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Morning Links: The Fred Willard Can’t Draw Edition


A drawing by Fred Willard.

In Memoriam

The Village Voice goes long on Andy Warhol for the 30th anniversary of his death. Miffed about some unbought ’80s paintings he made for a certain future president, the chatty, catty artist once said, “I think Trump’s sort of cheap.” [Village Voice]

PSSST, a non-profit art space in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights, announced its closure after waves of protest from anti-gentrification organizers active in the area. Galleries nearby have come under similar scrutiny for what objectors call a culture catering to outsiders with misdirected resources. [Los Angeles Times]

A deep and gossip-y dive into the firing of theater critic Charles Isherwood from The New York Times, where enmity around the theater desk ran high but mystery remains as to why the paper started sifting through an employee’s e-mails. [Vulture]


Julian Schnabel talks about new paintings, adapting Van Gogh for the silver screen, and a dreamy blue basketball court in France. [The New York Times]

A preview of the inaugural Desert X, which fills 45 miles of Coachella Valley in California with site-specific works of land art and other stuff by Doug Aitken, Rob Pruitt, Claudia Comte, Richard Prince, and more. [Los Angeles Times]

Art from Argentina may be coming in for new attention thanks to a concerted push by patrons, curators, and civic officials there. [The Art Newspaper]

After World War II, Nazis were subjected to Rorschach tests in an effort to plumb their hearts and minds. Specialists at the time found there was “little in America today which could prevent the establishment of a Nazilike state.” [The Paris Review]


Funnyman Fred Willard—sage of so many Christopher Guest-directed mockumentary films—donated a drawing to a fundraising show in Ohio called “Bad Art By Good People.” [Springfield News-Sun]

A visit to Polich Talixx foundry in upstate New York, where Oscar statuettes get made (not to mention almost every large-scale artwork you’ve seen in galleries and museums that call on fine-art foundry services). [The Salt Lake Tribute]

In Minnesota, a theater work that gets called “Sesame Street meets The Exorcist.” [MPR News]

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