Christo Has Died at 84, French Museums Plan Reopening, and More: Morning Links from June 1, 2020

Christo Has Died at 84, French Museums Plan Reopening, and More: Morning Links from June 1, 2020

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News

French museums—including the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris—are planning to reopen in June and July. [The Art Newspaper]

Artists April Gornik and Eric Fischl are transforming a deconsecrated 19th-century church in Sag Harbor, New York, into an arts center for exhibitions, lectures, an artists’ residency, and more. [The New York Times]

R.I.P.

Christo, who collaborated with his partner Jeanne-Claude to create monumental sculptures around the world, has died at age 84. [ARTnews]

Photographer John Loengard, who captured images of the Beatles, Georgia O’Keeffe, and others, has died at 85. [The New York Times]

Philanthropist Alice Negley “Lisa” Dorn, a patron of art institutions in Texas whose daughter co-founded the nonprofit Ballroom Marfa, has died at age 69. [The Art Newspaper]

Photography

Documentary photographer Chris Facey captured scenes from a New York City protest of the police killing of George Floyd. “When I have my camera on me, I don’t forget that I’m a black human being. I remember why I’m at these protests,” Facey said. [The New Yorker]

The Market

Sotheby’s will offer Old Masters, Impressionist, and modern British and contemporary artworks in a live evening sale on July 28 in London. [Art Market Monitor]

An illuminated prayer book that dates to the 16th-century and was once owned by Mary Queen of Scots will hit the auction block at Christie’s in London on July 29. The piece is estimated between £250,000 and £350,000. [Financial Times]

Artists

Here’s a piece on artist Rui Sasaki, who draws inspiration from the weather to forge works made of glass. [The New York Times]

And finally, a brief explainer on why an unknown 16th-century artist created and compiled illustrations of comets as “glorious, fiery swords.” [Atlas Obscura]

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