Morning Links: ‘Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry’ Edition

"Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry."

Jerry Saltz discusses Family Business, the new noncommercial gallery being opened by retired artist Maurizio Cattelan and New Museum curator Massimiliano Gioni. The first show, curated by artist Marilyn Minter, is entitled “The Virgin Show.” Some of the details are a bit fishy, the critic notes: “Lying right now may be a creative force.” [NYMag]

The long-awaited Ai Weiwei documentary, Never Sorry, directed by Alison Klayman, debuts at Sundance this weekend. [WSJ]

Marc Tracy profiles Ms. Klayman. [Tablet]

The great race is on, with ambitious art lovers traveling the world, attempting to see the Damien Hirst spot paintings shows at all 11 Gagosian galleries. You can track the contestants’ progress on this handy website. There is a tie for first place at the moment, at nine spot-painting shows each. [Gagosian/The Complete Spot Challenge]

Roberta Smith on the International Center of Photography’s Weegee exhibition. Ms. Smith writes, “[I]t conveys a weird and very tangible sense of Weegee himself, both as a driven hustler in pursuit of humankind in extremis and as the creator of a tough-guy, crime-fighter persona… [NYT]

Christina Olsen, the director of education and public programs at the Portland Art Museum in Oregon, has been named director of the Williams College Museum of Art, in Williamstown, Mass. In related news, the museum’s highly anticipated retrospective of L.A. collective Asco opens Feb. 4. [Artforum]

Saatchi Gallery is the most “liked” gallery in Britain. According to Facebook anyway. [The Art Newspaper]

Christie’s would like to sell your Francis Bacon, if you happen to have one available. Real estate developer Sheldon Solow is believed to be selling a major one that could fetch between $23 million and $30 million. [Inside Art]

Thanks to the expiration of the statute of limitations, charges in Italian court were dropped against American antiquities dealer Robert Hecht, who was accused of conspiring to sell artifacts illegally in Italy. The ruling “draws the final curtain on a closely watched six-year-long legal drama that helped to alter collecting practices at American museums,” The Times writes. [NYT] Morning Links: ‘Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry’ Edition