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Morning Links: Barbara Kruger MetroCards Edition

Barbara Kruger MetroCards.


Rest in Peace

Linda Nochlin, the pioneering art historian, has died. Andrew Russeth has written an obituary for ARTnews. [ARTnews]

Condemning Sexual Harassment 

Following last week’s resignation of Artforum publisher Knight Landesman amid allegations of sexual harassment, hundreds have signed an open letter, first published in the Guardian, decrying abuse in the art world. The campaign comes after the staff of Artforum posted a letter on its website condemning the way in which Landesman’s fellow publishers handled the lawsuit [ARTnews]

Guardian article explains that the signatories of the letter that the newspaper ran were prompted to speak following the events of last week. The letter has been shared on social media with a hashtag that extends a motif repeated in the story: Not Surprised. [The Guardian]

The full list of names can be read—and added to—on the site started by the letter’s authors, [Not Surprised]

The Critics

The playwright and novelist Darryl Pinckney takes a look at Kara Walker’s much-discussed show at New York’s Sikkema Jenkins gallery for a column in the pages of the New York Review of Books. The review examines how Walker’s entire body of work is in conversation with the history of the slave trade in the New World, but also how individual paintings in the show speak to specific past works. Christ’s Entry into Journalism echoes James Ensor, while another work conjures both Delacroix and Ed Keinholz. [The New York Review of Books]

In this week’s issue of New York magazine, Jerry Saltz takes on The New Museum’s show “Trigger: Gender As a Tool and a Weapon,” and finds it “scattershot.” As Saltz writes in the review, “There is plenty to admire in the show, organized by Johanna Burton, including new artists worth celebrating and the greater political cause: to cry havoc at the rising tides of hatred and sketch out the new landscape of identity-driven, gender-politics-inflected art. But “Trigger” does not ultimately deliver on that promise, mostly because it fails to showcase new forms of disruptive radicalism.” [New York]

Museum News

The Salt-Lake Tribune speaks to curators at the local museum, the Utah Museum of Fine Art, to figure out what three works of contemporary art the board should choose to add to the permanent collection this year. [The Salt-Lake Tribune]

Fans of St. Paul, Minnesota’s Science Museum are going nuts over the fact that a character in the new season of Netflix’s “Stranger Things” is wearing one of the museum’s vintage sweatshirts. The Star Tribune reports that the museum is trying to make new versions of the 1980s-era swag available to the public. [The Star Tribune]

Lives of the Artists

A Talk of the Town piece in this week’s issue of the New Yorker takes readers inside Pace Gallery to hang out with Claes Oldenburg and his dealer, Arne Glimcher. The two reminisce about selling plaster ice-cream sundaes on the Lower East Side and buying a chateau together in France’s Loire Valley. [The New Yorker]

The New York Times has broken the exciting news that Barbara Kruger has designed a line of MetroCards to be dispensed from four stations starting Wednesday, in conjunction with her participation in Performa. There will be 50,000 cards at four stations, meaning they could be as coveted as the MetroCards designed by skate wear brand Supreme that dropped this past February. Due to that brand’s stylistic debt to Kruger, the two specialty MetroCards share the same red-and-white aesthetic. [The New York Times]

There’s a dishy story in the New York Post about how an assistant to the artist Sean Scully stole one of his boss’s works and tried to flip it at Bonhams Auction House. [The New York Post]

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