Roundup: Marina Abramovic's dinner, Santa Monica's Measure LV, the magic of Photoshopped Instagram

Roundup: Marina Abramovic's dinner, Santa Monica's Measure LV, the magic of Photoshopped Instagram
Marina Abramovic attends a gala in New York in late October. (Evan Agostini / Invision/Associated Press)

Marina Abramovic materializes in a Hillary Clinton email leak and things quickly get ridiculous. Santa Monica prepares to shut down development (except that of McMansions). And the magic of Kendall Jenner's Instagram — with a few addenda, proviso and quid pro quo. Here's your very necessary pre-election Roundup:

— A dinner party hosted by performance artist Marina Abramovic, which she described as "Spirit Cooking" in an email that ended up in the Hillary Clinton email leak, has been used to label the candidate and her staff as Satanists by fringe right wing media. Because our electoral politics has turned into some totally '20s German Expressionist movie. ARTnews


— Speaking of which, art critic Ben Davis reports on how this presidential election raised the issue of class in a country that has long ignored its social divisions. Frieze

Santa Monica's onerous Measure LV proposal could make it even harder to create affordable housing in that city. Alissa Walker and Jenna Chandler round up the types of buildings that would be more difficult to build if the measure is passed. McMansions, however, remain totes OK to construct. Los Angeles Times, Curbed

— Which brings me to the topic of our various national housing crises: The U.S. is building more three-car garages than one-bedroom apartments. Bloomberg

— Plus, a look at the gentrification protests targeting Boyle Heights art galleries. New York Times

— An Italian art dealer is suing New York dealer David Zwirner over the purchase of an editioned sculpture by Jeff Koons. It's a legal soup. Isaac Kaplan explains. Artsy

Ai Weiwei gets testy with artist Tania Bruguera during a talk at the Brooklyn Museum. ARTnews

— The Clark Art Institute is the lucky recipient of artist Allan Sekula's 15,000-volume library. Artforum

— "The idea that a collector's work remains under their control after they've donated it to an institution is gaining currency." Marion Maneker on how collector gifts to public institutions appear to come with increasing amounts of strings. Art Market Monitor

— The Center for Italian Modern Art in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Trento, Italy, are teaming up on a Kickstarter to re-create Italian futurist Fortunato Depero's famous "Bolted Book." Metropolis

Prince Charles has helped plan the village of Poundbury — and critics have often derided it as an architectural throwback created by a royal who hates Modernism. But critic Oliver Wainwright says the village is worth a look for the things it gets right — like affordable housingThe Guardian

Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, prepare to kick one back in Poundbury, England.
Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, prepare to kick one back in Poundbury, England. (Justin Tallis / AFP/Pool)

— Repurposing old prisons. The Guardian

— How a Getty conservation initiative is helping preserve Morocco's earthen kasbahs. The Iris

Canadian Beast Jesus is no longer a beast after its head is returned. Speaking of which: A chronicle of a pilgrimage to see the original Beast Jesus in Spain. I would so be all over that gift shop. CBC News, Hyperallergic

— New York's beloved Astor Place Cube, a work of public art by artist Tony Rosenthal, has received some needed conservation treatment and is ready to be twirled again. Artsy


Los Angeles photographer Anthony Hernandez talks about how his L.A. walkabouts have resulted in a lifetime's body of work. Bomb

— Plus, Estevan Oriol, the photographer who made L.A. fingers a thing. Los Angeles Magazine

— A new monograph brings together the work of An Te Liu, whose art often examines the design of the overlooked objects that define our architectural environments. Architect

A PR firm has launched an online arts publication. Arts Journal

— Just in time for Thanksgiving: "The Photographer's Cookbook," published by Aperture. Contains William Eggleston's recipe for grits casserole. But does it have an English breakfast by Martin ParrHyperallergic


— And last but not least, the dude who Photoshops himself into Kendall Jenner's Instagram. Live long and prosper, good sir. @kirbyjenner (via Some News)

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