Morning Links

Morning Links: Punk Rock and Theoretical Superstructure Edition


“Normally you don’t find ‘punk rock,’ ‘theoretical superstructure,’ and ‘history of art’ occupying the same sentence.” Maybe, notwithstanding that past sentence, there is a merciful God? Except then there’s this: “If punk is Pollock and Rancid is Rauschenberg, then Green Day might be Arshile Gorky, during his Abstract Expressionist phase.” [Salon]

Throughout his career, Andrew Wyeth made lesser-known paintings of black subjects—the discovery of which made art historian Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw say, “I was really confused, excited, and kind of bewildered.” [The New York Times]


Sam Durant speaks, eloquently, about the tumult surrounding his Scaffold sculpture and its ceremonial dismantling by Dakota natives in Minneapolis. [Los Angeles Times]

Peter Schjeldahl went to L.A. and really liked “Home—So Different, So Appealing,” a “big, keen show” of Latino and Latin American artists at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as part of the city-wide initiative “Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.” [The New Yorker]

In Tasmania, a Hermann Nitsch action involving a bull carcass and lots and lots of blood was a hit at the Museum of Old and New Art. Read a (seemingly unedited) report from the scene. [The Art Newspaper]

Out There

In Bozeman, Montana, a community art project aims to get people thinking about water. One hi-tech aspect: “an augmented reality app on the phone’s screen layered a video of running water over a sticker on the concrete, giving its clustered viewers a sense for what the stream would look like laid bare.” [Bozeman Daily Chronicle]

Artist and psychotherapist Johan Deckman conceived a witheringly wry series of satirical self-help books with titles along the lines of How to Feel the Way You Felt Before You Knew What You Know Now. [The Guardian]

Lay eyes on a slide show of art by Shinique Smith, in whose work “graffiti, secondhand finds, and neo-tribalism interact with Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, and Japanese calligraphy.” [Los Angeles Review of Books]

Dance Dance Dance

Dance writer and “lapsed dancer” Siobhan Burke took a participatory gig as a performer in a work by Yvonne Rainer. “I felt I hadn’t quite nailed it,” Burke writes—but the choreographer thought otherwise. [The New York Times]

New York Times music critic Jon Pareles paid a visit to the exhibition “Rhythm & Power: Salsa in New York” at the Museum of the City of New York. [The New York Times]

Signs of the Times

“The Babadook Is a Frightening, Fabulous New Gay Icon.” [The New Yorker]

A noose was found on Washington, D.C.’s National Mall outside the National Gallery of Art. [ABC News]

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