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Morning Links: That’s Mr. Hell to You Edition

A classic album from 1977.

A classic album from 1977.

Art History

Richard Hell, punk icon and distinguished man of letters, reviewed the exhibition “Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952–1965.” [The New York Review of Books]

In the lead-up to St. Patrick’s Day, Irish eyes are smiling on the legacy of John Mulvany, a 19th-century painter who found early success—see his epic Custer’s Last Rally—but lived the last years of his life as a soused and destitute specter in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. [The New York Times]

Dubious Ideas

Mope-rocker Morrissey, no stranger to obvious provocations and questionable gestures suggestive of a tin ear, is selling T-shirts with his Smiths-era lyrics “I wear black on the outside / ‘Cause black is how I feel on the inside” around the face of James Baldwin [Pitchfork]

At the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, pop musician (and Lena Dunham partner) Jack Antonoff will perform a new soundtrack to The Breakfast Club. [Slate]


A fictional short film titled Spiral Jetty kinda-sorta alludes to Robert Smithson. A Q&A with the director bears out the faint connection, in advance of screenings at the New Directors/New Films festival at Lincoln Center and MoMA. [Brooklyn Magazine]

A Frieze guide to what’s playing at New Directors/New Films. [Frieze]

A new tech gadget called the Frame is a wall-hanging TV that, when powered down, cycles through images of paintings and photographs rendered as digital simulacra. [Wired]


Hopes that President Trump might not really propose cutting all funding for the arts and humanities were misplaced. [The New York Times]

In Jerusalem, the nonprofit Barbur gallery is being threatened with eviction after hosting a talk by Israeli soldiers against military practices in Gaza and the West Bank. Culture Minister Miri Regev claimed the event “hurts Israel’s image.” [The Art Newspaper]


A long New Yorker story about the new musical Joan of Arc: Into the Fire written by David Byrne and directed by Alex Timbers. [The New Yorker]

Iowa artists abound in “Not So Ordinary: Iowa Regionalists and Scenes of Rural Life,” an intriguing exhibition in Muscatine, Iowa. [Muscatine Journal]

What do you think would be in “Top 10 Novels on Rural America”? [The Guardian]

A court case in Maine swung over uncertainty seeded by the lack of an Oxford comma. Punctilious punctuators and pedants, rejoice! [CNN]

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