Tina Knowles-Lawson Talks Art, Bonhams CEO Departs, Peter Saul Praised, and More: Morning Links from February 11, 2020 – ARTnews

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New Guard

Tina Knowles-Lawson, mother of Beyoncé and Solange, talked about her art collecting in an interview that makes one wonder what’s this new project she’s talking about? “My art pieces are like my children. I just lent some of my art pieces to Beyoncé for her new project that she’s doing, and I’m looking at my walls and it just makes me sad, because I miss seeing all my babies there.” [WSJ.]

Artist Dread Scott features in a lengthy New Yorker story unspooled under the headline “Can Slavery Reenactments Set Us Free?” [The New Yorker]

Adam Pendleton will explore the politics and aesthetics of blackness in an installation in MoMA’s soaring atrium. Among the readers and performers to appear in the midst of his paintings, videos, and other works are the civil rights activist Ruby Sales, poet Susan Howe, and cultural theorist Judith Butler. [The New York Times]

Saul’s Well

Peter Schjeldahl reviewed the “the timeliest as well as the rudest painting show of this winter,” which happens to be the first New York museum survey for the “American aesthetic rapscallion Peter Saul.” [The New Yorker]

For more on Saul, read this lively recent “ARTnews Accord” pitting the artist in conversation with fellow painter Jamian Juliano-Villani. [ARTnews]

News

Bonhams chief executive Matthew Girling is leaving the auction house after 32 years, to be replaced by Bruno Vinciguerra, who joined the auction house as executive chairman in 2018. [The Art Newspaper]

An Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal by Michael J. Lewis comes out against a proposed executive order mandating classical architecture as the official U.S. government style, saying it would result in “watered-down design” and adding, “it must be said that such a sweeping decree in favor of classical architecture would be good neither for architecture in general nor even for the classical cause.” [The Wall Street Journal]

“Russian artist Yelena Popova collected stones from atomic power stations and turned them into art—to remind us of how long nuclear waste will last.” [The Guardian]

The clothing retailer Uniqlo is launching special collections celebrating contemporary Japanese artists, among them Keiichi Tanaami, Hajime Sorayama, and Yoshirotten. [Hypebeast]

Misc.

Los Angeles gallerist Susanne Vielmetter talks about “why she encourages her artists to have galleries in Europe and New York too, and how collaboration is key.” [The Art Newspaper]

“Xavier Montes, maestro of Latino culture in Ventura County, dies at 67.” [Los Angeles Times]

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