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Morning Links: Powdery Substances at the Opera Edition

The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center. WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center.


Powdery Substances At The Met

Saturday night, the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York canceled an opera mid-performance following an audience member scattering a powdery substance into the pit. Sources now say the substance was human ashes, dispersed by the friend of a deceased opera lover in tribute. [New York Times]


An interview with the 91-year-old artist Etel Adnan, who has recently seen a new level of demand for her work. [Financial Times]

With “Philip Guston: Laughter in the Dark, Drawings From 1971 & 1975,” opening this Tuesday at Hauser & Wirth in New York, here is a piece focusing on the artist’s drawings of Richard M. Nixon, which in part stemmed from a friendship with the novelist Philip Roth. “I’m hoping the drawings may remind people of what can happen,” said Musa Mayer, Guston’s daughter. [New York Times]

Art History

In the wake of the announcement that AQA’s History of Art A-level in England, Wales and Northern Ireland will be ending, the New York Times asks, “how important is art history in today’s market?” [New York Times]

Dr. Oetker, the German maker of baking products, has found works potentially ransacked by Nazis in its company art collection. [The Art Newspaper]

Van Gogh’s Bed Scene Report

Art historian Martin Bailey thinks that Van Gogh’s bed–the subject of the artist’s famous 1888 painting The Bedroom–may be located in the small Dutch town of Boxmeer. [The Art Newspaper]


A profile of Eric Smidt, who recently gave a $25 million gift to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and whose life “has the air of a Charles Dickens novel: an ill mother, an overburdened father and an abandoned boy who found his way through a cruel and, at times, splendid world of possibility.” [Los Angeles Times]

“Carolyn Marsden-Smith to join Getty Museum as associate director for exhibitions.” [Artforum]

On Walter Robinson’s exhibition currently on view at the Mystic Museum of Art in Mystic, Connecticut. [The Day]

Photos from Ander Rennick’s exhibition at Punk Cafe in Melbourne, “School for Sex And Design.” [Sex Magazine]

Documentation of “Ill Seen Ill Said” at White Flag Projects in St. Louis, which has now closed after 10 years in operation. [Contemporary Art Daily]

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