Morning Links: Particle Physics Edition

A view of CERN and an unidentified sculpture in Geneva, Switzerland, where a new particle may have been discovered. (Courtesy Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

Because of the July 4 holiday in the U.S., posting today will be limited. Gallerist will return in its full form tomorrow.

The iconic Constable sold by Baroness Carmen “Tita” Thyssen-Bornemisza made £22.4 million ($35 million) at Christie’s London yesterday, a record price for the artist. [Reuters]

But New York dealer Richard L. Feigen was disappointed that the work didn’t sell for more, telling Scott Reyburn, “There just aren’t any private collectors for this kind of picture at the moment…The Constable sold for the price of a second-tier Warhol. It’s ridiculous.” [Bloomberg]

Back in the U.S., former Barnes Foundation president and CEO Kimberly Camp says that the group’s board did not really propose a move to Philadelphia because it was at risk of bankruptcy. She recently wrote in a blog post, “At the time the petition was filed, the Barnes Foundation had a cash surplus and we had no debt – none. But, saying so made the rescue so much more gallant.” [ArtsBeat]

On a lighter note, Bob Nickas writes about Warhol’s complicated relationship with food in his art and in his life. Warhol, Mr. Nickas notes, once wrote, “[A]ll I ever really want is sugar. The rest is strictly for appearances…” [Lucky Peach/Slate]

Adrian Searle ponders how performance art became such a visible and potent force in today’s art world. [The Guardian]

Christine J. Vincent, a former Ford Foundation executive, takes a look at how artists can successfully become philanthropists. The foundation model exemplified by Warhol and Rauschenberg is not the only way, she writes. [The Art Newspaper]

Kitty Scott, director of the visual arts program at the Banff Centre, in Banff, Canada, has been named curator of modern and contemporary art at the Art Gallery of Ontario. [Toronto Star]

In more news out of Banff, the town will play host to a satellite event of Documenta next month. [Documenta 13]

Since there are three physicists participating in Documenta this year, this news from CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, seems relevant: “Discovery of New Particle Could Redefine Physical World.” [NYT]

Morning Links: Particle Physics Edition