Morning Links: Burning Art Edition

A large fire. (Courtesy Loving Earth/Flickr)

Protesters from the Occupy Museums group have joined the Frieze New York union dispute. “We’re not specifically against exchanging art for money,” artist Noah Fischer, one of the protestors, said. “But we do want to point out that the economic reach of an art fair like Frieze benefits a tiny minority of artists in New York and not the larger arts scene.” [The Art Newspaper]

Report: Victoria and David Beckham recently bought a baby monitor designed by Damien Hirst. [The Sun]

A museum director in Italy is burning works of art to protest funding cuts in the nation. [BBC]

The Moderna Museet museum in Stockholm received a bomb threat two days after opening an exhibition of artworks that present the degrading stereotypes that black people have endured throughout history. [Washington Post]

The Art Deco Society of California bestows the Automotive Collection of the Academy of Art University with a 2012 Preservation award. [SF Gate]

Jeff Koons giving lessons in the birds-and-the-bees in Peter Duggan’s latest “Artoon” installment. [Guardian]

Holland Cotter’s wonderful tour of art in Africa continues with a visit to the Great Mosque at Djenné in Mali. [NYT]

Catch up on all of Mr. Cotter’s reports. [NYT]

Karin M. Campbell has been named curator of contemporary art at the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Neb. [ArtDaily]

Mass MoCA is doing a celebration of Canadian art called “Oh, Canada,” with some 100 works by 62 artists. [NYT]

Here’s how Damien Hirst made his diamond skull. [Guardian]

Santa Monica’s Broad Stage will get a new $12.3 million performing arts center. [LA Times] Morning Links: Burning Art Edition