Bosco Sodi’s Muro (2017) will appear in New York’s Washington Square Park this month.

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Coming Up

There will be many exciting exhibitions this fall, but nothing on the horizon fascinates Roberta Smith more than the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s ongoing search for a new director. [The New York Times]

New York’s Washington Square Park will play host to not one but two works about borders this fall. Not too far from an Ai Weiwei fence sculpture will be a 26-foot-long wall by Bosco Sodi. [The Art Newspaper]

A Dakota elders committee has decided to bury, not burn, the wood from Sam Durant’s Scaffold later this month. [Minneapolis Star Tribune]

Remembrances

On the occasion of England’s first Jean-Michel Basquiat show in two decades, at the Barbican Centre in London, the painter’s closest friends recall who he really was. [The Guardian]

Susan Vreeland, the author of such novels about art as The Passion of Artemisia, died at age 71 this past August. [The New York Times]

John Ashbery, who died this past weekend, may be known best as a poet, but he was an art critic, too. (For over a decade, Ashbery contributed regularly to ARTnews.) Here are snippets from some of his writings about artists, including reviews of shows by John Cage, Edvard Munch, Surrealist photographers, and more. [Vulture]

To the “Infinity Rooms” (and Beyond)

Getting tickets for the Yayoi Kusama show at the Broad in Los Angeles is not easy. One LA Weekly reporter gave it a shot and wound up in a virtual waiting room with 100,000 other users. [LA Weekly]

Oh, and by the way, the pop star Ciara has visited the show and posted a selfie in an “Infinity Room.” [Twitter]

Money

That controversy over the Berkshire Museum deaccessioning 40 works from its collection? It could’ve been avoided if the museum increased its endowment by $4.5 million, one expert said. The museum’s director denied this. [Berkshire Eagle]

According to one bank, the market value of photographs has gone up, while classic cars and “works of fine art” are worth less than they used to be. [The Guardian]

“How a new generation of Chinese art collectors are taking on the world.” [South China Morning Post]

Crime

Robert Gentile, a Boston mobster who is believed to be connected to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist, will be sentenced to up to six years in prison for illegally selling guns. [Reuters]

Miscellaneous

Haegue Yang is the winner of the Museum Ludwig’s Wolfgang Hahn Prize. [Artforum]

A look around Arthur Jafa’s show at the Serpentine Galleries in London. [Contemporary Art Daily]

Eike Schmidt has stepped down as director of the Uffizi Galleries in Florence. He will become director of the Kunsthisthorisches Museum in Viennia in 2019. [The Florentine]