Darren Bader, Horny Dip, 2012.

COURTESY THE ARTIST AND ANDREW KREPS GALLERY

The German Election

Just ahead of the elections in Germany, a work by Nicole Eisenman at Skulptur Projekte Münster was vandalized with a swastika. [ARTnews]

In that election, Angela Merkel won her fourth term as chancellor, and the AfD won 13.5 percent of the vote, becoming the first far-right nationalist party since World War II to sit in the German Bundestag. [The Guardian]

Previously, Wolfgang Tillmans made posters urging German citizens to vote. [ARTnews]

Fair Changes

Frieze has hired Loring Randolph as the artistic director of the Americas. She was previously director and partner at Casey Kaplan gallery. [ARTnews]

A Look at Museums

The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., is one year old. [NPR]

Tech Issues

London museum drama! The Science Museum and the Natural History Museum got into a Twitter spat. It boiled down to robots versus dinosaurs. [Skift]

More people are using smartphone apps when visiting museums or gallery exhibitions, even though “art traditionalists are quick to criticize the integration of virtual reality and van Gogh.” [CNBC]

Work at Home

A couple has turned their southeast London Victorian end-of-terrace house into a gallery. [The Guardian]

M.H. Miller talks to collectors who purchase, and then install in their homes, art that is difficult—and, in some cases, life-threatening. Some of it is hard to maintain. A Max Hooper Schneider installation requires its owner to find a new ultra-rare square watermelon every time the old one starts to rot. [T: The New York Times Style Magazine]

Art and Style

Contra The Thomas Crown Affair, art thieves are not always dashing, glamorous figures. [Salon]

The rapper Lil Uzi Vert has been photographed with a Louis Vuitton x Jeff Koons zippy wallet. He went with the one that features Wheat Field with Cypresses by van Gogh. [Twitter/Rachel Tashjian]

Out of the Country

Vancouver has a wonderful offering of public art on view for its citizens and visitors. [Vogue]

Critic Mark Turner thinks New Contemporaries, the London exhibition featuring work by English art students, could use a little bit more punk spirit. Also, he tells the tale of how, when he asked Wolfgang Tillmans to give his daughter art lessons to guide her, Tillmans responded, “I always believe young people should create their own paths.” [The Telegraph]