Sotheby’s Wins Case Over Disputed Frans Hals Painting, Climate Change in Miami, and More: Morning Links from December 11, 2019 – ARTnews

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A British court has ruled in favor of Sotheby’s in its lawsuit against a consignor of a disputed Frans Hals painting that the auction house sold for more than $10 million. [ARTnews]

Nadja Sayej wrote about “how Art Basel Miami tackled the climate crisis,” from a zero-waste party hosted by artist Shinique Smith to a melting-ice sculpture by Rubem Robierb. [The Guardian]

Rebecca Salter has been elected the new president of the Royal Academy of Arts in London, the first woman to take up the post in more than 250 years. (She will answer only to the Queen.) [The Art Newspaper]

Art

Washington Post art writers Sebastian Smee and Philip Kennicott picked their favorite exhibitions of the year and wound up with an interesting and varied list. [The Washington Post]

A Sneakertopia exhibition has brought out L.A. sneakerheads in droves. Watch a local news report featuring such visions as a sculpture by artist Tommii Lim inspired by imaginings of sneaker aficionados from the future and Elon Musk. [ABC 13]

Larissa Pham praises Vija Celmins’s survey at the Met Breuer in the Nation: “It’s possible to look at any object in the show for a long time: There is so much to be seen, and each object yields so much on deeper investigation.” [The Nation]

More Banana News

“If duct-taped food is the latest art craze, the Tampa Police Department has hit the sweet spot” … with a duct-taped artwork (and/or spoof) posted on the department’s Facebook page under the title Sgt. Donut. [New York Post]

The Popeye’s fast-food chain—not one to shy away from social-media opportunity—got in on the fun (?) with a picture of its infamous chicken sandwich affixed to a wall. [Fox Business]

Misc.

KAWS is among four new trustees on the board of the American Folk Art Museum in New York. [The Art Newspaper]

The Crosby Street Hotel in SoHo in New York has taken to hanging art for its well-heeled guests. “We’re very democratic in how we hang art,” said its creative director, explaining that “you’ll get an art student’s work beside somebody who’s very well known.” [The Cut]

Fort Smith, Arkansas—an hour outside of Fayetteville and two hours off Route 66—plays home to more than 30 (very striking) murals by street artists from near and far. [Roadtrippers]

A collaboration between the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Joyce Foundation is training underrepresented groups in the art world—including women, immigrants, people of color, the formerly incarcerated, and LGBTQIA individuals—for potential future work in art preparation and art handling. [Chicago Tribune]

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