Morning Links: Roman Street Art Edition

Art vendors on the street in Italy's capital. (Courtesy Photo Libra)

Art vendors on the street in Italy’s capital. (Courtesy Photo Libra)

After banning vendors near tourist traps like the Colosseum, Roman government officials are now fiercely regulating the number of street artists allowed to hawk their paintings to visiting sightseers. Permits will be handed out according to technical skill, to be judged by a panel of experts. [The Art Newspaper]

New director appointments at Marianne Boesky: Kristen Becker is now a director at the Chelsea flagship gallery, and Kelly Woods and Veronica Levitt are co-directors of the new Clinton Street location, Boesky East. [artnet]

“Some pictures depict mysteries; others have mysteries attached to them. Caravaggio’s ‘The Taking of Christ,’ a painting that now hangs proudly on a wall in the National Gallery of Ireland, fits into both categories. For almost two centuries it had gone missing.” [WSJ]

Shepard Fairey says that in New York, “artists are screwed now” and goes on to elaborate: “The reason why LA is becoming a hub is because LA still has affordable spaces for artists to have studios.” [Page Six]

Dawn Chan goes to the 5th Yokohama Triennale. [Artforum]

Competing exhibitions of J. M. W. Turner and John Constable dredge up the bitter rivalry between the two British artists. [The Guardian]

A court in Sweden sentenced artist Dan Park to six months in prison after seizing art works they deemed racist last July. The artist claims free speech. [The Guardian]

Eric Fischl on looking at art at art fairs: “It’s like speed dating. People try to make instantaneous assessments.” [WSJ]

Morning Links: Roman Street Art Edition