The Venice Skate Park in California.

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Controversies

The Guggenheim’s director, Richard Armstrong, defended the institution’s decision to pull works from its new show about Chinese art after an outcry. Because of threats made against the museum, officials contacted the police, he said. [The New York Times]

A report out of Michigan: “The former COO of the Grand Rapids Art Museum has filed a whistleblower protection lawsuit against his former employer, alleging widespread misuse of donor-restricted funds.” The museum has denied the allegations. [MiBiz]

The asset management company that put that Fearless Girl statue in front of the bull on Wall Street has agreed to pay $5 million to more than 300 women to settle allegations that it discriminated against female executives. [Bloomberg]

The Talent

The Rubin Museum of Art in New York has tapped Jorrit Britschgi, its director of exhibitions, collections, and research since last year, to be its new executive director. [ARTnews]

David Shrigley will be guest director of the 2018 Brighton Festival, becoming the first visual artist to take up the role at the multi-arts initiative since Anish Kapoor, who inaugurated the job in 2009. [Artforum]

Artists

John Schaefer provides an illuminating look at Pierre Boulez’s rarely performed piece Répons (1981–84), which will be presented at the Park Avenue Armory in New York tonight and tomorrow. [WNYC News]

Ai Weiwei reveals that he is thinking about getting a home and studio north of New York City, and that he enjoys playing Texas Hold ‘Em–style poker. [The New York Times]

In case you missed it: Barbara Pollack’s profile of Ai, on the occasion of his new public-art show in New York, “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors.” [ARTnews]

What’s photographer Thomas Ruff up to these days? Thorough this link, some answers. [The New York Times]

Celebrations

Klaus Biesenbach and James Franco were spotted at the opening of the new Supreme store in Brooklyn. The shop features a skate bowl, and Jon Caramanica writes about it in relation to Deitch Project’s 2002 exhibition “Session the Bowl,” which also featured that skating apparatus. [The New York Times]

And More

Here’s a look at how arts institutions in Russia are marking the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. [Art in America]

And here are digital photos of Bernadette Mayer’s glorious photo show at Canada in New York. [Contemporary Art Daily]

A look at the copyists who work inside the Louvre making copies of masterworks. [Lens/The New York Times]