Morning Links: Chocolate Bar Edition

A Cadbury chocolate bar. (Courtesy Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Swiss artist Julian Charrière and German photographer Julius von Bismark painted the pigeons in St. Mark’s square for the Venice Biennale for architecture. [The Guardian]

Artist makes an ice sculpture in Tampa that reads “Middle Class” and, naturally, melts away. It was a message for the Republican National Convention. [Bloomberg]

“A 1909 oil painting by Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky is poised to sell for as much as $30 million when it hits the auction block at Christie’s this fall, the auction house said on Wednesday.” [Reuters]

Zachary Pincus-Roth takes a look at the Hammer Museum’s new $100,000 Mohn Prize Award, which gives $100,000 to an artist in its new biennial, “Made in L.A.,” and finances a book about the artist’s work. It opens with a scene of artist Liz Glynn that has her examining lead sculptures of objects that Palestinians smuggle into Gaza from Egypt: “BlackBerrys, Turkish garlic, baby food, chocolate bars, perfume, fuel.” [LA Weekly]

LACMA plans to present a show of Robert Mapplethorpe’s controversial X Portfolio, which includes sadomasochistic photographs, two weeks before Election Day. [ArtNews]

A close look at James Lee Byars’ “notorious” afternoon exhibition in 1958 on a fire escape at the Museum of Modern Art in 1958. []

In an interesting design twist, Brooklyn’s Barclays Center stadium will be deliberately covered with a layer of rust. [NYT]

A show at the Menil Collection looks at the theme of “silence.” [WSJ]

Critic Roberta Smith on buying art at flea markets. [NYT] Morning Links: Chocolate Bar Edition