Books
Björk.

A Dancer in the Dark, Illuminated: Inside MoMA’s Unusual Björk Catalogue

“So I have been doing a little reading and trying to find folks who could help me define what ‘ism’ I am,” Icelandic pop star Björk wrote to writer Timothy Morton in an email in October. In a lengthier email, … Read More


Retrospective
Caspar David Friedrich, Woman Before Rising Sun, ca. 1818, oil on canvas. WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Beyond the Infinite: Robert Rosenblum on the Sublime in Contemporary Art, in 1961

In the February 1961 issue of ARTnews Robert Rosenblum tackled the tradition of the sublime, looking at art that instills feelings of fear and awe in viewers, overwhelming the senses. First theorized by Longinus and then revived during the 18th-century Enlightenment in Europe by Edmund … Read More


News
Archeologist Howard Carter in King Tut's tomb. 


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Morning Links: King Tut Edition

The Williams College Museum of Art will receive 68 artworks from Peter Norton of antivirus software fame. The gift includes works from Tracey Emin, Adrian Piper, Allan Ruppersberg, Nayland Blake, and Christopher Wool. [Artforum] Shannon Stratton, current executive director of contemporary arts nonprofit Threewalls in … Read More


News
Frankenthaler at Bennington in the mid-1940s.COURTESY THE HELEN FRANKENTHALER FOUNDATION

Helen Frankenthaler Foundation Gives $5 M. to Bennington College

Vermont’s Bennington College announced today that the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation has donated $5 million to its arts programs, and that it will rename the section of its arts center that is devoted to visual arts after the abstract painter, who … Read More


News
Theaster Gates. SARA POOLEY

Theaster Gates Did A TED Talk

The Chicago potter, activist, and American Social Practice Installation artist Theaster Gates filmed a TED talk this March called “How to revive a neighborhood: with imagination, beauty and art” that is now available to stream online. In a description of … Read More


News
Ingrid Schaffner.COURTESY INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART, UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

Ingrid Schaffner Will Curate the 57th Carnegie International

Ingrid Schaffner will curate the next Carnegie International, a survey of contemporary art held every three to five years at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Museum. Schaffner will start the job in May, and relocate to Pittsburgh in September. The show will open … Read More


News
LACMA Broad & Resnick Pavilion.

LACMA and Hyundai Strike Lucrative Deal

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art is expected to announce later in the day an unprecedented ten-year partnership with Korean automaker Hyunadi, the Los Angeles Times reported today. The paper reports that the deal—which LACMA director Michael Govan says … Read More


News
Jeffrey Deitch and Massimiliano Gioni in conversation at the New York Public Library last night. JORI KLEIN/NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY

‘Let’s Make It Happen': Deitch on Almost Joining MoMA, Bribing Michael Jackson’s Doorman, and More

“I don’t really care about money,” Jeffrey Deitch told New Museum curator Massimiliano Gioni last night at the New York Public Library. “Money is something to do more crazy projects with.” There you have it. Deitch and Gioni were both … Read More


Artists
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Damien Hirst on His Love for Snooker

In this week’s issue of The New Yorker, Sam Knight profiles the great, and fairly unstable, British snooker player Ronnie O’Sullivan. It’s a great read, not least because Damien Hirst, who is a snooker aficionado, makes a guest appearance to talk … Read More


News
Cacti at the Huntington Library Desert Botanical Garden.


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Morning Links: Cactus Omelette Edition

Matthew Darbyshire’s “Suite” at Lisa Cooley in New York. [Contemporary Art Daily] Here’s a review of “Alec Soth: Songbook”  on view at Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco. The exhibition shows photographs taken on the artist’s multi-year road trip, during which he took on the role … Read More


News
Selgas Cano’s proposal for the 15th annual Serpentine Pavilion.


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Serpentine Gallery’s 2015 Pavilion Will Be a Psychedelic Cocoon Designed by Selgas Cano

The Serpentine Gallery announced their commission for its 15th annual Serpentine pavilion today. This summer, Spanish architect duo Selgas Cano—composed of young couple Jose Selgas and Lucia Cano—will create a psychedelic cocoon in the middle of Kensington Gardens. Their neon-colored plastic structures are … Read More


Retrospective
Donatello, David, ca. 1430, bronze. PATRICK A. RODGERS/FLICKR

‘The Bronze David of Donatello': Randall Jarrell’s 1957 Poem for ARTnews

In 1956, the American poet Randall Jarrell was selected as a consultant in poetry to the Library of Congress (a position now called poet laureate). One year later, in October 1957, ARTnews kicked off a series of previously unpublished poetry … Read More


News
A sachertorte from the Hotel Sacher in Vienna.AIMARE/WIKIMEDIA

Here’s the Artist List for the First Vienna Biennale

Another biennale is officially hitting the crowded art calendar. The Vienna Biennale has announced that its first edition, which runs from June 11 to October 4 this year, will be titled “Ideas for Change,” and feature the work of more … Read More


News
David Koch.COURTESY YOUTUB

Scientists Petition to Have David Koch Removed From Natural History Museum Boards

Scientists including climatologist James Hansen and ecologist George Woodwell have drafted an open letter to science museums across the country to reject money from David Koch, founder of Koch Industries and a major arts donor, and to remove him as … Read More