Morning Links

Morning Links: Judith Beheading Holofernes Edition

Caravaggio, Judith Beheading Holofernes, 1599–1602.


Artists at Work

The artist and writer Walter Robinson and his wife, the painting conservator Lisa Rosen, give a tour of the art on the walls of their apartment. The works are by their friends, and their ex-lovers. [The New York Times]

Here’s a look at the migratory patterns of artists shuffling off to different neighborhoods in New York. The most popular new destination as of late? Bushwick, natch. [Bushwick Daily]

Artsy’s algorithm recommended that the artist Addie Wagenknecht check out… the artist Addie Wagenknecht. [Twitter]


Does the Venice Biennale have a photography problem? An investigation. [Aperture]

Embedded in A. S. Hamrah’s excellent essay on cultural touchstones of the Trump era’s early days is an investigation into the art references in the photograph of Kathy Griffin holding Donald Trump’s severed head. He compares the image to depictions of Judith with the head of Holofernes, as depicted by Caravaggio, Lucas Cranach and Kehinde Wiley. [n+1]

James Franco

James Franco has shut down the production of a play called James Franco and Me. [The New York Times]

James Franco portrays twin brothers in The Deuce, a new HBO show about the porn industry in New York in the 1970s. Here’s the trailer. [The Verge]


Cup & Saucer, a greasy spoon on Canal Street that’s a favorite of dealers and artists who live and work on the Lower East Side, will close after this weekend. Ryan McGinley was a fan—his studio is across the street. [The Lo Down]

Here is the definitive piece on the cultural impact of that much-ridiculed, but still ubiquitous, food fetish: avocado toast. [The New Yorker]

Museum Happenings

There is no major museum in Las Vegas, not yet at least, but there are a few pop-up places to see art. [Las Vegas Weekly]

Look at this super-cool gigantic whale skeleton at the Natural History Museum in London! [Seattle Times]

The Berkshire Museum is selling two Norman Rockwells to pay for… something. [Mass Live]

The Guggenheim in New York will stage a major Danh Vo survey next year. [ARTnews]

All of these snacks near the wonderful museums in Houston, Texas, look mighty tasty. [Houstonia Magazine]

Tomorrow, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York will honor the 50th anniversary of the publication of From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg with a day of celebration. Hopefully you read this marvelous book while growing up! To not give too much away: The narrative follows mischievous brother and sister duo Claudia and Jamie Kincaid, who sneak off to the Met and hide out in the museum overnight, taking refuge in bathrooms and, eventually, antique beds. It is an absolute classic. [Gothamist]

The Music Scene

Alex Ross brings up Toscanini to discuss exactly what was going on when the G-20 leaders sat down at the Elbphilharmonie music hall in Hamburg, Germany, to hear Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. [The New Yorker]

Frank Guan discusses the power of Lana Del Rey while listening to the songs trickling out from her much anticipated new album, Lust For Life. [New York]

Harmony Korine takes us through the music he listened to at different stages in his life. He starts off with the cracked outlaw country of David Allan Coe, then moves on to Memphis, Tennessee, via rap heroes Three 6 Mafia, before ending with a mixtape by beloved Atlanta figure OJ Da Juiceman, a mixtape that prominently features Korine’s close friend, the musician and actor Gucci Mane. [Pitchfork]

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