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Morning Links: Kara Walker’s Inauguration Day Painting Edition


Kara Walker.



On Inauguration Day, Kara Walker created a large-scale painting that alludes to Washington Crossing the Delaware. Here’s a first look at it. [The New Yorker]

Tom Rachman, the author of the novel The Imperfectionists, writes that today’s artists may not be well equipped to deal with resisting Trump. [The Washington Post]

This month at the New-York Historical Society, Nari Ward will recreate his 2011 piece We the People, in which shoelaces form the first line of the preamble to the United States Constitution. [The Art Newspaper]


Though it’s been two years since Yves Bouvier got in legal trouble for acting as the middleman in sales to the Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev and potentially committing fraud, his case continues to raise questions. [Bloomberg]

In Case You Missed These Museum Shows…

The exhibition “Mirror, Mirror … Portraits of Frida Kahlo” at the Harn Museum of Art in Gainesville, Florida, features photographs of the Mexican painter, among them a little-seen image of the artist’s open-casket funeral. [Buzzfeed News]

R. H. Quaytman’s first major museum survey, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, closed yesterday. If you missed it, here are some nice installation views. [Contemporary Art Daily]


The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco have acquired 62 works from the Souls Grow Deep Foundation, including pieces by Thornton Dial and Ronald Lockett. [Artforum]

Dots, Pools, and Surfers

With a retrospective at the National Art Center in Tokyo and a major show coming to Washington, D.C.’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Yayoi Kusama gets profiled. [The Wall Street Journal]

Peter Schjeldahl on Raymond Pettibon’s “enigmatic, fantastically erudite” work, which is now the subject of a 700-work New Museum survey. [The New Yorker]

Adrian Searle reviews Tate Britain’s David Hockney show, noting that it includes the artist’s late works, some of which are “artistic disaster[s].” [The Guardian]


A brief history of album mixtape art. [AIGA]

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