Morning Links: Fire Drawing Edition

A photograph by artist Gene Beery. (Courtesy the artist/ABAB)

A photograph by artist Gene Beery. (Courtesy the artist/ABAB)

“A new study challenges Congressional assertions that grants by the National Endowment for the Arts support programming attended mostly by the rich.” Great to hear. No doubt we’ll be seeing major GOP support for the NEA going forward. In related news: the NEA has been sans director for more than a year. [NYT]

The Bronx Post Office will sell its historic building, despite its historic mural. [NYT]

There are mixed opinions about MoMA’s plan to open its sculpture garden to the public. [NYT]

Following all the hubbub, here’s a profile of Dave Hickey. [Los Angeles Times]

Art flourished in former NSA listening posts. [NYT]

“Christie’s has withdrawn 85 artworks by Spanish surrealist Joan Miró from its auctions in London this week, after an uproar in Portugal over the government’s move to sell the works in an attempt to cut its debt.” [WSJ]

Berlin’s cultural secretary André Schmitz resigns in “tax dodging scandal” involving money held in a Swiss bank account. [The Art Newspaper]

“Money-laundering, tax evasion and the illicit transfer of cultural heritage objects”–the usual–“could be factors explaining large discrepancies that have emerged in an analysis of art shipments between China and the U.S.” [The Art Newspaper]

“Dulwich Picture Gallery opens first show devoted to Hockney prints, ranging from self portrait with Gandhi to gay love scenes.” [The Guardian]

Here’s the full conversation on the Museum of Modern Art’s plan for expansion that was held by the Architectural League late last month. [The Architectural League NY]

Lutz Bacher at Kunsthalle Zurich. [Contemporary Art Daily]

The late Rene Ricard’s 1981 essay “The Radiant Child.” It’s awesome. [Artforum]

Washing the fire drawing! [Art Blog Art Blog]

Morning Links: Fire Drawing Edition