Morning Links

Morning Links: Italian Earthquake Edition


L’Aquila, Italy.



Art expert David Rijser on the damage of Wednesday’s earthquake in Italy, which destroyed 100 churches filled with frescoes, mosaics, and sculptures: “It has been a true drama, there is a lot that has been lost.” [The Guardian]

New York

David Bowie’s former set designer has constructed a new work, a set of hanging wall sculptures, outside of his apartment building on Seventh Avenue between 2nd and 3rd Street in Brooklyn. [DNA Info]

Over the past decade the Abrons Arts Center on the Lower East Side has risen in the performing arts venue ranks, thanks to the efforts of its artistic director, Jay Wegman, who will leave the space later this year. [Village Voice]


The story of the boom-and-bust years of the Qatar Museums, as told by a former employee who recalls the period as being somewhat surreal and “definitely strange.” [Quartz]

A preview of the soon-to-be opened monument and museum in Montgomery, Alabama, which memorializes thousands of lynched black Americans. [Smithsonian Magazine]

A short animation narrated by British philosopher Alain de Botton on the function of art museums in our current age and the question of “what are they really for?” [Seeker]


An interview with Mischa Badasyan, a Russian-born, Berlin-based performance artist who had sex with 365 men over the course of a year for the sake of his “art.” [Vice]

A comparative look at how the work of a “Hacktivist” collective such as Anonymous could be compared with the Guerrilla Girls and Ai Weiwei. [Economist]


Since yesterday, the Sagamore Hotel in South Beach, Miami, has been hosting a series of live art events that will feature work by Banksy, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Mr. Brainwash, Keith Haring, among others. [Miami New Times]

Charles Desmarais’s fall picks for art shows in San Francisco’s Bay Area. [SF Chronicle]

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