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Morning Links: Sharp Instrument Edition

The Thomas Gainsborough in question: Mr. and Mrs. William Hallett (The Morning Walk), 1785.COURTESY NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY

The Thomas Gainsborough in question: Mr. and Mrs. William Hallett (The Morning Walk), 1785.



Tehran’s Ag Galerie said that it will be unable to participate in the AIPAD fair in New York because of President’s Trump travel ban. [The New York Times]

In the Galleries

A Gainsborough at the National Gallery in London that had been attacked by a visitor with a “sharp instrument” is now back on view. [The New York Times]

Christo’s Floating Piers was the most-visited artwork of 2016, The Art Newspaper reports in its annual roundup of attendance figures. [The Art Newspaper]

Louis Menand considers the great “Inventing Downtown” exhibition, which is on view at New York University’s Grey Art Gallery for only a few more days. Do not miss it! [The New Yorker]

The Schutz Debate Continues

Christopher Benson asks what Emmett Till’s mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, would have made of Dana Schutz’s painting of her murdered son. [The New York Times]

Poet Rachel Eliza Griffiths addresses the work in two poems. [Buzzfeed]


“What you’re trying to create is a certain kind of an indispensable presence.” Kerry James Marshall, whose retrospective is now on view at MOCA Los Angeles, discusses his paintings. [NPR]

Duro Olowu interviews Henry Taylor, who proposes, “I think there’s only one purpose in life—one righteous purpose in life—the only thing that needs to be eliminated is the evil in it, people that are evil.” [Interview]

Agustín Arteaga, the new director of the Dallas Museum of Art, talks about what he’s up to. [Dallas Observer]

And here’s an interview with Devin Kenny. [Rhizome]


Repair work is underway at the Albany Museum of Art in Georgia, which was damaged by storms in January. Officials expect the museum to reopen in ten months. [WFXL]

The Talent

Michael Govan has been tapped to join the Smithsonian’s board of regents. [Washington Post]

Andrea Gyorody has been hired as assistant curator of modern and contemporary art at the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin. [Artforum]

Jeffrey Andersen, who has been with the Florence Griswold Museum in Connecticut for 40 years, is stepping down as director. [The Day]

Uh oh. Adrien Brody appears to be hard at work on his paintings. [Artsy]


Michael Bierut on designing the logo for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. [Design Observer]

There is a new documentary out about filmmaker and artist David Lynch. [Vogue]

A new play about John Cage has been assembled entirely from his quotations. [The New York Times]

Douglas Crimp on Trisha Brown, in 2011. [Artforum]

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