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Roundup: Art and architecture in the Trump era, the hottest pink, a lost Frida Kahlo painting

Roundup: Art and architecture in the Trump era, the hottest pink, a lost Frida Kahlo painting
A Trump wall erected by the Washington State University College Republicans on campus last month. (Geoff Crimmins / Moscow-Pullman Daily News via AP)

There is a whole lot of ruminating going on about art in the age of Donald Trump. Plus, we've got art and Leonard Cohen, art and Alec Baldwin, a hot pink pigment and Anish Kapoor and how Germany is saving a culturally significant piece of architecture for Los Angeles. Here's the Roundup:

— The day Donald Trump won, as seen by Magnum photographers. Magnum Photos

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— The American Institute of Architects found itself embroiled in controversy over a conciliatory open letter (for which it later apologized) about the president-elect. Kriston Capps examines the controversy, while Brentin Mock looks at the reaction of black architects. Citylab, Citylab

— The Red Dot Art Fair in Miami has rescinded an invite to T.Rutt, a collective who created an anti-Trump art project made out of an old campaign bus. Hyperallergic, The Stranger

— Contending with the era of Trump: Literary critic David Ulin turns to Vaclav Havel, while novelist and photography critic Teju Cole goes with Eugène Ionesco. LitHub, New York Times

— In related news: Critic Jörg Colberg writes about photography — and its institutions —in the age of Trump, while Christian Viveros-Fauné looks at the culture wars that may be about to descend on us. Conscientious, Artnet

— And, more concretely, the possible effects of Trump's tax plan on arts workers. Art F City

— An ancient ziggurat at Nimrud, in Iraq, has reportedly been bulldozed by Islamic State militants. The Art Newspaper, Hyperallergic

A picture taken last week shows destruction in the ancient ruins of Nimrud, in Iraq.
A picture taken last week shows destruction in the ancient ruins of Nimrud, in Iraq. (Safin Hamed / AFP/Getty Images)

President Obama names the recipients of the Congressional Medal of Freedom. Among the recipients: Architect Frank Gehry and artist Maya Lin join a group that includes Bruce Springsteen, Tom Hanks and Vin Scully. The White House

Blouin Art Info seems to have vaporized writer William Poundstone's excellent SoCal arts blog with no explanation. Thankfully, Poundstone has rematerialized on Blogspot. Los Angeles County Museum on Fire

Albania's prime minister is an artist — and he has a show on view at Marian Goodman in New York. Worth reading. The Guardian, Marian Goodman

— Speaking of New York, Alec Baldwin is sounding positively Trumpian in his lawsuit against gallerist Mary Boone. Artnet

— The art that connects with aspects of Leonard Cohen's most famous song. Posztukiwania

— Forget land art, the dude-iest art to make now is ocean art. New York Times

— The pink pigment that is available to everyone — except Anish Kapoor. Creators Project

— A lost Frida Kahlo painting emerges after six decades. And it's about to go up for auction at Sotheby's in New York. BBC

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"Niña Con Collar" ("Girl With Necklace") by Frida Kahlo, which is going up for auction at Sotheby's.
"Niña Con Collar" ("Girl With Necklace") by Frida Kahlo, which is going up for auction at Sotheby's. (Sotheby's via Associated Press)

— A female Cool School? Arts writer Catherine Wagley looks at the work and philosophies of painters Sarah Cain, Allison Miller, Laura Owens, Rebecca Morris and Dianna Molzan — "female L.A. painters [who] have self-possessed, un-heroic approaches to mark making, mixed with quiet rebelliousness and full-on dedication." Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles

— Collecting the black female figure in Western art. New Yorker

— A couple of stories about housing in San Francisco: One on how an affluent neighborhood is fighting low-income housing, and another about how a development in the Mission has been shot down because planners failed to take into account issues of displacement. San Francisco Chronicle, SFGate

Germany saves Thomas Mann's L.A. house from a possible fate as a tear-down. Curbed

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— And last but not least, from the Department of So Much Gilding, So Little Time: Which is Saddam Hussein's house? And which is Trump's? @JohnDeVore

Find me on Twitter @cmonstah.

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