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Antony Gormley’s Alan Turing Memorial to Grace King’s College, Antiquities Collector Faces Charges, and More: Morning Links for August 9, 2022

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INSIDE JOB?  Officials in New York have  obtained an arrest warrant  for antiquities collector  Georges Lotfi  on charges of possession of stolen property, the  New York Times  reports. They have seized two dozen items from Lofti’s holdings that they say were looted, most of them mosaics from Syria and his native Lebanon. The collector, who had tipped off investigators to illegal trafficking in the past, has denied wrongdoing. He remains at large, but  did an interview  with the  Times , and said, “I was fighting with them for 10 years to stop illicit trading, and they turned against me.” In the past, Lofti apparently invited law-enforcement officials to see some of what he had in storage in Jersey City, New Jersey; authorities argue that his efforts to cultivate a working relationship with them were aimed at shielding his own activities from suspicion.
NOTCHING A WIN.  Some students at  Imperial College London  have recently said that they are not fans of a sculpture that  Antony Gormley  has proposed for the school’s grounds, arguing that it has a “phallic” quality to it ( you can click and decide ), but another U.K. school will soon be home to a new Gormley, the  Art Newspaper  reports. Cambridge’s city council  signed off  on a plan to install at  King’s College  a 12-foot-tall piece by the British superstar—an abstracted body made of cubic forms—that aims to commemorate the renowned 20th-century mathematician  Alan Turing , who was persecuted for being gay. This piece had also generated some controversy, with  Historic England  reps saying back in 2020 it “would harm the particular character” of the school.
The Digest
British artist  Lubaina Himid  has won the 2024  Suzanne Deal Booth / FLAG Art Foundation Prize , which comes with $200,000 and exhibitions at the  Contemporary Austin  in Texas and the  FLAG Art Foundation  in New York.  [ARTnews]
A shooting at the  Indian Museum  in Kolkata on Sunday killed one police officer, and left another injured. A soldier alleged to have opened fire has been arrested.  [ArtReview]
The first part of a two-part expansion of the  Motown Museum  in Detroit has been completed. On Monday, stars like  Smokey Robinson  and  Otis Williams  visited to toast the milestone.  [The Associated Press]
In his latest dispatch from Ukraine, critic  Jason Farago  looks at how museums worked to safeguard their collections as war approached. “We had to start from scratch,” photographer  Roman Metelskiy , who was part of those efforts, said. “We were asking for packaging materials. For financial support.”  [The New York Times]
Benjamin Keating ’s latest show, at  Tripoli Gallery , in Wainscott, New York, features sculptures that incorporate bonsai trees. Doing business with “famous bonsai guys” was not easy. “It’s like they don’t want to talk to you,” he said. “They don’t want to deal with you.” [The New Yorker]
The Manhattan home of  Stacey Bendet , the fashion designer who founded the  Alice + Olivia  brand, and her husband, investor  Eric Eisner , features a gargantuan  Francesco Clemente , works by  Julian Schnbael  and  Ron Gorchov  (among others), and a dining table designed by  Lola Montes Schnabel .  [Architectural Digest]
The Kicker
IN LIVING COLOR.  The venturesome art dealer  Magda Sawon , cofounder of the nomadic  Postmaster  gallery in New York,  sat in the hot seat  for  Curbed  and answered its “21 Questions.” The color she is most drawn to? “Blue, from the super-extreme  Diana Vreeland  navy blue to  Yves Klein  blue to a cloud where the whiteness is touched by a tiny, tiny amount of pigment,” Sawon said. “My favorite film is  Blue , by  Derek Jarman , which is nothing but blue for 60 minutes.”  [Curbed]

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