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Morning Links: Crass Absurdity Edition

Peter Saul, Donald Trump in Florida, 2017.



J. Hoberman surveys Peter Saul’s new Trump-taunting gallery show “Fake News” and ways in which it “illustrate[s] the crass absurdity of the current moment.” [The New York Review of Books]

An egg-shaped museum from Guatemala measuring eight-feet tall and six-feet wide is now on view in California as part of a much larger museum: LACMA. [The Guardian]


See some of Francis Picabia’s racy cover designs for André Breton’s journal Littérature: New Series as compiled in a new limited-edition volume by Small Press Books. [The Paris Review]

Christopher Knight reviews a moving show of kinetic art at the Palm Springs Art Museum. [Los Angeles Times]

The Future

Here’s a wishful, considered essay on how creative types in the future might best fortify themselves to work as artists—and “not just in the areas that attract hedge funds willing to store paintings in offshore containers in anticipation of future profits.” [Los Angeles Review of Books]

An intriguing missive from the artist collective åyr on the past, present, and future of 3-D printing and ways that “inhabitable printed structures have started to emerge in various locations around the world.” [e-flux]


Artist Trevor Paglen gave an interview to Playboy about ways he “teaches computers to imagine vampires, predators, and porn.” [Playboy]

Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy, died at 91. [The New York Times]

Points of Distinction

Here’s how the $500,000 ArtPrize tied to the family of U.S. education secretary Betsy DeVos went political. [The New York Times]

Music enthusiasts in Boston were treated to a world premiere of Philip Glass’s Piano Concerto No. 3, a new piece that draws on the composer’s “romantic streak and his meditative austerity.” [Boston Globe]

And More

Audrey Hepburn’s working script for the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s sold at auction at Christie’s in London for £632,750 (about $847,000) to . . . the archivist at Tiffany & Co. [The New York Times]

Photographer Mihaela Noroc travelled the world looking for women suffused with natural and authentic beauty. See some of the people she found in Ethiopia, China, Afghanistan, Ecuador, and more. [The Guardian]

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