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Morning Links: Tom Hanks Short Stories Edition

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Artists on Screen

Human Flow, the new documentary directed by Ai Weiwei, has been getting raves from critics as it gets ready to hit theaters this weekend. Here’s one taste of the breathless praise: “You’re right not to trust a film critic who calls a move stunning. But let me say this about Human Flow, the epic new documentary surveying the scope of the global refugee crisis, from Chinese artist/activist Ai Weiwei: It stunned me, in the truest sense of the word.” [The Phoenix New Times]

Also out this week is a biopic of the artist Tom of Finland, which according to one review “entertainingly recounts an intriguing and vital chapter of 20th-century gay history with style and deference.” [The Los Angeles Times]

At the Museum

An institution devoted to the life of fashion designer and collector Yves Saint Laurent has opened in Marrakech, the Moroccan city where he had a home with partner Pierre Berge. [The Chicago Sun Times]

Here are some fun facts about Kehinde Wiley, who will paint the official presidential portrait of Barack Obama that will hang at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. [Billboard]

Here’s the artist list for the 2018 biennale at the Portland Museum of Art, in Portland, Maine. [Artforum]

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures—the Renzo Piano-designed institution in Los Angeles set to open in 2019—has received donations from Bloomberg and Netflix. The fundraising campaign has brought in over $300 million as it closes in on its goal of $388 million. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Jay Fisher, the chief curator of the Baltimore Museum of Art, takes a deep dive into how to look at one of the most beloved works in the Charm City institution’s collection: van Gogh’s A Pair of Boots (1887). [The Baltimore Sun]

It’s the fourth anniversary of the opening of the Somali Art Museum in Minneapolis, Minnesota. [City Pages]

Scandal in Europe

A look into the Caravaggio that disappeared in Palermo, Sicily, in the 1960s. It may still be around here in 2017, but if it is, it’s in the hands of the local mafia. [Garage]

A government building in Oslo is set to be demolished after a terrorist attack in 2011 placed its status in flux. There’s one problem: it has on it enormous Picasso murals, which may have to be moved. Preservationists are up in arms. [The New York Times]

Female Artists

Stephanie LaCava talks to Carolee Schneemann, who has a show opening next week at MoMA PS1. [Harper’s]

Katya Kazakina finds that women artists are seeing the value of their work rise at a fast clip—mentioned here is Loie Hollowell, who saw her 16 pastel works sell quickly at the Pace Gallery booth at Frieze London earlier this month. [Bloomberg]

The Art of Cooking

Peter Crowley is the chef at Café G, the restaurant at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. And while he tells Eater Boston that, well, his dishes can’t quite compete with the fireworks in that institution’s collection, he can whip up some pretty tasty dishes, such as vegetable crudités to start, and Atlantic cod with local squash as a main. [Eater Boston]

And it was a good week for museum boites: Flora Bar, the spot at the Met Breuer run by the guys behind acclaimed downtown restaurant Estela, has been named by Esquire as one of the best new restaurants in America. “The place gets under your skin,” reads the blurb. “There emerges a gnawing need to have those lamb ribs again, and the omelet slathered with caviar, and the oysters spiked with Sichuan mignonette.” [Esquire]

More Reads for Friday

“Bosom Buddies” star Tom Hanks has a collection of short stories out, called Uncommon Type. It’s the actor’s first published edition of fiction, and it’s apparently not a very good one. “The impregnable constellation we call ‘Tom Hanks,’ with its observations on what life is like a box of, can give no real offense, can do us no lasting harm,” writes J.W. McCormack. “But Uncommon Type is pushing it, man, a collection of clichés that only deserves clichés in return. Namely this old chestnut: don’t quit your day job.” [The Baffler]

A history of employer-approved drinking on the job—or, as it’s put here, “Intoxication as compensation.” [Lapham’s Quarterly]

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