Maurizio Cattelan Comes Out of Retirement, Art World Campaign Contributions—and More

Maurizio Cattelan (center) with Cecilia Dean and James Kaliardos at the opening for Visionaire 64 ART John Baldessari.

Maurizio Cattelan (center) with Cecilia Dean and James Kaliardos at the opening for Visionaire 64 ART John Baldessari. (Photo: courtesy BFA)

Art world prankster Maurizio Cattlelan comes out of retirement. The artist announced in 2011, just as a retrospective of his work opened at the Guggenheim, that he was done making art. But now he’s back, and he’s installing a brand new sculpture inside one of the Guggenheim’s Rotunda bathrooms: an 18-karat, solid gold toilet. “There’s the risk that people will think of it as a joke, maybe, but I don’t see it as a joke,” Mr. Cattelan told The New York Times.

Here are the candidates the art world is putting its money behind. Artnews tallies the campaign contributions of wealthy collectors and blue-chip dealers and finds that most support Hillary Clinton, with the exception of a few Chris Christie funders.

James Rosenquist paintings to be installed in Donald Judd’s former Soho loft. Judd’s son Flavin plans to show monumental paintings by pop art painter James Rosenquist at the Judd Foundation, his father’s former home at 101 Spring Street.

Art Newspaper names Javier Pes editor. After eight years, Jane Morris is stepping down as editor of The Art Newspaper (a monthly print and online publication based in London and New York) in June. She has announced that she will stay on as editor-at-large but hopes to work on independent projects, and research going forward. She’ll pass the baton to deputy editor Javier Pes.

Smithsonian Art Museum director to retire. Elizabeth “Betsy” Broun has announced that she will retire after 27 years as leader of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery. Ms. Broun will leave at the end of 2016.

The Whitney celebrates one year in the Meatpacking district with free admission. It’s been a year since the Whitney opened the doors to its new home in Manhattan’s Meatpacking packing district, and to celebrate the occasion it’s offering free admission to residents of the museum’s neighboring zip codes—10011,10012, 10013 and 10014—on April 30.

Vandals deface Native American rock art in North Carolina. Police are searching for a man they believe is responsible for spray painting rocks from the Judaculla Rock Historic Site, which features important Cherokee rock art and petroglyphs. Not only did the man deface the rocks, but he also returned to steal an informational sign.

Maurizio Cattelan Comes Out of Retirement, Art World Campaign Contributions—and More