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Morning Links: Own Goal Edition

The site of an ignominious “own goal,” when a soccer team scores on itself.



The board of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis has hired a law firm to review the institution’s handling of Sam Durant’s Scaffold sculpture—the controversial installment and swift dismantling of which happened in the midst of two dozen staff members departing for reasons that some attribute to the leadership of director Olga Viso. [The New York Times]

See what 45 members of the College Art Association think about the current politically charged issue of “preserving or removing statues and public works of art.” [Collage Art Association]

Signs of the Times

Read why the Southern California cornucopia Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is “the perfect exhibition for Trump’s America.” [The Guardian]

Thanks to Josh Kline’s Swallowing News, a new editioned work for Texte zur Kunst, you can now ingest editions of the New York Times in capsule form. (Might “Breakfast with ARTnews” dust to sprinkle in your morning coffee be next?) [Texte zur Kunst]


For aspiring art-world impresarios thinking of throwing their hat in the ring for the vacant director position at the Met in New York, the time has arrived. The job listing for the post went public yesterday, and the institution is seeking a leader with, among other things, “a highly developed ‘EQ’ to ensure successful relationship building, fundraising, advocacy, communication, and team building” and “the ability to build consensus both within the museum and beyond.” [The Art Newspaper]

On #AskACurator day on Twitter, someone from the Asia department at the British Museum said, in reference to a question about wall labels, the museum is careful not to use too many Asian names—lest visitors of non-Asian persuasions be confused. Controversy erupted (including a delightfully British characterization of the gaffe as an “own goal”). [The Guardian]

Down Under

See a sequence of phantasmagorical technicolor paintings and collages spanning 60 years of work by Australian artist Gareth Sansom, on the occasion of a big survey show at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne. [The Guardian]

Former New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute director and current cultural-strategy consultant Karl Johnstone will oversee New Zealand’s pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale. [Waatea News]


An ambitious idea for a six-week concert series to feature Philip Glass and more in Rhode Island turned into something like a classical-music Fyre Festival. “This is probably the greatest amateur act the union has ever seen,” said a spurned leader of the Boston Musicians Association. [Boston Globe]

Greg Fox, the director of music development at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, got a strong 7.7 review on Pitchfork for his new album, The Gradual Progression. [Pitchfork]

Jessi Zazu, a member of the Nashville indie-rock band Those Darlins and, with her mother, the maker of a recent art show that addressed her rare and aggressive form of cancer, died at the age of 28. [Tennesseean]


Yesterday was Tadao Ando’s birthday, which makes the time still ripe for gaping at some of his dreamy architectural imaginings. [Architecture Daily]

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