Morning Links: Honeybees at Notre-Dame Edition – – ARTnews

Aerial view of Notre-Dame with three beehives visible at the lower left.


Controversies & Scandals 

Olu Oguibe’s 50-foot-tall obelisk sculpture has returned to Kassel, Germany, where it debuted at Documenta 14 in 2017. The work has previously been targeted by the far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party for its messaging about immigration. [ARTnews]

The czarina and art world socialite Miroslava Duma made an appearance in the Mueller report last week because she worked as a liaison to Russia’s deputy prime minister, Sergei Prikhodko. [Artnet News]


Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, who created mesmerizing geometric abstractions in her sculptures, paintings, and drawings, has died at age 97. [ARTnews]

Jayne Wrightsman, a collector and benefactor of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, died on Saturday at 99. Max Hollein, director of the Met, said of Wrightsman, “Through her beneficence, expertise and guidance, she has forever transformed the museum, and the museum will be forever connected with her.” [The New York Times]


Architects Norman Foster, Robert Adam, and Amanda Levete, among others, weigh in on what Notre-Dame’s reconstructed spire ought to look like. [The Guardian]

In more uplifting news out of Paris, it seems that some of the 180,000 honeybees kept in hives atop the Gothic cathedral survived last week’s devastating fire. [Atlas Obscura]

According to The Architect’s Newspaper, “New York will soon become the first city in the world to constrain large building emissions through hard limits” through the Climate Mobilization Act. The bill would limit carbon emissions for buildings over 25,000-square-feet starting in 2024. [The Architect’s Newspaper]


A new book called Shtetl in the Sun features Andy Sweet’s photographs of elderly Jewish residents of Miami between 1977 and 1980. Naomi Fry writes that the “images show that there could also be, even in one’s later years, a distinct enjoyment to be found in the body and in the brilliant world around it.” [The New Yorker]

And here’s a selection of Tom Slaughter’s polaroids of family, friends, and strangers, which Christopher Bonanos calls “an Instagram feed before Instagram.” [Vulture]

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