Met Gala получает со-ведущих, судьба искусства Билла Гейтса и многое другое: Morning Links from May 4, 2021
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PHILANTHROPISTS BILL AND MELINDA GATES ARE DIVORCING. They told a court in Seattle that they have worked out how to divide their assets, Reuters reports. Детали этого плана не разглашаются. Bill’s Microsoft-fueled net worth has been pegged at north of $120 billion by Forbes, and he’s known to have made some big-ticket art purchases over the years, as ArtfixDaily notes. He reportedly paid a princely $36 million for a Winslow Homer in 1998 (the most ever for an American artwork at the time) and $27.5 million for a George Bellows in 1999. Other acquisitions included major pieces by American Impressionists like Childe Hassam. (In an interesting contrast, the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen tended to collect more widely, snapping up works by Canaletto , Turner, and Richter over the years.) The market for American art has cooled considerably since Gates was buying, but trophies in any field can draw big numbers. If works from his collection hit the market, those lots will be closely watched.
THE STORIED NEW ORLEANS RESTAURANT Dooky Chase’s, a favorite of civil-rights activists in the 1960s, has been named the first stop on the Louisiana Civil Rights Trail, which is being developed by Louisiana Office of Tourism, USA Today reports. The resto is filled with artwork (many by artists who dined there) that were collected by Leah Chase, who ran it with with her husband Edgar (aka Dooky) Chase for decades. A key art supporter in the area, she served on the boards of the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Prospect triennial. After she died in 2019, at the age of 96, the painter Ron Bechet told ARTnews, “Ms. Chase has always been someone dear to us as artists. По Дуки Чейз можно составить представление об истории афроамериканского искусства. Это феноменально. Это место, куда черное сообщество может прийти и увидеть себя на стенах».
The New Yorker has published an essay by the late artist Winfred Rembert about his time working on a chain gang while imprisoned in Georgia in the 1970s. [The New Yorker]
The artist Jean Shin has transformed a 140-year-old tree that recently died at Olana, the onetime estate of painter Frederic Edwin Church in Hudson, New York, into an artwork. [The New York Times]
Singer Ellie Goulding has given birth to her first child with former Sotheby’s staffer Caspar Jopling (nephew of White Cube founder Jay Jopling). [Page Six]
Rapper Drake appears to have paid a visit to artist Jonas Wood’s studio. [Instagram]