Morning Links

Morning Links: Gymnopédies Edition

Erik Satie, composer of the great 19th piano works known as the Gymnopédies.



For the show “99 Cents or Less” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, curator Jens Hoffmann “asked more than 100 artists based in the United States to make new works from materials purchased only at dollar stores, with a total budget of $99 each.” [The New York Times]

The Los Angeles performance series “Summer Happenings” brings some strange stuff to the Broad, by way of Kembra Pfahler, Vaginal Davis, and the ghost of the late, great Nico, among others. [Los Angeles Times]

On the English seaside town of St. Ives: “Work by everyone from Francis Bacon to Patrick Heron and Lucian Freud is going under the hammer at Sotheby’s—capturing a time when a Cornish fishing village regularly rivaled London as an art superpower.” [The Guardian]

Club Condesa, a disused pool club in Mexico City, has been enlisted as an exhibition space in the months before it will be torn down and replaced by a new mixed-use development. [The Art Newspaper]

Silver Screen

Light Industry cofounder Thomas Beard went and checked out Louise Lawler’s A Movie Will Be Shown Without the Picture at MoMA. [Metrograph]

On the decades-old history and recent resurrection of Japanese “roman porno,” a strain of soft-core pornography films that was big in the ’70s and has come back by way of movies like the Erik Satie-referencing Aroused by Gymnopédies. [The New York Times]


Two paintings by Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain will appear at the Seattle Art Fair in United Talent Agency’s booth, alongside works by Nate Lowman, Elizabeth Peyton, Raymond Pettibon, and Mike Kelley. [The New York Times]

The exhibition “True Faith” at the Manchester Art Gallery, curated by Matthew Higgs and music writer Jon Savage, surveys the influence of the British bands Joy Division and New Order on artists including Julian Schnabel, Jeremy Deller, Liam Gillick, Mark Leckey, and more. [The Guardian]


The British Museum has acquired work by nine photographers who have documented the war in Syria and the plight of refugees. [The Art Newspaper]

At Chicago’s International Museum of Surgical Science, a video work by artist Vincent Tiley considers robotic interaction with bodies in a manner that is “by turns eerie, soothing and oddly monstrous.” [The Chicago Tribune]

And More

Sophie Calle and Frank Gehry share a special moment in San Francisco, where Calle just opened a new show. [Charles Desmarais/Twitter]


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