Morning Links

Morning Links: Snuggly Abutted Blobs Edition

Frederick Hammersley's Before + After, 1964. COURTESY L.A. LOUVER

Frederick Hammersley’s Before + After, 1964.



Christie’s fared well last night in its biggest Post-War and Contemporary sale in years, netting $448.1 million with a 96-percent sell-through rate. Get all the details in Nate Freeman’s freshly minted ARTnews report. [ARTnews]

A chronicle of the “combination of raw talent, compelling biography, and limited supply” that made Jean-Michel Basquiat such a market darling—with a $60 million painting on the auction block at Sotheby’s tonight. [The New York Times]


Joan Jonas’s show at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise uptown gets a rave. [Village Voice]

A look into the “never-ending party” in the work of Florine Stettheimer. [The New York Review of Books]

A show of 98 paintings by Frederick Hammersley in L.A. is a tribute to an artist with an affinity for “transforming snuggly abutted blobs and eccentrically interlocked slabs of supersaturated color into odd compositions abuzz with befuddling possibilities.” [Los Angeles Times]

Jason Shulman makes photo works of entire movies condensed into one image via verrrryyy lllloooooonnngg exposures, starring such films as Alice in Wonderland, Deep Throat, Taxi Driver, and more. [The Guardian]

“Throbbing Gristle Founder Explores Porn as Art in Memoir”—delight in tales of Cosey Fanni Tutti. [Rolling Stone]


The Times has flooded the zone with coverage surrounding the return this weekend of David Lynch’s TV-seizing surrealist-noir fantasia Twin Peaks. [The New York Times]

Bone up with an appreciation of the severely underrated series prequel Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, a familiarity with which Lynch has said will help viewers of the episodes to come. [The Ringer]


France’s newly appointed culture minister, Françoise Nyssen, has worked for 30 years as the head of the family-run Actes Sud publishing house behind books by Nobel-winning novelist Svetlana Alexievich and about artists including Sophie Calle, Giuseppe Penone, and Michelangelo Pistoletto. [The Art Newspaper]

Don’t want to commit to hanging your art? Just lean it or put it on a shelf! Find some more tips for sprucing up the place. [Architectural Digest]

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