Morning Links: Jonas Mekas Edition

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Mr. Mekas. (Courtesy PMC)

Here’s a fun, hostile interview with Urs Fischer ahead of his show at the Palazzo Grassi. (e.g. Q: Does this return us to the influence of Hollywood on your work? A: What, my liking films? Who doesn’t like films? Give me a break!) [The Art Newspaper]

Holland Cotter speaks at Yale: ““The art world tends to live on a diet of tempests and teapots.” [Yale Daily News]

The Wall Street Journal profiles Jonas Mekas. [WSJ]

Business writer Michael Skapinker discusses the four aspects of Damien Hirst’s business: showman, adman, luxury brand manager and trader. [FT]

Bernardo Laniado-Romero has been named the director of the Museu Picasso de Barcelona. [ArtDaily]

“When I started at MoMA, Marina Abramović and Kraftwerk were in my luggage,” Klaus Biesenbach tells the Huffington Post. [HuffPo]

The University of Iowa to develop The Grant Wood Art Colony for its artist fellows, in the name of one of its legendary painters. [Press Citizen]

Art.sy film gets a behind the scenes look at artist Cai Guo-Qiang setting up his “Sky Ladder” exhibition at Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. [HuffPo]

Here is John Pareles, The Times‘s music critic, on Kraftwerk at MoMA. [NYT]

Jonathan Jones says Olafur Eliasson’s botched Olympic art plan is “not a waste of money.” [Guardian]