kanye West. [Twitter]

The New York Times‘s arts and culture section has a cool package this week where staff writers go deep on “Eight little things (a scene, a joke, a building, a pizza, a dance, a painting, a lyric, a sound) worth your time.” Here’s Joe Coscarelli on a lyric from Lil Uzi Vert’s instant classic, “XO Tour Llif3.” [The New York Times]

The Lower East Side

The restaurant Schiller’s Liquor Bar, a mainstay of the Lower East Side gallery district since it opened in 2003, closed last night after service. [Bowery Boogie]

Canine Exhibitions

People really seem to care about Dogumenta, which is like Documenta, but with dogs. [The New York Post]

And More!

A taxi smashed into the front window of an art gallery in a suburb of Sydney, Australia. [News.Com.Au]

Look at these ancient bowls and cups at the Yale University Art Gallery. [New Haven Register]

Here’s some installation shots of Tom Burr and Andrea Zittel’s show at Bortolami, “Concrete Realities,” that closed Friday. [Contemporary Art Daily]

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