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Morning Links: Allan Sekula Edition





The Clark Art Institute in Massachusetts has received the library of the late artist and writer Allan Sekula. Sally Stein, Sekula’s wife, gifted the 15,000 volumes to the institute. [Artforum]

Department of Election Anxiety

This may be no surprise to anyone, but if Hillary Clinton became president, she would do more for the arts than Donald Trump would. In 2013, she even wrote an essay for Vanity Fair about the Art in Embassies program. [The Art Newspaper]

A look at the architecture of Trump’s buildings, which, Ian Volner writes, are mostly “fine, or at least do no harm,” but have a serious attitude problem. [Artforum]


Elizabeth Orr debuts a new video called MT RUSH, “a near-future science fiction video chronicling the day-to-day activities of a female Mt. Rushmore Park Ranger as she navigates an onslaught of interactive fundraising emails that appear on a transparent interface.” [DIS Magazine]

Prizes and Honors

Following a $2 million donation, Nick Cave will be the first Stephanie and Bill Sick professor of fashion design, body, and garment at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. [Crain’s Chicago Business]

Los Angeles–based artist Rodney McMillian has won the first Suzanne Deal Booth Prize, which comes with $100,000 and a solo exhibition at Contemporary Austin in Texas, and which will now be give out biennially. []


Peter Schjeldahl reviews the Met Breuer’s Kerry James Marshall survey, calling it “exhilarating” and noting that it “affirms a revival of grandly scaled, thematic figurative painting.” [The New Yorker]

Greece has opened its first National Museum of Contemporary Art as part of a two-decade-long initiative to create jobs and promote culture. [Al Jazeera]


According to one auction house representative, portraits of men have a tendency to sell for much higher rates than those of women. This may relate to the nature of art history—the more famous portraits have typically featured male subjects. [Bloomberg]

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