Morning Links: Jessica Williams Edition

Williams. (Courtesy PMC)

Williams. (Courtesy PMC)

The Daily Show‘s Jessica Williams will be the Jewish Museum’s Purimspieler at this year’s Purim Party. [WSJ]

A defense of Aby Rosen’s efforts to take down the fragile Picasso in the Four Seasons. [Town & Country]

Opera occupies the Met’s medieval galleries. [NYT]

Five artists have withdrawn from the upcoming Syndey Biennale, citing its sponsorship by Transfield Holdings, which has an affiliate that has been awarded a contract to run an immigrant asylum center that has been criticized for its poor conditions. [ArtReview]

“New Orleans residents foil plot to steal Banksy mural.” [The Guardian]

Philippe Vergne will start at MOCA on March 10. [Los Angeles Times]

Sam Korman chats with Cheryl Donegan. [Bomblog]

“Fabergé and oligarch throw eggs at each other in trademark dispute.” [The Art Newspaper]

“In advance of next week’s trial against Subhash Kapoor, public collections start to deal with the objects they bought through the New York antiquities dealer.” [The Art Newspaper]

Jerry Saltz talks art in New York with Brian Lehrer. [The Brian Lehrer Show]

Mark Roeder at Michael Benevento. [Contemporary Art Daily]

In case you missed it: “101 amazing American doughnut shops with serious street cred.” [Grub Street]