Morning Links

Morning Links: Silence Is a Rhythm Too Edition

The awesome first album by the Slits, the band behind the lyric “silence is a rhythm too.”


What happens when an art critic and a music critic go together to review concerts related to the new Robert Rauschenberg show at MoMA? (You might be surprised by which one pulls the groan-inducing move of describing John Cage’s 4’33” as “silent”!) [The New York Times]

Christopher Knight goes deep into LACMA’s ambitious makeover plans and comes out concerned less with Peter Zumthor’s proposed architecture and more with the museum’s rethinking of what constitutes a permanent collection and changing methods of display. [Los Angeles Times]

Geoff Edgers takes a trip to the Berkshires to see Laurie Anderson’s big new virtual-reality work up at Mass MoCA. [The Washington Post]


The “Berlin Painter” wasn’t some dude hanging out in Kreuzberg having a Kölsch and a smoke—he was maybe the greatest ancient Greek vase painter in the early fifth century B.C. [The New York Review of Books]

A good detailed look at the new book The Autonomous City: A History of Urban Squatting by an author who shows a deep curiosity about life in the urban space and goes ahead and confesses at the end of the first paragraph that she has ”never shit in a garbage bag.” [The New Republic]


Joan Jonas is having a big Tate Modern show in 2018! There are some other nice highlights in the forthcoming Tate schedule, including an exhibition of Picasso in just 1932 and a group show focused on Virginia Woolf. [The Art Newspaper]

Famed fashion photographer Mario Testino is selling 500 works from his art collection at Sotheby’s in England to help fund Museo MATE, an undertaking of his in Lima to help promote heritage and culture in Peru. [BBC News]

Feast your eyes on some fetching Balenciaga threads of the kind in a new exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. [The Guardian]

The World

See some stirring pictures by photographer Mohau Modisakeng, whose “haunting and meditative self-portraiture” shows signs of what it’s like to live in South Africa. [The New Yorker]

“How Google Street View Became an Art Form.” [Fast Company]

And More…

Maybe this is your new summer read—if you’re into metafictional novels that delve into conceptual art, dance, “the body,” and references to I Love Dick and Leaving the Atocha Station. [The New York Times]

Anton Alvarez has some nifty-looking “artistic machines” at Lever House in New York. [The New Yorker]

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