Morning Links: Abstract Painting Edition

A page from Matt Connors's 'Correspondences' book, published by Ooga Booga. (Courtesy Motto Distribution)

“Dear Painter…”: Wexner Center chief curator Christopher Bedford talks with Tomma Abts, Tauba Auerbach, Matt Connors, Charline von Heyl and Bernd Ribbeck about today’s abstract painting in this very awesome article. [Frieze]

An artist in Kansas has been told by officials that she is not legally allowed to kill chickens as part of an art piece about the slaughter of animals. She is considering the construction of a public sculpture instead. [AP]

Artist Clayton Patterson argues that Tom Otterness should be forgiven for shooting a dog as part of a video piece 35 years ago. “Are forgiveness and redemption not a part of life’s equation?” he writes. [The Villager]

Eleanor Callahan, subject of many of her husband Harry’s photographs, died at the age of 95. [NYT]

An article about Putin’s culture czar asks if he is a “secret election weapon.” [The Art Newspaper]

A round-up of sales reports from Art Wynwood. [Art Market Monitor]

Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, who is one of 100 contemporary artists in the upcoming inaugural Kiev Biennial, will create a polka-dotted tunnel reminiscent of some of her early work. [The Art Newspaper]

A report on the scene outside the Whitney Biennial opening night gala where Occupy Museums protesters and Sotheby’s art handlers took to the streets [Hyperallergic]

How the seductive painting of Caravaggio hint that Renaissance music may have been as passionate as rock music, and lutes may have been equivalent to electric guitars. [The Guardian]

Paddle8 is running an online sales site for the Armory Show. It’s a “gamble,” according to The Journal. [WSJ]

Meet the photographer who photographs the “Neo-Nazis of Hipster Brooklyn.” [Gawker]

Sculpture is really hot right now. [Gotham Magazine]

Morning Links: Abstract Painting Edition