A portrait of Angela Merkel by George W. Bush.COURTESY THE ARTIST

A portrait of Angela Merkel by George W. Bush.

COURTESY THE ARTIST

Biennials, Quinquennials, and More

Little is known about Documenta 14, even though its Athens half opens on Friday. Still, here’s a little information about its concept, courtesy of artistic director Adam Szymczyk. [Artforum]

In 2018, the Windy City will host its inaugural “Art Design Chicago” spotlight, in which 25 institutions will showcase the city’s vibrant art scene. [The New York Times]

The first Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art is set to take place in 2018. Katerina Gregos is already attached to organize the Latvian city’s first biennial. [The Art Newspaper]

Angela Merkel

Artist and ARTnews contributor Greg Allen has started a Kickstarter to get an unnamed Chinese artist to paint Angela Merkel giving the side-eye, in the style of George W. Bush’s paintings. [Artspace]

New York Museums

The Museum of Modern Art’s restaurant, the Modern, may be known for its outdoor seating, but now it also has a cocktail cart that peddles gin-and-tonics. [The New York Times]

Because of a water leak, works in the Whitney Biennial—including Dana Schutz’s controversial Open Casket—were temporarily deinstalled yesterday. [Hyperallergic]

Around Europe

Thieves have stolen some $200,000 worth of jewelry from the Art Paris fair. [Fox News]

Adrian Searle gives five stars to Tate Britain’s “Queer British Art 1861–1967” show, which he calls “vital, fascinating.” [The Guardian]

A U.S. court will hear a lawsuit against Germany over Nazi-looted medieval works. Germany had previously asked for the case to be thrown out. [Reuters]