Morning Links: Merlin Carpenter Edition

Part of a card for Merlin Carpenter’s current show at Reena Spaulings. (Courtesy RSFA)

Here is a list of Pharell Williams’s favorite artists, from Jeff Koons to JR. [WSJ]

The Guardian‘s Nicholas Wroe calls Thomas Hetherwick “the new Da Vinci of Design.” [Guardian]

Though it is widely reported that China has become home to the world’s largest art and antiques market, the base numbers are disputed. Worth it for the photo alone. [The Art Newspaper]

KAWS–one of Mr. Williams’s favorite artists—is headed to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. [Inside Art]

“Sonya Rhie Quintanilla Named Curator of Indian and Southeast Asian Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art.” [The Cleveland Plain-Dealer via Artforum]

Roberta Smith comes out swinging for the Barnes Foundation building: “the museum that opens to the public on Saturday is still very much the old Barnes, only better,” she writes. [NYT]

A portrait by Thomas Lawrence, not seen in public for more than 200 years, has been acquired by the National Gallery in London, and is now on view. [ArtDaily]

Ms. Smith also reviews Merlin Carpenter’s show at Reena Spaulings, and describes its 18-page interview/press release as “[a]lternately tedious, self-indulgent and insightful.” [NYT]

Back in 2006, for a group show about the Cologne art world, at the ICA Philadelphia, Mr. Carpenter requested $4,000 and “went on a wild shopping spree enjoying luxurious goods and services, with only the receipts and empty shopping bags exhibited.” []

Can the Hong Kong “art bonanza” last? [Reuters]

Morning Links: Merlin Carpenter Edition