Morning Links: Profane Frescos Edition

The fresco in question. (Courtesy Italy Magazine)

James Turrell to receive National Medal of Arts from President Obama Monday. [LA Times]

In a Brooklyn art gallery, artist Marni Kotak is undergoing a daring performance — she’s going off her typical doses of anti-depressants and anti-psychotic medication. [The Daily Beast]

“After years of outsize promises and delays, officials are scaling back plans for the Museum for African Art in New York.” [NYT]

The Canadian Department of Heritage refuses to return a pilfered Indian sculpture because it was never reported as stolen. [The Economic Times]

Feast your eyes: Rome’s “most profane” frescos are now open to the public. [The Art Newspaper

Young artist Dean Levin has been snapped up by Marianne Boesky. Mr. Levin is currently showing at Sean Kelly Gallery and Rob Barton, and will show at Joel Mesler and Zach Feuer’s Hudson venture, Retrospective, on August 2. [artnet]

Sorry Newsweek: “Art Theft Is NOT the 3rd ‘Biggest Criminal Enterprise in the World.” [Art Market Monitor]

Paris, begin your Koons Kountdown: The Musée du Louvre has confirmed that it will display a number of giant Jeff Koons balloons to coincide with “Jeff Koons: A Retrospective” moving to the Centre Pompidou in late November. [The Art Newspaper]

In the midst of the crisis in Crimea, the art world took in a performance of Swan Lake by the Bolshoi Ballet, at Lincoln Center. [Artforum]

Artists distill schnapps from a Joseph Beuys sculpture, and drink it up. Apparently it tastes like Parmesan. [artnet] Morning Links: Profane Frescos Edition