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Morning Links: Little Caesar Stab! Stab! Edition

The wrong little Caesar.

Et Tu?

In defense of a contemporized production of Julius Caesar that has conservatives in a tizzy over associations with President Trump, Rebecca Mead reminds readers that “Shakespeare’s play does not celebrate the manner of Caesar’s death but rather warns against it.” [The New Yorker]

In a consideration of what it means for corporate sponsors to pull their support from the Public Theater as a result of a public outcry: “By all means, let us inveigh against philistinism and puffed-up self-interest (always worthy targets), but we should also recognize that neither art nor money is a neutral force.” [Vulture]

Fine Company

In the run-up to his first gallery show in New York, novelist Teju Cole lays out some of his thinking in relation to the color (or non-color) black, the filmmaker Chris Marker, and Blind Spot, a new book that weds a fragmentary essay with Cole’s own photos and more. [Artforum]

On hangin’ with James Turrell up at Mass MoCA, which now plays home in the beautiful Berkshires to a new wing with nine of his works. [The New Yorker]

Worldly 

At Art Basel, money people better be ready to at least affect the air of aesthetes and aficionados. “No one is going to Basel to have dinner with their banker,” a private wealth adviser says, “unless that banker knows about art.” [Bloomberg]

Can’t make the trek to Basel? The online art fair Dream Basel has stuff to show and sell you instead. [Dream Basel]

Check out the fine-art collection put on display on ships sailed by Viking Ocean Cruises, including works with a focus on celebrating Nordic heritage and digital simulacra of paintings by Edvard Munch. [Forbes]

Critics

Dave Kehr, film critic/historian and curator of film at the Museum of Modern Art, is being awarded the insignia of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters at the French Embassy this week. [Artforum]

Sebastian Smee takes to the pages of the New York Times to report on the ailing state of the leading art museum in Sydney, Australia, where “a general anxiety pervades the institution—a sense of urgency, insecurity and of big things hanging in the balance.” [The New York Times]

Cool News

A photo show in London shows the evolution of work by storied street photographer Joel Meyerowitz from black-and-white to color, all of it cooler than cool. [The Guardian]

The campus of Portland State University in Oregon might be home to a new art museum, thanks to a $5 million gift from local philanthropist Jordan Schnitzer. [U.S. News & World Report/AP]

Misc.

The Broad museum in L.A. signed on to the be the only American institution so far to host a big Jasper Johns survey originating in London. [The New York Times]

Oh, brother: “avocado art might just be the new latte art.” [Time]

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